Wednesday, November 27, 2013
During her four weeks, Maggie was sick and missed 8 days due to illnesses. This is more days than she has been sick in the last 2 1/2 years of virtual school. I understand that kids are going to catch things when they are put into an environment where they are in close contact with others all day long, but since we have other choices, we decided to exercise them.
It was definitely stressful for Maggie and she was more than willing to return to schooling at home. I am hopeful that now that we have given her the chance to try out brick and mortar school, she will be content with the method of schooling that works best for her.
She will not be returning to the K12 virtual school. We have registered her as a homeschooler with the local school district and are currently using Time 4 Learning and a variety of other resources. Registering with the school district was extremely EASY and it was free. I had been told by many people that we need to sign up with an umbrella school, but for us the cost was prohibitive. Next year, if we do not enroll Maggie in the virtual high school Morgan attends, we will consider using an umbrella school for transcripts, etc.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Maggie returned to Brick & Mortar school on Columbus Day after spending 6th and 7th grade and the first 9 weeks of 8th grade in K12. She has wanted to be with other kids and go to "normal" school for over a year. We have been most dissatisfied with the middle school program, so we decided to give regular public school a try. She likes her teachers, she's at the top of most of her classes academically and she has made friends. It's been 3 weeks and she has already missed 4 days due to illness. It has been FUN for her, but I'm not sure she is learning anything. We may have her finish this quarter, but public schooling long term does not seem like a good option.
Marissa and Melanie have never been to regular public school. Marissa is excelling with the K12 curriculum. Unfortunately, our virtual school is forcing common core/state standards live classes into our daily schedule at the expense of time spent on the actual curriculum. Purchasing the K12 curriculum directly is cost prohibitive for us. Melanie is doing well in most of her subjects but her learning is constantly being disrupted by required attendance in live classes that never seem to cover the material she is currently working on.
We want our children to enjoy learning and we feel it is our job as their parents to provide them with a quality education that will encourage them to be life long learners.
Monday, November 4, 2013
This is our third year schooling at home. Due to technical issues and general frustration we are currently exploring a variety of options. We are seriously considering transition to traditional homeschooling. An umbrella school looks like the best option for the girls while registering with the local district may be best for Morgan.
To complicate matters, I am working 35-45 hours per week outside the house and we can only get satellite internet service.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
January….LOTS of snow. The kids had a great time playing in it.
February…We purchased a new to us car for Hubby to commute back & forth to work. Morgan was in Seussical the Musical.
March… Our van died. Maggie’s cat, Toffee, went missing.
April…Morgan turned 13! More wacky weather, we had a huge hail storm that did major damage to Hubby’s car and moderate damage to the house we lived in.
May…Melanie turned 4!
June…Maggie turned 11!
July…We found out about virtual school and applied, then spent most of the month waiting anxiously for approval. Marissa & Melanie got their ears pierced. Marissa lost her top front teeth.
August… Marissa turned 6! School started
September… We found Toffee! and started packing to move. We visited the Knoxville Zoo, the Chattanooga Aquarium and the Nashville zoo on field trips for virtual school.
October… We moved to a much bigger house.
December…Winterland of Gingerbread