Post by eyeofthestorm on Apr 15, 2020 13:29:32 GMT -6
If you find you're needing some input, I'd like to invite you to ask here. I'm not the only parent of school-aged kids here, and I'm sure any of the ladies would be willing to contribute ideas.
Next year, we'll have a 12th grader, a 10th grader, and an 8th grader. Over time, we've done all off-line, combination online and offline, self-paced, class schedules... Next year looks as if it may be our first all-classes-online year. We'll see - not everything is sorted out yet.
Aside from our family experiences, I've been teaching online for two and a half years now. I began with young students, and this past year have added North American and European middle school and high schoolers. I've been on both the parent problem solving side and the teacher problems olving side LOL
Online learning has a learning curve for some families and students. If there's an area where you need help, please ask and we'll try to help.
Girl. Evie is starting all online this next year. I am just too exhausted honestly. Both kids plus Anna’s illness and hospital all the time. Add in Evie wanting to be a vet. I just don’t feel like I can do it all anymore. I love teaching them, but as Evie gets older everything is harder and I have to look a lot of it up. I want her to be prepared for college and I don’t feel I can do it through high school. She will be using BJU distance learning. Anna will still use our current curriculum.
Post by eyeofthestorm on Jan 11, 2021 7:24:24 GMT -6
Heather, how is it going?
Our boys have been at least partially online since middle school grades, but this was the first year that EVERYTHING is "out of my hands." Well, sort of. DS3 is taking the literature class that I'm taking. I do wish the older two had more live classes. We chose PowerHomeSchool for them this year so they could access some vocationally related coursework they were interested in. Our oldest graduates this year, but right now, I'm thinking about pulling DS2 back for at least one core class and letting him take that live through another portal.
I can share that all of the boys have been participating in SKrafty Together and they really like it. SKrafty is a website that was originally set up as a safe Minecraft server. I cannot say it would be a good fit for everyone whose children play Minecraft, but the moderation is STRICT and I feel safe having my boys play on their. Over time, they began offering classes. We have taken SKrafty classes in the past (and I even taught two courses on their last year). Anyway, this summer, they offered two weeks of "camp" and our boys LOVED it. It was so successful, and with the loss for many of in-person group meetings, they created "SKrafty Together" which takes place all day on Fridays. My boys pick and choose what they will do. There is a devotional first thing of the day. There is usually a craft time. There is also usually a combo geography/culture session, which I was surprised to find my boys really liked. My older two participate in a session that I thought would be debate, but they explained is more like the fundamentals of debate. This particular session is like a class (I had to get them the text book), but nothing is graded. There are also game times - both Minecraft activities and often they will meet via Zoom for other (not Minecraft) games. This is one thing that I hear my boys reminding each other on Thursdays about - they REALLY enjoy it.
I would suggest that anyone interested - in the social aspect or the classes - check out SKrafty. I loved the kids there and was sad when I decided to step away (even though it was right for me). The classes are rigorous in some ways, but I found the teachers kind and understanding. My oldest took anatomay and physiology through SKrafty last year and I was VERY pleased with how demanding the work was. He really had to think and I know he leared a lot. Their writing classes are IEW. They have expanded their offerings WIDELY this year, and continue to offer new classes.