Skeptical About Using Online Education for your Homeschooler?

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Here’s why it could be the perfect curriculum choice for your student

It wasn’t that long ago that most of us were taught using a combination of textbooks, encyclopedias, workbooks and other printed teaching tools. While a lot of students excel in this learning format and prefer to learn this way today, many others are turning to their laptops, tablets, and even mobile devices and getting their education online.

Learn online? Not my child!

One can understand why some parents are skeptical about using an online homeschool curriculum. For starters, many of us went to school during a time in which the only way to learn was through textbooks. There really was no other alternative. Then with the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the subsequent arrival of chatrooms and online games, the WWW became everyone’s favorite place to hangout. So it’s no wonder that it takes some convincing to see that an online education can be equivalent to traditional textbooks (and in some cases even better) when we’ve associated the WWW with something you use to take a break from learning.

The ABCs of online education

We all learn differently. With so many different learning styles, some of us retain information best by taking notes, others excel with hands-on learning, and yet others master concepts simply by listening to instruction.

Online education brings with it a novel approach to learning for many of us. Textbooks offer one format when learning: words on paper. What does online learning offer? Typically, lessons and activities are presented in a multimedia format that keeps children engaged, motivated, and excited to learn more. And when students are having fun while they’re learning, they are focused and less prone to distractions. Imagine a first grade student learning to read without a parent around. Chances are the child isn’t going to make much progress. But, first grade reading with an interactive online program like Time4Learning, that same student can learn independently and work at a pace that works for him or her.

Not all online education is created equal though. Finding one that is right for your child is a matter of doing research and perhaps a bit of trial and error.

We all learn differently, and it’s important to get to know your children to discover how it is that they learn best. This can be as simple as just observing them as they listen to instructions, complete assignments, study, and accept feedback.

In this day and age of so many technological advances, learning can take place anywhere, anytime. There is no need to lug around cumbersome books in bulky backpacks to and fro all while leaving a paper trail behind. Today, all you need is a reliable internet connection, a laptop, and a trusted online curriculum provider to give your child a top-quality education.

Written by The Time4Learning Team

The Time4Learning Team is an award-winning, comprehensive curriculum for PreK-12th that makes learning effective and engaging through animated lessons and activities. The online program teaches and grades lessons, tracks and records progress, and keeps reports to help simplify homeschool portfolios.

For over a decade, Time4Learning has helped more than 500,000 homeschooling families with its flexible and engaging curriculum, homeschool resources, and more. Our team of homeschool moms, homeschool dads, and support staff have come together to create helpful homeschool insights on subjects such as family, education, fun, and more!

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