Annamarie Clark is the mom and Learning Coach of Lincoln, a middle school student at North Carolina Connections Academy. Having previously homeschooled her children, she likes that now with online school, she has the support of certified teachers and a curriculum that is already planned for her.
Annamarie says, “We were traditional homeschoolers, so the online aspect [of North Carolina Connections Academy] was a huge learning curve for all of us, but we are adjusting and figuring it all out. Connections Academy provides my family with the best of both worlds: the ability to school my kids at home while not being the official ‘teacher’ in charge when help is needed. I also liked that it seemed more flexible than some of the other free options since we like to travel throughout the year at times when traditional schools are in session.
Lincoln enjoys science most, and because he is a self-learner, I like to let him do his lessons and then I sit with him as he does the quick checks and assessments. While he answers questions, I have him explain his reasoning so I know he understands. Sometimes I help him look up any information he may have missed.
We are very involved locally in a music program through the arts council, and Lincoln (as well as his brother, Nolan) are enrolled in art class, martial arts, soccer, and church activities. Throughout the year they usually perform in at least two plays as well. Lincoln also plays guitar in a kids’ bluegrass band with his older brother. They stay pretty busy with weekend and evening gigs.
Right now, Lincoln says he wants to be a chef in the future. I actually think he will end up in law or politics—I have him in debate club for a very good reason.”
Connections Academy provides my family with the best of both worlds: the ability to school my kids at home while not being the official ‘teacher’ in charge when help is needed.