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July 21, 2010

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Although most quality K–12 curriculum is focused on the core academic coursework of math, science, English, and social studies, many families believe it's also important for students to have the chance to pursue other interests of their choice. One major advantage of some high-quality virtual schools, where students can access online curriculum from home, is the wide selection of elective courses, clubs, field trips, and other extra activities. Electives, clubs, and other activities are valuable for exposing our kids to a variety of knowledge and experiences so they can be as well-rounded as they are well-informed.
Another way to pique student interest in learning is to use interactive online games and fun learning tools. Connections Academy is a high-quality virtual school that brings curriculum to life with unique online instructional tools that engage kids and support their mastery of everyday skills and complex concepts like phonics, spelling, supply and demand, ordering, and comparing. Enjoy some of these fun and free online learning games now!
If you want to provide the opportunity for your child to easily pursue his or her passion while still thriving academically, consider using Connections Academy. Not only do they offer fun, interactive learning tools as part of a proven curriculum and provide the largest selection of electives and clubs, but the teachers who create a Personalized Learning Plan for each child are truly dedicated to helping students get the most from their education—inspiring and encouraging them to pursue their interests and realize their full potential.

Connections Academy mother of sixth grader Abbey notes, "When we decided to homeschool we originally used other options, but Abbey felt 'she needed more,' so she began to examine the many online options that were available and found Connections Academy. Abbey did her own investigation, determined that Connections Academy was the choice she wanted to go with, and brought us her recommendations, along with her reasons for them.  When it was time to choose her electives at Connections Academy, she wanted to try something she had had an interest in for some time: sign language." After completing her first unit on sign language, Abbey plans to serve as a youth counselor at a summer camp for hearing-impaired children. Abbey says, "I like Connections Academy because it gives me a lot of variety in the resources I have available to me, and it lets me learn the way I learn best, by doing."

Hannah, a second grade Connections Academy student, travels statewide and to surrounding states to compete with her cheer squad that took first place in their divisional championships. Her mother says, "Connections Academy has allowed us to travel for the competitions, and train throughout the week, while still providing Hannah a wonderful education that is up to and passes state standards. Her homeroom teacher is wonderful...making sure Hannah is on track and supporting her every step of the way". Hannah adds, "What I like most about Connections Academy is I get to choose which lesson I do first for the day and I do all of my work at home."

Connections Academy supports student interests ranging from participating in spelling bees to debating to athletics of all types to acting on TV. Connections Academy's electives include foreign languages, journalism, digital photography, art history, technology, music, and much more. As a Connections Academy student, your child can enjoy expertly conducted clubs that allow him or her to contribute to school newspapers, compete in friendly online chess games, explore the world of robotics, learn about broadcasting, and even take part in a national math program where students compete by playing interactive math games. Clubs are tailored to different grade levels, and new clubs and activities are always being added—so there is sure to be something to inspire your child. Check out the colorful online program guide and curriculum catalog to see a list of all the courses, electives, clubs, and activities offered at Connections Academy.


About Our Sponsor:

Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual public and private schools in the U.S. for students in grades K–12. Connections Academy schools deliver a top-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's Personalized Performance Learning® approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, whose progress is tracked through a proprietary, Web-based Learning Management System. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public schools do not offer all grades. For more information, call 1-800-382-6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.
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