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#1 serabi


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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:32 PM

Has anyone used both? If so, anyone have an opinion one way or the other? It would be for a kindergartener.

This is in Georgia through virtual charter schools, if that affects anyone's opinion.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:29 PM

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:42 PM

I've only used K12 -- good curriculum, very classical ed friendly. I looked at connections and K12 and chose K12 because it is a "mastery"curriculum, meaning you do it until you get it rather than getting a grade and "moving along". Grading in elementary is purely by %age completed. CA is a more traditional teachers assign grades sort of thing. I found K12 more adaptable to asynchronous learners.

That said, I think it really depends on the quality of the VA administering the curric. I'd try to talk to folks using both K12 and CA in GA and see what they have to say.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:56 AM

I used CA last year for my then 5th grader. I haven't tried K12, though I've heard good things about it. There are Yahoo groups for both that I would join, this question gets asked a lot there and I've seen responses from those that have tried both. There should be a sticky somewhere in there or you can search the messages.

I did have to turn in work about once a week or so. I don't think my K'er would like that pressure (nor would I!) ;)

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 02:36 AM

We used a k12 VA last year for K and 1st (and again this year for 1st and 2nd). K was a lot of fun - especially when you remember you do NOT have to do everything shown in the lesson, just what they need to meet the objectives.

We love that it is mastery based and kids can go at their own pace. My 2nd grader is about ready to go up to all 3rd grade classes (and 5th grade math). My 1st grader is staying on track for some classes and ahead for others. We noticed a definite slowdown once their level was found.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:30 PM

I haven't used Connections either but have used K12 for kindergarden and loved it. It was fun and I made it even more enjoyable with making lapbooks with the literature story books. I've been toying with the thought of doing K12 one more time but am kind of burned out from virtual schooling at the moment and are trying our own stuff this time. I've used K12 for K, 1, 4,5,6 and my absolute faves were K and 1.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:37 PM

From everyone's responses, K12 is really sounding like the way to go, if we go the virtual charter route. She's a quirky kid - has some special needs - so mastery would be perfect for her, I think. Thank you everyone!!

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 10:44 AM

I've used k12 for grades k-4th now and we love it. I really would check out the quality of the virtual school though. My virtual school is great and I have a lot of flexibility in what I can do. Some virtual schools can be very restrictive and pretty much kill the curriculum. I know a mother on another website who used k12 for her daughter. They actually expected her 6 year child to be taught over the computer by a teacher for some of the subjects. So her daughter would waste 50 minutes of time on the computer while a teacher taught the math lesson. The mother would then have to do the lesson over again for obvious reasons. Stupidest set up ever and she quickly pulled her child.