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April 11th, 2011, 04:10 PM
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K12 doesn't actually *require that you finish 100% every year either
Even the virtual schools using it that seem more strict, K12 in and of itself is not nearly as strict as it seems. K12 has core things that need to be finished, yes, but the same is true for *any curriculum, or learning environment-no matter where it is. There are just certain things you need/want to get done every school year in order to progress on to the next level/year. Even the most lax usually have some sort of goal for the year.
k12, more particularly for the younger grades, definitely does not require 100% completion. We've spoken at length both with those at K12 and at OHVA(which is basically the "umbrella" virtual school we go through here) about this very topic. Mostly because we did not start at the beginning of the year, we started at the end of a semester. But all have assured me that while the website has goals, percentages of completion, etc...100% is not mandatory, ever. I wanted to make sure it wasn't just our "school"(OHVA) policy though, which is why I spoke directly to the folks at K12 about it as well(mostly due to some issues we had with Leo's first "teacher"-who btw no longer works for K12). It's something they really wanted to stress to me... to not stress about it. We will not have finished either by the end of the year, none of my kids will(6th,4th,1st). It's not an issue and we've already re-registered for next year

I do think you're being a bit hard on yourself. But we always are as parents. We tend to set goals and when we don't meet them, we begin to second guess and question. I think its perfectly normal to do so, to be honest. Everyone does it at one point or another in their life. This year was obviously chaotic to say the least for you. You should be proud of what you *have accomplished. Maybe focusing on that will help. It does for me, when things aren't going so well. I wouldn't base next year's expectations on this year's experience. I know it's hard not to. But as your husband said, you've been through a lot, and now things are getting settled. They won't be the same next year. Heck even *if* next year were chaotic too, it wouldn't be the same experience, either. I try to just take each day as it comes, and that's how I'd take this too. Each new school year is a new experience in and of itself. We can't really judge one, until it's over, because you just never know what may change. Pat yourself on the back for making it through the chaos in general, especially with a newborn!
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