7 Common Misconceptions About Homeschooling

7 Common Misconceptions About Homeschooling

Do you increasingly get the feeling that public school isn't right for your child? There are many reasons why students may not thrive in public school. Every child has a different learning style, and traditional schooling practices tend to ignore this truth.

Pulling a child out of school to homeschool is a tough decision, but it is one that can bring rich rewards in the quality of both your children's education and your family life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling.

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Best Computer Practices for Online Students

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There are a lot of things to take into consideration for students attending an online school to help keep their computers safe, secure, and running smoothly.

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A Teacher’s Perspective on Traditional Homeschooling Vs. Online Schooling

A Teacher’s Perspective on Traditional Homeschooling Vs. Online Schooling

When I was 13 years old, a big change took place in my life: my family moved. Suddenly I had to adjust to a new home, a new city, and a new school. It soon became clear that the public school I was enrolled in was not a good fit for me. The classes were not at an appropriate level for my abilities, and I had difficulty making friends. So I came up with a plan: have my parents homeschool me for 8th grade. I devoted months to convincing my parents and it worked. At that time, the only option I considered was traditional homeschooling, as cyber school education was still a new development in education.

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10 Answers You Need to Understand the Intent to Homeschool Form

10 Answers You Need to Understand the Intent to Homeschool Form

Deciding to homeschool is the first step in an amazing journey. Now that you’ve taken this step, you are probably wondering what legal hoops you have to jump through so you can start educating your child at home. The important thing to keep in mind as you work through the legal requirements is that you have the right to make decisions about your child’s education. All states recognize the right of parents to homeschool their child, in one form or another. However, the laws regulating homeschooling vary between states, and it is important for homeschooling families to read and understand these laws, to know their rights, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.

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Online High School Programs|Importance of Quality

Online High School Programs|Importance of Quality

If you ask average high school students if they think the quality of their education is important, most of the students will say that education is very important but won’t fully understand why. Similar to how newly-weds have no experiential knowledge about the challenges of caring for a newborn child until they have one, most students do not realize the precise impact that the quality of their education can have on their future. This is just as true of online high school programs.

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10 Things You Should Know About Online Middle School

10 Things You Should Know About Online Middle School

It is very important to carefully consider your options when it comes to online middle school. There are many middle schools online; some better, some worse. Choosing the right one takes some effort and research. Consider if online middle school learning is good for you. Everybody learns differently. Match your online middle school choice to your personality. If you are more of a hands-on learner, you probably need hands-on to learn Science. There are science kits available for many online middle school curriculums. If your faith is a priority and you want a God-centered education, you should look for an Christian online middle school like Enlightium Academy.

Once you and your parents decide that you will go to online middle school, you may not know what to expect, and you don’t know whether you will like it or not. Here are a few things you should know about online middle school.

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Best Homeschool Curriculum for Christian Families

Best Homeschool Curriculum for Christian Families

When most Christian families first start looking into homeschooling, they quickly realize that there are far more options available now than there were 25 years ago. Many are plagued with the question, “How do I find the best homeschool curriculum?” There are so many things to consider: the time investment of designing an interesting program for your children, the worldview of the authors and editors of the curriculum used, how your children best learn, and how much it would cost in both time and money. I am hoping that some of my ideas will help you along your journey to find the best homeschool curriculum for your family.

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Top 4 Reasons to Get Your High School Diploma Online

Top 4 Reasons to Get Your High School Diploma Online

Interested in switching to a non-traditional environment to earn your high school diploma online? You’re not alone. In the last ten years, the number of students enrolling to earn their high school diploma online has increased tenfold. Four of the top reasons families are making the switch are:

 

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Accredited Online Homeschool Programs|Making the Right Choice

Accredited Online Homeschool Programs|Making the Right Choice

The era of education that we live in is festooned with many an option for accredited online homeschool programs. Trying to find the right fit for your student may seem like an endless effort. For many families, navigating homeschooling options is a brand new experience that leaves them with many unanswered questions. We understand how paramount it is for your family to find a program that is tailored to your student to promote academic excellence. We’ve designed a quick rubric to assist your family in making a decision for your student that you can be proud of. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before enrolling your student in an online homeschool program:

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A Guide for Transitioning from a Traditional School to Online Learning

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When you have made the decision that public school may not be the best option for your child, you transition from going with the flow to swimming upstream. You are now forging your child’s educational journey for yourself. Making this transition can be both empowering and intimidating. Here are steps you can take that will help you navigate the ins and outs of transitioning from a traditional school.

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6 Tips to Design the Best Learning Environments for Your Child

6 Tips to Design the Best Learning Environments for Your Child

Fall is nearly upon us, and right now you have an opportunity for a fresh start in organizing your homeschooling. An often overlooked aspect of this organization, though, is your children’s learning environments. Designing an environment in which your child can focus is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her success.

 

Many students require different kinds of learning environments, though. There is no right way to learn. It’s important to figure out which learning environments work for each student’s learning style. As Cynthia Tobias explains in her book, The Way They Learn, allowing students to create different learning environments for themselves can also be a big step towards helping them to be motivated and focused.

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4 Ways STEM School Inspires Students for the Future

4 Ways STEM School Inspires Students for the Future

STEM is a field that groups together the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with the goal of integrating these areas of study with each other and with other subject areas. For more details on the importance of STEM school work, check out this post on the benefits of STEM education. Enlightium Academy STEM students have the freedom to explore new technologies and methods that enhance their learning and achievement by analyzing real-time data, integrating creativity, mapping solutions, and utilizing critical thinking and collaboration.

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7 Ways Online School Makes Being a Student-Athlete Easier

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Sometimes, being a student athlete can feel like a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to practice your God-given talent. On the other hand, the stress of coordinating your practices, competitions, and travels with the other parts of your life can be pretty intense.

In order to maintain a high level of athletic performance in any sphere of athletics (e.g., soccer, running, gymnastics, skateboarding, BMX, motocross, etc.), students need the flexibility to practice throughout the year, which involves lots of traveling, whether it be due to weather conditions or getting acclimated to a certain environment prior to the big event.

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12 Must-Have Resources for Online Homeschool Students

12 Must-Have Resources for Online Homeschool Students

In today’s world, access to a wealth of information is at our fingertips through our smartphones, computers and tablets. In this environment, taking homeschool classes online seems like a logical step and has proven to be a good fit for many K–12 students. The internet is readily available and an endless sea of resources is waiting to be explored. Unfortunately, not all resources are made equally. Finding an online resource that has quality information and presents it in a way that is interesting and useful can feel like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

 

Sometimes it’s useful just to have a place to start. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the amazing educational aids available to homeschool students because a basic google search is not turning up any gems. After talking to teachers in different subject areas, we would like to offer the following 12 resources geared towards students in different age groups, who have different educational needs:

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Sick and Tired of Your Child Struggling in High School?

Sick and Tired of Your Child Struggling in High School?

There are thousands of American students struggling in high school every day of every school year. According to the Institute of Education Science, approximately 7 percent of students drop out of public and charter schools nationwide. Although the dropout rate has decreased by more than 50 percent since 1970, the total 2014 exodus was greater than 1.2 million students. These startling numbers are proof that the dropout rate remains  a large problem for school systems and for students.

Over 1.2 million students are currently struggling in high school. If your children are too, it may be time to look at other options that make their learning styles, their needs and their future key focal points for the next step of their  education.

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Budget-Friendly Home School Resources

Budget-Friendly Home School Resources

For many parents it becomes apparent over time that public, charter or private schooling is not benefitting their child, and they start to look into home schooling options. The reasons for choosing home schooling are as varied as the children who leave traditional schools to be home schooled: Parents often do not agree with the subject matter taught at traditional schools or the methods that are used to teach the subjects. They may not believe in the morals underlying the instruction in the classroom. Parents may have a child who has health issues that make it challenging for him or her to be surrounded by too many people. Maybe their child is being bullied or struggling with social pressures. 

Does this sound familiar to you?

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Gifted Students: Who Cares About These Children?

Gifted Students: Who Cares About These Children?

It's a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child... Schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs... Every organism has an internal drive to fulfill its biological design. The same is true for unusually bright children. From time to time the bars need be removed, the enclosures broadened. Zoo Chow, easy and cheap as it is, must give way, at least some of the time, to lively, challenging mental prey. – Stephanie Tolan, Is It A Cheetah?

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Why There's No Better Time to Understand Why You Are Unhappy With Your Current School

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Are you unhappy with your current school? You are not alone. An increasing number of parents are seeking alternative ways to educate their children, and the options can be overwhelming. There are public and charter schools that are funded by the state and the local school system, Catholic and Christian schools for which you pay tuition, homeschooling curriculums, and online schools.  Each system has its merits and disadvantages.

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What's the Difference Between Online School and Traditional Homeschool?

What's the Difference Between Online School and Traditional Homeschool?

When I was 13 years old, a big change took place in my life: my family moved. Suddenly I had to adjust to a new home, a new city, and a new school. It soon became clear that the public school I was enrolled in was not a good fit for me. The classes were not at an appropriate level for my abilities, and I had difficulty making friends. So I came up with a plan and devoted months to convincing my parents. It worked, and my parents agreed to homeschool me for eighth grade. At that time, the only option I considered was traditional homeschooling, as online school education was still a new development in education.

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Enlightium Academy Puts Students On Track Along the Path to STEM Careers

Enlightium Academy Puts Students On Track Along the Path to STEM Careers

On Friday, I was invited to the 10th Anniversary Celebration Reception of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) at Eastern Washington University. This event hosted several amazing speakers from local companies and former alumni. It also showcased several of the robotic engineering and animation labs, where a variety of student projects were on display.

It was exciting to talk to these students and their professors about their projects, interesting STEM careers and academic backgrounds!

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