Both online school and homeschooling provide increased opportunities for parents to get involved in their child’s education, but with online school, parents or another trusted adult can participate as a Learning Coach for their student. Not to be confused with a teacher, a Learning Coach provides support, encouragement, and motivation, but does not teach the actual lessons.
When homeschooling, typically, parents are the teachers. They plan, develop, and teach lessons to their children. This means that parents have complete control over the curriculum and schedule for learning. However, planning and teaching the curriculum, and then grading work is a significant time commitment. Additionally, parents must teach subjects they aren’t experts in or are not qualified to teach.
Online school reduces the academic burden on parents and caregivers because teachers still provide lessons, coursework, and support to learners. Learning Coaches simply keep their child on track and focused on their learning.