ok sorry it took so long, I'm recovering from a head injury so I'm having issues with thinking clearly and such. Anyway, about my oldest dd..............
She's 7yo and about to start 2nd grade with k12. We have diagnoses of adhd, apd, sid, and dyslexia. The doctors want to do testing because they think she's on the autism spectrum, but I'm still processing what we've gotten so far and don't feel I can take on more testing quite yet. Anyway, for her k12 has been a total godsend. The approach is very accomodating for all learning styles imo, and this is especially important for her as we have so many challenges to work with for her to learn successfully. The local ps teacher she had for K fudged her test scores so that she could pass to 1st grade, which now I'm happy she did because when we enrolled her in k12 I had no issues with having her go into 1st grade (I would have had to do some hoop jumping to get her enrolled in 1st if the local ps had retained her most likely). We don't get any services for dd1 at all, they treat her like a normal kid and have no interventions other than moving her to a lower level of phonics and lang. arts and the teacher being notified of her needs and giving us more opportunity to work longer on concepts. My h and I work 7 days a week with her year round on lessons, and don't take Christmas break or spring break for more than just a day or two, so she's stayed at grade level everywhere but in reading. We do frequent breaks, change activities within a lesson frequently, and don't push her on things because of how she learns. A lesson for her will involve ALL the activities that k12 includes for us to choose from, as well as at least 2 or 3 more that I can come up with on my own, and we could spend 3 or 4 days on one lesson when she's really struggling. Like with math, we will review what we've worked on so far in past lessons of the unit to start, then after a break I'll introduce the new concept (I'll tell about it while I demonstrate it as she copies what I'm doing in demonstration, I'll do at least 5 examples like that) for about 5-10min. Then we do hands-on working together while she practices, using manipulatives. Then she goes into explaining what the concept is, then does it on paper to show me how its done (if she can't do that yet we'll go back to the manipulatives a bit and use them along with doing it on paper). We go back and forth on different ways of teaching it, about 5-10 minutes at a time with a short regrouping between activities as needed, until she gets it with a limit of spending 60 minutes on a subject each day. Every subject is handled in a similar way because of her processing challenges, and we found it HIGHLY effective. But I noticed for us, k12 lessons give us activities that cover all the learning styles fairly well, with all different needs accounted for, so I haven't had to really add a lot to the materials from my own mind.
Now granted, we have a LOT of moments where she will hit overload and needs to go focus herself in a corner for a few minutes to get a handle and process, but from what her K teacher said to me the second half of the year and what I saw the first half of K, she is doing much better with the approach that k12 has enabled us to have. She's learning, thriving, and having FUN with it. She is a compulsive tapper when doing her schoolwork, so I have to help her remember frequently that it is best to tap her fingers on her leg, cheek, or her other hand/arm so that I don't get distracted myself during lessons work with her (I also have severe adhd, I chose to medicate mine and she's not medicated at this time but was at the start of 1st grade for several months). I also learned last school year that I had to tear out the pages for our lessons from the workbooks, otherwise the whole book together like that would overwhelm her and she'd just shut down and start rocking in her seat.
Our decision to stay with k12 for this year was partly because of how she thrived with the program. I could pull off managing to successfully hs independently with the kids and my college and my h working 2 jobs, but honestly I don't know that I would find an affordable program that would fit her needs as well as k12 does (and we can't afford k12 independently) and the virtual academy aspect gives us the structure that she NEEDS to have with the daily flow because it forces me to do lessons at least 5 days a week.
Cat- hsing momma to a wild crew of kids
Melissa 4/03, Lydia 5/04, Kimberly 1/06, Jordan 9/07, PJ 2/12, and Nate 5/14