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    Hello!

    I'm trying to find a secular on-line homeschool program for my rising 7th grader. I'm too late to sign up for K12 or Georgia Cyber Academy so I am looking for alternate suggestions.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Welcome!

    Are you just too late for this school year ending next month?

    Is there a reason you think an online school will work well for you and your 7th grader? Programs like K12 generally give all the bureaucracy of public schools with none of the personalized attention or learning interaction of homeschooling - the worst of both worlds!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Welcome!

    Are you just too late for this school year ending next month?

    Is there a reason you think an online school will work well for you and your 7th grader? Programs like K12 generally give all the bureaucracy of public schools with none of the personalized attention or learning interaction of homeschooling - the worst of both worlds!
    Sign ups for K12 for the 2018/2019 school year closed on May 3rd. My son has been in a regular brick and mortar school and was an honor student through 5th grade, but started struggling in 5th and then really struggled through 6th once he switched to a Middle School. Part of it is social-too many negative influences as well as just getting distracted by lots of people to talk to combined with the stress of trying to fit in at that age. Part of it might be ADD, we are looking into that. Anyway, he asked to try an online program as he is very computer savvy and feels like he could concentrate better without all the social distractions. Plus he is involved in an athletic program that requires 16-20 hours a week and the school schedule was not working with that. I was looking at an online program because they appear to offer teachers who could hopefully explain things when he has questions and also keep him on track and organized. Also I wanted to be able to match up with standardized tests in the state and not get off track with the subject matter if he ends up needing to go back into the public system. Sadly there is a great hybrid homeschool program locally but they only take non-secular students-otherwise I would sign him up for something like that in a heartbeat. Not happy with school bureaucracy or lack of individual attention of course-nor with the amount of busy work that is often assigned and the lack of text books and explanations...that's part of what is wrong with his current school. But organization and paper work is a weak area for me so I'm pretty sure if I was in charge of every detail of his education that he wouldn't graduate until he was 25. So I feel we both need oversight and outside structure in order to help him.

    Other than K12, I've looked at Connections and Time4Learning so far.

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    Hmmmm.
    We had this thread a couple months ago, with a gymnast. Maybe it will be of some help to you.
    Best Online Homeschool Program for my Gymnast

    I personally would still encourage you to do the interaction with your kid... being computer savvy may mean your son will just game the system. Getting through it doesnt mean he is learning, and that is the goal at the end of the day. The computer screen cant see if your kid is understanding material.
    A lot of homeschooling programs (especially marketed to new homeschoolers) are pretty open and go, not requiring a lot of organization or planning on the parent’s part.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    I read the thread you referenced, thanks. Looks like one of the moms thought these programs were good: "Book Shark, Build Your Library or Moving Beyond the Page"

    Any experience using these?

    Thanks again!

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    Welcome!

    I'm also in Georgia. I was looking into Connections Academy for a while, but decided it wasn't really what we were looking for. It wasn't as customizable as I initially thought. I still have a few years before my son will be old enough for schooling, so I haven't put together a solid plan yet, but I do like the looks of time4learning so far. It gives the flexibility that I was looking for.

    Good luck! The members here are super helpful, so you're in good hands

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    I abhor book shark, since its a vaguely sanitized version of sonlight. Depending on how much structure you want, you may like mbtp (more structured), or byl (more flexible).
    We are finishing BYL Grade 7 - World Geography here, and both of us (my son and I) have enjoyed it. There is a lot of reading, but not so overwhelming that we havent been able to adjust the weeks into 4day instead of 5day, as the homeschooling mom-author has laid out. Our Facilitator (charter school overseeing teacher) has been impressed with how well-read my son has become, and with his knowledge of the world’s countries and issues. For what that’s worth.
    You could look at both of them, see which appeals more to you. With both programs, they are suitable for an age range, so you can look at the adjacent levels to see if one appeals to you more than another.
    See what feels yummiest to you.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lred View Post
    Hello!

    I'm trying to find a secular on-line homeschool program for my rising 7th grader. I'm too late to sign up for K12 or Georgia Cyber Academy so I am looking for alternate suggestions.

    Thank you in advance!
    My eleventh grader is currently on the wait list for the eleventh grade for GCA. I`m looking for alternatives too. Does anyone have any experience with Keystone? I was strongly considering her doing that that fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I abhor book shark, since its a vaguely sanitized version of sonlight. Depending on how much structure you want, you may like mbtp (more structured), or byl (more flexible).
    We are finishing BYL Grade 7 - World Geography here, and both of us (my son and I) have enjoyed it. There is a lot of reading, but not so overwhelming that we havent been able to adjust the weeks into 4day instead of 5day, as the homeschooling mom-author has laid out. Our Facilitator (charter school overseeing teacher) has been impressed with how well-read my son has become, and with his knowledge of the world’s countries and issues. For what that’s worth.
    You could look at both of them, see which appeals more to you. With both programs, they are suitable for an age range, so you can look at the adjacent levels to see if one appeals to you more than another.
    See what feels yummiest to you.
    Do you use an online school or recommend any?

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    Has anyone tried the Global Student Network Online Homeschool that is advertised on this page? Looks like it can be online school or private school and seems to be less structured than Connections.

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