We’re at the end of our second week with K12, and we have three kids enrolled (Grades 1, 4 & 6) and one very active two-year-old getting into everything when my back is turned (say, when I’m trying to help one of the older kids with schoolwork). There is TOO MUCH WORK to get through for all three kids–even when we skip lesson work that the kids already know and just do the assessment at the end.
Our oldest doesn’t like art, though our girls do. Two art classes each week is at least one too many for him, while my girls (at least the older of the two) look forward to it. There hasn’t been a single day when we got through all the lessons for all three kids, and when we try to do so, there’s no time for ANYTHING ELSE but school–no playing outside, no running errands, nothing.
I’m burned out, already, though I told my husband (who wants my homeschool to look more like school at home) that I’d stick it out until December 23rd, which is when Christmas break begins. I’m fried. I don’t know that we’ll last that long. It seems to work all right for our fourth grade daughter, but she finds their physical science and history classes boring, and she’s not fond of their math program, either.
Honestly, I don’t think their math books do a good job of explaining the math concepts, so I end up explaining them to her myself in a different way. I think we make more progress together in math using the white board at home.
She loves the Spanish PowerSpeak program; her older brother dislikes their German PowerSpeak program and doesn’t have time to even get to that, anyway. Our youngest–the first-grader–hates slogging through all the lessons. When I tell her she still has two or three (usually more) lessons to get through before she’s done for the day, she’s in tears or very nearly there. She hates K12 already and wants to go back to homeschooling the way we did it before–without K12’s “help.”
I do like the on-line daily & weekly plans, progress tracker and links to helpful/educational websites, but I don’t like the content of the lessons, and I honestly think we can do better in that department. I’m looking at homeschooling software that will give us what I like about the K12 OLS but will allow us to use our own content. I know I need help with keeping careful and complete records of their work and of what we’ve covered.
But K12 is not the answer.
It’s Saturday, and I’m having to assign catch-up work to the kids when we’d rather just be enjoying our Saturday together.