Ask a Homeschooler: Response to brentney1


by Homeschool Survivor

Question: um yes how do i enroll in the homeschool online.
Username: brentney1

Hi brentney,

Before I start prattling on, I want to point out it’s a common misconception that getting into homeschool online is as easy as signing up for it. It requires preparation and a long, hard think about whether this is right for you or not. Take it carefully.

That said, online is a great way to homeschool. If you have parents without a lot of time on their hands, this is a good idea to take up with them. I took many classes online while homeschooled and learned a lot, so I’d recommend it any day.

A good resource for online homeschool (or at least for easing into it) is “virtual schooling.” It’s technically just an extension of the public school system, but the states that support it allow you to take your classes online through it (and in some states, at no cost.) More information can be found at http://www.k12.com/.

The more traditional option most homeschoolers who take online classes use is like a normal private/college school education. You buy the materials for a semester and use them with guidance from the online resources. If you and your homeschool teachers want to look into this method, some resources are listed here:

https://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/homeschool-high-school-curriculum-directory-2/complete-or-multi-subject-curriculum-online-or-distance-education/
https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/high_school.shtml
http://www.hslda.org/highschool/curriculum.asp
http://homeschoolcentral.com/study/online_courses.htm
http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/
https://www.etap.org/

Note the above links are largely resources about high school homeschool curriculums. If you’re looking for specific ones within your criteria, there are many further within those links. It is worth pointing out, however, that certain online curriculums do not offer high school courses (only K-8/9 rather than K-12.) If you want to know whether a specific curriculum offers courses on a high school level, look around their website or e-mail them before purchasing their product.

A final note is every online curriculum requires different resources. Some curriculums are entirely online with videos and e-books. Others require you purchase a textbook, either from them or from an outside source. For example: online Chemistry classes are usually “aids” to Chemistry rather than complete solutions. You still have to mix those chemicals by hand.

This is the Homeschool Survivor, logging off. Don’t forget: if you have any questions of your own, just Ask a Homeschooler on our Facebook page, our Twitter or our e-mail directly!


October 26, 2012

Comments

  1. Gina Awwad says:
    Posted November 6, 2012 9:27 pm

    I'm currently looking for someone who can home school my 15 year old daughter while I'm at work. Public schools have the wrong environment, and private schools are way too expensive. Is there a list of families who take outside teens for homeschooling? I live in the Webster, Texas (Clear Lake) area. I really need help NOW!
    Gina

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