gracyomalley Posted August 4, 2012 Share Posted August 4, 2012 I am looking for any advice from those who have tried parts of the K-12 curriculum, either on their own, or through a virtual school. We are entering official middle school for one kid, and middle school level work for another, and as I sit longingly staring at all my classical resources, I am embarking on part time on-line K-12 (through the local public school district, which is offering homeschoolers a part time option - very few strings attached at this point...) due to scheduling issues. My oldest is playing with the local adult symphony, as well as a weekly quartet and practices his violin about 3-4 hours a day, PLUS isn't ready to quit competitive gym (mostly for friendships - but as the music is almost all with adults, being around some boys his age is important), and my middle has her eyes set on being an elite gymnast (like about 2 million girls right now after the Olympics...) - she's already practicing 20 hours a week and doing ballet as well, and moving 2 levels a year in gym....I have to work part time, and their brother is only in 3rd grade - so these 2 need to have more independent work - and schedule! I figure as long as they are making good progress with academics (which to me means staying college preppish), stay involved at Church and do their chores at home, this is the time in life for them to pursue these dreams, before they have to "grow up". Plus I think music will be the older ones career in some manner... Soooo....I am not looking to hear that on-line school is the bee's knees, I would love to teach them differently if we all had 48 hours a day! I am just looking to hear if there are any hints, pitfalls to avoid, etc. We are trying K-12 LA, math at a year ahead of grade level (based on placement), Advanced Middle School Life Science for both kids, and French for "fun" (which we can drop if we can't keep up). We are doing history, Bible, Art and Music our way at home. They are not requiring any testing this year, and we are not doing the "test prep" class that comes with k-12. If we don't finish in 9 months (my biggest fear - as winter gets very hairy with gym travel and concerto contests...) there's no penalty...from the school district at least.... Thanks for reading this far! Erin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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