You have got to admit, education has changed a very long way since we were in school. In the future, most of education will be online. In addition, take a look at various jobs. More and more jobs are being done virtually. Business people meet in online conference rooms all the time. When my husband was in the high-tech business world, he worked with people across the globe while sitting in our office at home.
Most homeschooling parents are now virtually outsourcing classes that are “beyond” them to teach. You know – those classes that (for whatever reason) you don’t feel comfortable teaching. It is ok. We all have “those” subjects. Online education is the wave of the future. It saves time. It saves gas. It saves your sanity.
Upper elementary and Middle School is a great time to outsource a class or two, especially if you are planning to outsource any high school classes in the future. Children learn very important skills about learning and time management when mom isn’t reminding them to do their assignments. Online classes are a great tool for teaching kids to be more independent. It is better to start your kids with online classes at an early age, so it can be a “trial run” allowing them to experience what they can expect in high school when grades and credits will count!
As technology advances, we have to learn to keep up with it. Outsourcing classes to online consortiums, like Open Tent Academy, provides our children the opportunity to dive in technology. Homeschooling with technology is a valuable tool.
Eva Goldstein-Meola is not only co-founder of Open Tent Academy, but an instructor as well as a former homeschooling mother. She has lived in New Jersey, Florida, Western Massachusetts, Northern Virginia and now resides just outside of Jerusalem. Eva holds a Master’s Degree as a Consulting Teacher of Reading and Writing, IEW certification and a Bachelor’s Degree as an Elementary Teacher. She has also been involved in education since 1986 as a Private Tutor, Teacher, Reading Specialist, Homeschooling Mother, Homeschooling Teacher and Business Owner of an Online Education Consortium.