I'm hoping for some info. I'm really struggling about the decision of where to put my daughter next year. She is 8 and will be moving into 4th grade. I homeschooled during the prek years and then Used Calvert academy kindergarten and half way through 1st grade. Life got in the way and I was forced to put her in public school the second half of first grade and then through 2nd. She did okay adjusting to public school, but was very unhappy with lack of communication and curriculum. She actually regressed in many of her subjects. She asked to come home for 3rd grade. I decided to use K12, because it offers extracurricular options as well. Third grade was a real slap in the face. It was a much bigger work load than we expected and although the school stressed that the kids can go at their own pace it wasn't true. The entire year we have felt pressured to keep up our "progress". Report cards are even graded according to progress. Even though she was completing assignments perfectly she showed failing grades because we were behind on our assignments. Even now I'm receiving notes from her teacher that she needs to complete a certain amount of assignments in order to be prepared for the PASS test in a week. The PASS test doesn't mean didly squat to me. I want to make sure my daughter understands the material being taught, not regurgitating standard answer sheets. I currently work part time, attend online college, may be picking up another part time job by the end of the year and have a 4 year old at home. I have already started school with him, but I've been so focused on trying to keep up and catch up with my 8 year old that I feel as though I have neglected him this year.
My options are to put her in a sub standard public school, to go back to Calvert or to take the plunge into homeschooling. My job/jobs are just a few hours a week and quite flexible, so not a big hinderance. The big issues are that I literally have no time for anything else with the work load that we've experienced. Is this common for this grade? Is this because of the k12 curriculum? I have to think of my son as well. He won't be old enough to attend public school and he has a speech issues so requires extra attention in order to get him to speak correctly and clearly. I'm really struggling with what to do next year. I could really use some more info, before my husband thinks I'm crazy and I spend another year pulling my hair out.