There are many reasons why parents opt for homeschooling their children. But traditional homeschooling—where the parent takes complete charge of the student’s curriculum, teaching schedule and more—is not the only option for students to be able to learn from home.
In fact, there are online public schooling options that allow you to give your child a high-quality education with all of the resources and support you need for a successful homeschooling experience where you are not fully in the driver’s seat.
The following are examples of how, instead of traditional homeschooling, learning from home with an online public school may be the right fit for your family.
Teach values to your child when you feel the time is appropriate. Do you want to educate your child in an environment consistent with your family’s cultural and religious traditions? Homeschooling and online school allow you to easily incorporate the curriculum while teaching moral and religious values.
Provide extra support for a child with learning disabilities or special needs. Traditional classroom settings are not always well suited to individuals whose physical needs and learning abilities require different approaches and care.
Set the schedules to work with your family’s lifestyle. Some families have busy schedules with travel or interests in sports, acting, etc., that don’t fit into the structured hours offered at brick-and-mortar schools. Online schooling and homeschooling offer more flexibility, as well as the ability to create a custom plan for socialization that is tailored to your child’s interests and personality.
Give your child more one-on-one attention, customizing education to suit their pace of learning. Does your child excel or lag behind? At-home schooling gives you the freedom to put extra effort toward helping your child catch up with subjects more difficult for them to grasp or offer a more challenging curriculum in areas of greater strength. An online public school also provides a professionally developed curriculum, as well as regularly scheduled instruction from a teacher in a virtual environment, plus one-on-one support when needed.
Protect your children from negative experiences. Negative experiences at a traditional school can leave you as the parent wanting more control over your child’s learning environment. Bullying and peer pressure can not only be distracting to the learning process but also damaging to a child’s well-being. With school at home, you choose the amount and type of socialization your family needs, developing a custom plan for each child.
These are just a few examples of why an online school environment may be right for you and your student. Online schooling is an option that gives your child the best of both worlds: the support of a professional education facilitated with engaging teachers using the Internet, plus the comfort of your own home where you can be sure your child’s needs are met. You’ll be an active participant in the learning process as your child’s “Learning Coach.”