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Our daughter got a new computer today for FREE

July 29th, 2008 at 10:33 am

We decided to home school our 10 year old daughter while on vacation in May. We were sick of the public schools using children as fundraisers, and always marketing their contradictions to us (i.e. fast food, yucky lunches, candy, etc.). Plus, we felt she wasn't being challenged academically.

A friend in Washington State told me about a home school program called K12. She said, they supply the curriculum, supplies and books, assign you a teacher, give you a computer, and the best part it's all FREE.

My daughter has wanted a computer for years, but we told her she would need to save up for one. Well her computer from K12 arrived today. Yippy!!! To our surprise it was a brand new HP with a flat screen monitor and a new HP printer. She is in heaven and so are we. That one decision probably saved us $1,200 or so.

Also, home schooling will allow us to save by not having to purchase school clothes, gas, supplies, and the endless "begging for your money" that schools do.

I DO NOT hate public schools or their teachers. We have just found an alternative for education, and a way to save more money. What do you think?

6 Responses to “Our daughter got a new computer today for FREE”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    You have to pay for home schooling curriculums. I like home schooling, but it is not free.

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    What's the catch? All of that for free? Sorry I'm a bit skeptical.

  3. sharmanl Says:

    I promise you it is all FREE! Plus, they give us $10.95 a month to pay for Internet service. In Georgia the website is www.K12.com/ga. Every state I believe has it. Ours is called Georgia Virtual Academy.

    Many people do not know about it, and many home schoolers are paying tons of money. I PROMISE everything is FREE! I do not work for them, I am only a parent with my child enrolled.

  4. Swimgirl Says:

    I wouldn't trade professional teachers for a free computer. There is much to be gained from attending a school (public or private) with other children.

  5. sharmanl Says:

    Actually my husband will be her "real" teacher. They just assign you a virtual teacher in case you get stuck or need assistance with a subject. Oh yes, the computer is not for her to keep forever, just as long as she is home schooled through the program. I believe they give you a computer per child if there is more than one. Our computer is brand new too.

  6. cargirl86 Says:

    I think home schooling can be a good choice, but it's so important for you to keep her involved in extracurricular activities with kids her own age. I don't have children, but I attended (public) school and (private) college with several who were home schooled for years ... with a few exceptions (like, three out of the nearly 20 people I know) they're mostly incredibly socially awkward.

    I used to beg my mom to home school me because kids are really cruel, and I had a few "frenemies" in particular. But now I'm glad I went through all of that, because I feel very well equipped to handle social situations. I don't think I would've gotten that if I stayed at home.

    But I attended school in Georgia and was NEVER challenged academically. My mom practically DID home school me. Academically, I think you probably made the right choice for the time being, especially if you say your DD isn't being challenged at school.

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