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Southern California Charter Schools Use Local Resources

Southern California charter schools can use local resources to supplement the textbooks. California is full of opportunities -- historical sites, zoos, public gardens, museums. While mainstream schools unfortunately don't have the time or budget for field trips, for a student pursuing a non-traditional path to education, it is foolish to ignore these resources.
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Starting Online Middle School Fresh After Winter Break

When you first enrolled your child in online middle school, you were committed. You had all the tools that you needed to succeed: a great computer, plenty of books, and all the art supplies your child could possibly need to put together fantastic projects. You checked over their work every day. The two of you were committed to making this work together, and you put a lot of energy into making it happen.
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Online Learning

Using Winter Break to Catch Up in Online Home School

Uh-oh. You're halfway through the year, and you've just realized that your child has fallen way behind in their online home school work. They haven't been completing assignments. Their progress has slowed to a screeching halt. Now, all of a sudden, you're looking at piles of extra work that need to be completed, and you're scrambling to catch up. Luckily, there's good news: winter break is here, and with it, the perfect opportunity to let your child focus on catching up. 
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Online Learning

4 Things You Should Know About Online Middle School Before You Get Started

Middle school is a tricky time in the lives of many children. Teachers universally agree that seventh grade, in particular, is one of the hardest years to teach. When you consider online middle school for your child, you're accepting that many of those difficulties are going to land squarely on you instead of being dealt with by a teacher for seven or eight hours out of the day. Are you ready to try out online middle school for your student? Before you get started, there are a few things you should know.
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Online Learning

Creating a Schedule for Online Home School

One of the hardest things about transitioning to online home school is learning to adhere to a schedule. You have what initially feels like an endless amount of freedom in front of you, and it's easy to fall into the trap of ignoring those school responsibilities. There are so many other things that you'd rather be doing with your day! Setting up a schedule is a critical step to success in your online home school. When you create your schedule, there are several factors that you'll need to take into consideration.
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Online Learning

3 Signs Your Child Might Not Be Cut Out For Online High School

Online high schools are a dream come true for many kids.  They're away from the pressures of bullies, teachers who don't teach to their level, and dozens of other problems that characterize a typical day in the life of a high school student.  They can work at their own pace, contact teachers whenever they need help, and arrange their schedule to suit themselves instead of being forced into a schedule that doesn't work for them.  Unfortunately, for some kids, online high schools aren't a dream--they're a nightmare.  If you've considered online high school for your child, first consider these signs that your child might not be cut out for online high school after all.
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Debunking Six Myths About Charter Schools

As the school choice movement gains momentum nationwide, charter schools are becoming mainstream in education. Charter schools-- which are publicly funded independent schools-- have greater operational freedom than traditional public schools. The flexibility given to charter schools comes at a price; namely, increased accountability for performance. While increasingly more parents are choosing charter schools for their children, there are still many myths regarding school choice-- and charter schools in particular-- that continue to circulate. Let's discuss six of the most common myths and the truth behind the misconceptions:
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Online Curriculum

Blended Learning for Your Child

  Lecture Heavy Learning is Out Lecture-based education was the norm in middle and high school for a long time. Ever since public school systems became regulated by the states and held applicable to uniform standards, teaching by lecture has been the default approach, and the recent emphasis on standardized testing instead of actual learning has only compounded this. After all, if teachers stand up and speak about the subject for an hour each day, they can ensure that they easily touch on whatever topics and benchmarks the state requires.
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Project Based Learning

What does Project-Based Learning Look like at Method Schools?

Many people ask me what project-based learning is. For all PBL teachers they have their standard go-to response.   “It’s a curriculum” “Its hands-on learning.  “It’s connecting to the world around them.”  “It is problem solving with group members” 
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Online Learning

The Benefits Online High Schools Provide

As your child enters their high school years, you may begin to question which option will best meet their educational needs. With public schools, private schools, charter schools, and online charter schools available, there are resources available to meet the learning needs of a wide variety of students. For many students, online high school is the perfect option to meet their unique needs, and acts as a great alternative to traditional public school. Online high schools provide an array of benefits to students by creating a more flexible learning environment that fits into their lifestyle. If you are considering enrolling your child in online high school but are unsure if this is the right choice to make, here is an overview of just a few of the many benefits that online high schools provide.
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