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Four Reasons I Switched from Homeschooling to Virtual School

By: Kim McConnell
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As a former homeschooler, there were a few things on my mind when I considered switching to a virtual school. Here are some of the unique benefits of a virtual school program that contributed to my decision to switch.

Reason #1: Virtual school provides a comprehensive curriculum.

Not having to worry about figuring out which curriculum to use was a big relief. The challenge for me when homeschooling was coming up with a curriculum. I would spend hours searching catalogs and reading reviews of the latest resources for homeschool use, but I was never really certain what would best serve my student. However, if your child attends a public online school, you don’t have to pay tuition, which also means that there is no cost for the curriculum. This can be a huge money saver for homeschool parents, as curriculum materials can be expensive.

Reason #2: In a virtual school, teaching is the job of a certified teacher.

While homeschooling, it became frustrating when my children no longer accepted my praise or constructive advice on papers. They felt that since I was their mom, I had to say it was good or to do it over. That loss of credibility was one of the factors that led me to believe that an outside educator providing feedback on my children’s written work would be a better option.

A virtual charter school program gives you access to certified teachers who provide instruction, grading, and support through real-time classroom sessions, email correspondence, and telephone conversations. Parents don’t have to create their own lesson plans, grade tests, or do the actual teaching. In other words, I no longer had to wear the teacher hat all the time, yet I still got to be involved in the learning experience with my children.

Reason #3: Virtual school provides grade-level appropriate learning materials.

The idea of having a prepared curriculum that matched the specific needs of my students was a plus. I was always second-guessing my lesson plans and became frustrated by my insecurity. The opportunity to work with dedicated teachers to create customized learning plans that fit my child’s unique educational needs, complemented with cutting-edge online instructional tools that engage students and assist in their learning important concepts, makes for a truly personalized and engaging educational experience!

Reason #4: Virtual school offers structure and flexibility.

Virtual school offers a highly accountable structure mapped out for each semester, including assignment due dates and a standard grading system. Still, families have the flexibility to create a nontraditional daily school schedule.

I felt that attending online school from home was a more efficient use of time, allowing my children to participate in the things they loved and accomplish their academic goals—on a schedule that worked best for them and the entire family.

Have you ever wanted to switch your child from homeschooling to a virtual school? Let us know what’s on your mind when thinking about making the switch.