Online Homeschooling Resources

Web sites, Courses, Programs, and Schools

Online Homeschooling
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The decision to homeschool is not an easy one to make. One typical worry is that their child won't learn socialization skills because he or she won't be around other children. But parents soon realize that there are ample opportunities in the community for their child to interact with other children. For example, kids can enroll in community sports programs.

But parents may also worry about whether they have the skill and knowledge to homeschool their child.

This is especially true for parents of gifted children who are very advanced in a domain that they themselves may not be comfortable with. For example, parents with a mathematically gifted child may not feel qualified to teach their child math concepts beyond algebra, while the child is ready to learn calculus.

With all the resources available online, it is no longer necessary for parents to know everything about every subject. Thanks to the Internet, parents can find many resources to help them with their homeschooling needs.

Online Homeschooling Resources

If you are looking for some online schools or courses for your child to participate in, you can find more information here. Some are of special interest to parents of gifted children, such as the Oak Meadows School, which offers a Waldorf-type curriculum. Another great resource is the Khan Academy. You can find lessons there on nearly every subject that are easy to understand.

If your child has moved beyond your ability to explain math, this is a great place to visit.

Enrichment Courses and Programs

If you are looking for some enrichment opportunities or course in specific topics, you might want to check out these programs. (Formerly EPGY, Education Program for Gifted Youth)
"As the new home of Stanford University’s EPGY, provides innovative educational tools and online courses, unmatched expertise and a supportive community to help advanced students and those seeking academic excellence achieve their greatest potential."

Gifted LearningLinks Program
This program is offered by the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. Courses are available for children from kindergarten through twelfth grade and include enrichment, honors, and AP courses.

CTY Online
John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) offers courses for kids pre-k through twelfth grade in a wide variety of subjects (including Arabic).

GHF Online
GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Online) offers a small number of online courses for gifted children from ages ten and up.

Virtual Schools

Sometimes what we want for our child is something more than simple homeschooling. That is, we don't want to send our child to a public school, but we want them to have the advantage of learning from those with some expertise in subject matter and have a chance to interact with other gifted kids - from home. In that case, a virtual school is ideal.

EPGY Online High School
Standford has a complete high school program, which is accredited and grants a diploma.

Laurel Springs Online School
Laurel Springs has a curriculum for kids in grades K-12, allowing kids to begin at their level of proficiency. The school also offers a program for grades 6-12 designed specifically for gifted children.

VHS (Virtual High School)
Although it has "high school" in its name, VHS also offers courses for middle school students as well as high school students. It also has a separate curriculum for gifted kids. Its full-time high school program is accredited.

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