So, it is very early in the year - with only two writing classes & one Latin class under dd#3's belt, she & I have already formed some first impressions. Sometimes, first impressions are wrong, sometimes they color all your other interactions, and sometimes they are spot on. We'll see. This is a thread where you can share your first impressions, if you want, for your kids' middle grade online classes.
First, the "good":
DD#3 is taking Coram Deo's Introduction to Essay Writing. It is a small class (only four kids or so). DD is the youngest in the class - which makes sense since it is geared toward 11 & ups. So far, she has loved it. It is gentle and they're concentrating on reading & thinking in a very soft introduction into the "Lost Tools of Writing" type of class. I think it'll be perfect for her and so far, she agrees.
Now, the "bad":
She's also taking Memoria Press's First Form Latin. She had her first class this week with Mr. King. Neither one of us think the teacher is a good fit for her. He's very formal - insisting on no colors in the chat box and no slang ("nope"). He refers to them by "Miss Last Name" or "Mr. Last Name." Honestly, as a parent, me thinks he doth protests too much. I don't know if he's just really young and so he's trying to make himself appear more formal or if he's just uptight. There are a lot of 11-12 year olds in this class, so you do have to keep a tight rein on the chat box, but it just doesn't seem like it'll be very fun. Latin should be fun. DD#1 took Second Form with MP (different teacher) and disliked it. We might end up 0-for-2 for MP classes & write them completely off, which would be too bad. Most of the other Latin sections were full and this one fit with a good time slot. It would be too bad if a stiff for a teacher made her dislike Latin even more than she already does. A good teacher can make such a difference.
How about your first impressions? How's it going so far?