Online or Home School? Which is Best for Your Kids and Why

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More and more parents are considering educating their children at home. The local elementary school is having a harder time meeting the needs of many children and parents are wondering if there's a better way. Homeschooling might be the answer, but what about online schools? Let's look at some pros and cons of online school and homeschooling.

Advantages to Online Schools

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The most substantial advantage to an online school is confidence. If you're pulling your child out of school and you're not sure where to begin, an online school will guide you step by step. The curriculum will be chosen for you, and often all the supplies and books you need will be provided. A teacher will be working with your child and checking all their work. There will be standardized testing so that you know how well your child is doing academically. There are even hybrid schools that provide a mix of both online learning and classroom learning so that your child can have the best of both worlds. If you choose to homeschool, you will be the one deciding what curricula to use, and you will be responsible for buying it. You will also be the one teaching and guiding your child. This can be intimidating and overwhelming.

Advantages to Homeschooling

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The most significant advantage to homeschooling is that you can tailor your child's education to best suit their interests and needs. Several websites and blogs can help you sort through curriculum and learning styles so that you can find the best fit for your child. Teaching at the elementary school level can be fun and full of adventure since you are not beholden to a school schedule. You can take trips during the offseason and not fight the crowds at zoos and museums. Online schools do not provide that flexibility. You are subject to the school's schedule. If some of the curricula is not working for your child, you don't get to change it. Your child will spend several hours in a chair staring at a screen. This could be difficult for many children.

Why are you choosing to take or keep your child out of school? How confident are you that you can teach your child on your own? Do you want flexibility? Do you want more structure and routine? Asking yourself these kinds of questions will help you choose which option is best for your family. Feel free to check out our blog for more information on the decision-making process of choosing to homeschool your child.

 

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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