So you have been searching the Internet for months now trying to find the best approach for your homeschooler and you are going crazy! There are hundreds if not thousands of choices out there now and increasingly, it’s hard to weed your way through all the online homeschooling programs. So what are the best things to consider when weighing all your options?
1. Consider if your student craves live interactive class meetings or does better in an independent study format.
2. Are you looking for certified teachers to handle the teaching and grading of your student’s online homeschooling program? Review the program’s Website to make sure you understand the role of the teacher vs. the role of the parent. Many online homeschooling programs provide teacher grading but it can vary drastically from program to program.
3. Find out what kind of online curriculum the school provides. Is it an accredited homeschool program? Is it interactive or do they ship out curriculum supplies and books? Again, be sure you understand the expectations of the online homeschooling program before you take the leap into this kind of approach to homeschooling. Pick up the phone and call the schools to talk to a ‘real’ person! If the school does a poor job at making you feel comfortable over the phone, chances are they will be lacking in providing a good level of interaction online.
4. Read reviews on the online homeschooling program and find out what real parents are saying. There is no better way to find out about the inner workings of a homeschool program than to talk to actual parents and students who have been involved. The more you do your own homework, the better prepared you are for an enriched educational experience online.