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Online public schools vs regular homeschooling?
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LisaG
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject: Online vs. homeschool Reply with quote

We homeschooled all three of my children up until middle school. At that point, we enrolled them in an online school. We were VERY hesitant at first, but it has been a blessing. The program is fantastic, their teachers help my children when they need it, and they handle all the grading and record keeping. I review everything and follow my children through their online portal that give me real time stats on their attendance, grades, and feedback. I can monitor all communication between my children and their staff. The program is interactive and my children enjoy it. I also provide face to face lessons in addition to the work they do online to supplement the curriculum. It is working great for us. My eldest daughter is a senior this year and was just accepted to Brown. If you are looking for a quality program www.virtualedu.org
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Cindyjwilliams
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:27 pm    Post subject: Online school Reply with quote

Lisa, on your recommendation, we enrolled in American High School and so far, it has been a great experience. They have made it so easy for us. They requested our transcripts and determined what we need to graduate. Then, they helped us set our schedule and provided an hour long orientation. Every time I have needed help so far, we have been able to Skype with the teacher who has spent so much time tutoring my daughter. We had always spoke of homeschooling our children, but we never really thought we could do it. This has been such a great experience, I can't recommend it enough. Try them out www.virtualedu.org/education
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Choosing to send your child to a public school or homeschool is a big decision to make which is why it would probably be best to research the benefits of each option before making any decision.
The first comparison will be the learning environment for both public and homeschool. With homeschool, you are assured that your child is in a calm and safe environment every day. Supporters of homeshooling believe that children succeed better in a safe, comfortable environment that they are familiar with. It is believed by the homeschooling supporters that the home is the safest, most secure environment where a child could learn well. When a child is home, he or she does not have to deal with peer pressure. This gives the child a chance to focus more on studying. They do not have to worry about what to wear to school the next day; they are protected from having to fit in with the popular crowd who gives much attention to less important things such as buying the right clothes at the right store, wearing the right shoes or playing the right video game. With homeschool, children can enjoy a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Not only that, they also get to work in their own pace and in their own style.

However, supporters of public schools are also certain that the same thing proves to be true with students who go to public schools. Even though public school classrooms do not have the same calm and peaceful atmosphere that a homeschool has, supporters of public schools believe that the disarray of the classrooms is actually helpful to children in succeeding in the future. Because reality is, the real world is not as calm and peaceful as we would like it to be. They believe that children who are living a very sheltered and protected life are likely the ones who will have difficulty adjusting to the real world after school. They also believe that it is essential that children learn how to interact and to work with one another for them to be able to build real, dynamic skills that are necessary in the real world. Public school supporters strongly believe that the goal of a public education is not just about furthering one’s academics. They say the mission of a public school is to teach children the skills and be able to use and apply them through meaningful, needed interactions with their peers and also their teachers.

Each environment holds specific and helpful opportunities for children to learn. But as a parent, only you can determine which environment is helpful and suitable for your child.
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