How One Military Family’s Dream of Homeschooling Finally Came True
Homeschooling has been a popular choice among military families for years. Among the 1.2 million children of active-duty military parents, more than 6 percent are homeschooled, according to estimates by the Military Child Education Coalition. The flexibility homeschooling provides has helped many military parents, like Ailed G., meet their family’s unique needs.
In this special Q&A, Ailed shares her insights on what drew her family to homeschooling and what makes Time4Learning different from other online homeschooling curriculums.
Q: What branch of the military are you/your spouse in? How long have you/your spouse served in the military?
A: We have been in the military life for 10 years and my husband is in the ARMY.
Q: Where are you and your family currently based?
A: We are at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington.
Q: How many children do you have and are they homeschooled?
A: I have 2 boys, ages 14 and 9, and they are both being homeschooled.
Q: How long have you been using Time4Learning?
A: We started this past August 2020 but we were thinking about homeschooling since my older boy was in kindergarten.
Q: What made you want to sign up for Time4Learning?
A: I always dreamed about homeschooling but was afraid to do so, felt insecure and unprepared. When the lockdown started I took charge of the distance learning and realized I could do this. Very nervous (still) I decided to go for it. I was looking around for curriculums and went back to Time4Learning.
Q: How is Time4Learning different from other homeschool curriculums?
A: I find it’s easier for record keeping and that it’s more relaxed. I just find it easier to keep records because it grades lessons so I don’t have to.
Q: How do you benefit from Time4Learning as a military family?
A: It can travel with us! I can travel on orders or for fun and my curriculum goes with us on a laptop, instead of lots of books.
Q: Tell us about the socialization aspect of your homeschool. What do you do to keep the socialization going for your sons during the pandemic?
A: For now, because of the COVID situation, we are keeping them home but I know that socialization can be achieved on a daily basis with homeschooling groups and coops, going to a park, field trips, etc. What we are doing to mitigate this lack of interaction is letting them play online with friends after they are done with school. They also video call each other.
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