Online classes are a wonderful benefit for homeschool students, especially those who want more peer interaction. They also help the homeschool mom by taking some of the planning and discussion load off of her. At Tapestry we offer live online classes through the Lampstand Learning Center.
These classes are taught by skilled teachers who have a lot of experience in both homeschooling as well as teaching classes online. Many of these teachers have graduated their own homeschooled students, so they value the benefits of homeschooling while encouraging students to learn to operate in a classroom like setting. These teachers know how to hold your student accountable for their work and how to challenge them to do the best they can in their classes.
It is so good for students to learn to be accountable to someone outside of their parents. It is also helpful for older students to have another voice confirming what you have been telling them. They may think you are overly picky about school, but then their online teacher tells them the same things about how they need to improve in their schooling, or come to discussion better prepared!
These classes are engaging because they are real-time classes. The students are not answering questions from a taped video. Instead they are able to meet other students who have different views than they do. They learn to interact in a classroom setting where they get to reason and try to defend their point of view. Their opinions can be challenged by their peers, helping students to define what they believe and why they believe it. These discussions can get wonderfully lively when multiple students are discussing a topic together!
Students also benefit from sitting under a different teaching style than your own. Through these classes they learn to adjust to a different teacher’s standards and grading. This will give them skills for both college and relating to different types of bosses in their future jobs.
Another major benefit of an online class is that it frees up a lot of time in your schedule. Rather than having to prepare for a discussion, host the weekly discussion, and then grade your student’s work, you are able to focus on administrating the school week. When you feel inadequate to teach writing, for instance, you can sign them up for a writing class. You will feel confident that through that writing class they will learn from a skilled teacher.
As the parent, you are there during the week to answer questions, guide their work and help them as they are learning to be more independent in their schooling. This also frees you up to focus on the younger students you have in the home, so that they don’t get left out of the fun of their read-alouds and history projects!
Although we are focused on Tapestry related subjects, this coming school year we are offering some wonderful electives. These are not Tapestry related, but will have the same excellent content and teachers that the LLC consistently offers. These electives are Logic, Economics, Government, Health and Wellness, and a grammar elective.
Check out all our online classes here, and see which ones will benefit your homeschool!