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9.08.2008






i've been so busy getting mod*tot started back to school + playdates.
mod*tot is really good at "virtual" public school kindergarten. it's a lot of online games, but they also mailed her a great hp computer + printer, headphones, microphone, lots of books, cds, dvds, maps + extra stuff.
it's been taking a week to get acclimated + organized + excited.

the k12 website software has the lesson plans + it tracks attendance, so i just have to read the instructions. she's breezing through the 1st courses, because she has known her alphabet since she was 2 + she's a webhog. her nursery school was play-based + we read several books a day to her, but we haven't tried to teach her to read. she recognizes a lot of words + she's so bright i think she'll be reading on her own soon. it's so exciting to see her learn + answer questions correctly. it's just as exciting as seeing her pull up to standing for the 1st time or take a 1st step. it's awesome too, when she corrects my spelling or that i'm explaining something incorrectly :)

the stanford kindergarten math module is a great supplement + it adds the extra challenge, because the public school math is not challenging yet. the stanford software adapts to her answers, so if she gets a lot of questions in a "strand" correct, it won't work on that area + it will work on weaker areas.

by ~mod*mom~ at 8.9.08 ©

9 Comments:

You're so brave to try that. When do you get a break?

By Anonymous Dana, at 9/11/2008 5:13 PM  

Sounds so cool! Wow, it is so amazing how kids are learning "these days": )---that makes me feel so old, but it's true.

By Blogger Emily, at 9/12/2008 9:22 AM  

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By Blogger mandy13, at 9/12/2008 12:02 PM  

I'm sure mod*tot will be reading in no time at all. I'll bet she's as smart as mod*mom was when she was a tot. Keep up the great work and have fun!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2008 2:11 PM  

I didn't know there was public school online? I'm interested to hear more of your experiences with it.

By Anonymous Jeri D, at 9/12/2008 3:33 PM  

The online public school is available in some states. check k12.com to see where they have it. so far, it's great, except she's missing all the fun of a playground + classroom full of children :)

By Blogger modmom, at 9/15/2008 11:23 AM  

"You're so brave to try that. When do you get a break?"

Believe it or not, many homeschooling parents actually *enjoy* spending the extra time with our children. Lol!

Brave is having your 5 year old ride a bus to a place with homogenized learning system that is primarily underserving them.

Besides, we can still go to the park to play (many kids are always there) and our local co-op offers a variety of activities that get the kids into an learning environment more in line with "the real world". :-)

jeri d: There's other offerings online aside from k12. However, k12 is the only one of which I know that is available pre-paid through several states. Google up "online homeschool" and you'll have lots of reading. Cheers!

By Blogger knittlebittle, at 9/18/2008 7:58 AM  

My husband is the curriculum director for K12's foreign language classes. Go K12!

By Blogger Design Mom, at 9/24/2008 6:54 AM  

I have been reserching online learning for my soon to be kindergartener. The public school K class in our area has 40+ kids in it! That is way to many in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about how the K12 system works for you guys. I've been looking at that one and another online program. Of course I am met with tons of resistence from a few of the grandparents who think I will be damaging my kids with online learning....I disagree, I think it's a fantastic opportunity. Anyway, thanks for your update on the program.

By Blogger Steph, at 9/27/2008 1:23 PM  

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