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    Quote Originally Posted by Aandwsmom View Post
    Ok, we have used Time 4 Learning through this year....starting Fall 2012....both boys will be in High School and outgrown it.....POOP. I love it, they love it and it works....

    This year, Andrew used eLearning for 9th grade and did ok. I am not thrilled with it and from what I have heard...it can be a year by year choice on whether they offer the Compass Odessey High School program.

    So checking out other options because as I posted in the family complaining dept.....I am not happy with my Mom running their writing program.

    Not sure about piecing their school together via lots of places....I am not as creative as some of you, nor do I have time and gumption to always make sure they do it. But will if that is what it comes down to.

    So....am using April and May to research places, programs, etc.
    I do not think they can go back to public school. Andrew's ADHD halts his changing classes, etc. he didnt get it in 6th grade and now would be a nightmare. William does not do well with crowds and I think that public school would overwhelm him, esp. high school.

    I am currently looking at Connections Academy.....it looks a lot like K-12 online, etc. in that it is regimented on the time frame. More like a public school instead of homeschool. That we do not want. But, fighting 2 teens on schooling vs. online gaming at Minecraft......

    So....have any of you used it, know someone that used it, I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly!

    I had 2 children in Connection's Academy in 2013-2014- The curriculum seem to be very organized and easy to follow. However, they changed the curriculum in 2014-2015. I was very disappointed. Instead of using the text books with power points to give more detail, they are taking away the books and trying to use more online articles that give too much detail (over load) and is not to the point. The way the links are organized in the power point are not in order and hard to follow. the quiz's that are given at the end of the day lesson have questions that the information was not found in the lesson. I have taken online college and am very familiar with using power points for learning lessons. The change they have done at Connections Academy is dysfunctional. It's too complicated and I removed both kids from that school (4th & 6th grades).
    I started using the distance online learning. I am very happy with it. It does cost but very affordable. It does have a video teacher to teach every day. The teacher in the video tells them what pages they need to do for that day. I do have an answer key. We are all much happier with this curriculum.[/B]

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    I used connections academy 5 years ago. At that time I thought if I did online schooling it would be the same. I was wrong. Yes we were at home but the kids were exhausted by the end of the day with busy work and they were not learning anything. Basically public school at home. The positive was that we can go on vacation when we chose as long as the teacher knows what days we were taking off. The kids loved that they could be at home. The things that I had a problem with is the core curriculum. Im not a core fan. The children would work from 8 am till about 6 pm. They were exhausted. So after that school year I took them out. Recently I saw positive reviews on the great schools website and wanted to try again. I should have never done it. They changed some things but its still the same. My kids have good grades but its a bunch of busy work. If you have any questions and try to get a hold of someone because of any problem, its a waste of time. It depends on what teacher you have. The administration don't reply at all to problems. I had the run around and my daughter was failing due to a teacher not responding to her questions. The administration really didn't care if she wasn't grasping the concept or that her teacher wasn't helping her. I give up on them and will never go back to them again. Im not a person that like to say negative things about things but I really lost respect for them when they treat people and children like a number. They pumped parents up in the beginning of the year and said we are a team. They said they will be there when you have any questions. I really had to figure things out on my own and became frustrated with the administration. I hope they can learn to have better communication skills. My children went to a magnet school and did well there till about last year. Now we are looking for something else we can do. The public schools are pretty bad here with bullying and drugs. No thanks.

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    Hi Lily,

    Sorry you had a wretched time with the online school thing. For the reasons you said, it doesnt appeal to me, either. Do you need help figuring out what to use? You can start an introductory thread, or jump in with questions.
    Welcome.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I think the "not too much time" thing is a problem no matter what you do for high school. High school is going to take a lot of time and the assignments are going to be hard. This is real world prep. You may be able to have some flexibility, but this is THEIR job one way or another. I think it is a huge transition for everyone, but one that needs to be made.

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    If you don't mind the question, what distance online learning do you use? I'm trying to research all the options. One of my kids in particular may do better with something like that.

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    Tanyansons, I think my reply didn't work right, to be to you. I was hoping you could tell me more about your distance online learning that did work for you, and what it is. Am looking at options for one of my kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aandwsmom View Post
    Nope! Connections claims to be free.... but says it is a public online school...... they do have a private school section.

    I am paying $50 a month for eLearning this year for Andrew in 9th grade which is bad enough and next year if I stay with them, it will be $100 a month..... I just am not thrilled with it. So....exploring other options.

    My issue with plucking things from here and there is I am busy. I run a childcare in my home, I do an online job and we are homeschooling since 2008.

    I loved Time 4 Learning like I said, it was all there.... I got to add the fun stuff, etc. but the main curriculum was done.
    Wanting THAT in a high school curriculum at reasonable prices like T4L is.....

    But, if Connections Academy is regimented....no thanks. We only homeschool M-Th, we take 2 weeks off in Oct., 1 week at Thanksgiving, 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in Spring and finish school in June sometime. We also start early like 2nd week of August. We do that so we have the ability to be flexible and take lots of time off, etc......I do not want a school telling me it has to be done by a certain time. That blows the whole homeschool thing out of the water....

    Hoping some other SHS members have input about Connections, so we can both learn about it!LOL
    hi,
    just enrolled in connections academy. it is technically a public virtual chater school and as such it has to go by the state mandates on required hours/days of school each year. which where I live is 180 days or 1,025 hours. you can vacation and do work while on vacation , or do it at a later time. but there are some things that are on a fixed schedule and must be done when scheduled.

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    cdorsey,

    Did you attend this year of 2016 partial year? I would love to talk to you a bit if you don't mind? Reviews on this site not looking so good....haha

    Amy
    Amy - New Homeschool mom near Denver, NC (boy 11 & girl 8) looking to make some new friends!!

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    TIme4learning is pretty popular however my kids found it very boring for science and social studies (which are the 2 that are easy to automate/make interesting). They basically had to read text from the screen..,.ugh...

    Math was OK - kind of fast paced for my 3rd grader (who went to a great public school, top of class, gifted talented)..It felt like they transitioned to fast on some topics..so I bought a different math program.

    She loved thier Language arts program.

    My son didn't like it much - 6th grader. So I dropped him and tried to "unsuccesfully" piece things together. considering connectino academy (free from my state) or K-12 (free from my state) but not sure it would be much better....and if not a good fit, goes on thier official school record which makes it hard to be comfortable trying. in homeschool, I can try and fail and find somethng new without hurtng my kids grade point average...but if I enroll, I feel stuck to make it work UGHHHH
    Amy - New Homeschool mom near Denver, NC (boy 11 & girl 8) looking to make some new friends!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyHeddleson View Post
    TIme4learning is pretty popular however my kids found it very boring for science and social studies (which are the 2 that are easy to automate/make interesting). They basically had to read text from the screen..,.ugh...

    Math was OK - kind of fast paced for my 3rd grader (who went to a great public school, top of class, gifted talented)..It felt like they transitioned to fast on some topics..so I bought a different math program.

    She loved thier Language arts program.

    My son didn't like it much - 6th grader. So I dropped him and tried to "unsuccesfully" piece things together. considering connectino academy (free from my state) or K-12 (free from my state) but not sure it would be much better....and if not a good fit, goes on thier official school record which makes it hard to be comfortable trying. in homeschool, I can try and fail and find somethng new without hurtng my kids grade point average...but if I enroll, I feel stuck to make it work UGHHHH

    We just started connections learning academy arizona and the social studies test has 18 multiple choice (some items from the study packet) and 5 essay using DETAILED and difficult questions that require deep thought. We came in late to the school year but in attempts to get caught up, our A & B student from an esteemed private school is now hitting C & D's on common core crap. He was in Saxon math which I'd much prefer he continue instead of common core, but there's no options. The quick checks in the lessons are weighted on the grade and if you miss 2, you're at a D! And there's no redo's... so we find ourselves having to argue the questions and choices because they're poor examples.

    Besides that, the site is somewhat organized but requires A LOT OF READING - I mean, parents and kids, get ready to spend hours on emails beginning of the week and then HOURS on schoolwork because our 11 year old is having trouble navigating and getting assignments.... and he's very computer and internet savvy. It's just A LOT. As in A LOT A LOT.

    We are looking for an alternative and time4learning seems to offer saxon... anyone else have any suggestions? We'd like to not have our kid doing school from 8:30-6pm every night with questions and bad grades to go along with it. Sure school before was during the day with 3 hours of homework, but he had good grades too w/ teacher interaction.

    We have 2 classes at once and they won't change it so he's forced to miss a live lesson... what is that about?! Miss the only opportunity you have with your teacher? I don't think so.

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