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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 Â©
You're so brave to try that. When do you get a break?
Sounds so cool! Wow, it is so amazing how kids are learning "these days": )---that makes me feel so old, but it's true.
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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!
I didn't know there was public school online? I'm interested to hear more of your experiences with it.
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 :)
"You're so brave to try that. When do you get a break?"
My husband is the curriculum director for K12's foreign language classes. Go K12!
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.