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4 Educational Options for Every Member of the Family

When you think of education and schooling, the first images that come to mind probably include children in a classroom, young adults at college, and maybe online schooling. The great things about education are that it never has to stop, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and there’s an option for every member of the family.

Homeschool

Homeschooling is a great option for kids with a variety of learning difficulties that might make public or private school more difficult. Children with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism, and more can thrive in a homeschooling environment. Homeschool allows the parents to tailor their child’s education to their specific needs, creating an environment that feels safe, and provides a challenge while not being so challenging that the child feels overwhelmed and unable to succeed.

It can also be a good choice for families who live in a district that perhaps doesn’t have very good schools, or where there are problems with issues like bullying. Religious families who prefer to include their faith in their education but can’t afford private school can also find homeschooling to be an ideal option.

Online Public School

Online public school is often confused with homeschooling. It can be used as a tool in a homeschool, but it can also be an educational option in its own right. For instance, Arizona online public school offers the same level of quality education that a traditional public school offers, but done at home (or wherever your child uses the computer). Online public schools may or may not require your child to do school during specific hours, which means that you might continue with traditional school hours or you may be able to be more flexible.

Online public school also has teachers available to help your child with the curriculum. This option allows parents to be as “hands off” as they are in traditional public school, only needing to attend conferences (online), sign paperwork, and perhaps assist with homework.

Vocational School

Vocational school, or technical college as it’s sometimes called, is an educational option for those who want additional training beyond high school, but don’t necessarily want to attend college. It’s also an option for those whose career dreams don’t require a four-year degree, but instead a shorter certification course. Vocational schools offer a variety of options, from phlebotomy and medical assisting to welding and HVAC repair. Courses vary in length, with some as short as six months, and others up to two years. They are often less expensive than college.

Free Education

Learning never stops, and sometimes you want to study something but you don’t want to go through the hassle of enrolling in college, not to mention dealing with homework and attending classes. It might be that you’re simply curious, or perhaps you want to brush up on some skills or create a foundation for your work but you don’t need a degree.

Free online learning is a recent educational option. There are many websites that offer college-level courses, often ones provided by a variety of universities themselves, that you can sign up for and take for free. You get the same course materials as the students who take the courses at college, but you’ll get no college credit or degree. This is ideal for those who love to learn and study different things, but don’t have the money to pay for courses all the time.

Education is a wonderful thing at any level. Having multiple ways to access it increases the chances that you’ll make use of it. It also means that, no matter who you are, there’s an educational option that’s right for you.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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