Jennifer Bastien is a parent of two elementary school students at TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA). Both her son and daughter enjoy exploring extracurricular activities throughout the school week. Jennifer enjoys the benefits of schooling her children at home, but also loves the support of the staff at TECCA. Learn more about her family’s story below.
“My daughter completed kindergarten and first grade in a bricks-and-mortar public school, but it was just not a good fit. I was unable to afford private schools, so I started homeschooling her. We loved the schedule, but still needed support from others to make it really work. I had been interested in the concept of a virtual school for my daughter for a couple of years, so my friend encouraged me and I called the next day. TECCA has become the best of both worlds for us.
I love that my two children are able to have the freedom and opportunities that a homeschool lifestyle would allow, while staying on track with their public school education. They are able to participate in extracurricular activities that my work schedule would otherwise not allow them to if they were in a traditional school from 8–4. We can do schoolwork in the evenings and on weekends, which works much better for us. I also always feel comfortable emailing or calling the teachers when I have a question.
My daughter used to cry for hours before and after school, and homework was a nightmare. She needs frequent breaks at school, as well as classes blocked together by subject. I know this would not be possible in a traditional school setting. I feel that TECCA allows us to plan schoolwork around the kids' schedules. We can go to climbing class in the morning and then spend time on school work in the evening or on the weekends. The kids are also able to spend more time with family members such as grandparents.
Both of my kids take karate weekly and are a part of a climbing class on Monday mornings. My daughter is in Girl Scouts, and next year my son will join Boy Scouts when he is old enough. They stay in touch with their friends at the library and as members of the Boys and Girls Club. There are also a lot of kids in our neighborhood that play together most nights. My daughter wants to be an astronaut when she gets older and my son wants to be a veterinarian. TECCA allows them the time to explore these career choices on the side.”
I love that my two children are able to have the freedom and opportunities that a homeschool lifestyle would allow, while staying on track with their public school education.