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Elementary students who are struggling with a traditional homeschool program can benefit from online learning. Online homeschool programs cover one or two subjects or your children can take all their courses online.
Online programs include age appropriate curriculum. Your child will complete both online and offline lessons and projects. Parents guide children in the lower elementary grades through each step of the program. Children in older elementary grades complete coursework independently.
In addition to homeschooling independently with online programs, you can choose online cyber schools. They function like public school, but classes are completed online instead of in a school building. The cyber school provides a computer, printer and other essential resources like art supplies or worksheets. Your children complete required state testing and receive a regular report card.
Cyber schooled children work with a certified teacher in a virtual classroom with other students. Each course includes homework thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s completed online or on printed worksheets after class. Depending on the school and the child, your child may progress through the curriculum without attending live classes with peers.
If you and your elementary aged children prefer a more structured homeschooling approach and hands-on assistance from a certified teacher, cyber school options are probably a good fit. If you prefer a more laidback and casual approach to education, independent online programs would work best for your family. Either way, online elementary programs provide a quality education for your homeschooled children.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|