In an earlier post, I talked about 5 Reasons We Chose a Virtual School.
Today, I’d like to expand on Reason #4.
When my youngest was three we transitioned to a virtual school. At the time, my husband and I were both working full-time jobs. My 3 year old loved sitting with his then 3rd grade sister as she worked through her lessons. When I returned home after work we would sit together, the three of us, and go over her lessons for the day.
As we became accustomed to our new world, we discovered that “J” was learning extensively from his sister. We also discovered that “R” was excited to teach her younger brother. She and her brother would play “school”. As they moved through her lessons together, she would stop and teach him what she was studying. Not only were they learning, but they were having fun at the same time. As a parent, it was fascinating to watch the transformation from passive to active learning.
When the next school year rolled around, “J” was academically ready for kindergarten. Unfortunately, his birthday fell in December so he was only 4. That meant another year of learning with his sister.
“J” really wanted to complete his own lessons so I began to do some research. I stumbled upon a website called http://www.ABCmouse.com. The set-up was very similar to our virtual school. I thought it would be the perfect place for him to test his wings, so I enrolled him. Needless to say that between his sister and ABCmouse he was reading, writing, and working on 1st grade math by the end of that school year.
When we began talking about kindergarten, “J” told me that he wanted to try a traditional public school. My husband and I visited the local school and inquired about placement tests for incoming kindergartners. We were told that our son would be required attend the school for three months before they would decide if a placement test was warranted. Right then and there we knew that the choice we had made for our older children was also the only choice for our youngest.
After all, as parents, don’t we know our children best?
Schools should encourage early learners rather than try to fit them into a mold.
“J” is now thriving in our virtual learning world. He began the year in kindergarten and will finish the year in the middle of his second semester of 1st grade. We will continue working over the summer, as we always do. Our goal is to complete 1st grade by October.
Our virtual school offers a truly flexible learning environment where an individualized education is sincerely encouraged.
God Bless 🙂