Hi, my name is Laurie and we are from Georgia. I had two children attending Georgia Cyber Academy during the 2011-2012 school years. They were in Kindergarten and second grade. This was our first year with Georgia Cyber Academy using the K12 curriculum.
The curriculum is grade level challenging but my children were able to work a grade level ahead on some subjects. I found the phonics to be a bit overwhelming at first.
However, once we settled in things went fine. My son is reading some books now but we will continue to work over the summer to improve his reading level. The K12 phonics curriculum is a bit to book oriented. I wish the phonics curriculum involved more technology based learning for the students.
We incorporated some Starfall and Time4Learning into our program. I feel that some of the books were over my kindergarten students head but they were easy for my 2nd grader.
My daughter loves reading but my K student not so much. They both loved the History and Science because it is not something they have in the local school. I like the fact that the K12 curriculum incorporated Analogies into the lessons because this is something that is needed so they can pass one of the tests in order to pursue a master’s degree. Our local school doesn’t start teaching Analogies until high school.
The K12 curriculum that was offered to us through Georgia Cyber Academy our virtual public school was a wonderful change for us. I was looking for a curriculum that offered a little more challenge for my 2nd grader and I found it. In addition I found that my son is advanced in math. We love the K12 curriculum as well as Georgia Cyber Academy.
Don’t get me wrong the K12 curriculum does involve a lot of work and there is a big change from 2nd grade Language Arts to 3rd grade Language Arts and the curriculum begins multiplication in 2nd grade but not in-depth and it moves quickly.
I am taking the time to review multiplication facts this summer so my daughter doesn’t struggle with the curriculum next year. Even though this curriculum moves quickly we were able to move ahead a grade level by completing about 5 to 6 hours of work a day.
So it was no worse than being in the local public school and I was able to ensure learning was taking place.