So in the interest of free buckets of cash
I’m looking into the virtual charter school thing.
- $800 per student per year to use toward education, including extracurriculars like piano or karate!
- Lots and lots of oversight.
- Annual out-of-home testing.
- Paperwork and meeting requirements from whoever we are given as our teacher liason.
- Genneral ennui as my children are injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected, and selected.
But did I mention the $800?
I haven’t talked to anyone at the school, just other school families. Their opinions vary. I’m going to email the admissions director about what is really required and what is optional. This wouldn’t be for all the kids, most likely Gilbert, Trixie and Gloria. Possibly Abby. And I’d have to get their buy-in, because I’m not doing this unless they are willing to deal with the hoops and red tape. And the work, of course. Right now we do math, the end.
I bet we don’t end up doing it. But the monnnnneeeyyyy…
I have plans for the homeschool year! I’m going with Oak Meadow again. We last used them about 3 or 4 years ago, for the American History year. It went well. I don’t know why I stopped, probably expense? Because it is expensive, no lie.
So far I have the teens socked away. The Hero’s Journey, a freshman/sophomore English. It’ll be spiff!
I need to get the texts to go with it though. Oak Meadow offers them as a package deal but I can get them cheaper if I dig around. I’ve ordered the first two books they’ll need, House of Light, by Mary Oliver and The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. If they just loathe it I’ll be out a few bucks, not $75.
The program calls for a journal as well, for which I have ordered these sketch diaries. We’ve bought these before for the little kids to use for sketchbooks. They are nice, sturdy sketchbooks and will suffice for the girls to journal in. Faith is quite particular about her artist sketchbooks, but I think she will tolerate these for an all-purpose journal.
Now I need to decide if I want to use Oak Meadow for Gilbert and Trixie. I’m leaning toward OM Year Four, but it’s (ugh!) over four hundred dollars. Now, that’s for every subject, and I’d use it with two kids. So, not entirely awful, just a big expense to begin with. But then there’s Gloria, who can’t be shoehorned in with Gil and Trix, and probably would benefit the most from OM Year One. Another $300+. Youch!
I can see why people use virtual charter schools with a curriculum allowance. I’m just not yet willing to part with my educational independence for filthy lucre.
Homeschoolers always have a map on the wall. We haven’t put one up in this particular house… until this morning! I realized a while back that some of my kids have no concept of nonlocal distance or political boundaries (or time, beyond an hour or less, but that’s for another day.) Homeschooling for so many years and so many ages means getting to do things again and again. Faith and Abby went through this years ago, and Bede, but now Gilbert, Trixie and Gloria are getting up to speed.
So I bought us a couple maps: a world map and a United States map. They’re both laminated, so I also got some Vis-a-Vis wet erase markers – the kind teachers use on overhead transparency film. The plastic is very smooth and will make using the markers a breeze. They’re good maps. The world map is the same size as the US map, which makes it a little small in my opinion, but the US map is about right.
Above, Bede telling me where New York is. Doesn’t the red duct tape just make the whole thing pop! Ha, ha. I’ll put it up with a better method; this was just because the kids wanted them up today, now, this very minute.
Those show the scale pretty well, I think. Bede is the size of a smallish adult.
The map purchase necessitated deciding what projection I wanted. Now, I favor the Robinson projection (no surprise there!) but this one is Winkel-Tripel, which is okay, I guess. (squints) It will do for now.