Considering homeschooling? The number of homeschooling families has surged since the pandemic. In fact, since mid-March Time4Learning, an online educational program, reported double-digit growth in registrations for new homeschoolers. “I am a public school teacher and I firmly believe in school choice. We were already actively considering homeschooling when COVID-19 swept the nation,” says Nashville resident Alaina Schwartz. “As our schools closed, I saw the writing on the wall.” The global pandemic, coupled with the tornadoes in early March, made it impossible for her to see a future where her children would be back in the classroom.
“Alaina’s concerns are not uncommon,” shares John Edelson, President of Time4Learning. “No matter what happens in the fall, the memories of a chaotic spring have put homeschooling on the radar of millions of American parents looking for school choice options.”
In this modern-day homeschooling structure, Edelson says, interactive technology-based online platforms such as Time4Learning lead the way. Students log in and are transported to an educational world with interactive programs complete with animated or video lessons, critical thinking exercises, and proficiency assessments.
“As parents continue researching, all those myths about homeschooling begin to melt away,” Edelson says. “One of the biggest surprises parents learn is that, with modern homeschooling, online homeschooling programs do much of the heavy lifting.”
Parents enjoy online homeschooling programs because they can view daily reports and monitor progress. Most importantly, they quickly realize their role is to orchestrate resources, not teach. By removing this burden from the parent, they are free to understand their children’s strengths and challenges, and find ways to address them.
“Homeschooling gives parents what they need most: a reliable and consistent semester, a quality education, and a flexible/work-friendly schedule,” Edelson says.
Parents considering homeschooling are encouraged to seek out resources, including Time4Learning’s guide, “Welcome to Homeschooling.”