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Homeschooling Online

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on February 13th, 2013

If you have chosen to homeschool online then you most likely have decided to use one of the free online schools. The online schools take a lot of the parent work out of homeschooling. For example when the child logs into school each day the schools website keeps track of his attendance. You do not have to decide on the program you want because the school already has one in place. All you have to do is help your child with the daily lessons and send in his work for a teacher to see. This way is very good if you want less involvement. But there are some other things that may be drawbacks to online homeschooling.
First you have to have a computer. I know in today’s society there are many households that have a computer or more than one computers so this may not be a problem but if you do not have a computer you will have to purchase one or rent one from the school. Renting a computer is never a good idea in case something happens to it while you have it then you will have to replace it, it is better just to purchase the computer and get it over with.
You have to have a reliable internet connection. Also is not a problem in most cases nearly everyone has one. It has to be reliable because your child will have to log on to the school website so that he can get his lessons and attendance can be counted. If your internet connection goes out then your child will miss a day of school. This will put him behind and he will have to catch up.
The days are fully planned. When you log on you will see a daily and weekly planner. Each day has 5-8 lessons that you should teach that day. If you get them all done early that is good but this many lessons can take a while leaving less time for any other activities to be planned. Your child will spend most in not all of his day in front of the computer and if your child is older the lessons will be longer.
Online homeschooling has its advantages and disadvantages just as pretty much everything else. If you are a parent that works at home and use the computer then you will need two computers or you and your child will have to share the computer. You can also choose one of the schools that are online but can be taught offline. The only time the child will have to be online is to take the daily test and record attendance. There are a variety of ways you can choose to do homeschooling if you choose online homeschooling.
You and your family have to sit down and decide if you want to homeschool online or offline there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to weigh and homeschooling online is not right for every family especially if you are homeschooling more than one child and if you only have one computer. Discuss it to see if it is right for you.