|Have you ever wondered about the effectiveness of the
curriculum materials you choose or the progress your child is making?|
There are many forms of schooling from home that you could consider, based
on your specific preferences and strengths as a homeschooler. For example,
you may want to consider utilizing an accredited virtual school or a public
school from home program. In a virtual school for grades K–12, students are
supervised at home and encouraged by a
(typically a parent), and taught by state certified teachers
through online classroom technology and phone and email communication.
Families receive a free
including learning materials and access to fun, engaging
online learning tools.
One experienced homeschool parent told us what she found to be some unique
benefits of using a virtual school program. Read below to see what she had
Benefit #1: Virtual school provides a comprehensive curriculum.
"Not having to worry about figuring out which curriculum to use was a big
relief. The challenge for me when homeschooling was coming up with a
curriculum. I would spend hours searching catalogs and reading reviews of
the latest resources for homeschool use, but I was never really certain what
would best serve my student. If your child attends an online public
school, you don't have to pay tuition, which also means that there is no
cost for the
This can be a huge money saver for homeschool parents, as curriculum
materials can be expensive."
Benefit #2: In a virtual school, teaching is the job of a certified
"While homeschooling, it became frustrating when my children no longer
accepted my praise or constructive advice on papers. They felt that since I
was their mom and teacher, I had to say it was good or to do it over. That loss
of credibility was one of the factors that led me to believe that an outside
educator providing feedback on my children's written work would be a better
Some virtual school programs give you access to
who provide instruction, grading, and support through real-time classroom
sessions, email correspondence, and telephone conversations. Parents don't
have to create their own lesson plans, grade tests, or do the actual
teaching. In other words, I no longer had to wear the teacher hat all the
time, yet I still got to be involved in the learning experience with my
Benefit #3: Virtual school provides grade-level-appropriate learning
"The idea of having a prepared curriculum that matched the specific needs
of my students was a huge plus. I was always second-guessing my lesson plans
and became frustrated by my insecurity. The opportunity to work with
dedicated teachers to create
customized learning plans
that fit my children's unique educational needs,
complemented with cutting-edge
online instructional tools that engage students and assist in their learning
important concepts, makes for a truly personalized and engaging educational
Benefit #4: Virtual school offers structure and flexibility.
"Most virtual schools offer a highly accountable structure mapped out for
each semester, including assignment due dates and a standard grading system.
Still, families have the flexibility to create a nontraditional daily school
I felt that attending online school from home was a more efficient use of
time, allowing my children to participate in the things they loved and
accomplish their academic goals–on a schedule that worked best for them and
the entire family."
Are you considering switching your child from homeschooling to a virtual
If virtual school sounds promising, consider
an accredited, tuition-free virtual school education through
Connections Academy, a reputable virtual school for grades K-12 offered in
is not just a high-quality online school. It's also a tight-knit
offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded
student experience with frequent field trips, clubs, and other social
The online private school,
National Connections Academy,
is also available everywhere full-time for students in grades K-12 and
offers part-time online classes throughout the school year and during the
Your children can experience an online class over the summer through a
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Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality,
highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12.
Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school
programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for
students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning
community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven
curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and
successful online learning opportunity for families and students who want an individualized approach to education. Connections Academy offers grades
K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades.
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, LLC. For more
information, call 800-382-6010 or visit
To see if Connections Academy is right for
you, view the
new program guide online or
request your own copy now!
Connections Academy online school options available in your state now!