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From: Heather (208.107.212.221)
Subject:         Re: Opinion of the K12 curriculum
Date: May 31, 2008 at 1:23 pm PST

In Reply to: Opinion of the K12 curriculum posted by daphne on April 29, 2008 at 4:31 am:

We have used this curriculum for K and 1st grade and will be using
it in 2nd grade. We absolutely love it and highly recommend it to
anyone who asks. The phonics program is the most
comprehensive we have encountered. It includes not only basic
phonics rules but dictation, sight words, and spelling. We also
tried Veritas Press Phonics Museum and enjoyed the presentation
but found the readers to require a great deal of reading
comprehension with unfamiliar terms. The K12 readers use
subject matter with which a child is familiar so that decoding and
comprehension are age appropriate.

I could rave about K12s History program incessantly! During the
1st semester, the geography of the 7 continents is presented.
Children use their passports to travel around the world and fill their
suitcases (file folders) with souveiners (projects) from each
continent. The girls enjoyed this so much they incorporated it into
their playtime! The second semester introduces some biographical
material and basic American and World history. The first grade
curriculum introduces ancient history until Rome in a very age
appropriate way. It parallels The Story of the World but streamlines
it in a way that 1st graders would not be confused! (For example,
instead of sprinkling the Kingdoms of Egypt throughout the book ,
K12 introduces Egypt in one unit.) While there are ample projects
to reinforce the concepts being learned the Art program parallels
the History which deepens the understanding of history while
learning basic art history as well!

We used Science only in 1st grade and were pleased with it. My
daughter was already familiar with some of the concepts but
enjoyed conducting experiments to "prove" she knew! We did not
order the science materials thinking that they would be easy to
purchase on our own. While that was true, we did not make a
point of doing so at the beginning of the year (thinking we'd do it
as we went along) and often found that we were missing 1 or 2
things. This meant that we'd have to postpone the experiment for
a day or two and lost a little momentum.

Math is great-- it utilizes the Progress in Mathematics program in
conjunction with its own. I like that it incorporates quite a lot of
basic arithmetic with problem solving and word problems.

We did not try the music program after discussing it with a friend
who also has used K12 for several years. She said that music was
difficult unless you had a musical background and that private
lessons on an instrument served her children better than the K12
music. I valued her opinion.


Sorry to go on and on... we really have enjoyed it and think its
worth every penny!

~H

BTW...dd just came in to ask me to read to her; I explained that I
was answering a question about K12 and she said, "Oh, I can wait
mommy...it's important you let them know we love it!"


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