Special Content: How to Read Music

This week at Discovery K12 Online Homeschool…

We are highlighting How to Read Music this week inside Student Accounts and free online piano, guitar, and drum lessons. This special content teaches how to read sheet music, music vocabulary words, an overview of musical instruments, and has great, free, online music lessons! There are fifteen instructional videos on how to read sheet music, and resources for choosing and learning about instruments. This special content will be archived on the Special Content page after Oct 6th.

Starting September 3rd!

What to Expect, Tips & Reminders

We officially start the 2019-2020 homeschool year next Tuesday, September 3, 2019, after Labor Day. Below is information on what to expect, tips, and reminders.

What to Expect
Next Tuesday, when students login, the Today’s Assignments page will show Day #1 assignments, and that page will change to the next days assignments according to the Calendar schedule under the Help menu. The Today’s Assignments page will change each day at approximately 5 PM Pacific Time. If your student misses a day, they can always access the missed day using the Daily Assignments page to do their lessons. Those going by their own schedule, may continue to do so using the Daily Assignments page.

Tips & Reminders
ONE: It’s important to read through everything under the Help menu before starting.

TWO: The weekly spelling quiz for K-12 will have audio to hear the words. If your browser does not support the audio, you will need to call out the spelling words for your student to administer the quiz, and the words are in the SAME order as shown on the assignment pages.

THREE: Save ALL student work. While most states do not require you to save student work, we highly recommend saving all work for your files. You never know when someone may ask to see it and validate that work was done.

FOUR: Have students write their Name, Date, Day #, and Course on each assignment they give you. This makes it easier to document and organize the saved work.

FIVE: Have students give work to you regularly. Everyone has their own system that works for them. Some collect work hourly, daily, weekly, etc., but we recommend collecting and reviewing student work regularly.

SIX: Check your State Laws for any homeschool procedures you may need to follow. We are a curriculum and not a school, and parents/guardians need to handle any of the paperwork process to legally homeschool.

SEVEN: Essays & Presentations in Language Arts begin at the 2nd grade level. If your children have never done essays or presentations, they’ll be basic at first but will improve each year as students progress. Our Language Arts has a flow to it with students writing an opinion or argumentative essay on Mon, narrative essay on Tue, a digital presentation over Wed and Thur, and creative writing on Fri. Some people prefer to do one essay over Mon and Tues. Our Language Arts is designed to produce good writers and communicators, prepare for college, and/or the work environment.

EIGHT: Integrating research is an important aspect to the curriculum for grades 2nd and up. One of the goals of the program is to teach students how to learn. Students should spend time researching the topics presented and taking notes, especially for Science and History/Social Studies spending approximately 45 to 60 minutes on each course.

NINE: If you get locked out, email us at support@discoveryk12.com. It will be very busy the next two weeks, so be sure to have reading books on hand or supplementary work available.

TEN: Keep it fun! We encourage you to create a positive, fun, and engaging learning environment. Mix it up when you need to, get outdoors, and let kids make some of the decisions too.

Parent/Teacher Account
Get reporting & curriculum tools with the Parent/Teacher Account. It’s for a 12 month period from the date of purchase and pricing is locked in for any renewal years. If you do not have a Parent/Teacher Account, upgrade now to take advantage of our family pricing plan. – LEARN MORE

48 – 72 Hour Tech Support Notice
If you need technical help, please email support@discoveryk12.com. It may take us up to 72 hours currently to respond. This is our most busiest time of the year, and we appreciate your patience. Thank you.

Discovery K12 to Offer Mid & End of Year Assessment Tests for Homeschoolers

We are excited to offer Mid-Year and End-of Year Assessment Tests for kindergarten through twelfth grade to help parents further assess their children’s academic progress.

Assessment Tests

These Assessment Tests will help parents identify strengths and weakness per subject, and know if students are ready to pass to the next grade level. There are five subjects covered in the testing process including Reading, Language Arts, Math, History/Social Studies, and Science.

Assessment test content is aligned to Discovery K12′s curriculum with a Mid-Year Test covering Days 1 through 90, and an End-of-Year Test covering Days 1 through 180. All questions are multiple choice, and can be taken independently at your own time/pace.

Key benefits include:

  • Know how your student is doing mid-year
  • Know if your student is ready to pass to the next grade level
  • Diagnose strengths and weaknesses
  • Incorporate test results on your transcript
  • No extra student or parent test prep-work is necessary
  • Test results instantly available

The Assessment Tests are included in the Parent/Teacher Account, optional upgrade. Test results will automatically appear in the Parent/Teacher Account after test submission. If following our Calendar schedule, your students can take the Mid-Year Assessment Test anytime after January 23, 2020, and the End-of-Year Assessment Test anytime after June 5th 2020.

Learn more about our Assessment Tests.

Discovery K12 2019-2020 Announcement

We will be starting our 7th year in serving our free online curriculum for homeschoolers this fall. Our official start date will be September 3rd, 2019. Our school year calendar is now posted, and we have several, new things being launched for the next year!

Please review the following as you prepare to get ready.

Calendar Schedule
The 2019-2020 calendar is now available. We will officially start Day #1 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. On that day, the Today’s Assignments page will display Day #1, and it will change to the next Day # according to the calendar schedule. You may also go by your own schedule/pace and start at anytime using the Daily Assignments page.

Homeschool Laws
Be sure to review your state’s homeschool laws for any procedures you may need to follow to homeschool in your state. If your state requires notification or forms to file, you will need to do so, according to your state policies.

Curriculum Additions
There are a few curriculum additions being added that will be available starting in September. These include math quizzes and test across all grade levels and Spanish 2 course. Learn more about the 2019-2020 Curriculum.

Platform Improvements
The much needed Course Personalization feature will be launching over the summer. This will be part of the Parent/Teacher Account (PTA) and will support students that need different grade levels for different subjects. We will be releasing more information on this in the coming weeks. We will be fine-tuning and adding some new features to all of the reports within the PTA, including editing permissions for quizzes & tests.

Updating Grade Levels
Please update the grade level for your student(s) for the next year. You can update the grade level inside Student Accounts under the Help menu. If you have a PTA, you will also need to update the grade level by clicking the “Edit Student” link under the My Students area. If you need assistance in changing the grade level in your PTA, please email SUPPORT@DISCOVERYK12.COM

Student ID Cards
We are now shipping photo student ID cards for the 2019-2020 school year. They are currently available for U.S. and Canada only – Order Here

Student Accounts – Free
If you do not have student accounts on our system, please sign up each child in their grade level on our home page. You should receive a confirmation email with login/password within a few minutes. If you don’t receive it, please contact SUPPORT@DISCOVERYK12.COM for assistance.

Parent/Teacher Account – Premium Upgrade
If you don’t already have a Parent/Teacher Account, you may upgrade at any time. It’s for a 12-month period from the date of purchase and your pricing is locked in for any renewal years – LEARN MORE

More announcements to come over the next few weeks.

Enjoy the summer!