Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Back to School - Again

Next Wednesday I start back to school again. This time it's with Western Governor's University and it's all online.

I'm excited because I get to work at my own pace, so if I get something, I can finish it fast and move on. If not, (ahem, can anyone say math?) I can take longer to get it. I like that.

I get asked why I didn't choose University of Phoenix or some other online University and here's why - WGU can be transferred to any state and I can still keep working on my teaching degree. UoP didn't offer that option - only certain states offered the teaching program through them. Let's face, my dearest is still in the AF and we've been here for six years. The odds of us staying much longer are getting lower.

I knew I wanted to switch to online after Zach was in the hospital last year. I spent so much time there, missing class, getting behind, that I knew I needed something different. Now, if something happens like that again (which we hope won't) I know I can take my computer and keep working.

If we are still here when I get to student teaching I hope I can work in Zach's current school. He won't be there anymore, and I know how they work!

So, off I go to finish my orientation and get ready to get going!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dream Big

We all have a dream. Mine is to become a teacher. When I've asked Zach his answers have always been different. Some things I've heard ~

an actor, a director, a marine biologist, the guy who works at Gamestop (dreaming big!), and a vet. In other words "I'm only 10 mom, I don't know!"

Then he brings home a writing assignment about what he wants to be - and I'm going to type it as is. I'd scan it and post it, but let's face it, his handwriting is horrible!

Do you have a dream to be a cop? Well that's my dream. I want to be a cop because I get to arrest people who break the law. I'd travel the world looking for law breakers and catch them right away. I'll have to be very careful because some criminals can be very dangerous.

To become a cop you need to get a drivers license, earn a scholarship, and then go to college. That's my dream, so what is yours?

I hope he does get his dream to be a world traveling, scholarship earning, college going, bad guy catching cop! 

I would have preferred Marine Biologist though.....

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another Fail?

In October, when Zach got so sick, we pulled him out of public school and started doing the SC Virtual Charter School here at home. Tuesday, my man goes back to public school. So, the question is - did I fail at K12?

Honestly, I don't know. I know it wasn't the same as homeschooling. I know my son has to learn some subjects a little differently than out of a text book. Like History - he does great when he can immerse himself in History - not so much just reading it though. Probably because he hates History. He finds it boring. Sometimes it is - but you can make it fun - but not with K12.

When your child is in public (or private, or home) school and they go on a field trip to the zoo - that's a day of school. They learn things, you get some exercise, whatever. When you want to learn about mammals up close with K12 you can - but then you still have to do the six hours of scheduled work too.

They really do encourage everyone to attend their 'get togethers', they want you to meet other families, which is awesome. "But remember, you're still responsible for doing your scheduled lessons." So, if we did go, we would have to make up our missed work on Saturday. Or at 10 at night (which we did sometimes). Because, let's face it, we live at least an hour away from any scheduled event. Even if the thing lasts only a couple hours it's still an all day thing for us.

Now, I'm not bashing K12 - it's an excellent program. One I would have loved to keep pursuing, but honestly, if I have my son at home, schooling, I want to do it the way that works the best for us. And this program wasn't it.

We had an awesome system when we actually homeschooled (where I made the decisions of what we covered and when), we weren't slackers. We worked our butts off - and he was doing some work on a much higher grade level than he was actually in. I'm not saying I was the best - we had some difficulties, I think that happens to everyone, but we did well doing our own thing.

K12 offers a Private Academy option, you pay for it, and that one may be better. A little more flexible, but if you are thinking about enrolling in a state sponsored program please take a close look. I thought I looked close enough - but there were still things that didn't work for us.

Next month I get to apply for an out of zone for Zach's middle school. We are zoned for a school that's 30 minutes away, not the closest school, so if we don't get approved for that, we may have to rethink what we are doing for middle school. I guess that's a bridge we'll have to cross when we get there.

So, was this a failure? I don't know. I still have to sort that out.

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Before we moved to SC we lived in Washington State. Not in Seattle - come on people, Washington isn't just about Seattle! We lived near Spokane. No it didn't rain all the time. Yes, we got snow. No, it wasn't humid at all. I really liked Spokane.

But as usual, I digress. We lived in a split level house (hated it!) which meant two sets of stairs. My little man used to love to get in the laundry basket and ride down the stairs. Yeah, I let him. Entertaining an only can be tough sometimes!

So, while I was looking through some pictures I found these of my now not so little man, hanging out in the laundry basket. I guess no matter how old you are, riding the laundry basket down the stairs (or off the couch in this case) is fun no matter what.

Until next time ~ Kris