Homeschooling has become an increasingly popular way of providing children with their education. As of 2013, over 1.7 million kids were being homeschooled in the United States. With many reasons behind the decision to homeschool – school environment, instruction, and health concerns – it is important for parents to know where they can find support for the most successful homeschooling experience.
There are many options. Parents can enroll their kids in online academies or choose to take matters into their own hands. No one choice is better than the other, it’s just a matter of which is best for each family.
Online School Options
International Virtual Learning Academy
Online schooling is a great way for kids to be able to learn at their own pace, in a comfortable setting. International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA) is a private school that provides distance learning to children all over the world. IVLA performs an assessment at startup to determine the best course of academics for each child.
Global Online Academy
Founded by many schools around the world, Global Online Academy (GOA) provides students with new and effective ways of learning through diverse worldwide communities. GOA connects students with people and resources and encourages students to meet with people they might never meet otherwise. Students are provided with challenging interactive courses and small class sizes to form good relationships with their teachers and peers.
There are many resources that provide students with the necessary tools to succeed. But, what if you are one of those parents who wants to play a major role in their child’s education? Many parents who decide to homeschool their own kids come from vast career backgrounds. They’re not necessarily teachers who left their career for kids. For those parents who need resources and a community of support, the following options are worth a look.
Resources For Parents Who Choose Homeschooling
How To Homeschool
Whether homeschooling is a new endeavor or a well-developed skill, How To Homeschool offers curriculum and resources from beginning to advanced. The site offers advanced wisdom for newbies and even suggestions for homeschooling multiples. What’s exciting about this site is that it even gives insight for anyone considering at-home options for kids with special needs.
A blog owned and operated by a former teacher turned homeschool teacher, MamaTeaches enlists contributing writers to offer fellow homeschool parents advice and tips on every subject, including arts and crafts and how to homeschool successfully. There are free printables for homeschool parents to use for better instruction and it can be considered a one-stop shop for parents choosing this route.
With the increase in homeschool popularity, resources and support is important. So, if there has been talk of homeschooling, start with these suggestions and tailor a program that’s perfect for your family.
Do you have a favorite site for all your homeschool needs?
Kimberly Lewis is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. She taught science at the Warren County Alternative School before choosing to continue her love of writing as a freelancer while at home raising her two children.