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We're using a Charter, but we are allowed to pick our own material--K12 (program used by CAVA) is one option. We selected the Science, and I am mixed about it.
I don't know if it was my mistake in not selecting the right level, or if it is just the program, but this is our experience:
The experiments are not really experiments, but crafts. For every real experiment, there are five crafts. My son likes to draw and do open-ended art, but is not a big glue the feathers on this thing you cut out...
Most of his work is at least three grades ahead--and I selected grade level for science because I didn't want him to miss anything because I assumed he knew it already. But he has learned very little and we've done a lot of supplementing with additional books and resources (trips to science museum, kitchen chemistry, etc.) in a subject that I though this program would be comprehensive... So, perhaps my fault for not looking into grade level enough? But even so, I found it lacking depth...
I couldn't imagine using this for all subjects...
Is there a school just like ours near you, although I don't know if it serves San Diego County... :http://www.skymountaincs.org/
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
There are other options for homeschool charters for us. One we're looking into is Julian Charter School and another is the Greater San Diego Academy .
I like the idea of those because they would give us access to a lot of field trips and extra curriculars - and our choice of curriculum. What I don't like is that there are more frequent meetings with teachers and there's something appealing to me about k12's "do this, then that" type stuff (although I suspect that could probably annoy me after awhile). Ds likes it because he suspects he can pretty much do it all by himself, only asking for help when he wants it. Oh, and he wants to get a free computer .
I use Columbia Virtual Academy, and I quite like it. Testing is done at home on the computer. Cuuriculum is picked by parents and parenst decide if child is meeting their hours. Sometimes hard to get a hold of. We basically do little different except for the kids having to send one email a week, and getting to do more (like getting memberships to the zoo, science center).
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