As schools around the country have been forced to close their doors and switch to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, parents are suddenly finding themselves teaching their children from home. However, this new wave of temporarily learning from home isn’t exactly the same thing as homeschooling.

Public and private school distancelearning lesson plans are designed for large numbers of students who are typically in class together, where each student is given the same class notes, assignments, and exams. Even though the children are at home, the parents generally are not in charge of the curricula content or daily academic schedule. By necessity, the children must keep up with the pace set by the school with little flexibility for the child or parents.

By contrast, one of the biggest advantages in homeschooling is the parent’s ability to dictate the daily schedule, lesson plans, and provide more personalized instruction. You as the parent know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and you can develop the assignments around how they learn best. Parents can also adjust the learning pace for each child as needed. There is unlimited flexibility for each family.

In such an unprecedented time, it is inspiring to see teachers, students, and parents from every educational background rise to the challenge of emergency remote learning. We all want what is best for our students, no matter what environment they are learning in. 

As a trusted voice in the homeschooling community, South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools wants to help you provide the best possible education for your loved ones by offering counseling by the hour for any parents who find themselves temporarily educating their children at home. And for parents considering making the switch to full-time homeschooling, we can give you the guidance and support you need to get started. Contact us to get in touch with one of our trained counselors today.