Repost: Part 2–Homeschool vs. Cyberschool: A Personal Journey
This repost is from 2010 when our twins were newborns….hence the baby bottles=)
I have a quick update before the actual original post.
I hope OUR FAMILY STORY will help some parents who are deciding on homeschooling options for the fall…
We did finish that school year using cyber school since I was preoccupied with the twin newborns. Once I got back on my feet the FOLLOWING year we pulled all the kids out of public charter cyber school. I will publish our update NEXT Tuesday=)
DECIDING IF WE SHOULD PUBLIC CYBERSCHOOL
My older kids currently cyber school and we are now nearing what I like to call “DECISION SEASON”. We have to look at next school year and start to pray and feel our way around the maze of choices to discern the “best” plan for our family next year….
OUR ROAD TO TRANSITION FROM HOMESCHOOL TO CYBERSCHOOL… FOR NOW
OUR decision to Public Charter Cyber school for Spring 2009 & 2009-10 school year was actually almost like a forced hand played to us.
First, we moved from Maine in summer 2008…unbeknownst to me I WAS PREGNANT…
We started the homeschool year as usual but unfortunately I get VEEEERRRYYY SLEEPPYY during much of my pregnancies so keeping up with the 4 kids was a juggling act.
My oldest son DIDN’T mind my fatigue of course… He CONSTANTLY encouraged me to “rest mom, go take a nap…everything is under control”. I wasn’t sure is he was helpful or PLAYIN’ me (as they used to say where I grew up! ) LOL
BUT that situation wasn’t the kicker....
We started off the 2008 school year with an excellent curriculum “Tapestry of Grace” that I LOVE teaching. It is classically based with less textbook style teaching. The kids read tons of classics, write papers, posters, presentations, hands-on stuff and the works.
The first problem that pushed us toward Cyberschooling was the lack of access to books. In Maine, we had a wonderful setup with the local library. They allowed us to special order all the obscure books we needed with no fees, no fines, no sweat.
Here the libraries worked TOTALLY differently and I could not get my books!!! uuggghhhh
There were fees, fines, 3 week waiting times and frustration. They were very nice people but I realized we were spoiled by Maine’s awesome local library…..
Cyberschool I figured would at least provide most of the books, computers and supplies we need.
PREGNANCY + THE KICKER + THE TWINS ULTRASOUND
The final blow to my transition from being an independent homeschooler to a Cyberschooler was that “day” of my first ultrasound. It was all routine to me since we had 4 other kids…this surprise pregnancy was to be routine as far as we were concerned. And THEN the ultrasound tech ANNOUNCED TWINS…I must say I was in shock and heard nothing else she said…
PLUS being a pregnant mom over 40 means high risk treatment. Not that you feel like a risk but they treat you like one.
Soooo, our homeschool life was plagued by a sleepy, large, nauseous, irritable “teacher” who visits an ob/gyn and a neonatal specialist seemingly all the time.
We prayed, evaluated, researched schools and enrolled the kids in Cyberschool mid-school year just a few months before the babies were due.
We saw benefits:
The kids are held accountable while mommy could focus more on the baby twins and preschooler. Another benefit is the kids opportunity to dialog online with other cyber school kids of many differing viewpoints.
The free tutoring is also helpful at times…especially for my kids that need extra math help. They still usually come to my husband and I but at least it is available.
The teachers support is mixed as with traditional schools…some VERY helpful some not. Overall a prayed in decision so the kids cannot balk at me. When they get mad I tell them to talk to God about their complaints about school this year. LOL
We saw problems:
The kids are constantly conflicted as the busy work piles up as we still attend co-op for music and art lessons and socialization. The kids have community involvement and sports/dance that take up our time as well. Plus as a parent I feel like cannot pull on them as much to work on character issues and chores due to our time crunch.
Also, the busywork doesn’t seem to engage the children much. They mostly seem to want to “just get it done” as opposed to discussing and learning. Some of my kids have disliked it from day 1 and continue to just “deal” with the school. Since I LOVE LEARNING this grieves me greatly as I continue to swim in twin diapers, mush and preschool ABCs.
Now, a year and a half later we are deciding if we want to embark on our own as a family again. Can we handle homeschooling in a family of 6 with twin toddlers romping around and a house move planned?
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3/11/2010 5:42 PM
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