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    I dont think many of the SHS visitors like online homeschooling, for numerous reasons.
    I tried t4l for a couple months, and it really gave me perspective on how poorly online homeschooling would work. He learned nothing, but “passed” through it, and if I wanted to make the lessons meaningful, Id have to spend a lot of time and finding supplemental activities and resources. Plus Id still have to be there looking over his shoulder to see what they were trying to convey, and babysit him so he didnt game the system. Far less effort and better results to go through quality curriculum at our own pace.

    What your kid gets out of homeschooling is what you the parent put into it.

    If you just expect all the magic to happen between kid and computer, they are probably better off at a brick and mortar school where they will have a human interacting with them as teacher / mentor / guide. If computers were more efficient and better at teaching kids, wouldnt they have replaced humans at public schools?

    Homeschooling works with amateur teachers (known as parents) because the parent knows and loves their kid(s), and adapt to what works for both parent and child. Even having an online consultant isnt going to help, for they dont see the lightbulb turn on, or the attention tune out, when learning time should be taking place.
    Online public schools make a lot of money taking the state allotment of funds for your kid and providing something that costs them very little. They do it for profit, not out of any desire to enrich your kids.

    (Gets off soapbox)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I'm coming to the conversation a bit late, and with a shorter sandbox than Alexsmom's. Overall, I agree with her points. I think an all-in-one online curriculum just simply doesn't address YOUR particular child.

    However, an online class (or two) for the courses/topics you think you may struggle to teach is a middle-ground approach. As my kids reached middle school age, for example, I had no idea how I should be teaching them writing, or if they're writing was up to grade level. So for a semester, I had them take an online course. They actually worked a bit harder for that instructor, it let me concentrate on planning other subjects, and it turned out they were doing just fine.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    And to clarify, taking an online class is just another tool in our tool box - like taking our kids to piano lessons. But with homeschooling, we are still thd parent, making active choices and oversight of what is going on.

    Online schools, where the promise is that parents dont need to do homeschooling.... that is what I think is a bad educational choice in the majority of situations.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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Hi from Georgia