When thinking about how to homeschool online many parents think that this is the easy way to homeschool.
In our state of Ohio online/virtual homeschooling is free. They provide you with a computer, internet access and all the books that you need for your child. Free can be enticing, but is it always the best thing for each family? Your child is still considered a public school student and your local school district still gets all the tax money for your child even though he is not in the school building.
Many parents think that their children have to be enrolled in school to be able to earn a diploma. Actually, they just need to be enrolled from 9th or 10th grade on up. An elementary or Junior High age child does not need to be enrolled in school to be able to eventually get a diploma.
Homeschool online often includes a lot of screen time for the student and parent. Depending on the online school that you choose, your child may be reading all their material and answering all their questions online.
Since your child is considered a public school student, they will need to pass the required proficiency and state required tests. In order for your child to do this, you may be required to travel to the testing site that your online school requires you to attend.
You may also be required to attend the field trips that your online school requires you to attend.
Although you may be provided with a computer, don't expect the latest model. I have heard that many students receive old computers and old printers. They say that ink will be provided for the printers, but that it is very difficult to get the online school to provide it. The payment for the Internet access is usually only the price for dial up. If you desire a faster connection, then you have to purchase that yourself.
Some parents have had problems getting grades corrected if there is a mistake. Just because a program looks easy for the parent or is free, doesn't always mean that it is the best program for the child or the family.
As with any homeschool program that you may choose, always be sure to ask lots of questions and go into it knowing exactly what you are getting into and knowing what is required of you.
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The best option for homeschool online for high school students is to get college credit while they are still in high school. This way they get college and high school credit at the same time. College Plus has a free ebook that explains how all this works and how they can earn a college degree in 2 years for under $15,000 while still living at home.
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