Whether you want to be a part of a virtual public school or a virtual private school, or want to cherry pick a subject or two, k12 has an option for you. Most states now offer a virtual academy that uses the k12 curriculum, but if yours does not, you can go the virtual private school route. Maybe you are looking for an online science course. Basically, whatever you need, you can get.
I’ll briefly go over each subject I have had experience with (grades K – 3). If you want to know about online homeschooling, you can see my page.
It’s basic. Nothing spectacular about it, but no holes in the curriculum either. We found there were some lessons that we needed more practice than what was provided.
We liked the literature, especially in Kinder. The kids were exposed to some classics with good discussion questions and activities to go with them. I did not really care for the grammar; not enough and way too easy.
Absolutely fabulous! Phonics in K and 1st grade is so great. The phonics tiles are organized and utilized. Lessons are clearly written out for the parent/teacher. Reading is developed incrementally with a focus on sound words and sight words. I just can’t say enough about the phonics program!
My daughters’ favorite subject. They loved when I would stand or sit next to them and read the history lesson or story from the computer screen. Pictures and graphics add interest and fun. I would have liked them to memorize a bit more, but I didn’t know any better then.
Fantastic! Now, this is not a “get your crayons out and color” kind of curriculum. This is real art curriculum where students learn art history and proper technique. They also learn about famous artists and try to copy their work. Another great thing about is that is goes along with the k12 History curriculum.
Another favorite of my kids. Lots of experiments and supplemental books. Nothing I would write home about.
This is similar to the art curriculum because it teaches real music theory. Many people dislike the music from k12 because they would rather have their children singing songs and playing tambourines instead of learning the grammar of music. While it wasn’t my children’s favorite, I definitely know that it helped them in their piano lessons. They also began to develop an appreciation for classical music and great composers.