By Colleen Kluber
I was a virtual special educator for 3 years and the school that I worked at used the K12 curriculum exclusively. I would wholeheartedly recommend the K-8 mastery based curriculum. Each unit has 9-10 lessons contained in it to teach the concept. There are many activities included in each lesson to meet multiple learning needs. It made my job as a special educator quite easy actually. Parents and teachers have the flexibility of having the child complete only the lessons and activities needed to master the concept. If the child has a good mastery of the concept without completing all of the lessons in the unit, have them take the unit assessment and a score of 80% or higher indicates mastery of the concept. The child can then move on to the next unit.
This level of flexibility also helps parents of bright but unmotivated children. The parent and child can sit down and review the various lessons within the unit. The child can self assess their understanding of a given concept. They can then choose the lessons that they would like to work on within the unit. When they are ready, they can complete the assessment. Children can move through their lessons and units at their own pace which can be very motivating!