By Allison Voltaire on August 10th, 2018
A new school year is upon us and the teachers, students, parents, administrators and staff in our FLVS Flex and Full Time Elementary family are ready to get this amazing year started!
This year, we’ve released 48 brand new online elementary courses for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. If you’re interested in signing your child up for one or more elementary subjects, check out the course descriptions below — as well as a few helpful tips for a successful online school year! Continue reading
By Anne Flenner on August 8th, 2018
How many times have you been at a back-to-school event or a family reunion and someone asks your child, “So what do you want to be when you grow up?”
In many cases, the child responds back, “Firefighter, Teacher, Doctor, Athlete,” and then the conversation ends. While asking a child what they want to do when they grow up is a great question, how can we go deeper with our kids to help be an advocate for their future? Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on August 6th, 2018
I read a quote recently in a favorite Jodi Picoult book that said, “Grandmothers in Botswana tell their children that if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, you must go together.”
This quote really struck me as the heart of what we do here at FLVS.
We have always been pioneers and we are still striving to blaze the trail. But perhaps the most important concept that has surfaced for us over the years is this idea that we reach our greatest potential not when we get to the finish line the fastest, but when we embrace real collaboration and teamwork that allows us to reach that finish line and so much more.
By Anne Flenner on July 30th, 2018
In July and August, stores are full of students and parents scouring the shelves for the best deal on school supplies. When a student signs up for FLVS, they often wonder, “What school supplies do I need?” While you may not need a glue stick or mirror for your locker when you take FLVS courses, there are a few items that you will want to have for a successful year. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on July 27th, 2018
My name is Sierra and Florida Virtual School has provided me the opportunity to pursue various ambitions. My first step with FLVS was taken when I was in 7th grade. This year, I will be going into 11th grade with FLVS Flex. When I attended public school, I was harassed to the extent I had no choice but to leave the school. After much discussion, my parents and I agreed that FLVS was my best option. The summer I started virtual school was peaceful. I just had my school work, family, and the freedom to explore. It was the first time that year that I didn’t have to worry about being bullied.
With my newfound freedom, I watched my first Shark Week episode that summer. My mom and I spent the rest of that week watching, including an episode featuring Dr. Craig O’Connell’s Shark Safe Barrier. The concept of an innovative shark barrier sparked my imagination and was tangled in my thoughts for a while. Continue reading
By The Virtual Voice on June 22nd, 2018
Here’s a summer riddle for you: “When do you go at red and stop at green?”
Answer: When you’re eating a slice of watermelon!
Summertime is here and that could mean taking a trip somewhere, spending time at the beach or pool, going to cookouts, watching movies, reading, or hanging out and visiting family and friends. Or maybe you’re taking a summer class or two with FLVS to work ahead or catch up. Whatever the case may be, leave some time for science fun. Check out these fun science activities for all ages to stay busy this summer! Continue reading
By Anne Flenner on June 20th, 2018
Choosing to homeschool your student with FLVS Flex is a big decision. However, knowing the facts can put a family’s mind at ease as they choose a learning environment that is best for their student.
Below are three common myths about home education with FLVS Flex. Continue reading
By Suzan Kurdak on June 19th, 2018
If you asked me 20 years ago where I saw myself in the future, I’m not sure I would have said I’d be at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) as a Communications Specialist. My love of writing came while in second grade when my teacher, Mrs. Kast, told me I was a natural writer, so the communications part fits. But 20 years ago, I did not have a clue what a virtual school was.
Neither did most of the world. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on June 12th, 2018
Duck, duck, goose…I spy…finger painting…counting to 10…following the leader…
These activities are instinctively elementary. So, what happens when such a tangible experience goes virtual? It gets personal!
In 2018, FLVS is introducing a new 48-course elementary curriculum that includes English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, and Technology. From Kindergarten through 5th grade, all these courses have a few things in common: they’re hands-on, empowering, and designed with elementary students in mind. Each course incorporates activities students can do in their own home, encourages them to use their personal experiences to power their learning, and includes plenty of teacher time to support individual students. It doesn’t get more personal than that. Continue reading