View Poll Results: Weekly Poll: Do you use an online curriculum?

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    Khan Academy (if you haven't seen them for a while, check out how much better they are now, with classes in many subjects, and their science offerings are great in my opinion) on and off for years, sometimes as a supplement, sometimes as a spine. Planning to use it as a supplement to DD13's 9th grade physical science and algebra courses at the charter high school she now attends, over breaks and summer, or if she starts struggling in class.

    Also paying for Stanford's product called giftedandtalented.com for individual subscriptions, and called Redbird Mathematics for schools that use it, right now. DS9 hates it as he hates anything that isn't his own idea (and hates being taught, period!) but that's no indicator of anything but his ornery personality. It has done what I had hoped: it has discovered his conceptual weaknesses and then set him on a course to correct them, and get him where he needs to be. I'm glad we tried it, and think he benefits from it whether he likes it or not.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    I used K12 full time when we first started, but answered the poll based on what we currently do. K12 was good...until it wasn't fitting the needs of my three very different learners.

    My oldest son used Home2Teach writing program for about 2 years. It was helpful and nice that it was someone other than me teaching, though I did help some on the assignments. Youngest son did Funnix on the computer...not online but I see some lumping of computer based so I will put it out there.

    Youngest is currently doing math on Moby Max, I like how we can do placement style testing at each grade and hit the things he is not getting. It is working well, lots of reinforcement that he needs. He is also doing American History on Khan Academy. He is 7th grade, we watch and read together, I supplement as needed. Mostly, so far, it is pretty good. Other kids have done math on Khan...it can be frustrating when they change things around mid year so that you think you are half done and you are not.

    We watch a lot of You Tube as a family. Dinner time....meals. My husband picks so sometimes it is Today I Found Out, sometimes it is the Hydraulic Press Channel or RoadKill. But there are lots of learning things in there....we have a well outfitted machine shop, and are working on restoring an old car. Personally, I like Veritasium. We fill in with various history as we want....went on a kick of watching documentaries on nuclear meltdowns....I had no idea that England had had one. ( We do not have much confidence in the power plant near us notifying us if there is an issue....) We watch stuff about gold mining, how to build things, how to explode things, Cody's Lab....lots of interesting stuff out there.

    I do have other curriculum....he does a co-op type thing for the science, and Auto CAD. I have him doing a program called Pattern Based Writing. And some other lit based stuff....Mosdos Press and reading novels for our local program called Cavalcade of Authors.

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    We love books you hold in the hand and study, but we do make use of some online learning.
    "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." --Thomas Jefferson

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    Hi, I am new here!
    We use Florida Virtual School FLEX, which is exclusively online. Our daughter is a full fledged computer nerd (in a good way), and this is how she learns best. The FLEX program is just that, very flexible. you start classes whenever you want, take as many or as few as you want. There is still social interaction via Discussion Based Assessment with the teachers (so far, AWESOME teachers!), and also Live Lessons with other kids if you want. Our daughter suffers from anxiety disorder, and I just wished we would have switched over to this earlier. She had 5 difficult years in regular school, when she could have learned in this relaxed environment. This type of online only program is definitely not for every student, but for the right type of learning personality it can work great. teaches student to be self motivated and self starting too (which was not my daughter's biggest strength). You usually have to complete a certain amount of assignments a week, but you have Monday to 8 PM Sunday to do so, so it is indeed very FLEXible. :-)I also like that since they are accredited, she gets credit for the language electives she are taking, and she can dual-enroll in a local college if she wants and earn free college credit. She is in 10th grade now. When we first started we made the mistake of following the regular school set up and signed her up for 6 classes at ones. For the next school year we will do 3 at a time max, you just do more assignments a week, so you still end up with 6 classes a year. just at a faster pace. Easier to concentrate on fewer subjects at a time.

    Sorry for the rambling, I am just so happy we are now homeschooling and that we found a format that really works for us. :-)

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    Like most others that commented we integrate in some on-line learning but not as a spine. The area where we do the most on-line is math. I learned early on that neither I nor DD had the patience to get her to do the repetitive work required to solidify math facts. Concepts are no problem but without practice... The number of problems she is willing to do for electronic stars handed to her by an animated character never ceases to amaze me. This year we are using Beast Academy and it has been great!

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    depends on the definition of curriculum. There are many tools online to help students such as khan academy, youtube videos, teachertube videos, etc.

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