Welcome!!!! My name is Christy and I decided to create this blog because I have seen many, many, many blogs about traditional homeschooling and not ONE about virtual schooling. (Of course, there may be some out there and I just haven’t found them, yet!)
We began our virtual schooling adventure four years ago when our daughter finished 2nd grade and our son finished 7th grade. Our daughter is very smart, but was falling behind for the simple fact that there were 42 kids in her class and 1 teacher—-42 KIDS!!!! It certainly wasn’t the teachers fault, but it WAS the fault of the public school system. There is no excuse for that many kids in a classroom and there is no possible way that a teacher can teach that many young children. Our son had ADHD and the kids he was going to school with were so out-of-control that he simply couldn’t learn. The teachers hands were tied as far as discipline went, so what could really be expected?
At the time, we knew that we needed to change how our children were being educated, but we didn’t feel that we could use the traditional homeschool method. We began exploring our other options and that is when we discovered the world of virtual charter schools.
I had heard of virtual schools before, but had never really considered them for my kids. I mean, really, who goes to school “on-line”, right? It sounded almost like science-fiction to me. I grew up in the 80′s and I got up every morning, got ready for school, and LEFT the house to go to school. I had heard of homeschooling when I was a kid, but that was never an option as both of my parents worked outside the home. As my husband and I investigated this strange, new world, we realized that this could be the perfect fit for our family.
There are some great aspects to public schooling just as there are some great aspects to traditional homeschooling. The virtual school takes the best of both worlds and combines them. Our school supplies us with a computer, curriculum, resources, and great teachers—all products of the public school system. Our school also provides us with the means to educate our children in a safe environment—an environment free from bullying and school shootings. It also allows for growth beyond the classroom—-my kids are learning so much more at home, than they ever would in a traditional public school. I am able to merge their education with their Christianity and it is AWESOME to see them blossom! These are all wonderful aspects of homeschooling. Having the ability to help my children learn and grow while having the support and knowledge of an online staff has been a wonderful experience.
My children, now 11 (7th grade) and 18 (12th grade), are thriving in our virtual world. They even prepared their younger brother for this experience. My youngest is now 7 and for two years he would “help” his sister with her schoolwork every day. When he started Kindergarten in August 2012, he already knew how to read and do 1st grade math. He completed his K math class by the beginning of October and moved on to 1st grade math. He was able to complete the rest of his K curriculum by the end of the first semester and his 1st grade curriculum by the end of the school year. He completed the 2nd grade curriculum last year and will be in the gifted 3rd grade program when school resumes in August 2014 as a 7 year old.
I know that God has blessed me with the ability to use a virtual schooling platform and I hope that my posts will help someone else who may be struggling.