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K12 anyone have experience with this for elementary age?


lynn
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Are you going through the public school?

 

Because we did and I wasn't crazy about the limitations that the PS system placed upon us. Testing, set hours, mandatory Class Connect sessions,  it was a headache.

 

However, I found that the k12 program itself was excellent. The lessons were engaging and they tried to make it fun. It wasn't the kind of online school that you could plunk a kid down in front of and expect them to complete themselves. They did expect the parent to be quite involved, especially at the lower grades (my dd was in 2 when she did it) My older dd (5th) still needed a bit of handholding, but she's not a schooly kid. My very oldest likely could have completed much of the coursework independently at grade 5, but not my #2 kid. I withdrew her at Christmas.

 

So it kind of depends on the kid. I found the inability to combine classes and having to log hours, etc. cumbersome for having 4 kids at home. For someone with 1-2 kids it might work better.

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The consensus seems to be that when people buy K12 on their own, they like it, but when they enroll their dc in a charter school that uses/provides/requires it, they don't, because of all the testing and restrictions that are involved, because it is, after all, public school, so there have to be those requirements.

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I've used it both ways, and hands-down, independently is the way to go.  Even if the public school option says they are flexible, they really aren't (ours started off flexible, but by the end of year 2 it was anything but...by year 3 the people we knew who were still using it were done, too).

 

Courses that I would *ABSOLUTELY* use:  history & art (because it's very much like SOTW, follows much of that sequence for the first 4 years, and the art follows the same time period), and language arts (although the composition is a bit much), the spelling/vocab, literature components are very well done.  Courses that I lean towards using:  Science (I thought it was well organized and well done at the elementary and middle school level).  Courses that I *MIGHT* use:  Music -- I understand the approach, and the kids do learn quite a bit, but wish I could tweak that.  Courses that you couldn't pay me to use:  MATH.  I liked their original Sadlier-Oxford math...I loathe (not a strong enough word) their new computer-based math.  They may have fixed the massive problems with it (but people are still complaining...so I kind of doubt it).  

 

That's a very quick summary.  (we used LA for grades 1-7, science grades 1-8, math grades 2-8, history grades 1-8, art grades 1-7, music grades 1-6)

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