Learning resources can include not only online materials -- courses, worksheets, videos, podcasts and the like -- but also things like your local library or museum, or even your backyard. Here’s an overview of some of the types of resources to consider.
Most people have heard of homeschooling -- kids are educated by parents or caregivers at home, rather than at school, for a variety of reasons. But within the homeschooling community, the growing "unschooling" subset has a somewhat different, amorphous, definition -- and this movement is growing.
Because her husband’s military career kept the family on the move, Patti Joubert — the mother of two full-time students at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) — always homeschooled her daughters. Now that they’re in high school, Joubert wanted to find a more resource-enriched alternative. “[Online schools] offer extra classes that aren’t necessarily in a regular … Continue reading Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School →
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students Christianne and Carylanne Joubert are pretty advanced for their age. Christianne, at 13, is already a published novelist; Carylanne, 14, is about to start 11th grade. The Jouberts would probably succeed at any school they attended, but they attribute a large part of their progress to online learning. (And for … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student →
Learning Poetry through Bob Dylan and the Beatles By Sara Bernard Students, schools, and homeschooling parents are on a perpetual hunt for high-quality, vetted, free (or cheap) educational materials. Shmoop, a growing collection of study guides and teacher resources on everything from SAT prep to the Civil War, is attempting to fill that need. It’s … Continue reading Shmoop’s Online Content Focuses on Fun →