[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]This is a sponsored post for Florida Connections Academy (FCA), a public charter school that was approved by Hillsborough County Public Schools to serve students across Florida in the 2018-19 school year. It’s currently serving K-8 but will be adding a grade level each year until it is available for Kindergarten through 12th grade. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.[/dropshadowbox]
Every so often my husband brings up the idea homeschooling our kids. And each time I shoot the idea down. While I admire the many homeschool moms out there rocking it, I know that I am not the best person to teach my kids. While my husband and I both work remotely, he travels far more than I do. He also has a boss, works for a company, and makes the lion’s share of our household income. Thus, the role of homeschooling parent would naturally fall to me. And that is a role I really don’t want!
I’m great at teaching adults. And years ago, I had a pretty sweet side hustle as an Algebra tutor. The issue isn’t my lack of teaching ability. It’s my relationship with my kids. I am their safe space. I am the one they show the worst versions of themselves to on a regular basis. We’d all go crazy if it were up to me to teach them!
However, the rise of online education is tempting, especially since we both can work from anywhere with a good internet connection. Now that my kids are tweens I am not as opposed to having them always around. (Don’t judge me. It is not easy working with constant chattering and bickering in the background!)
Why online school?
I like that all Florida Connections Academy teachers are
Florida-certified, and specially trained to work and teach in a virtual
classroom setting. I am not expected to be the teacher. I can be the household manager who makes the kids do their school work, like I am now.
Plus, the kids have social interactions with their classmates online. The teachers have real time sessions with students via LiveLesson® — which uses webcams and chat functions. This means that kids can interact face to face while still being remote. It sounds quite a bit like the online courses in college, right?!
Reasons why I am considering virtual school for my kids
My reasons for not wanting to homeschool are that I don’t feel qualified to be their teacher and that I like the social interactions that are built into going to a brick and mortar school. But there are reasons that I’ve often considered whether my reservations trumped the flexibility of homeschooling.
I want to show my children the world.
I envy homeschooling moms who travel the country and world as a supplement to their children’s education. How much more fun and interesting would American History be if we could visit Washington DC while they are in the middle of learning it!
The School Year determines our schedule.
By the end of the school year, I am chomping at the bit for summer vacation to start so we can hit the road! When the kids were younger, it wasn’t a big deal to pull them out of school for a week here and a week there. Now they are pre-teens, my oldest is heading into middle school. There are attendance policies, truancy rules, and makeup work policies to consider. So we pretty much have to travel when EVERYONE else does….during school breaks. My husband and I have been working from home for so long that we dread crowds. Places like Disney World are way more enjoyable during the off seasons.
It looks like Florida Connections Academy makes my reasons for not wanting to take my kids out of public school null and void. Now the only thing left to do is convince my kids to try it. The funny thing is that they are both a lot like I was as a kid. I absolutely loved school. My daughter has actually wept at the end of the last day of school for the last five years straight! It cracks me up to see the tears streaming down her face while cheering classmates shove past her. But, I can’t blame her for enjoying school.
What makes online education attractive to you? Or if you already do it, tell me what the best part is in the comments!