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Originally Posted by mattemma04
Some curriculums are more online,and some like our calvert are mostly off line.
OHVA does their History and Science mainly online. You do have books for some of the lessons, but the bulk of the reading is online. I wasn't too keen on that at first, but my kids seem to enjoy it.
So remember this is public school at home via a charter school.You will be schooling at home,but you will not be under the traditional homeschool laws.All the state public school mandates on attendance(logging hours) and tests will be required if youi sign up with a charter school. If you don't mind those things,and having a *master teacher* as they call them determine grades then you should do fine.
I have read with most eschool curriculums that there is a ton of busy work,and sometimes if it is to be handed in there is no way to avoid it.And some teachers are real slackers when it comes to grading your kids stuff.
OHVA does require state testing the same as public schools as well as logging 920 hours which really isn't hard b/c you can log any educational things from computer games to educational tv (History channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, etc..) We have a teacher over us, but we grade all the kids assignments (for the elementary level--I am not sure about 7th grade and up). We have to send in portfolios four times a year and they let you know what you need to hand in. There are usually a few worksheets to hand in, but not too many. A few of the times I just looked to see what they needed for the portfolio and had them complete those instead of others. They do have workbook pages to go with most of the assignments, but it is up to you how much you do with the workbooks. They have a huge amount of extra stuff you can do with your kids, but it is entirely up to you. Each lesson ends with an assessment that you give your child and again you can adjust it to fit your child. My second grader does better with multiple choice questions, so we adjust to accomodate that to help him along.
If you are in Ohio there is also BOSS,OHVA,ECOT,and VCS.
Also,many homeschooling groups with not allow eschoolers to become members of their group.And even though you are public schoolers(at home) you will not be part of the local district,so they won't allow you to participate either.Some eschools parents have set up their own local groups.
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