I don’t know if there is a NBTS blog hop this year, but I like to do this every year to see how things change.
Grace is using K12 through Destination Career Academy of Colorado on the Agriculture path. Hannah is using K12 part-time through Colorado Digital Academy (meaning we are homeschoolers, she gets LA, Math and Science and I supplement the rest.) We have been using K12 through various on-line schools for 12 years. I have graduated two kids this way, it’s flexible, demanding, academic, structured and it works for us. But, K12 is not the only thing I use. No matter what courses they are taking through K12, we always have things that we do on our own. Some of these things are rabbit trails, things that occupy a portion of a week or month that involves delving deeper into a subject or studying something for the sake of learning more about it. The trail might come off of a lesson or it might be something that the girls are interested in the moment.
Grace has worship dance, River Watch sampling and testing once a month, art/crafts and library events in addition to school. Hannah has worship dance, French, music, art/crafts, library events and will start volunteering at Freedom service dogs soon. In addition to that we have park days, field trips, co-ops and hang-outs with our homeschool group. We also volunteer at church, hike as a family, swim and go to festivals and museums on our own. I have NIA, Holy Yoga, arts/crafts, library events and TNO for myself.
Some things we use besides K12
French (or any language) – Duolingo
History/science and more related crafts – Ellen McHenry’s basement
History – Big History Project
Lots of free MOOC classes (I take some too) – Coursera
More MOOC classes – EdX
Writing/Reading – Read Write Think
Science – Tree of Life
Science (this link goes to medicine, but in the upper left corner is a place to jump to Light, Nat. History and Astronomy) – Huntington
Bible – Biblegateway
Federal – Fed Resources for Education
Math – Kahn Academy
PBS (chock full of lots of stuff for all ages, grades and courses) – PBS learning media and PBS kids
BBC (some of the words are British, but this site is full of great stuff) – BBC Education