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  1. It really depends on the child. My oldest thrived in Singapore because she required little practice and remembered everything. My youngest excels in math, but needs the repitition to remember, so Horizons is the perfect fit for her.
  2. I think that Math has come from just learing how to add/subtract to actually thinking about why something is done and how to manipulate numbers in different ways (like the Singapore approach). My oldest is in public school and she can breeze through math facts, formulas, etc, however they ask a lot of why something is the way it is. I know this is so very different than the way I learned. Math is so much more than a formula and I think that kids are at an advantage having to explain why something is done. Now, I do see the lack of "basic math" teaching so I do make my kids do math fact dri
  3. I loved SOTW with my oldest. I like the activities, maps, and books from SOTW but my daughter really loves the online stories and lessons from K12. I think I just need to go throught the AG of SOTW and pull in what I would like to cover :).
  4. Hello All! I was wondering if anyone has ever done the K12 history program and aligned it with Biblioplan? I was looking into it but thought I would ask here first. Thank you.
  5. Hello All, I have read quite a bit about busy work lately and I just wanted to throw this out there. What I believe busy work is or is not :) Busy Work is NOT work that a child does to reinforce or practice a skill. This may be in worksheet form but it is NOT busy work if the child is LEARNING from it and it is necessary practice. Some children simply need more practice in a subject area. Busy Work IS given to a child to, well, keep they busy and out of your hair for a few minutes :). In my opinion if a child requests this then what harm can it be. The issue comes in when there i
  6. I just wanted to add a little about busy work. This was a good reminder for me. Worksheets are not necessarily busy work if the child is learning or practicing a skill. "Busy work" is different for each child. Giving my oldest a page of math problems she already knows how to solve to keep "busy" is busy work. Giving her math problems to reinforce a skill she is learning or needs help with is not. Sometimes I feel (and it may or may not be true) that people assume worksheet means busy work, and this is not always the case. :)
  7. I have used the K, 1st, 5th and 6th grades. I LOVED the curriculum. In the older grades there is little busy work and a lot of key skills learned. It includes grammar, literature, and vocabulary. In the younger grades we do not do ALL of the worksheets but pick and choose and bring in a few additional activities. I really love this curriculum as well.
  8. My daughter did a bit of Chinese through PowerSpeak. It was ok. I have not had experiences with the other languages. This year she is starting Chinese over using the Middleburry Language Option through K12. I do not know if this is an option for you, however when I was talking to a K12 rep. she recommend this option over the PowerSpeak.
  9. I have to say that my daughter did 5th grade last year and complete all of the 5th grade math and LA and 1/2 of the 6th grade math and LA. I have to say her teacher said she has never seen math scores just so much in the course of a year! I am just saying that to say it is a solid math program IMHO. So for pointers, DO NOT attempt to do all of the work....they would be doing stuff forever. Pick what you feel they need in a lesson. Did they grasp the math lesson? Only do the problems that they need to enter for the assessment. To much writing in other subjects, skip the writing assignment
  10. From what I understand about Math+ is each stare is different. So my kids are using the Oregon version. I am wondering how much the curriculum changes from state to state. I was told each state has different standards and the curriculum aligns to the standard of your state. Also, my kids do not need a ton of practice or review so formusnthe curriculum is a perfect fit.
  11. I forgot to add that we do block scheduling. Our VA does not care how we do our lessons as long as we are doing them in a week. We did not have music or art for Kindergarten but we had art added when DD advanced all subjects to 1st Grade. We block history and science and art. It was not working well for us without blocking....just too much jumping around every day. Once we blocked our subjects it was smooth sailing :)
  12. I have to chime in here. My kids LOVE K12 Math through Virtual Academy and in fact are thriving in it! I think that they do an excellent job in teaching it. This curriculum is Mastery Based, so your student needs to master the concepts before moving onto the next thing. My DD is in 6th Grade math because she finished her 5th Grade math early. By this level they expect you to have mastered ALL of the basics...fractions, decimals, addition, subtraction , multiplication, and division. Decimals are covered in 5th Grade math. Now, both of my kids may not like math (one does and one does
  13. We have done ORVA this school year for my K and 5th grade daughters! For us it has been a great success and a great fit for our family. From what I understand each Virtual Academy requires different things so I can only speak for our state. PROS The curriculum was a great fit for my girls. It is thorough and detailed. Both of my girls worked through their grade level and then moved onto the next grade level in many subjects (my K DD finished all of her work and is working entirely in 1st grade). The History and Language Arts really seem to follow the classical model. She is workin
  14. My kids have a laptop to share. We have had it about 2 yrs and we bought it used, so it is pretty old. They can use it in the school room (which is open to the living room and kitchen) and in their rooms to watch a DVD or something if they are sick and have permission. It is nice for them to have a computer that I do not care if they destroy (okay, I DO care, but at least it is not my computer) :)
  15. I have to say that Virtual Academy requirements really vary from state to state. Where I live there are a few "hoops" to do each week, but really not big deal. 4 times a year the kids send in a work sample in a different subject. They did a speaking sample (in their live classes), math, writing, and are now working on science. They send us all of the info. on what needs to be done, so it is really simple and not really time consuming. You can totally work at your own pace. My DD's have both worked ahead and received new curriculum for their subjects they have finished. As for the mat
  16. I guess I am the odd one out. We love the math program! We find it has plenty of practice if you need it and it is easy to skip if you do not. My 5 yr old just started 1st grade math and loves it. They do learn math facts, you just need to drill on your own. My 5th grader did SM until 4th then Horizons. She loves the K12 math program.
  17. My kids are enrolled in ORVA for the fall. This is our first year, however, when I talked to the rep. at an info meeting she said you could log hours for school that were not curriculum based. Cooking projects, PE times, field trips. So even though you should have a certain amount of days they do not all need to be curriculum days, as long as the child is progressing. For us I am looking forward to the structure. Also, there are many, many optional activities for the kids. You do not need to do them.
  18. Go go k12.com. In the upper right hand corner click on customer support. Click on Materials, click on Materials Lists, click on the school type and it will bring you to materials list. If it is a book name it will be there. Then I just Googled the name and looked at the materials. HTH
  19. DD 9 is struggling with the lack of review and fast pace of Singapore, so we are looking to switch. Maybe Horizons 5 or ABeka? Can't decide. We switched to CQLA language arts. I love it, she hates it. It was a great switch for writing, but okay for the rest. Looking at language arts for next year. The options are Abeka, BJU, Saxon Grammar, Climbing to Good English? Vocabulary? Writing? AAAAh, too many choices. Then comes history. I really want to do a STOW4 with US focus. We have been using Biblioplan this year, but it is not my favorite. So I am possibly looking at Histor
  20. Love them. DD 9 loves them. We did do the workbook, but with other language arts it seemed like overkill. If you use the workbooks then I liked the TM because it helped when I corrected! :)
  21. I used a Pack n Play for both kiddos. Longer for DD #2 :). I kept special toys in it and used it for school time in the AM (like 45 min) and then again while I was making dinner. LOVED IT! Both DD's loved it. When I transitioned DD #2 out of it we then just had her have "room time" where I put the gate up on her door. She thought it was great because of all the toys, etc. and did not fuss over the gate. I think I did that until she was well over 3 :D!!!! With some kids containment is crucial.;)
  22. I really looked at it for DD, 4th grade this year. The reason I decided against it is the schedule. I did not want to have to follow the schedule they set. This is the only reason I decided against it. For me it is still a viable option if need be. Right now I like setting our own schedule. Also, I am kind of a curriculum junkie and I LOVE reading about and getting new curriculum!!!:thumbup:
  23. I LOVE Bible Study Guide! It takes us 2 days to do one lesson. One day we use the stuff from the Instruction binder the other day the study sheets. With over 100 lessons that is enough for us to last for over a year.
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