Friday, July 10, 2009

Loving On-Line Education

I just went through one of the busiest seasons of my life. I knew going in that it was going to be tough and it was going to be busy, but I also knew that it was not forever. The one thing that I am so very thankful for is technology and how it allows us to make our lives easier and more productive than ever.

As I've homeschooled my children over the past twelve years I have found on-line learning to give me more bang for my buck. I love that my children are able to work independently and yet they're not on their own. We use a specific program called Time4Learning that has interactive media. They pop on their headphones, type in their username and password and begin a wonderful journey of self education. My goal has always been that I would not fill a bucket, but light a fire.

Using on-line learning teaches my children how to take ownership of their education. I hope it never stops. I hope as adults they will continue to read books, watch education programs on television, go on the computer and research. I can feel confident that I've given them a solid start.

In the midst of my crazy busy life, on-line education has allowed our homeschool program to keep going STRONG in the midst of my craziness. Yes, I still have to be available to answer questions, to have discussions, to check their work and to cheer them on, but I can let go of having to make lesson plans, pull things together, sit down and do the teaching. On-line learning gives me the freedom and flexibility to take care of my home, to snuggle and read a loud wonderful books, to write and speak which is my passion and to do it all without losing my mind. (laughing)

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