Monday, February 21, 2011

What Do I Need?

I am sure you are wondering what constitutes a good online kindergarten curriculum. The curriculum should include core skills such as colors, counting, recognizing print, beginning phonics, word families, shapes and the like. Look for visual and auditory prompts in the lessons that guide the student, thus making the lessons easy for young learners to follow. The lessons and activities should be very engaging, fun, and highly educational for young children. Animated and interactive lessons are an easy and fun way to catch and keep the student’s attention. Check lesson demos and instructions to evaluate what level of participation you, the learning coach, will be involved each day.

Before committing to an online company, review their policies on price and payment procedures, refunds, attendance, record keeping, whether or not they require a contract, advancing to the next grade level if your child excels and moves quickly, discounts for multiple children (if this applies to your situation), procedures for canceling your account... Keep all emails you receive from the company (about the questions you may have) in a folder on your computer, Print hard copies if you like.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What is an Online Curriculum Anyway?

Maybe you want to home school your kindergartner or maybe you just want to supplement what your kindergarten child is learning at school. An online curriculum might just be the ticket. But what is an online curriculum anyway? It is a set of courses and their content offered by an online company. It is a fun way for your child to learn via the Internet in the privacy of your own home. The program will most likely be entirely web based.

Perhaps you don’t think you can adequately teach your child, or perhaps you don’t have the time to put together lessons for each day’s learning. An online curriculum for your kindergarten student would be very helpful. The lessons are supplied and taught by the company with some coaching from you. Make sure to research the company carefully. Most reputable online resources align their curricula to state or national standards. A good company will offer a demo of their lessons or even a free trial period for you and your child to test drive them.