Let me start by saying, I can only answer for my family specifically, but I can give some general information beyond our experience. It is different for many families depending upon the program that works best for your child, and what if any programs are available in your state.
In Minnesota, where we live (home of the first charter school btw) the MNVA (Minnesota Virtual Academy) is considered a public school. That means that all my daughters classes and materials are free to us as long as we live in MN. The K12 curriculum is available nationwide and even internationally, but in some states that do not have this program implemented as a public school option, you must pay for the courses. Continue reading
This title is a bit of a misnomer, since in the two months that we’ve been doing this we’ve had very few days that end up as planned, and almost no two have been the same, and yet, I do feel like we’ve established a rhythm.
We were fairly lucky in establishing a “routine” within the second week of school. I’ve been told by other, more experienced, home-schooling mothers that it takes anywhere from a month to a year to feel like you know what’s going on. I feel like on most days I have a pretty good handle on what needs to be done and a plan on how to do it. Some days, it feels a little out of control. Continue reading
I first encountered the term “self motivated” when in high school, when I moved from a private school to an “open school”. At the open school we did not get grades, instead we had “validations”. I thrived in that environment and loved having control and ownership over my work. I hoped my daughter would be the same. Never did I dream she’d be so very disciplined and motivated. Especially for an eight year old.
As I stated in my first post we’d gone through quite a few options trying to find a schooling situation that was productive and enjoyable for my daughter. Frankly, I would have settled even for not enjoyable, just as long as I could see progress in her learning. To be fair, it wasn’t that she didn’t learn anything in K-2nd, but it wasn’t as academically rigorous as I had hoped, and she seemed to pick up as many bad habits and self-esteem issues as she did new concepts. Continue reading
Three years ago when my daughter started kindergarten, I never thought I’d be where I am now. We moved to one of the best districts in our state when my eldest was one year old, assuming that we’d just enroll her in the district, no problem, game over.
It was far from that easy. We had many false starts, painful teachers conferences, and blame doled out by the spoonful, but mostly heaped on my child. She suddenly hated school. I remember vividly during thanksgiving break in Kindergarten her telling me she wished she never had to go back. I was flabbergasted, I mean, when I was in kindergarten I remember it being lots of fun, and pretty easy going. I was at a loss about what to do. Continue reading