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Over the years, we have tried out many, MANY different homeschool curriculum and styles. Most are free and some are subscription. We always seem to gravitate back towards the Discovery K12 site, especially during the Summer when we aren’t doing “official” school. I have posted about them before on my own after discovering them, originally on our homeschool blog, but there have been many updates since then and many more to come!
Discovery K12 – FREE Online Curriculum (Updated)
Discovery K12 is a FREE online homeschool curriculum for grades PreK – 12. It can also be used by public school children over the summer for some fun reviewing. Children should really continue reading throughout the summer months so you can easily use the Reading section and log their progress using their online log system. Discovery K12 can be used as a full curriculum or as a supplement. We personally like to use it along side some of our other curriculum.
Each student has their own account and log in info. Each school day, the kids sign into their accounts and the assignments for the day is right there, or you can choose the day you are on if you are not on the same day from the sidebar menu – there are 180 days total for each grade level. I suggest keeping track of the day you are on because this is one thing DK12 does not track, as far as I can tell. It would make it much easier for us to sign in and continue on with the last day we left off on since we are never on the same day DK12 is, or at least have a way to see where we left off instead of searching through the days. I’m not sure if this is one of the additions coming for the new 2016/2017 school year or not but it would be a great one.
You can view a Sample Student Account!
The subjects offered on Discovery K12 are Reading/Literature, Language Arts, Math, Spelling, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education.
- New Assignments each Day
- Over 16,000 Lessons
- Weekly Spelling Program
- Quizzes and Tests
- Grading and Reporting
- Classic Literature eBooks
- Fun and Easy-to-Use
- Parent/Teacher Account (optional subscription)
The optional subscription for a Parent/Teacher account is the latest addition. For those homeschoolers who need, or want, to keep records of their daily assignments, quizzes, attendance, etc., the Parent/Teacher account keeps track of it all automatically. You can easily add existing student accounts to the Parent/Teacher account and stay up-to-date on their progress and create transcripts, certificates, and diplomas. The regular price for a 1 year subscription to the Parent/Teacher account is $99. Right now, there us a limited time discount to get it for just $50 for a year!
With a regular, free Student account, they can still keep track of their progress but the Parent/Teacher Account keeps all of your students together in one account and is for you only. Before, I would have to sign into each student’s account to click around and find all of their progress for each section. Now, it is much easier for me having it all in one spot and there are extra tools for me to use!
How We Use Discovery K12
We use Discovery K12 daily along side another online paid curriculum. On days where we don’t have much time to dedicate to school, we use Discovery K12 only. The nerdlings go through one daily assignment pretty quickly so sometimes we do two daily assignments in a day.
Assignments can be a video to watch and a worksheet to print off for note taking and research, a set of math problems to work out, Spelling words, coloring pages, and more. I like to keep a dedicated notebook for each child so they can work on any work that needs to be written. DK12 does have printable graph paper and other related printable for the specific assignments if you like.
Reading consists of the students choosing an eBook to read and are divided by grade levels. We can choose from any grade so we can find the right book for our reading level. After reading, we can log the title, author, number of pages, and number of minutes read in the online logs (underneath the Reading section on the daily assignment page.) We just log the number of pages and title read since setting a time causes a meltdown in this house.
Discovery K12 has made our homeschooling much easier because it has all of the basic subjects (plus some!) for each day. This way I know they are getting snippets of pretty much most subjects available in a day and I don’t have to have a million books and resources for all 3 nerdlings!
We are finishing up our school year now and so I will be able to print out a Certificate of Completion for each grade level for the kids! This is available in the Parent/Teacher account.
2016 – 2017 School Year
The new 2016-2017 School Year Calendar is available now. The year starts on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and ends Monday, June 12, 2017. You can choose to start any day that you like by using the Daily Assignments page as I’ve mentioned before.