Desperately Seeking Online Program for 7th grade

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CaliGirl
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Desperately Seeking Online Program for 7th grade

Postby CaliGirl » Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:37 pm

Hi all.

I'm new to this forum. We're in Washington state. My 7th grade daughter is currently enrolled in an online program here that's using Fuel Ed. It's boring and she hates it. It's basically textbook reading online. She's starting the year off with very poor grades.

She used the Odyssey program last year through the same institution. That didn't work too well for her either. She spent barely any time in the program, and again got low grades, though she passed all her classes.

The year before that I purchased curriculum for her from several different suppliers, but she didn't do her schoolwork. I run a business and have a disabled son who needs care, so can't constantly watch to make sure work gets done, and forget me grading anything.

Does anyone know of a good, online program that's interesting and engaging for students in middle and high school? I want my daughter to get a good education and have considered putting her in public school, but I am concerned she won't do well there either. I have to give her current teacher a heads up on our decision this week.

She's a very bright girl and I want to help her enjoy her education and learning.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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Re: Desperately Seeking Online Program for 7th grade

Postby didomach » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:53 pm

Take a look at http://study.com. I just discovered it this summer and have signed up for next school year. All my students can use it with one membership. It is self-directed, but with all the options your daughter may find it's just the kind of school she wants to go to.

You can get an awesome discount (70% off) on Study.com here: https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/study.com/?source=79953

My 7th graders were always my hardest year. Learning how to be organized and to not slip through the cracks was the hardest thing to teach. But if you can tap into her interests you will win her heart into education. The Homescholar http://www.thehomescholar.com can help you make plans for the high school years so that your daughter will be easily accepted into university. The free materials on Homescholar are enough for your main decisions and transcript plans. Also, her books and videos are really helpful. She shows how you can create your own courses for your daughter to pursue according to her interests.

A third idea is Project Based Learning. See http://bie.org/project_search. I am also a hands-off teacher for many of my kids' classes, so the planning is the most essential. You might have to go through the list and collect some projects (with her). Then be a cheerleader as she walks through the material. I like the science PBL projects I saw on that site.

But you need some sort of accountability or your daughter will not turn in the work (spoken from experience). Even once a week check-off is enough to keep her accountable. I discovered Mardels's A Simple Plan http://www.mardel.com/asimpleplan this year and I believe it is going to be the best kind of program for them and me to ensure we know what needs to be done and what has been done. As I said, your planning goes into the front end so that you can be hands off most of the time. If your daughter is not a self-starter, you will need some sort of system that catches you and her in your weak points.

There is also Potter's School (http://pottersschool.org), which is a Christian online school. The classes are excellent caliber, though some are hard to qualify for if you wait till the higher grades. Also, the classes are about $500 each. It depends on your budget and university plans.


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