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Heifer Village in Little Rock offers home school enrichment programs

Heifer Village in Little Rock offers home school enrichment programs

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2010 mandatory testing information mailed to Little Rock homeschoolers

2010 mandatory testing information mailed to Little Rock homeschoolers

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Homeschoolers Joshua and John Duggar save a child trapped in car

Homeschoolers Joshua and John Duggar save a child trapped in car

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Update on Lincoln ACE

It is mid-year and I have mixed feelings about the Lincoln ACE online school program. The elementary school has changed the way it is handling conferencing and work samples. Last semester all elementary students in the Lincoln ACE program had monthly conferences with a teacher assigned by K12. At times this assigned teacher was snotty and abrasive to students, she was located in Florida and had no first hand knowledge of how Arkansas homeschools work. Until I contacted the administration at Lincoln ACE all I heard was benchmark, benchmark, benchmark. I thought she was going to faint on the phone when I informed here I did not care about the benchmarks. Now it appears we will have monthly conferences with the administrative assistant at Lincoln ACE. Our first conference is on Wednesday, I’ll post how it goes. Work samples may be only on a quarterly basis. I hope so, sending out monthly samples was a chore. The specifications were vague and the feedback was minimal.

High school is another story. For my 9th grader it was a real challenge to make the switch from traditional school to a virtual school. We had a number of technical issues at the beginning of the year and he got so far behind in his classes that he could not catch up. My 12th grader adjusted better but had issues at first semester finals. K12 had maintenance to perform at the end of the semester and several of the high school classes had finals on the same day as the cutoff. This led to problems with one of the classes when we could not open the final exam. It was in  a format that our word processing system had issues converting. By the time the issue was resolved and the file was converted into a format WORD could read the deadline for submitting the test had expired. The end result was a failing grade in the class for the semester.

This semester seems to be going better for all 3 of my students. All of the teachers changed, even the full year courses have diffrent teachers than last semester. We have a couple of field trips to look forward to. So far grades are much better this semester and the technical glitches have been worked out. I finally understand the conveluted K12 system for viewing grades and amount of time spent in each class. The system is not the same for high school and elementary school. There is a third system for foreign languages. K12 should have offered training to the parents prior to the start of school. I am rather computer savvy and it was difficult for me to figure out the system. My biggest complaint is the amount of time I have to spend checking on grades and work. If I was doing this without K12’s system it would be less time intensive.

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High school graduation ceremony for Little Rock homeschoolers

High school graduation ceremony for Little Rock homeschoolers

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Homeschool Days focus on survivor skills at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Homeschool Days focus on survivor skills at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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Job opportunity for Little Rock homeschoolers

Job opportunity for Little Rock homeschoolers

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Homeschoolers should attend "Arkansas Welcomes Sara Palin" event

Homeschoolers should attend “Arkansas Welcomes Sara Palin” event

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Home School lesson plan Black History Month: The Little Rock Nine

Home School lesson plan Black History Month: The Little Rock Nine

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Homeschool Days at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock

Homeschool Days at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock

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Posted on 13 January '10 by , under Free lesson plans and ideas, Homeschooling 101. No Comments.

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