Hello I am Grace,
We are military and we are moving to SC in Jan due to orders for Shaw AFB. I am new to homeschooling as a parent. Both my hubby and I were homeschooled for a few years as children. He had a not so good experiance and I had a great one. Due to the craziness of moving in the middle of the school year we are wanting to homeschool our two children in 3rd and 6th grades. They both are strait A students here in CA at the public schools (which I think are lacking), they are motivated chidren looking to be invovled in everything they possibly can, sports, arts, student government, drama, etc. I am an Artistic type to say the least. I fight with dyslexia, and I am worried about teaching my children. I need a program with the lesson plans done for me every day, to help minimalize the reading for me or that will be all I am doing 24-7 and I fear I won't be able to finish my plans for each day. Now that you know a bit about our situation I have a few questions...
My First Option K12.com (online public school)
What we like about k12.com - I am enticed by this program because there is a teacher from the charter school that is assigned to us. I would be what they call a "learning coach". I fallow their daily lesson plans. Fallow the district's calendar for attendance. I get the state issued curiculum (wich I am not to thrilled about) for free and have to send it back at the end of the year (I believe). Seems like something we can jump into in the middle of the school year easilly during a very hard time for them, moving across country. The kids learn online thorugh lesson plans and prinout paper work I have to correct. The computer program only lets them move on if they pass each lesson quiz with 80% or higher, yet there is no waiting on other students and no "busy work" like they would get in class while they wait. I have to admit I am enticed by this opion. It removes my fears of my own disability getting in the way of my child's learning.
What I don't like about K12.com - it is publicly funded so I have no say in curiculum, it is still state issued and we still have to take the standardized testing. I will be adding a bible lesson with a basic bible study in the mornings before we log on. (something we do in the summer time anyway.) I am looking forward to having that extra time in the AM (not having to get ready to rush off to school at a certain time in the AM). We can't take field trips when ever we want (if I understand correctly) due to the fact we have to log into the program Monday - Friday for attendance. We would recieve no extra funds to pay for extra curicular activities, fieldtrips, school supplies, classroom supplies etc. In many states that I friends and family homeschool in the state gives them the funds allocated to their child's public education to help pay for curiculum and all the above activities and items. Since this is still "public school" and we get our books and such from the charter school the funds are given to the school in columbia.
I would love to hear about any programs you all know of that would also fit our situation.
Thank you all,