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    Good morning!! In looking ahead to next year at high school curriculum, I've become frustrated with the options available. My husband and I both work outside the home normal business hours and have an hour commute to/from work, so I prefer my kids to use an online curriculum that I can check their progress from work and spend my time at home going over any trouble areas. We have tried several curriculum over the years, but most are either lacking in a major area, too expensive, or deeply religious. I am currently working toward a degree in computer science and was thinking about creating my own online curriculum for them. I figured I would get some ideas from the community of what would be included in your ideal online curriculum. I am listing some of the things I thought of below, but would love input from other homeschool parents.

    • Completely online
    • Affordable (Open Source Textbooks)
    • Automatically graded tests/quizzes (maybe with the option for parent/teacher grading for essay questions/fill in the blank)
    • Videos included for those who learn better seeing or hearing
    • Grade Tracking
    • Attendance Tracking
    • Complete (All Subjects)
    • Electives to choose from
    • Student Scheduling (A way for the student to know exactly which lessons they are expected to complete that day)



    Any other suggestions would be GREAT!! TIA!

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    It sounds perfect, I also spent a lot of time going over those programs, and never found something that I liked.

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    An area for other parents to suggest extra or supplemental sources?

    So if the kid needs some extra help or is really grabbed by something, it's right there for them to keep going

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    My biggest objection to online schooling is that it lacks the interaction with the parent, so a kid is staring at a screen trying to learn information, and there is no feedback being received about how well the child is learning. Homeschooling isnt a miniature adult taking a correspondence course!
    There are plenty of uninspiring online homeschools out there.

    What are the best parts of homeschooling, how can they be incorporated into an online format?
    Individualization of subjects, pacing - Homeschooling is inherently individualized. Tossing a couple videos in (as though the student cant investigate youtube on their own) doesnt assure that they will learn the material. There is no universally perfect math curriculum, how could there be a perfect “complete” curriculum?
    Grading, tests, schedules, and attendance - Do any seasoned homeschoolers do this, especially for the pre-high school levels?
    Better learning - my kids, at least, learn when Im engaged with them. Tossing them a book, telling them to read it, and then expecting satisfactory results hasnt ever been successful.
    There are already online learning environments, there are already administrative apps. I would try finding a niche that isnt already saturated. What is it we dont know we need?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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