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Our Quiz Can Help You Choose
The Jones family decided they were ready for a change. They filed a letter of intent and began homeschooling their 3 children. They say it was the best thing they ever did!
The Smiths saw change coming, too. Mrs. Smith accepted a position at work which would require a great deal of globe-trotting. They thought the travel would be a great opportunity for their children so they decided to give school-at-home a try. Turned out to be a perfect fit!
Homeschool and school-at-home – a matter of semantics?
Homeschool is when parents accept full responsibility for their child’s education. From choosing and implementing the curriculum to managing proper records and requirements, it’s up to Mom and Dad. School-at-home is when children are enrolled in an educational program that is completed from home (or anywhere!). The school of choice is responsible for managing learning and issuing transcripts and diplomas.
How are homeschool and school at home alike?
- Parents determine the environment
- Parents provide enrichment activities
- Parents direct social opportunities
- Families set their learning schedule
- Both produce students well equipped for higher learning or technical careers
How are they different?
|• Parents implement lessons
• Parents grade work
• Parents keep records and provide documents
|• Teachers or program implements lessons
• Teachers or program grade work
• School keeps records and issues documents
How do I know which is right for my family?
Take the following quiz to help determine which is best for your family –
- Do you feel comfortable choosing a curriculum for your student?
- Do you have the time to help with lessons?
- Are you comfortable keeping records?
- Do you feel confident you can keep your student learning in a structured manner?
- Are you comfortable with high school level courses?
- Can you be consistent tracking student progress?
- Do you have time to grade work?
- Do you have time to familiarize yourself with subject material to assist students as needed?
If you answered “No” more often than “Yes,” school-at-home just might be the way to go for your family.
Excellent Options for Homeschool and School-at-Home
If you choose to homeschool and would like to use online curriculum, Global Student Network is well worth looking into. At www.globalstudentnetwork.com you can compare and view demos of 6 different learning options. Christian, secular, honors, career/technical, high school electives – GSN has it all for grades K-12.
If school-at-home seems a better fit, International Virtual Learning Academy is an online private school with two unique features. First, parents can choose which curriculum their student will use. Each curriculum is supported by highly qualified teachers. Second, each student is placed with a mentor who facilitates homeroom sessions so students have opportunities for connection and collaboration with other students. You can learn more about IVLA by visiting www.internationalvla.com.
“Can I come over for coffee?” asked my next door neighbor. I happily agreed and got the java going. Within a few minutes she arrived.
Turns out she brought exactly what I needed for the kind of day I was having – a listening ear and dark, chocolate brownies!
Isn’t it wonderful to find exactly what you need?! Whether it’s the card that expresses your feelings beautifully, the solution to a problem, or the right tool for the job, it’s a wonderful thing to find just what you need.
Many families are finding online curriculum to be just what they need. Here’s why –
“My son needs something he can do at his own pace.” Online curriculum is customized to each student. If a student needs extra practice or instruction, it is provided. If a student is ready to excel, then the sky’s the limit! Online curriculum is self-paced.
“We need to be able to ‘do school’ at different times and unusual places.” Online curriculum is available whenever and wherever there is internet access. This makes it ideal for families who travel, students who are professionals, or anyone that wants to structure their learning around their schedule. Online curriculum is flexible.
“My daughter really wants to take a course in veterinary science.” Whether you are homeschooling or looking to supplement traditional school, you can find what you need in online curriculum. Some families choose online curriculum during the summer to keep up skills or explore special interests. Online curriculum is versatile.
“I need to know my kids are really learning.” Students using online curriculum find the multimedia approach engaging. The format encourages students to take ownership of their learning. Because the program is tailored to their needs, they learn exactly as they need and find motivation as a result. Parents can easily track learning progress. Online curriculum is effective.
When looking for online curriculum, I would suggest Global Student Network. What makes GSN special is that it offers so much from one location. At www.globalstudentnetwork.com you can compare 6 different online curriculum programs, view demos, even chat with an enrollment specialist.
GSN offers ~
- Christian Curriculum
- Secular Curriculum
- Common Core
- Non Common Core
- Career/Technical Courses
- High school electives
- Full programs for grades K-12
Click on over to www.globalstudentnetwor.com today for the best in online curriculum! You might find just what you need!
My kids have been begging for a pet. Taking all things into consideration, we agreed that they could get a hamster. So on that happy day after school, we went to a nearby pet store. The sales associate kindly answered our questions and showed us the several different types of hamsters we had researched online. Then she said, “I have a couple of mice we are looking to adopt out.”
Mice? Mice!!! Up until the house we currently live in, we have diligently FOUGHT to keep mice OUT of our house. And she thinks I’m going to willing bring them into my first-ever mouse-free house?! NO WAY. I smiled and politely declined.
Then I got to thinking – what is the difference between a mouse and a hamster? Other than the length of the tail, nothing, really. They are both rodents, they both require similar care. . . . Yeah, you can guess where this is going.
We are now the proud adoptive family of two fancy mice. They are sweet and tolerate lots of handling by my enthusiastic kids. They are fun to watch. Yes, they’ve won me over – I actually think their adorable.
So what happened to my NO WAY! reaction? Well, I guess my preconceived ideas regarding pet mice changed after I thought it through. Thinking has a way of doing that to preconceived notions. Once you apply careful thought to an initial reaction, you might find yourself coming to a different conclusion.
Here are a few preconceived ideas you might come up against when considering homeschooling your children.
I can’t homeschool – I’m not a teacher. Well, you may not hold a piece of paper proving that a particular state recognizes you as a teacher, but upon closer inspection you just might find that – Yes! You are a teacher! Think about the characteristics that make a good teacher – ability to communicate, knowledge of the subject, and genuine care for students. If you have those three, you will be an effective teacher for your children. And when you come up against something that is beyond you (perhaps calculus), you bring in other resources such as a local community college or an online course.
I would have no idea where to begin. If you had to start from scratch, this would be a daunting task to be sure! Some homeschool parents are up for the challenge of reinventing the wheel, but if you’re not one of them, consider the following excellent resources –
- A local homeschool co-op – Other parents who have “been there, done that” are invaluable!
- Online curriculum – There is a wide array of resources available online for every grade, every learning style, every educational philosophy. It can be overwhelming! Global Student Network is an excellent option because it offers 6 different programs. You can compare, view demos, chat with specialists all from one location – www.globalstudentnetwork.com.
- Your local school district – Yes, you read that correctly! Your public school can give you a sense of what topics and objectives are covered in the grade you hope to homeschool. In educational jargon, you are looking for the “scope and sequence.” Even if you hope your child’s education will be the polar opposite of public school, the scope and sequence can be a helpful tool. Your school district can also advise as to what is required for homeschooling in your district.
My kid won’t “fit in.” Homeschool parents typically find plenty of social experiences for their children and studies show most homeschool kids are well-rounded and comfortable in all social settings.
But homeschoolers don’t get a real education. You know who would disagree with that statement? Top colleges and universities from all over the country! Enrollment counselors often seek out homeschooled students because they tend to be strong students, independent thinkers, motivated learners, have a unique educational background, and often have “real-world” experience.
I can’t homeschool because I have to work. True, homeschooling is a time commitment but one that does not exclude having a job. Some homeschool parents work from home. Others use creative scheduling to cover all the bases. For example, one parent might cover school while the other works some days and vice versa. It does require balance and resourcefulness, but it can be done.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard happily homeschooling parents say, “I never dreamed we would be doing this!” Some even grappled with the preconceived ideas listed here. But after they thought through their options and the various benefits to their children, homeschooling was the conclusion.
How about you?
My ballot arrived this week. Having only recently come to Colorado, this mail-in voting is still new to me. On my first election here, I have to admit I missed what I was used to – going to my local polling place, getting in line based on which side of the parkway I lived, chatting with the election volunteers, taking my kids with me in the curtained booth and working the levers.
Now all that is different.
But the basic premise is the same – try to learn all you can about the candidates and make the choice according to whom best aligns with your opinions, needs, vision, etc.
Selecting online curriculum is actually a similar process – learn all you can, compare the different options, and choose accordingly. Global Student Network offers 6 learning programs to choose from. Here is a brief glimpse at the candidates:
Of course, a “voting card” does not contain everything you need to make an informed choice. For a more thorough look, check out the side-by-side comparison of our programs at Global Student Network. You can also chat with one of our specialists.
Who you choose on election day can help to determine the direction of our country. And your choice in online curriculum can help to determine your child’s successful learning experience. Be sure to choose wisely!
Getting Started on Your New Journey
Congratulations! You’ve joined the ranks of many families who have incorporated online learning into their children’s education. Here are the steps to take to get you off on the right foot.
- Research Local Requirements Find out what is required in your state. Your local school district can help by letting you know what testing (if any) is required for homeschool students, what record-keeping is necessary, and how/where to submit a Letter of Intent to Homeschool. A local homeschool co-op is also a good source of information and support.
- Gather Necessary Equipment Decide what device your children will use for their online homeschooling. Will it be a desk top in the den? A lap top at the kitchen table? IPad? Tablet? Be sure the device you choose will be comfortable for the student and technologically adequate for the learning programs. If you have multiple learners, headphones will be in order as well as multiple devices.
- Choose Appropriate Curriculum The possibilities seem endless! Global Student Network is an excellent source for online homeschool curriculum because there are many options from one location. You can see a side by side comparison to determine which option is best for your learner. GSN offers courseware for grades K-12 including Christian, Common Core, Non Common Core, Honors, Career/Technical, middle and high school electives, ACT/SAT prep, and language study. If you need more help, GSN has live enrollment specialists who can help you.
- Determine Your Schedule First, decide by which date on the calendar you would like your children to complete their courses. Most systems allow you to enter that date (usually called a targeted end date) and a learning schedule will be generated accordingly. Of course, you have the final say in when learning happens! YOU know what time of day is most effective for YOUR children and whether there are special circumstances (like travel) that will require learning to happen more in “chunks.” You can also determine if students will tackle one or two courses at a time or work through all evenly. Students hoping to excel may work quicker through the courseware. That’s the beauty of online homeschooling – it’s NOT one size fits all!
- Get Acquainted with the Curriculum. Most online homeschool programs have an orientation video or presentation. Be sure you and your student are familiar with each feature. Do you know how to “unlock tests?” What if you need tech support? What types of activities comprise the final grade?
- Student Takes Initial Pre Test. Most learning systems begin with a pre test. Usually these are at the beginning of each unit. These clearly show what the student knows already and what they need to learn. The system will exempt them from lessons teaching skills or concepts they already know. However, you can have your child complete exempted items if you would like them to have the extra practice.
- Track Student Progress. Each learning program has a way for you to see exactly what the student has learned. You can see how they are progressing through the course and at what accuracy.
- Interact with Your Child. Besides overseeing their online progress, ask your child what he or she is learning. Discuss controversies in history. Encourage outside reading. Find fun ways to remember the multiplication tables. The more you connect with your child, the richer their online learning will be.
- Keep Proper Records. According to what is required in your state, be sure to complete required documentation. GSN can help with this too! We have record keeping assistance for homeschool families.
The first steps in any journey are often the hardest! But in no time you will well on your way to a successful online homeschooling adventure!