K12 Turns Life Into Learning

by Samuel | September 30, 2013
Advanced Learner, School Environment, Flexibility/Lifestyle, Homebound/Medical
Hi, my name is Samuel. I'm a 13 year old 8th grader in the Advanced Learner Program of IDVA. This is my 9th year with K12, so I think it's pretty safe to say I am an old-timer, and I know what I'm talking about. First of all, some people tend to think that if you have a large family, teaching and keeping track of things would be near impossible. Well, I think you should know, for the record, that I have 7 siblings; 6 of them are in K12, and the 7th is too young for school. We get done just fine. You see, the older you get, the more independent the school program makes you. This means that by the time my younger siblings were enrolled, I was mostly independent. This is a very good and important thing as you're about to see. This is part of my story... It was a pretty cold February night where I live in Idaho. My baby sister, Konnie, was not doing so well, which happens a lot. She seemed to have a fever and was pasty gray-white, but for all I could tell she had a cold. (I'm probably not meant to be a doctor.) In any case, I knew that she wasn't doing great. Mom kept putting cold cloths on her head, which is pretty much where I got the idea of a fever. I was constantly telling Mom and Dad that we should take her to the hospital (which even now seems pretty obvious, but no one else seemed to get the memo because it sure took plenty of time for them to realize it.) Eventually, Mom and Dad went to the hospital with her. She and my mom were life-flighted to Seattle Children's Hospital. They were gone for almost 2 months, and this wasn't the first time! At many other times, Mom has been gone with little Konnie to hospitals in Montana or Washington. (You see, my town is too small to have the things my sister needs when she's sick, so she goes somewhere bigger.) Mom usually leaves for about two months every year. She isn't gone for two month at once, but in total it equals about that much every year. You might be surprised to know that keeping up with school is still no big deal. Since Mom is often gone like this with my sister, we do lots of traveling around. This means my brothers, sisters, and I have done school by ourselves from lots of different places. K12 is simple to use, has a good format, and has a great way of teaching. I'm always able to get my work done and stay on track. You see, I've done school while driving down the interstate, when living at the Ronald McDonald House, and at times, sitting in a hospital lounge. It doesn't matter. I can still get my learning done! Plus, when I don't understand something or a lesson is hard for me when my mom is gone, I can ask questions in a Class Connect session, which is a great way that student and teachers can connect online and teach or learn from each other. I can raise my hand (virtually, of course) and my teacher will answer my questions, work with me, and make sure that I understand. I'm not sure if Mom is going to have to leave this year, too, but I know that if she does I won't get behind in school! Now, I understand that kids schooled online often get done sooner than kids who do normal public school. But, one thing that is often overlooked is we don't have to sit there while a teacher reviews something for a couple of hours. We can get it done, now. I mean, I don't know about you, but from what I've seen, I would probably get in a bucket-load of trouble at school because I would get bored. Seriously, my brain isn't meant to sit there and be bored. At home I can be taught what I need and review what I need instead of what everyone else needs. In a large class at school, it would be hard (almost impossible) for a teacher to focus on you alone. This is why I would totally take K12 over any school, whether it's online or in a building. I don't want to force you to do anything, but I think that this is a program that you should definitely try. You will love it!
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