Four Awesome Benefits of Using Online Classes for Your Homeschooled High Schooler

Have you used online classes for your homeschoolers? It's a great option, and there are so many benefits!

I was sitting in the gym waiting on my daughter. She was finishing a gymnastics practice. A fellow parent began talking to me. He was very interested to find out that I homeschooled. I got a few of the basic questions: "Do you homeschool all four of your kids?" " Do your kids ever have the chance to be with other kids?" (I thought this was pretty ironic, considering we were having this conversation at an activity where my daughter was with other kids.) And then he asked, "Can you teach all the subjects? What if you aren't good at a subject? What about high school classes?"

I sighed, shoulders slumping. Sometimes I got tired of answering the same questions over and over. But he seemed genuinely interested. And so I explained that homeschoolers had lots of choices for teaching our kids.

There are classes that the parent can teach. Some homeschool curricula are self-directed. There are co-op classes and homeschool tutors. There are online videos with information about different subjects. And there are even online classes with real teachers and a real classroom set up.

I probably wouldn’t use online classes with my elementary school aged kids. I want more interaction with them myself. But online classes have many advantages when it comes to middle and high school. If you’ve been wondering whether online classes would be good for your student, here are some reasons why they’re great. And I'm teaching a number of online classes for high school this year. You can check them out here and find more information at the end of this post.

Benefits of online classes for high school

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Online classes free you up to work more closely with your younger kids.

When my kids were younger, I preferred homeschooling resources that would let me teach them together as much as possible. I used unit studies and other multi-age resources. And this allowed the kids to all work on the same material at different levels.

But as my older kids reached high school, I began to plan out classes that would meet the requirements for graduation. And teaching them together became more difficult. I had younger kids who needed my guidance to work. And I had older kids who were doing more difficult classes for high school credit.

Online classes can help to solve this problem. Older kids can take online classes, directed, monitored, and graded by a real live teacher. While you have more time to spend with the younger students who need close guidance.

Online classes allow kids the opportunity to learn from teachers who are experts in the subject area.

I will admit that I’m not a science person. As a high school student, I disliked the subject. As a homeschool teacher, I’ve come to like it much more. But I still don’t have a good grasp of higher level science concepts.

But, there are awesome online teachers who excel in the sciences. There are teachers who have a passion for physics (although I can’t imagine why). There are teachers who can explain complicated chemical reactions. There are teachers who can make difficult concepts in biology clear for kids.

Even though I can’t be an expert in everything- can anyone?- I can find quality, online teachers who can teach the classes I can’t teach.

Online classes for high school

Online classes give kids the accountability of due dates and deadlines.

I don’t know about your average homeschool mom, but I can be a pushover. I assign a project and make it due on a Thursday. But I know that all week my child has been sick. And then, Wednesday night when she did feel better we had friends over until pretty late. So, of course, when the project isn’t ready on Thursday, I’ll just stretch the due date out a little. And this can be okay at times.

Taking a virtual class online gives kids the opportunity to have assignments with due dates. Extenuating circumstances can happen. And accommodations may be needed at times. But it's also good for kids to feel the responsibility of getting assignments done on time. This is especially important for kids who are planning to continue on into college. It’s unlikely that a professor will excuse them from due dates like I do.

Online classes let the kids experience teachers other than mom.

I love it when my kids get this inevitable question from a doctor or other some such adult: “Do you like your teacher this year?” So far, they’ve always answered, “yes." Although they usually sneak a grin at me and giggle before explaining that they’re homeschooled.

We’ve been a part of a couple of co-ops over the years. But our experiences have been mostly for fun and social times. My kids haven’t had many teachers besides me. Taking a virtual online class gives the kids a chance to experience another teacher’s classroom style.

Even if kids aren’t going to college after high school, they'll need to know how to work well with other adults. Taking an online class with a real live teacher who has a unique style and expectations can give kids an opportunity to practice this.

Benefits of online classes

Ready to consider online classes for your homeschooled high schoolers? For 2022-23 I'm offering the following classes:

  • High School Writing Basics
  • General Literature
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • American History 1
  • American History 2
  • World History

All of these classes fun on Zoom, so your kids will have the opportunity to learn with a live teachers and live classmates. Assignments will be given on Google Classroom. You can learn more and register your students here.

Online classes for high school

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