Kansas Connections Academy has given Gina’s family an amazing opportunity to grow intellectually, boosting her kids’ confidence in their ability to take the reins in their learning and see how productive they can be when they discipline themselves.
I consider the day in 2010 when I received a Kansas Connections Academy (KCA) postcard that advertised a local event where people could come and learn more about virtual schooling to be a great day for our family. I consider it an answer to a prayer.
My son, who was in the fourth grade at the time, struggled very hard with math. I had been in constant communication with his teacher, trying new tools and concepts with him to try to help him progress. Those efforts helped to a degree, but I quickly realized that the main reason for his problem was the daily pressure he experienced from his peers and from the ticking clock. Sitting in class with only a few problems done, he would freeze up as his classmates began getting up and handing in their work. He often would come home feeling defeated and dumb. It broke my heart.
My daughter, who was in second grade at the time, was the opposite of my son in all of her studies. She breezed through all of her courses, so much so that she often waited for others to catch up. Several times, she was used as a “class tutor,” sitting next to another student and helping him or her. I became frustrated because she couldn’t work at her own pace or spread her wings more.
These two reasons, as well as my wanting to be more involved in my kids’ education and get them away from some negative influences at the brick-and-mortar school, are why I chose virtual schooling for my kids. I chose Kansas Connections Academy because the staff communicated with me very well when I asked questions and also because my in-laws, who knew KCA’s principal and some of the staff at the time, highly recommended the school to us.
KCA has given us an amazing opportunity to grow intellectually, boosting my kids’ confidence in their ability to take the reins in their learning and see how productive they can be when they discipline themselves. My children have done much better since being schooled at home. My son still struggles with math, but he is now better able to focus on what he needs to do to get his problems done right. My daughter gets her thirst for learning quenched and really enjoys the communication with her teachers and her classmates. KCA has also given us an opportunity to be together more as a family, allowing us to experience field trips together, learn together, and grow in our relationships with one another. I’m learning more and more of who my children are, how they handle their problems, where they struggle, and where they soar. My husband, who teaches at a brick-and-mortar high school, is very thankful that our kids have this opportunity to get away from all of the unnecessary negative influences. They have a lifetime to be around filth and bullying. “Why drown them in it all throughout their childhood?” is what we often say to others. We plan on starting our third child in KCA in 2016. His two younger siblings will be following. We are truly thankful to the Lord for Connections Academy!