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What are my options to homeschool online? Years ago I would have blinked and given you a blank stare with the only options being the public school. Now we have a broad variety of options and families that have tried out everything from a full academy setting to a more class-by-class style.

You can homeschool your child utilizing online resources in a solid Christian manner online!

Live teachers, recorded sessions at your family/student’s pace, parent facilitated lessons, high quality high level education all of these options are at your fingertips. Literally! Homeschooling online has come of age and we get to reap the benefits of a variety of options.

Our community of families at Teach Them Diligently have been asked, “what do you recommend as a Online Homeschool academy choice.” We took all their suggestions and 39 other subjects of curriculum and put them in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

Here are the top 10 choices for Online Favorite Homeschool Academy

  1. Abeka Academy From the website- “Get the benefits of homeschooling — without the burden of doing everything yourself.”
  2. Bob Jones University Press Academy of Home Education From the website- “Video Lessons +Textbooks cover it all from teaching to testing. This option is perfect for busy parents or families with lots of kids learning at the same time.”
  3. Time 4 Learning From the website- “Award-winning, comprehensive curriculum allows parents to be in control of their child’s individual learning path.”

Online learning can be tailored to match your level of comfort with your child and screen time. Many online homeschooling options have built in timers you can use. On the parent side you will be able to see what your child is doing and how well they are doing. There are often several other things you can do such as look at time at task or how diligently your teen has been working (daily?). As the teacher parent adjust the schedule, timing, or whatever problem you see immediately because of fast accurate feedback and move on to be a success.

  1. Homeschool Legal Defense Agency Online Academy
  2. Veritas Scholars Academy
  3. Liberty Academy

Don’t forget parents your teens can do dual enrollment. This means that your teen is advanced enough to take college level courses with accreditation. Students in public high school  are doing just this their junior and senior year but with heavy restrictions as to what they can take. With homeschooling you can find a educational partner online like #6 Liberty Academy and start working toward a college degree at home.

  1. Memoria Press Online Academy
  2. Alpha Omega Academy (Found a Free Monarch Trial)
  3. The Potter’s School
  4. Accelerated Christian Education Digital Academy

Home Educating using online programs is a refreshing up to date method of homeschooling. Whether you go in for a full year of an academy or decide for a semester to have your teen take Algebra, you can craft the way and watch your child thrive. Flexibility is a hallmark of homeschooling and these options provide by the outstanding community at Teach Them Diligently will help guide you through the maze of options.

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

Find more information with this article with details about Abeka Academy. Click here to read more.


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The summer before a student’s senior year of high school is akin to taking a spot at the starting line for college. The next five years will seem to pass as quickly as a 100-yard dash and alternately seem like a long-distance race.

The summer break is the optimal time for the student, in concert with his/her parents, to identify or assess interests and goals, review options and/or begin preparations for the college application process. This groundwork will make it less harried and less stressful for the entire family in the ready-set-go autumn.

Here are five helpful items for a student summer checklist:

1.) Identify or hone your course of study interests that could develop into a career path.

What are you interested in? Health sciences, graphic design, robotics? Or maybe forensics  thanks to the CSI TV franchise? Have you been prompted by God to explore Christian ministry?

Primarily linked to technology, there are a multitude of career branches that didn’t exist 10 or 20 years ago. And more technology- and need-based career saplings will flourish in the next decade because of Web 3.0.

The point is if there’s a subject of interest to you or ministry you’re passionate about, there’s either already a college program of study or one you can tailor to meet your objectives. There are undergraduate programs that are structured, such as Engineering and Nursing. Others, such as Communication, have a core that allows for multiple electives that augment the major or can be taken for fun.

2.) Narrow your prospective college list.

Studies indicate that about 40 percent of students decide to attend a particular college before their senior year of high school. Don’t feel as if you’re being left behind; a college choice is a big decision and requires inspection and introspection. Time is a consideration, however, as most colleges have application deadlines or rolling admission guidelines.

After discerning a course of study, identify the schools that offer the major and how effective they are at seeing you succeed (graduation rates, internships, professional exam pass rates, full-time employment).

There are a number of steps that can be taken this summer, including:

  • Pray
  • Research and request information
  • Make an in-person visit
  • Research financial aid opportunities

Comb the websites of schools under consideration, which should provide detailed information about majors and course descriptions, their mission, student-to-teacher ratio, service opportunities and their accreditation, among other items. An admissions counselor will be able to answer questions, too.

An on-campus visit will give you a good idea of whether you like the campus, whether you could envision yourself attending this school, and whether the school would be a good fit for you. Ask pertinent questions, talk to a financial aid representative, staff and students, and take in the surrounding area. If you’re weighing several options, scheduling a campus visit for early fall will provide the opportunity to see the school at full speed.

3.) Take a college course online.

Many colleges offer half-price online courses to high school students, which is a great opportunity to get college credit for an introductory class and/or dual credit. Check if the credits are transferable to another college.

Also, it will provide an understanding of what’s expected from a college course and sharpen your study habits.

4.) Take or retake the SAT or ACT.

If you haven’t earned an SAT or ACT score that you are comfortable with yet, this summer or the first semester of your senior year will be your final opportunity to retake the test for a higher score before your college applications are due.

SAT and ACT scores are one measure that colleges use to consider candidates, and often test scores are tied to scholarships and grants offered by the school.

5.) Draft an application essay/personal statement.

The personal statement might be the most difficult part of the college application because it is the most open-ended and has the least guidance. Research online the guidelines for what makes a great essay. Basically, it requires structure and execution—knowing how to tell a good story that is free from technical (grammar, spelling) errors with a starting point and conclusion.

A reader can learn a lot about you from whatever you choose to focus on and how you describe it. So, jot down ideas that would make an eye-catching personal story and commence writing on a rainy day. When you are developing an essay to submit as part of a college application, you’ll be prepared to tailor it to the prompt.

By Dave Lewandowski for Marketing Communications at Bob Jones University, which is committed to providing an outstanding accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading. Visit for more information.


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Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on

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