There are distinct differences between a virtual charter school and a traditional homeschool. I have listed a few of the differences below.
These are not all encompassing. They are simply observations I have made over 3 years.
I also want to be clear that I have never traditionally homeschooled my children. These observations have been gleaned from articles I have read and people I have talked with.
I am also not saying that one is better than the other. I am simply saying that they are different.
- CURRICULUM CHOICE: A traditional homeschool parent has the choice of what curriculum to use; whereas, a virtual homeschool parent is given a curriculum to use. We are, however, free to supplement the curriculum in whatever fashion we choose. I use many different methods to enhance the curriculum we are given.
- CERTIFIED TEACHERS: A traditional homeschool parent must teach their child and answer all questions which arise. If needed, they must also seek out and, at times, pay for tutors for their students. A virtual homeschool parent has a certified teacher guiding their child. If a question comes up that I do not know the answer to, I tell my student to speak with the teacher.
- ASSESSMENTS/GRADES: A traditional homeschool parent is responsible for administering assessments and grading their childrens work. A virtual homeschool parent leaves the grading in the hands of the teachers. We do, however, have more say over grades than our brick & mortar counterparts.There have been times over the last 3 years thatr I have disagreed with an assessment of my child’s skills. In those cases, I have spoken with the teacher and resolved the matter. More times than not, however, I have felt that the grade received was appropriate.
As I stated in a previous post, Let’s Build Each Other Up, each of us have different reasons for the choice we have made, but there is one reason that I believe is universal — a dedication to our children.
God Bless 🙂