Nothing about raising a family is easy, and that holds true for deciding the best route for educating our children. With increasing government influence, parents are seeing their rights to affect the curriculum and learning of their children in public schools dwindle at an alarming rate. Beyond the lack of influence over curriculum and policies, parents also have cause for concern over the wide range of behaviors and ideas that children can be exposed to when spending the majority of their waking hours away from the shelter of home and family. These concerns, as well as others not listed, are what lead many parents to consider home educating their children.
While taking control and responsibility for your child’s education seems like a logical step, it is a decision that, in and of itself, can lead to more stress and questions in the mind of a mom or dad. Am I really the best option for my child’s education? Can I adequately prepare them for college or life after their teen years? For all of the downsides to public schools, they are often staffed with adults that are well educated, and who have a genuine desire to teach and help young people. Many homeschool parents worry whether they are up to the monumental task of fully and adequately educating their children to an advanced level in multiple disciplines. Curriculum design, lesson plans, grading assignments, and staying on schedule are struggles shared by home school parents and public school teachers, alike. Throw in the fact that in a homeschool family the learners include a wide range of ages and abilities, and it is no wonder that many moms and dads feel as though they are Atlas, balancing the world on their shoulders. That is where an online homeschool program can step in and bridge the gap between public and home education.
Online homeschool programs combine the best of both worlds to provide a quality education for families who have prayerfully decided that public education is not the right choice for them. Homeschool supplies become expensive quickly when parents begin looking to purchase text books and materials. Of course, first one must look through the vast array of purchase options, evaluating which will best support your belief system and provide quality, in depth learning opportunities for your children. A comprehensive online program that provides both the curriculum and the materials to accommodate it can save a family hundreds of dollars. The parents are still the ones in charge of what their children are taught, but the burden of designing daily plans, teaching all subjects, creating assignments, and time consuming grading are taken care of. This leaves moms and dads free to spend their time facilitating the learning process for their household, and able to focus on a more experiential, holistic style of education. The ultimate goal of educating our children is not to simply teach them facts so that they may pass a test, but to build them into moral, faithful adults that are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue their passions. A high quality, online homeschool program empowers parents to do just that.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.