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 Is anyone doing this? If so,do you like it? We are doing Florida Virtual school with connexus curriculum. It's been about 3 weeks and so far I hate it. 

by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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CBMMOM
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The more I think about this,the more I realize there is not one aspect of this program that I like. I'm glad we got out of it. My daughter has done school work today and I was actually able to get some other stuff done too. 

Simply_Janeen
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

They were teaching touch typing to first graders! They would have these lessons where she would have to type what's on the screen and the second lesson was on the homerow of keyboard letters. Well that's great except that then, they would have a part where she would have to type sentences. Uh, that requires knowing how to hit the shift key and how to get punctuation, those are NOT on the homerow! I kid you not, that lesson took her TWO HOURS! That was pretty much it for me. By the end of it, she was totally balking at doing ANYTHING. It was a nightmare.

Quoting WantedNameTaken:

Virtual school was computer-intensive for us; lots of mandatory online classes. Middle school classes could be skipped without getting nastygrams (depending on the teacher), but skipped high school classes were considered an absence. So much for going at your own pace.

We've never had art or science textbooks, so those classes always required a ton of online reading.  Each literature assignment had tons of online reading as well, but they'd go offline to read the main literary works (poems, novels, plays, etc.) and then return online to finish the "Check Your Reading" portion of assignments.  I printed all assessments, but they still had to enter their responses online.

Study Island is a requirement and the only way to do that is online.  Not to mention the Study Island benchmark tests 3x/year and Scantron assessments 2x/year.  At least the statewide testing was done in person.

We LOVE technology, but needed to scale back and let the kids wrap up in the warmth of actual books instead of having to be tethered to computers all day.  It's easier to escape into the world about which you're reading when you can "touch" it, I think.  The kids still do a lot of online research, type papers and presentations, and watch educational videos, but are not required to do so all day.  Books also allow us to "port" work to the road, if needed, and do not require computers or internet access.

Gasp as your little one having to do a lot of typing!  I'm sure she's happy that's over now. :)

Quoting Simply_Janeen:

Actually, she liked the computer stuff (so long as it wasn't typing, that was brutal). But keep in mind, she's only a first grader so they weren't doing that much on the computer and when I did her lessons, I usually did not have her sit at the computer. I used the books most of the time so her computer use was fairly limited. She LOVED science and art but the language arts was getting to be way too much for her, lots of writing and the reading was too easy for her.

Quoting WantedNameTaken:

It really did cause burnout for my DD as well and just didn't suit her learning style.

As far as starting all over, that's how science is for us.  Our state decided to slow down science for 7th-graders who were already in the system to allow new 7th-graders to catch up next year (it's all designed to align with the ever-changing state assessments). For example, my 7th-grade DD had been with K12 since 5th grade and one of her BFF's just started this year (7th grade also).  DD and all other "veteran" 7th-grade k12'ers in our state were told to only complete 50% of their life science class  this year and do the other 50% next year.  Meanwhile, DD's friend is doing 100% earth science this year and will do 100% of life science next year.  DD had earth science in grade six.  When DS was in K12's program as a 7th-grader, he did life science in 7th and physical science in 8th.  Confused yet?  LOL!

Since we only had to do half of life science this year, I'm working almost double-time to get DD up to speed, so that she can study physical science next year and then biology as a freshman.  The good thing is that I've cut out the busywork, so it shouldn't take too long to get where we need to be.

Allowing your DD to help choose what and how she learns may just revive her love for learning.  If she can do some things in a cozy place (far away from a computer LOL!), she may also start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Best wishes!

Quoting Simply_Janeen:

THIS. We were with Wisconsin Connections Academy and it's not a bad program per se but absolutely did NOT fit with my daughter's learning style and it got so bad that she ended up hating language arts by the time I pulled her. I should have pulled her out much sooner than I did but held on until after Christmas break and then pulled her out right after that. If I had known how easy it was to do it, I would have pulled her before break. Now, it's really been hard for me to get her to do much of anything because she ended up SO burned out. Granted, her writing has improved but she hates to write and because the math lessons were so short and kind of disjointed, I don't think she really retained her math as well as I thought. So, in some ways, I feel like we're having to start ALL over again. Not in everything but with some of it at least and like I said, it's more of a struggle because it really sucked her joy of learning.

Quoting WantedNameTaken:

If virtual school doesn't seem right, don't stick with it longer than necessary.  It sucked the love of learning right out of my kids. 





Janeen

Homeschooling mom to my two girls: Natalie (6) and Isabelle (2).

WantedNameTaken
by Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

That sounds like way too much for a first-grader who is still learning how to write.  I waited until my kids were in grades 6 and 8 before enrolling them in a typing class at a homeschool co-op.  Good thing, too, because the class was almost too much for my 6th-grader.  She kept up, but the teacher's pace was suited for slightly older kids.

Quoting Simply_Janeen:

They were teaching touch typing to first graders! They would have these lessons where she would have to type what's on the screen and the second lesson was on the homerow of keyboard letters. Well that's great except that then, they would have a part where she would have to type sentences. Uh, that requires knowing how to hit the shift key and how to get punctuation, those are NOT on the homerow! I kid you not, that lesson took her TWO HOURS! That was pretty much it for me. By the end of it, she was totally balking at doing ANYTHING. It was a nightmare.


rhoopes
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.

momoftwobugs
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I was so happy to read your reply because this is how I feel too. I don't do a lot of the things that are in some lessons and others we do all of it. I base it on how engaged my student is and how well they are learning the concept.

We do have a teacher we report to as well as Class Connects. The Class Connects aren't mandatory so we don't do them. My kids do as little on the computer as I can get away with. I have a student in K and he does not do well with the phonics on the computer so I mark it as complete and we do phonics our way. As long as he is learning the material it doesn't matter how he learns it.

I love the accountability. I have a child who is very lazy and if we did tradtional homeschool it would be a lot harder on me to keep her on task. With K12 she knows she is accountable to me and her homeroom teacher. That helps a lot.

I think ultimately its about what works for you and your family and thats all that matters. I'm glad that those of you who were having trouble with the virtual stuff have found something that works. I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure.

Quoting rhoopes:

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.


For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. 

~ Judy Garland

mary8801
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

We have two laptops and pretty much sit all day across from each other doing schoolwork for 6-8 hours a day, she can do it by herself provided she is grasping the basic concept but she may not and then I have to stop whatever I may be trying to do like dishes,laundry, basic housework and taking care of a 4 yr  old too; and help her . I have my grand baby doing ABC MOUSE.com to keep her occupied for an hour sometimes two but that's really pushing it. It's crazy like today we had three laptops at the dining room table before lunch and no talking or interacting with each other just schoolwork.

WantedNameTaken
by Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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MOTB,

When we first started K12, my youngest was in 5th grade, and I've never seen OLS for younger ones, so I'm not sure if it's the same.  How do you mark assignments complete without having to take the tests?  We couldn't click a button or check "complete" without having to do each assignment's assessment. Are there no assessments in the earlier grades, or do you enter all of the answers on their behalf to move on to the next assignment?

BTW, as you stated, we did modify lots of work by skipping the busywork portions when I knew a topic was mastered, so we'd move along to the assessment.  Thank goodness for the ability to skip busywork!  :)

I love this: "I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure."

Quoting momoftwobugs:

I was so happy to read your reply because this is how I feel too. I don't do a lot of the things that are in some lessons and others we do all of it. I base it on how engaged my student is and how well they are learning the concept.

We do have a teacher we report to as well as Class Connects. The Class Connects aren't mandatory so we don't do them. My kids do as little on the computer as I can get away with. I have a student in K and he does not do well with the phonics on the computer so I mark it as complete and we do phonics our way. As long as he is learning the material it doesn't matter how he learns it.

I love the accountability. I have a child who is very lazy and if we did tradtional homeschool it would be a lot harder on me to keep her on task. With K12 she knows she is accountable to me and her homeroom teacher. That helps a lot.

I think ultimately its about what works for you and your family and thats all that matters. I'm glad that those of you who were having trouble with the virtual stuff have found something that works. I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure.

Quoting rhoopes:

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.



bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM
My boys are in k and 2nd and they have assessments at the end of nearly every math lesson, history lesson, science, lesson, music lesson, art lesson, and Spanish lesson. Sometimes the second worksheet in the math lesson also has to be entered for a grade along with an assessment after it.

Quoting WantedNameTaken:

MOTB,

When we first started K12, my youngest was in 5th grade, and I've never seen OLS for younger ones, so I'm not sure if it's the same.  How do you mark assignments complete without having to take the tests?  We couldn't click a button or check "complete" without having to do each assignment's assessment. Are there no assessments in the earlier grades, or do you enter all of the answers on their behalf to move on to the next assignment?

BTW, as you stated, we did modify lots of work by skipping the busywork portions when I knew a topic was mastered, so we'd move along to the assessment.  Thank goodness for the ability to skip busywork!  :)

I love this: "I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure."

Quoting momoftwobugs:

I was so happy to read your reply because this is how I feel too. I don't do a lot of the things that are in some lessons and others we do all of it. I base it on how engaged my student is and how well they are learning the concept.

We do have a teacher we report to as well as Class Connects. The Class Connects aren't mandatory so we don't do them. My kids do as little on the computer as I can get away with. I have a student in K and he does not do well with the phonics on the computer so I mark it as complete and we do phonics our way. As long as he is learning the material it doesn't matter how he learns it.

I love the accountability. I have a child who is very lazy and if we did tradtional homeschool it would be a lot harder on me to keep her on task. With K12 she knows she is accountable to me and her homeroom teacher. That helps a lot.

I think ultimately its about what works for you and your family and thats all that matters. I'm glad that those of you who were having trouble with the virtual stuff have found something that works. I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure.

Quoting rhoopes:

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.



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momoftwobugs
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Well I can mark it complete and record attendance from my log in. I do still have to do the assessments for the mastery portion. Fortunately for phonics there is only an assessment at the end of each unit and it's not online so we do it and then I just record the answers. For science and history I do it orally except for the ones that we have to turn in once a quarter. What I do there is treat them as if they are discussion questions that I'm having them think about instead of a test that they have to write out.

Math is really the hardest one to get around the assessments. What I do is not do an entire worksheet if they are grasping the concept and there is an assessment. I let the assessment be their worksheet so to speak. We also do a lot of work on dry erase boards. 

One thing I need to add too is that my kindergartener is struggling with learning. We are actually starting the evaluation process with him to see what exactly is going on, but I strongly suspect that he is dyslexic. We will see what the evaluation shows and go from there. It was because of his struggle that I started having to adapt things to make them work for us. 

My 2nd grader does great with worksheets and busy work so to speak. She actually enjoys it so she does do more of the written work than my son. I let her have some choice in it and go from there.


Quoting WantedNameTaken:

MOTB,

When we first started K12, my youngest was in 5th grade, and I've never seen OLS for younger ones, so I'm not sure if it's the same.  How do you mark assignments complete without having to take the tests?  We couldn't click a button or check "complete" without having to do each assignment's assessment. Are there no assessments in the earlier grades, or do you enter all of the answers on their behalf to move on to the next assignment?

BTW, as you stated, we did modify lots of work by skipping the busywork portions when I knew a topic was mastered, so we'd move along to the assessment.  Thank goodness for the ability to skip busywork!  :)

I love this: "I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure."

Quoting momoftwobugs:

I was so happy to read your reply because this is how I feel too. I don't do a lot of the things that are in some lessons and others we do all of it. I base it on how engaged my student is and how well they are learning the concept.

We do have a teacher we report to as well as Class Connects. The Class Connects aren't mandatory so we don't do them. My kids do as little on the computer as I can get away with. I have a student in K and he does not do well with the phonics on the computer so I mark it as complete and we do phonics our way. As long as he is learning the material it doesn't matter how he learns it.

I love the accountability. I have a child who is very lazy and if we did tradtional homeschool it would be a lot harder on me to keep her on task. With K12 she knows she is accountable to me and her homeroom teacher. That helps a lot.

I think ultimately its about what works for you and your family and thats all that matters. I'm glad that those of you who were having trouble with the virtual stuff have found something that works. I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure.

Quoting rhoopes:

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.




For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. 

~ Judy Garland

rhoopes
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM


I don't have my girls do the assessments. My kids are in grades 1st and 3rd. I usually put together some questions of my own and if I feel that they got it, I just go in and answer the assessment questions and move on. My oldest don't really like the computer stuff, so I do things different.   


At first I was a little leary about skipping lessons or just marking them complete, but from aims web and state testing, she is doing good, so I know she is learning, so that makes me feel better. I like to use the lessons as a reference and I usually do things my way.


In our state class connects are mandatory for some students. I have to say though I wasn't to hip on the fact that my 1st grader had to do the class connects, but I am glad she does them, because they have helped her so much better than I did at learning how to read. She is a little difficult to teach, my oldest is  whiz and she sometimes has to explain to me how to do certain math problems. 

Quoting WantedNameTaken:

MOTB,

When we first started K12, my youngest was in 5th grade, and I've never seen OLS for younger ones, so I'm not sure if it's the same.  How do you mark assignments complete without having to take the tests?  We couldn't click a button or check "complete" without having to do each assignment's assessment. Are there no assessments in the earlier grades, or do you enter all of the answers on their behalf to move on to the next assignment?

BTW, as you stated, we did modify lots of work by skipping the busywork portions when I knew a topic was mastered, so we'd move along to the assessment.  Thank goodness for the ability to skip busywork!  :)

I love this: "I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure."

Quoting momoftwobugs:

I was so happy to read your reply because this is how I feel too. I don't do a lot of the things that are in some lessons and others we do all of it. I base it on how engaged my student is and how well they are learning the concept.

We do have a teacher we report to as well as Class Connects. The Class Connects aren't mandatory so we don't do them. My kids do as little on the computer as I can get away with. I have a student in K and he does not do well with the phonics on the computer so I mark it as complete and we do phonics our way. As long as he is learning the material it doesn't matter how he learns it.

I love the accountability. I have a child who is very lazy and if we did tradtional homeschool it would be a lot harder on me to keep her on task. With K12 she knows she is accountable to me and her homeroom teacher. That helps a lot.

I think ultimately its about what works for you and your family and thats all that matters. I'm glad that those of you who were having trouble with the virtual stuff have found something that works. I'm a big believer in the idea that learning should be enjoyed not forced and if our kids are discouraged then we are just setting them up for failure.

Quoting rhoopes:

Both my daughters belong to a virtual academy.  We use k12.  I do like it. I honestly don't do everything in the lesson. If I feel that my daughters get it, we move on. I don't dwell on things that they already know. If for some reason the techniques in the lesson plan are not working, I just change a few things and then mark the lesson complete. 

The school we are using do class connects online. They don't really help my older daughter, but they have made a big difference for my younger daughter. 


I don't like the state tests, because they scare me, I think if they don't do good on them, then we won't be able to advance to the next grade level, but so far so good. My oldest is stubborn and she had to write a story about a particular thing and she ended up writing about something totally different, so needless to say she got a zero on that part. 


But overall, I like it.





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