There are dozens of reasons a family might look at homeschooling online.
Are you wondering how you are going to teach upper level math? Does Chemistry put shivers up your spine? You could just buckle down and learn it with him.... after all this is high school. You are an adult and if your boy can learn it by golly so can you! But wait... do you have younger kids that you are still teaching? Do you have time for teaching, learning, laundry, dishes, meals and still keep sanity?
Perhaps you have a teen who needs more challenge. You have been teaching your guy for a long time now and have come to the conclusion.... he is beyond you! High school courses online might be the ticket.
You are a single mom or a working mom and the time is just not there. Homeschooling online just might save your homeschool.
Self-Discipline Distance learning allows flexibility, but requires more self-discipline, and self-motivation. If your student needs outside motivation in other areas of life, don't expect online homeschooling to be different.
Learning style1 Online homeschooling works best with visual learners, who have excellent reading and writing skills. Students work primarily from written instructions, and lessons are primarily written assignments.
Interactivity Some classes offer immediate online chat help. Others may take days to answer email questions. Do your research. Be sure the program you choose will offer the support you need.
Technical Skills In addition to an up-to-date computer with high speed internet access, your student will need good word processing skills, and confidence in downloading software, and computer troubleshooting. On the plus side, if your student lacks in any of these areas it will be a crash course. Be sure you or someone will be available to help in the event he needs it.