Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Connections Academy. All opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in anyway.
As a homeschooling mom, I’ve heard a lot about Connections Academy online school from other homeschooling parents who have chosen to enroll. I have heard so many great things about it, but only recently looked into it deeply enough to share some of the facts with you.
First of all, you might be wondering what Connections Academy is. Maybe you’ve heard of it but just weren’t sure what the deal is, or maybe this is the first time you’ve ever heard the name. Either way, here is a quick rundown of facts.
What is Connections Academy?
Connections Academy schools are tuition-free online public schools for students in grades K-12. Connections Academy shares common goals with parents: to make sure that students become productive, successful and confident adults.
Connections Academy is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students. Your kids get a public education delivered directly to them through online learning technology. With Connections Academy, the world is your classroom, all you need is an internet connection!
Worried about socialization?
When you talk to any parent who doesn’t homeschool, it is very likely that you will hear this dreaded question, “but, what about socialization?” I have so many comments on this, but my main one is that homeschooled kids get out and do things just as often, if not more often than kids who go to traditional school, but I know people still worry about it. Connections Academy has the perfect solution for you.
Connections Academy offers a variety of extracurricular activities and family field trips. Many schools even host a prom for the students and in-person graduation ceremonies!
Educators there get that some of the best learning experiences can happen in unexpected places, like local parks or your neighborhood. Check out #OutsideSchoolWalls on social media.
A classroom outside school walls is a brilliant idea! Kids are able to connect, hands-on, to the world around them. Not all kids learn best by sitting at a desk, doing paperwork, #OutsideSchoolWalls allows kids who learn differently to do just that.
Why not a brick-and-mortar school?
This absolutely has to be your own reason. You cannot jump into homeschool or virtual school because your friend did it; you have to make a decision because it is what is best for you, your child, and your family.
I can tell you some of the reasons why I homeschool, and why some of my friends homeschool or choose virtual schooling, but again, if you’re doing research, you probably already know your own reason.
I felt like traditional public school wasn’t for my kids because one of them is an extreme introvert, and I felt he would have been lost in the chaos of daily classroom life. My other kiddo is a very active extrovert, and I felt that he might not do well in a sitting all-day kind of situation. It wasn’t just that though; it was also the idea of bullying and violence. The idea that either of them would be struggling to get the attention of one person who is trying to teach 20+ students was too much for me.
Why choose Connections Academy?
Connections Academy is about so much more than just schooling at home. Connections Academy builds socialization skills, communities and friendships through online LiveLesson® sessions, in-person gatherings, activities and field trips to keep students engaged and eager to participate.
I also think that Connections Academy is a great alternative for people who are unsure of how to get started with homeschooling, or people who are nervous that as their kids get older, they won’t be able to teach them everything they need to know.