We started homeschooling our daughter around 2nd grade, for a variety of educational and developmental reasons. Steps along our journey were often frustrating and overwhelming for our family. I was not individually equipped to completely manage and handle all of my daughter’s unique processing challenges and roadblocks. Miraculously, eight years later, she is currently working on her 10th grade year, which we would not have been able to achieve without a mountain of supportive people and online resources. As a homeschooling mom, I have been constantly collecting and swapping helpful tips for parents and students of all ages. Check out some of my websites for: Math, Science, Language Arts, and Multi-Subject resources. My newest discovery is Varsity Tutors. Varsity Tutors offers a wide range of online Live and Asynchronous classes for all ages and multiple subject areas.
One stressed out parent submitted this validation on the impact that Varsity Tutors had on her elementary-school-aged daughter:
Hi- I would first like to start with a sincere THANK YOU to your organization for creating Virtual School Day (I learned about it through an AdAge article). It has been such a wonderful tool for me as a single working mother. My 6YO daughter is taking 3 classes currently. She has ADHD and some other learning challenges but it engaged her and is helping me to get work done while she is engaging with another adult.
I wanted to give a special acknowledgement to Mrs Mason. Her sight words class in the afternoon is our absolute favorite! Afternoon classes can be tough for my daughter but Mrs Mason is so delightful that it holds Evangeline’s attention. Mrs Mason is sure to engage in the chat, call out students names and stay extra minutes to ensure all questions are answered. She is by far the best tutor we have encountered. I wanted to be sure and acknowledge her as exceptional! Please thank her for being amazing to the 150+ kids that join her daily.
Varsity Tutors is one of the largest live-learning platform in the United States, that offers free resources to help students and parents cope with school and summer camp closures. Over the summer, they have had over 250,000 registrations for their free, live online classes.
Virtual School Day: Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students.
Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments: Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve. This is especially valuable for Homeschool families like mine.
Varsity Learning Tools: More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.
Learning Pods: This online ‘room’ offers a space to work with other families toward similar learning goals. Therefore, you can enjoy the social benefits of traditional school from the safety and comfort of your own home.
We look forward to utilizing this resource to supplement our academic needs.