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    Hi, I am looking for "live" online writing classes for my son who is entering 7th grade this fall. I found the following classes and only two of them are "live". It would be much appreciated if you can share if you know there are other live classes and share your experiences if you have tried before. Thank you!

    "Live" online writing classes:
    1. Home2Teach - Online Writing Classes
    2. Well-trained mind Academy

    Online writing classes
    1. BraveWriter
    2. Time4Writing
    3. Write At Home
    4. Institute for Excellence in Writing

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    What do you hope to get out of live classes over asynchronous classes? We live in New Zealand, so with time zone differences, I love asynchronous classes over live classes as we don't have to be logging into things at awkward (or impossible) hours. I don't feel we have ever missed out on anything or got a lower quality experience from doing an asynchronous class. It also has benefits as you have the materials to go over at your own speed and repeat if you wish. My daughter did do a live online school for one term (10 weeks) and it was not any higher quality being "live" as she missed a lot of things.

    So, I would not write off asynchronous classes.

    The only ones I know of that you have posted are the Bravewriter ones but we have never done them because they are very expensive. We do other Bravewriter stuff (writing projects, poetry teatimes, freewriting etc.) and enjoy all of that though.

    Simply Homeschool was running some live online classes but do not have any available at the moment. One of the homeschoolers that run it has some live online bookclubs available that could be a possible supplement for you.

    We have not tried them yet but would like to.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Hi NZ_Mama,

    Thank you for your inputs, I agree that asynchronous classes are good and should not write off them. The reason why I am considering live online classes is that my son is both visual and auditory learner, he learns better listening to the lecture and interact with the instructor. I have to check out audio books from the library in order to help him read.

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    With some of the asynchronous ones we have done, you have all the same materials as in the class to look at and listen to (recording of the class), and you can arrange to either email or video chat with the instructor. I think it varies a lot between classes, so you should check them out.

    I imagine live ones will also vary depending on the teacher. The one my DD did, the teacher just liked to talk herself and then send them off to do things. She did not like students to ask questions by talking and they could only type questions in the chat side-bar and then she would read them out to the class and respond to them (if appropriate) or reply by typing a response to the individual student. With live webinars and classes I have done for professional development as an adult, many of them have run that way as well. I guess it ensures you don't have to deal with a bunch of people having mic issues or trying to talk over each other.

    Good luck finding something that suits!
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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