epic one-on-one continued, digital diet

I emailed Epic today, but haven’t heard back. Well, I mean, I literally just clicked Send, so I guess that’s acceptable. I asked about curriculum choice, paperwork and assessment requirements. I do have mixed feelings about it. We have always done our own thing, but the kids don’t mind the structure when we have it. When we go high-tide and are doing several subjects regularly it’s all fine. I think if we get a teacher we jibe with it could really work out well for us to do this. I hope that’s not just a combination of naivete and dollar signs in my eyes with that learning fund though.

Anyway, I’ll update as new information comes in.

As usual I’m off Facebook for Lent. It feels nice to have my mind to myself again. I have such an It’s Complicated with Facebook. I genuinely appreciate the real connections it gives me, especially with the financial troubles we have had this last year, but I seem to be unable to moderate my use. I’m going to see about approaching it like any other fast, with times for feasting and times for fasting. I don’t usually do well with that, but who knows. I tend to prefer to be all in or a teetotaller. Like, the low-carb keto way of eating, or when I was a vegetarian. Much easier to completely eliminate something than try to moderate it.

Oh yeah I should note that Trixie has started Saxon this week and she likes it better than Teaching Textbooks. Just for the record.

UPDATE: I heard back. We’re a no. The biggies for me are: limited curriculum choice and testing at least three and up to six times a year, at their facility. Teacher involvement is variable, I’m told.

So no “free” piles of money for us, I’m afraid. I figured it would be like that, but I wanted to be wrong.

3 thoughts on “epic one-on-one continued, digital diet

  1. We use Epic and I don’t know I really have a struggle with my kiddo to even want to do any work. She’s smart and would catch on fast if I could just get her interested. As of right now I’m not too worried about her uninterested and unmotivated learning but I feel that soon she needs to get on board. She turns 5 next month.

    • I don’t do anything until a kid hits 6 at the youngest. And even then, all we work on is learning to read, very gently. I can’t imagine doing a structured program of any kind with a four year old. It can be so harmful, developmentally, to push a kid to do things before they’re ready. Even if they are intellectually ready for a topic, by your estimation, if they don’t wanna you can really smush their joy in learning by being too focused on something quantifiable with checklists and such. My 3-5 year olds are read to daily, talked to constantly, and encouraged to explore their world with their near-boundless natural curiosity.

      • Makes sense. I guess I just grew up they needed to start schooling by 5 years old. My husband too. Just pressured I guess by society and family status quos I suppose.

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