Connections Academy sponsored this blog post and all opinions are my own.
If you’re deciding whether online learning is right for your family, here’s the added freedom it provides and how you can get started for free.
I am a former teacher and now full-time blogger who works from home primarily. Over the years my business has grown, and we have been given so many wonderful opportunities to travel to different places as a family. My husband owns his own business too and also works from home. No matter where we are we have the ability to work and travel at the same time and I am so grateful for that. There have been many points during this past year where I have contemplated the idea of enrolling my children in an online learning program in order to give us the freedom to travel more…beyond just Spring break and when they’re out for the Summer. If adults can work from anywhere, why can’t students learn from anywhere? If you too are deciding whether virtual learning is right for your family let me share the Connections Academy program (who I partnered with on this post) with you to see if it might be a great fit for your children in grades K-12.
Let me share with you how this idea got started for me. I was at a blogging conference where I met two women who started a site together. In our conversations about where we lived I found out that one of the women was in the process of traveling with her husband and children around the United States for the entire year! I couldn’t help but ask her question after question because I was SO fascinated with the idea, and was curious how she did it. Her husband also had a job where he could work anywhere they traveled, she blogged (like myself), and her children were enrolled in an online virtual school like Connections Academy. That was about a year ago and it’s still on my mind today, we’ve discussed it several times as a family since then, and are in the process of logistically figuring out how we can do this ourselves in the near future. I began researching online learning for my children, and was pleased to see how easy it is to get started and what wonderful programs there are out there for all three of my girls.
Here’s what I found out when researching this tuition-free online public school:
- Connections Academy is a free virtual schooling program for students in grades K-12
- Their online curriculum provides individual learning plans for each student
- They are public schools, so curriculum must meet state standards and students take state tests
- In addition to core classes like math and language arts, they have a wide variety of electives including world languages, coding and art, as well as a long list of Advanced Placement courses for high school students.
- They offer socialization activities such as: field trips, volunteer projects, and online clubs that keep students connected socially with one another in-person and online
- Teachers are certified in their grade levels
- It provides flexibility to learn from home or in various locations (traveling)
There are a wide variety of reasons you may think that virtual high school or an online public school might be best for your family. Ours would be the freedom to travel more and educate my children while on the road, but yours may be different. Either way, virtual learning is a great option that offers a quality accredited education to your children right at home and with support from teachers too. All you need is an internet connection and we have that in the car when we travel so it would work perfectly for us! We are getting closer and closer to this new goal of ours, and with this program I would feel confident knowing that my children could continue their education on the road and have an amazing road trip experience they’d never forget.
To find out more when deciding whether online learning is right for your family, hear from one student herself and take a look at this testimonial from a family who incorporates real-world activities into their school days.
From our family to yours, I hope this helps give you the information you need to decide whether virtual learning is right for your family. 😉