Wednesday, September 1, 2010

K12 Virtual Academy & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to: Ticia, comment#7 , who said, "We're currently studying early history, so that'd be fun to have something else to refer to."

As many of you know, I am a former kindergarten and special education teacher. I get many questions from parents about how they can be active in their child's education. Many of my readers choose to home school their children and are looking for support and guidance. I would like to introduce you all to my newest sponsor, which provides an option for parents interested in home based education. I really like their emphasis on support for the parents, because I while I have the benefit of a education background, I know many do not and are afraid to make this momentous decision without help. Please read about one users experience and enter the giveaway at the bottom.
I never pictured myself as a “schooling at home” mom.

I was a big yellow bus believer! I even threw a party for myself when, after 20 years, I sent the last of my six children to school! The balloons were not all popped from my party when my husband, a state legislator, invited me to see some of the new education options now available in our state.

I went along just to be with him, so when I heard the words, “schooling at home,” I scoffed, “Not for me!” But something happened inside my mind and heart as I listened to what could now be offered to my children--at home. My mind drifted to my 12 year-old daughter who had been holding back in class, afraid to be labeled a “brain” or a geek.

I was told that the Virtual Academy option could open up doors for her and let her excel at her own pace. I remember the sigh that escaped when I knew this was something I wanted to try in my home.

My family has been enrolled since 2002. I am now the parent of a Virtual School graduate, and though it has not been an easy road, I cannot speak highly enough of the Virtual Academy option for schooling children.

A Virtual Academy is an online public school with most of the bells and whistles of a traditional school, but with all the comforts of home because that is where the student is—at home.

The Virtual Academy became my choice when I learned that this online school could provide my children with:
1. The top quality K12 curriculum
2. A state-certified teacher assigned to my family
3. All the supplies I would need to put together the highest quality education available
4. All this would be paid for by my tax dollars.

The Virtual Academy has remained my choice for more than eight years because I discovered that the curriculum can be individualized to the needs of each of my children. I no longer wonder where they are in their education or if they are grasping the material. I know...
~Online tools show where to begin and suggest a plan for each day.
~The teacher brings the lessons and the online learning all together with regular contact, live lessons, and help with individual needs.
~Office hours are conducted online so that a family can virtually drop in to visit about a lesson or receive more instruction.
~During the day, I work directly with my child, as the child’s learning coach.

The child knows that education is important to me, and something to value. This encourages deeper dives into subjects that hold our interests. K12 provides resources for just such research in many of the lessons. There is a lot of multiple generation learning going on here.

The K12 curriculum builds lessons that include flash technology, brilliant photography, and exciting interactive programming to give variety to each lesson and peak the interests of students. I was stunned when my second grader watched the news and informed me that the Middle East conflict was taking place on the Fertile Crescent. And when one of them wanted to go for a drive so they could see a cold front and a warm front meet in the sky so they could explain how it worked. What inspires the child, inspires the Learning Coach, as well.

The Virtual Academy hosts regular meet-and-greets, as well as local activities for families to get to know one another and to network support. Activities are optional, but families tend to come and enjoy visiting museums, libraries, movie houses, parks and local historical sites. Parents pool their time and talents to offer additional support as Virtual Academy Boosters. These events are parent-run activities that vary from region to region, but include co-ops, clubs, gym days, bowling leagues and field trips.

My virtual academy hosts spelling bees, geography bees, science fairs and literacy fairs. My children have had pen pals, dance partners, and lego robot races. In enrolling my children in this program, I have found “virtually” everything my children need to have a top-notch educational experience right at home

This article, written by Heidi Higgins, is a sponsored post on behalf of K12 and was originally posted on ThinkTank12.

I've got a copy of the book, "The Human Odyssey: Prehistory Through the Middle Ages" edited by Mary Beth Klee, John Crib, and John Holdren (all K12 employees), to give to one of my readers.

It's more than a history book--it's more of a storybook of history, complete with images, diagrams, maps, and charts in full color. This volume begins the odyssey of the development of civilization over a twelve-thousand year span from the Ice Ages to the Middle Ages. A great addition to any home school classroom or home library.

Here's how to win:
Please leave a comment here simply saying how you'll use the text or what you think about the Virtual Academy. That's it!

(Please include your email address so I can reach you if you win.) Winner will be chosen by This giveaway ends at midnight on 09/8/10.


Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of K12 Virtual Academy who provided the content and giveaway.

7 Friends Said:

julie said...

It is so nice to hear that someone else is using K12. I have 4 children that I enrolled this year in K12. My husband and I have been so upset with the lack of personal attention and help for our children that we decided to give K12 a try. I have only been "schooling at home" since the 16th of August but am already hooked on the program. My 7th grader has been struggling in Math and I have been able to help him figure things out. Yesterday he was shocked that we were able to learn a new concept in Pre- Algebra and finish the whole listen in 20 minutes! I love that I am able to take control of my childrens' education. All 4 of them LOVE learning now! I LOVE being their Mom and their teacher! Just so you know I am teaching Kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade and seventh grade.

Go K12!
Julie Wheeler

mom2girls said...

The curriculum looks amazing, it is really sad that it is so expensive in all the years I have homeschooled (going on five years now) I have never seen a almost $5000 curriculum before, but it must be worth it to your families. I am so very blessed where I live, in Canada, we are enrolled in an amazing program and we get paid to do it, not the other way around. I do like that this program of yours has you envolved with each other ,that is great, and that it is world wide, I love that.

Christy said...

This is unrelated to THIS post, but I wanted to let you know I just read your 'Behind the Blog' on Yesterday on Tuesday....loved learning a little bit more about your story! I haven't delved into the world of your ABC blog yet, to be honest, I'm worried I'll get lost in the world of curriculum b/c it's actually my very favorite thing to do (believe it or not)....curriculum writing is my heart, so I never mention it on my blog or I'd never STOP mentioning it! I've often thought of just starting a second blog for that reason, so you've inspired me to...well....think about it some more, but still! I can't wait to explore blog two! Great interview! I can't wait for the joint party to start. :O)

Beverly @ said...

Hi! Just wanted to leave a comment letting you know I'm visiting from Yesterday on Tuesday. I'm a new follower of yours and I've linked up to the party!!

MaryAnne said...

I'd love to use this book to create some early history lessons for my kids!

thriftycraftmama at gmail dot com

amweeks said...

Although I'm not a homeschooler, I find myself trying to "fill in the gaps" of those areas they are not learning in school. This book would fit right into our home library and provide a great opportunity to discuss new areas to them!

annmarieweeks at verizon dot net

Ticia said...

We're currently studying early history, so that'd be fun to have something else to refer to.

Thanks for mentioning on FB, forgot to enter earlier.

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