Homeschool and Online Learning
Currently, when a family mentions they are homeschooling their children, it is not as unfamiliar as it was 10 years ago. Back then, online middle and high schools were quite new concepts, and people often fear what they do not know. Nowadays, online schools and homeschools can provide even more opportunities for teenage students. Most states even necessitate students to take some online courses to graduate high school. With the ever-increasing growth of technology in everyday life, many families are becoming more comfortable with the concept of online learning.
Benefits of Online Learning
Online courses have many benefits for students that do not require constant monitoring and supervision. Online courses enable students to move at their own pace, a pace that is comfortable for them. This takes the pressure off of learners and allows them to take their time when learning new concepts. Students can read things over, re-watch videos, and redo assignments.
Students study better when they are not pressured with deadlines. Another advantage of online learning is that students do not have to wake up at 6 am to attend classes they are half asleep for. Many learners in traditional schools are so tired during the day that it is difficult to learn and retain any information.
With online courses, students can wake up at more reasonable times, so they are refreshed and ready to study. Additionally, they can take breaks throughout the day to break up the monotony. If students do not understand a concept, they can take a break and come back to it later. They can also try to learn the concepts in different ways. A very visual learner can watch a video presentation, interactive game, or a “map in motion.” Many programs offer a choice that allows text to speech as well as audio lessons.
Extra-Curricular Activities for Homeschool and Online Learning Students
Online learners are no longer isolated with city sports, dance and martial arts teams, music classes, online school clubs, and social media platforms. Gone are the days where homeschoolers and online learners are isolated. With the growth of technology, learners are always connected through social media, blogs, chat, and email. Online students and homeschoolers take part in city sports, dance and martial arts, music lessons, and other extra-curricular activities. Most online learning programs offer school clubs, contests, and competitions.
This online learner looks forward to school every day!
Not each student is a good fit for homeschooling or studying online. Most students need constant support and monitoring. These learners thrive on a face to face interaction, guidance, and support. Although this can be accomplished through Skype, webcams, video chat, and whiteboard, it is not the same as being in a classroom for many students. There are fantastic programs out there that offer different levels of support for different kinds of students. It is vital to find the program that is the best fit for your children.
Many homeschool programs and homeschools provide demos that will allow you to try out the program and see if it is a good fit prior to enrolling. Ensure you research because it can make the difference in offering a successful online experience for you and your children.
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