My mother phoned me recently after seeing the commercial for this free online public school. I only half-listened to her discussion of it, honestly, because she tends to word things in such a way that I feel like she's telling me how to parent.
I do want to home school my girls, but DH does not. I'm trying to share resources and information with him before DD1 turns 5 (she just turned 4) so that if I do home school he's on board with it.
I saw the commercial myself yesterday. I got onto their website and browsed around (apparently they also have paid private-school options, but the free program is still a great program), then filled out the form for more information. They called me within ten minutes of clicking "submit." I was excited to learn that, in my state, a kindergarten student enrolled in this school is provided with his or her own computer and all of the required learning materials to be successful in this online program.
If DD1 attended, she'd also be assigned a state-certified teacher to work one-on-one with her and her curriculum online, on the phone, and even in person. They would also have field trips once a month (not mandatory, but available) with fellow students.
The curriculum would be based on her current skill set, focusing more on what she still needs to learn while still reinforcing things she already knows, and she would not be allowed to advance to the next grade level until she mastered the one she started with.
I got excited about this program even though DD1 still has another year before she could enroll. Apparently participants are chosen by random lottery, so I'd have to get her on the list in February and they said they'd call me again in February as a reminder. They're also sending an informational packet and DVD. DH is even interested in the idea (I think the free computer for DD1 hooked him, lol).
If DD1 were attending this type of school, her days would be free for family activities, appointments, community programs, and even college courses (the local college has community chorus, community band, etc. as well as children's learning academies during the summer and courses designed for children during the school year).
DH's main concern about home schooling was socialization, but with monthly field trips and various programs in the community or at the college, I think DD1 would get plenty of social interaction.
Do you home school? What program do you use? Would you consider K12?
Asked by AmourSpork at 1:00 PM on May. 18, 2011 inLevel 19 (6,638 Credits)
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