Earlier this month we heard from Sapna Aggarwal, mom of Riya, a 10-year-old student with Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA), powered by K12™. Now it’s Riya’s turn to have the floor. We asked her a couple questions about being an online public school student. Read what she had to say below!
Q: What is your normal school day like?
A: On a normal school day I wake up at around 7:30am. I like not being rushed to school before the bell rings! After my breakfast, I go upstairs to my den where my parents have set up an area for schooling. It has a desk, computer, bookshelves, a reading area and a whiteboard, calendar and an area to display my projects. Every week I decide what online classes I will attend and have them written on my whiteboard. I check out my day and accordingly I fit my subjects between those classes. I take a half hour lunch and quick breaks between subjects if I find I am tired or not able to concentrate well. I may have some activities with friends, family or extracurricular ones. After dinner I go to bed at around 8:30pm.
Q: What do you like/not like about online public schooling?
A: There are many things I like about online public schooling. I do enjoy the flexibility of being able to miss a day but then work on weekends. Also I like the option of having a curriculum that is personalized to my capabilities. I can study above grade level in some stronger subjects and grade level in others. I can skim through the easy stuff and work on the more challenging topics. I am able to concentrate on finishing up my work and not have to bother with other people misbehaving in the classroom—that used to be quite annoying having to stop the class every time someone misbehaved. I enjoy the flexibility of studying something in various ways and really enjoy the curriculum I am doing with K12.
At first, I did not like the idea of leaving the recess and social time with my friends at school. Then I realized I could have play dates with them on weekends and after school so it wasn’t that tough after all!