Homeschooling has been a growing educational option in the last decade or so. The possibilities for homeschooling at all grade levels have significantly increased in recent years due to both demand and easy access to the internet. Although each state differs on the guidelines and requirements for students, homeschoolers have a lot of choices on how they get their educational requirements fulfilled.
Traditional homeschooling usually constitutes that you provide not only all the curriculum but also the instruction and schedule. When you chose this method, you are considered completely independent. You will need to file minimal paperwork with the local school district. Check the state’s requirement on what to submit and when. The cost of learning materials, electives, and field trips are up to you with this educational option. There is a lot of customization available in this way of schooling. Your student can progress through subjects that really spark their interest and take extra time when an area takes a bit more effort to understand. Record keeping and transcripts are your responsibility for each of your student(s).
Public School Online
Many school districts are offering online learning either through individual districts or state level. Your student is considered a public-school student and all learning materials are provided by the program. If your student(s) are enrolled with the local school district, there is usually one day a week of face to face interaction. You student will most likely check in with an advisor teacher and go over the weekly assignments be able to ask any questions and clarify the next tasks. There is also a chance to meet and interact with other online students. During these on-campus days, electives are offered to allow students to explore additional areas of study. If you choose the online option that is overseen at the state level, your student will then check in with an instructor via email, phone call or video chat at scheduled intervals or when your student requests assistance. Field trips are often offered by regions and provide for students to meet each other and learn together.
More Choices the Better
No matter what options you choose the flexibility for today’s students are on the grow. Try to keep in mind your student’s learning style. One size does not fit even within a household so take your time and find what will work for your family environment and each individual student. Remember that whatever school district you live in also affords your student with organized sports that they can participate.
So take some time and research what your local school district offers as far as off-campus learning, you may be surprised at the variety that is out there.