School’s Out and Your Children Are Home: What’s Available to Homeschool Them?
There’s no need to hit the panic button when plenty of online learning and digital homeschool courses available to start homeschooling when your school closes for two to three weeks. Plus, there’s no way to know if schools will open up again in time to finish the spring semester.
School District Online Classes?
Your school district may offer online classes or homework from each teacher to continue learning at home while schools are closed.
It sounds like a good plan, except when your children were doing homework assignments every evening you the parent were responsible for:
- Making sure the work is done.
- Teaching what’s necessary for your student to complete it.
Realistically, when you have to do all that for every subject, you are homeschooling.
Free Online Resources
- KidsActivities.com Holly Homer compiled a great list of free subscriptions due to school closings from educational companies. #LotsOfChoices
- A Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections Museums may be closed, but many of them already have online tours, collections, activities for children, and learning opportunities. With all the choices here, pick and choose what your child likes or needs to learn.
- Lots more free resources are available: all you have to do is an online search!
Lamp Post Homeschool: Options For Teaching Your Children at Home
Different programs are available when you want complete kits that include all the components for one student and one teacher.
NOTE: You are the teacher and have the responsibility to keep records of your child’s learning. It sounds scary, but you will need to check the homeschool laws of your state. Laws are different in each state—requirements vary from a lot of record-keeping/documentation to little or none.
You will receive a link to download PDF files and save on your device (pc or tablet).
- Typically, you can use the free Adobe Reader to read the content on your computer or to print paper copies from your printer.
- These courses usually cost less than print versions.
- Make copies as you need them for your family.
- Once you download the files, you won’t need internet access unless the course offers optional links to additional information sites.
These courses are usually combinations of print (the textbook) and one-year online subscriptions for the student and teacher.
- Usually, the print portion is the student text, but the trend seems to be moving to online texts.
- The teacher component is a one-year online subscription that is tied to the student’s online subscription.
- Sometimes teacher assessments are supplied in print.
- The teacher will set up and oversee the student’s online portion.
- Online work is automatically graded, usually with instant feedback.
- Student essays, projects, etc. will be graded manually by the teacher.
- Most courses are for one-year, but some are for one-semester.
Go traditional with complete homeschool packages—print versions. Everything you need for one student and one teacher is included. When you want to limit screen time with academically proven courses, print bundles cover all the bases.
You’ll receive a USB flash drive to insert into your Windows PC. Simple and easy to install, you won’t need internet to run the program. There may be suggested supplemental online sites, but they are optional.