The advent of the internet has opened up an entire new WORLD of possibility to our society. While in the past students have been limited to the options the particular school they attend has, with the internet there is a world of information virtually at their fingertips! Many are utilizing this incredibly valuable resource in the form of online school or homeschool.
Perhaps your child has been diagnosed with something like ADD or ADHD. A child with these tendencies may not do so well in a public school, because they’re not so easily able to conform to the system. Perhaps their mind wanders a bit more than the other children, or they have a hard time sitting still. Arguably one of the greatest benefits for online school and homeschool is the ability to form your curriculum perfectly to your child’s particular needs. You can specialize their learning to be more hands-on and interactive. No matter what kind of learner your child is, they will thrive under this type of education!
Another awesome benefit of online learning is the ability to study almost any subject out there. You have access to such a vast array of teachers and books. There have been many times that I was unable to study a particular subject at school, simply because the school didn’t have the funds to fit it into their curriculum. With online or homeschooling, your options are nearly endless!
We’ve all witnessed the way a child’s brain works. They’re focused for MAYBE 10 minutes, and then a bird flying outside the window or a stray thought that wandered into their head will throw the entire train right off the tracks, and it’s a struggle to get them motivated and back on track again. Of course it’s important to have goals for each day, but how wonderful for them to be able to take breaks as often as they need? Even as an adult, I’ve found that I am at my most efficient and focused self when I give myself even a short break every hour or so. Creating their own schedule allows your child to absorb those nuggets of knowledge so much more thoroughly, and wonder of wonders, actually enjoy the process!
Of course there are some benefits to public schooling, such as certain programs like theatre or the important aspect of having peers and social interaction, but these are easily overcome as well! Public schools are often willing to work with you and allow your child to take a particular program if you don’t have the resources available. There are also many independent programs, classes, and communities outside of public school that your child could get involved in. A well-rounded education is a great thing!
Let’s celebrate the fact that we are all vastly different individuals with vastly different ways of learning. We are all so lucky to be born in this age with so many opportunities and options available. Take advantage of it! If you’re currently looking for materials for this year’s online school or homeschool curriculum, you’re not going to want to miss these Learning & Discovery Kits, Books, Woodworking Kits, & more! Truth be told, I get a little envious thinking how much more fun and interesting school would’ve been for me if I had just had access to materials like these and to the varied curriculum that online school offers. Even if your child is happily content in public school, these books and kits are an excellent way to supplement their education, or just give them a fun, educational activity to do on a rainy fall day. So let’s cast off, and embark on this adventure into education!