Thank you to Study.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
If you are thinking about homeschooling your children, you may be a bit overwhelmed at all of the curriculum options. Finding a curriculum that has the right balance of parent-led and student-directed work as well as one that fits your child’s learning style can be a challenge. Study.com has a complete homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12 that is fully adaptable to your children’s’ interest and includes the option to earn college credit for a fraction of the cost of traditional educational methods.
Before I became a parent, I didn’t realize how complicated educational decisions were going to be. I always assumed that when my kids turned 5 they would go to public school until they graduated and headed to college.
I did not consider how much the educational landscape is changing or how I would have to do things a bit differently to be sure that my kids are prepared for life as an adult.
Alternative education options are so much more mainstream now and there are some great options to help kids work at their own pace and focus on the things they are passionate about.
Our Homeschooling Journey
When my oldest turned 5 he went to Kindergarten. Then our life got a bit crazy with a move, a sibling passing away, a job loss, and my husband’s graduation.
We didn’t know what the next step for our family was so we made the choice to homeschool our son for first grade “temporarily”.
What was originally meant to be a temporary step, ended up being something that was a great fit for our family. We homeschooled all the kids until my oldest was in 8th grade.
We’ve always said that we were taking homeschooling a year at a time, always considering the needs of each individual child before making educational decisions. At that point, we had moved to a new area and my kids wanted to try public school.
Today, my high school Junior is taking part-time college classes and will receive his associate’s degree in the spring, my 8th grader is homeschooling part-time and plans to start college classes in the fall, and my 6th grader tested out of his math at the beginning of the school year and was bumped up a grade in math. He will be homeschooling part-time starting in the fall.
I LOVE all the alternative educational options that are available. Being willing to be a bit creative when it comes to our educational options has given my boys so many opportunities and I hope will prepare them for a fantastic future. My girls are still young but we plan to take things a step at a time when it comes to their education as well.
What is Study.com?
I was recently introduced to study.com, an educational company that is working to make education more accessible and affordable. They offer a complete homeschooling program for grades 3-12
They have everything from the basics (math, science, language arts, and history) to classes on economics, nutrition, and business.
I love how engaging the videos are. My daughter sat and went through some of the science videos with me and she keeps coming back and asking for more. They have real-life scenarios and include higher-level vocabulary for kids, which I appreciated. So many videos for kids dumb things down and don’t give kids the opportunity to stretch themselves. I find that kids will always step up to a higher level when it is offered to them.
I am a HUGE fan of having alternatives to traditional education. I see the job market trending towards hiring college graduates with the ability to continue their education independently and learn specialized skills on their own.
One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling for my family has been giving my kids a love of learning and helping them understand that education isn’t something you get through, it’s something you continuously do.
Study.com even has options for higher education, professional development, and test prep.
Higher education can be so expensive. We are working to reduce the cost for our kids by having them complete college courses while still in high school but another great option is to earn college credit by taking the CLEP and DSST to earn college credit by proving prior knowledge of a subject. Taking these tests and receiving college credit for material that they have already mastered is a fantastic way for kids to speed up their college education and save a substantial amount of money.
Study.com provides comprehensive study guides and practice tests to prepare students for credit-granting exams.
If students want to earn college credit directly on Study.com, the College Accelerator membership lets them choose from 215 ACE courses. They will be able to take 2 exams for credit every 30 days then transfer the credits they earn to one of over 1500 schools around the country. This is such a fantastic option to help kids get through college quicker and without excess student loans.
My high school junior has been working on the ACT prep course since he’ll be taking the ACT in a few months. I’m working on passing my Praxis exam and they even have a practice course for that so I’ve been working on that right alongside my kids.
I love finding tools that make homeschooling easier and help my kids dive deeper into the things they are passionate about. Study.com’s homeschool curriculum is a great resource for families and allows options for kids to work more independently or together with a parent. We’ll be using Study.com in the future to stretch our children’s educational options and I’m looking forward to seeing what my kids can do with it in the future.