Just because your student is learning in a homeschool environment, it does not mean that they will have to get the short end of the stick when it comes to teachers. We are not doubting your skills as teachers, parents, but there are just a few things that you miss out on in the homeschool setting, which is why this is the best of both worlds. Our teachers are there as a supplement to the home lessons to go through the stuff that you might have glossed over.
We are not confined by the strictures of a factory-like school curriculum. Instead, we are able to craft lessons around the students to match their interests. We are able to stay actively involved with the students to figure out what is best of them. Coming up with engaging new ways to reach students is what teachers are for. We want our students to get the newest and most interesting forms of lessons to grasp concepts more fully than ever before.
Participating actively in discussions allows for a great environment to learn. With other engaged students around, your child will feel empowered to join in on the fun. We encourage all of our students to participate and find ways to keep people active when they might not be interested in the subjects. We also take students out into the field, so they can experience things for themselves. Even at a young age, we want to encourage independence.
As much as you can gain from working at home, you are never going to be able to replicate the social experience of working with peers and interacting with others. School forces you to adapt, compromise, and coexist, which is something you can only learn by doing. In our environment, you can still maintain the control of homeschooling, but also get the benefit of peers, so your child is not learning skills in a vacuum.
Tristate Home School began when my own children were in homeschool. I loved the benefits of homeschool, but the drawbacks were still there and I kept feeling like there was a way to have the best of both worlds. Our cooperative is a tight-knit group, which is what I love. We see it less like joining a classroom and more like opening up your family and combining with ours.