Benefits of Distance Learning
Distance Learning School: please, bookmark this post if you need it.
For questions about school: our kids are enrolled in distance learning school, VERY, very different from homeschooling, don’t confuse the two. We were recommended this system by a principle of our old school when we moved to SF and faced ridiculousness of SF school placement. She spoke highly of it, so we gave it a try, kids liked it, and we decided to stay with it.
Things that are important to know:
• distance school is NOT a home school. With distance school there is an enrollment process just the same way as in any other school. Same paperwork. Same everything. It is also location based, and just like other schools, distance schools are zoned. The zones are significantly broader, though, but still allow for kids from same areas to interact.
• there are classes, daily schedules, school breaks, teachers and a school principle. Kids have calls/meetings with teachers a couple of times a week and they have programs curated for their needs. While it is curated per child’s interest and needs based off constant assessments, there IS a daily program that must be completed and done well before moving on to another day. You can’t just skip a day or skip some lessons for the day - the child will be flagged. Homework is a part of a daily plan, which is nice. You can travel, though, or do school during different hours - that flexibility is there and is amazing.
• kids have school trips, meet-ups, etc, both online and in-person. There was a trip to NASA Labs at the start of the school year, there is a trip to LA fair this week, and, basically, a trip somewhere every month, all season appropriate and education focused.
• kids waste definitely a lot less time learning, simply because the focus is on the child’s needs individually, but they do spend time learning and perfecting lessons, often as many hours as any other child would in school, if the subject is challenging.
• our responsibility as parents is the same as any parent’s : we don’t teach, but we do supervise to make sure the school is done, checking off the lessons just as one would check for homework. Sometimes we help with questions, just ike any other parent would, and if we see that the child needs more assistance, we ensure they get enough 1-on-1 time with the teacher. Again, very different from homeschooling.
• there is a physical location where kids meet up once a week for extra-curriculum activities and where they can meet with other kids who are in their system.
That’s distance school in a nutshell. I’m sure I missed a lot, let me know if you have questions! Happy to answer!