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Distance Education to Further Your Children’s Dreams

June 8, 2013 on 5:07 pm | In Dream Come True, Musings | No Comments

Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world on a sailboat or recreational vehicle? Or do you simply wish your family could spend more time at the beach, visiting grandma, or camping out? Maybe you would sometimes like to be able to take your family along on a business trip?

While some parents can work from anywhere via Internet, most children are tied to a school in their home town or neighborhood.

Many people have heard of “home schooling,” but the quality of the materials was often not very good, and teaching your own children can be difficult and time-consuming. Then you have to worry about how much your child is actually learning in comparison to kids who attend a physical school.

If you dream of freeing your children from being tied to a brick-and-mortar school—or worry about bullies and other bad influences—distance learning can be a dream come true. You may not realize that there are two kinds of distance learning for young children, not just for college students: online classes (including group projects with other students) and traditional correspondence courses.

The online courses include podcast lectures and demonstrations by teachers (which can be watched or listened to as many times as needed), as well as a host of activities, including on-line research projects, optional group projects with other students, and so on. Students interact with teachers and parents act as on-site supervisors to make sure the work is being done. There are even school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

For children who prefer more traditional, linear learning styles, there are correspondence courses. Students are sent assignments to do, and they fill out workbooks and take tests by mail, proceeding at their own pace without being distracted by others.

So parents and children who dream of more individualized study than brick-and-mortar schools can provide can now realize their dreams of a high-quality education that can be carried out anywhere in the world that has Internet access—or even just mail service.

In Australia, for example, the Australian Christian College offers both online and correspondence programs for children, following the Australian curriculum. To reach them, call (08) 6818 6000, Fax: (08) 9844 1629, or email: southlands@acc.edu.au

For many busy families, distance education is really a dream come true. 

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