- Flexibility – My days are never predictable, as much as I strive for a routine, it’s not usually completely consistent, and it’s great to be able to take spelling lessons on the go, or double up on a science lesson if needed. Or when it’s too busy for school, being able to skip something in that moment, or even that day, and loop back at a more convenient time.
- Quality Time– I’m very lucky that I have a kid that loves learning and is very self motivated, which means most of the time we spend together in school is positive time learning, and bonding. Every once in a while we’ll hit a snag, but so far we’ve been really able to problem solve through them, or decide to put the lesson down and come back to it when we aren’t feeling so frustrated. Continue reading
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
Whew! I can’t believe it. This quarter has flown by, but it’s also been a huge learning curve. I feel like we’ve finally got a pretty good handle on the K12 curriculum and how MNVA uses it.
I’ve been trying to explain to people who ask me how it’s going, how to put in to words just how well it’s going. My child is a different kid than when we started. She’s more confident, she’s HAPPY, she’s less sarcastic. She’s learned how to manage her time well, and I can’t even begin to try to quantify how MUCH she’s learned in ten short weeks! Wow, just WOW!
I’m a proud momma!
One of the challenges I’ve found with my gifted children (especially the older one) is that I tend to forget her chronological age. She and I will be having a deeply philosophical conversation about equal rights, or discussion the stock market or the housing crisis, and suddenly she’ll turn around and do something I perceive as really immature. It’s a bit jarring for my brain, and I find that in that moment I have to remind myself that she is only 8. Continue reading