Friday, September 4, 2015

Amazing Teachers

My kiddo was having trouble understanding some concepts in English. She read and read but still wasn't getting it. I attempted to help her on my own but she still wasn't getting it. Finally I called her teacher. It was the most positive experience Ive ever had with an instructor. She thanked me for calling and stated that "its her job to be there when families need help". She then proceeded to give my child an hour long one on one lesson. My kids would never get that type of focused attention in a B&M school

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Week 2

If you would have asked me how I felt about virtual school this time last week, my response would have been 100% negative. I struggle so much the first week. I felt it was information over load. My daughter was failing courses and my son wasn't moving through the courses at all. Now m, we are half way through week 2. It's a completely different experience. My son has straight As and my daughters grades are quickly improving. Looking back I can see several reasons why I struggled with the virtual school experience. First I had to realize this was not a brick and mortar school and it isn't homeschool. Seems so obvious saying it but that is the truth. With virtual school I can see every grade my child gets and how it impacts their grades. This is refreshing and stressful. I stressed every low grade they received. Now I can see sometimes the kids don't master everything at first viewing and may at times receive a less than desirable grade. But these grades only count as a small percentage of their over all grade. I also had to realize that unlike brick a B&m schools virtual school allows you to work when ever and where ever. It's ok if my child is slightly behind on one subject because their are tons of opportunities to catch up. My child can work on their weekend days. Or even on holiday breaks. Of course I never want my kids to fall behind but some subjects may take more time than other to comprehend.  Although the teachers are not physically present they are always avalible. I and my kids had to come to understand that the teacher is only a phone call or an email away. Most of the lessons my kids can read and understand very easily without much help. But at times they need some added assistance. That's where the teacher comes in. We call or email the teacher and they are always willing to help. I love love love virtual school. I can't imagine going to a B&M school. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

I need a drink

First day of school! Argh. It started so promising. We were all too happy to get started on the assignments. At first it seemed so simple. Even a bit too easy. But reality reared its ugly head. I know like anything we virtual school would be a huge adjustment. It is not for everyone. A child in virtual school must be disciplined and focused. My kids and I at quickly learning that fact. Thankfully, we aren't ready to give up yet. We are pushing through and hoping tomorrow will be a better day. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Almost ready

Our learning centers are ready! Kids are getting pumped for the first day of school. I'm a bit overwhelmed and nervous about starting something new. I'm sure we will all do well. Hopefully the kids will be getting their first call from their teachers in the next few days.  Hopefully today! School starts on Monday and id love to chat with the teachers before that time. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Connections Academy is the winner

So, we decided to go with Connections Academy! They seemed to have more options available in terms of electives for my 6th grader. My daughter is really excited to start. She plans on taking Chinese, keyboarding and music in addition to her core classes.  My son is excited to have a bit of control when it comes to his education.  This is all so exciting our family 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Starting Our Journey

My family and I have decided to start a new adventure. We've decided to start homeschooling. After carefully weighing our options we decided on a virtual school. I have home schooled in the past but that was overseas. When living in Japan, I decided to supplement their learning at home in English. But now that we are back in the good ole USA we wanted to try something different. Virtual schooling allows the kids the learn at home but it also takes some of the responsibility off of me. I do not have to plan learning assignments or search and pay for curriculum. My kids are able to learn at home and not have to deal with bullying or a strict school schedule. The down side is the virtual schools are still public schools so my kids will still have to take standardized test. We aren't looking forward to that part. Currently, I am looking at two schools. K12 and Connections Academy seem to be a great fit for what we are looking for.  Starting the enrollment process now for both while I weigh out the options. I haven't decided on which school to go with yet.