Online classes are a big part of our homeschool week, I just can’t teach everything!
Especially as we head towards middle school, even math is getting more and more challenging, and with science, I was struggling in elementary grades! So we have been using online classes for a long time. I understand this is more and more popular of course now since the pandemic, so I thought I would write our advantages and disadvantages of online classes. As we already homeschool though, most of the disadvantages don’t apply to us, but I wanted to add them to make it balanced.
Before I jump into the advantages and disadvantages of online classes though, I wanted to share with you our favorite live online homeschool classes, so you can see what we use.
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Our Favorite Live Online Homeschool Classes
We currently only use two live online homeschool classes that help us both tremendously. In fact, Freddie looks forward to both of them.
Has only recently launched in America, and therefore does not (yet) have as many online classes for kids as Outschool, however, what I really love is the low price (in fact you can have 2 free classes) and the frequently added new classes. Click on the link above to get the exclusive free classes! What have you got to lose!
We have recently come across and started using MyTutor as our go-to math tutor. These live online classes are one-to-one tutoring, from the best tutors in the UK. You can have live tutoring for pretty much any subject you can think of. Although we are in Florida, these are still the best tutors we have come across. If you want to check out our detailed review of these online tutors please do so, or just pop over and see what they have to offer. You can get as many FREE 15 minute bookings before you commit to anything to see if they are a fit for your family. The tutors will work with children as young as 10 and right through to college. Check them out here.
These are our favorite “fun” live online classes (check out our Outschool review in our homeschool!) Although they also offer academic classes too. The tutors are from all over the world, and you can pretty much find any time throughout the day to take a great online class. From magic tricks to social clubs, to learning a foreign language, they have every class you can think of. Check them out for yourself here, you won’t regret it.
Advantages of Online Classes
The main reason we use online classes is the flexibility. Although we are fairly structured it is helpful to us that we can take online classes whenever we want. Sometimes it may work to start early in the morning, for other subjects later in the afternoon works better. With online classes, you can take them anytime you want.
Takes Pressure off parents to help
As we homeschool I teach all of the lessons. This just isn’t feasible, all of the time. The lessons are now getting harder, and sometimes I just don’t have the time. Also, especially with learning a foreign language, unless you speak it at home, it is the only way to learn properly.
Online classes are so much cheaper than you think, Outschool classes can be as low as $8 per class, and MyTutor offers an hour of tutoring for as low as $27.
Suits a Variety of Learning Styles
If you have a visual or audio learner online classes are just perfect. For us though, there are no distractions. Even though some of the Outschool classes are with other children, which is great, all of his focus is on the screen. I think this is probably why he is so good at video gaming!
Disadvantages of Online Classes
Actually, for us, there are no disadvantages, as we already homeschool. I wanted to add them though to make it balanced.
Time on the Screen
I take it back, this is a small disadvantage! If allowed Freddie would spend ALL of his time either playing on his IPAD or Playstation, so the extra time on the screen isn’t ideal. However, as this is educational and the others generally are NOT, we reduce the time on “fun” screen time!
This of course is an issue if you are new to homeschooling. I am not going to lie, it can be isolating. Freddie is effectively an only child (his siblings are much older and have long flown the nest) so him feeling isolated is an issue. Actually, the online classes help, and for us actually is an advantage. Especially with Outschool as they offer social groups so they can just talk about their interests. His favorite has been the Star Wars group.
Of course, I can’t say this isn’t an occasional issue. Now, when I say occasionally I really mean it, we have had hundreds of online classes and only had two issues. One when we lost power, there is nothing we can do to stop that (well apart from the generator we have recently purchased) and two there was a slight lag in the class, so there was like a five-second delay when someone was talking.
Ability to focus
Some people struggle to focus, now I am really clutching at straws with this one. We actually find the absolute opposite. But I could see if the online classes were boring, it would be hard to focus. Although that is the same with anything, in person or not. We have not had one boring live online class so maybe we have been lucky?
Let me know what you think are the advantages and disadvantages of online classes are, and who you use for online?
Last Updated on 13 January 2022 by homeschoolof1