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True North Homeschool Academy Teacher Shelby Smith

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Shelby Smith

True North Homeschool Academy Teacher

Shelby teaches online Special Education Classes for True North Homeschool Academy including Algebra.

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We have homeschooled 6 children over 30 years. As they moved into their high school years we have used various methods to fulfill their high school credits. Some of our kids attended public school classes, some took tutored classes for free in co-op with other parents, some took tutoring classes for fees, some of the classes were community ed classes supplemented by homework, and of course, we taught classes ourselves at home. Until this year, we never used an on-line class. The times weren’t handy, the cost was prohibitive, or the direction seemed wrong in some way…The cost was reasonable. The aim and oversight were assured. The times fit our schedule. So we dived in. It has been a lovely experience for our daughter and also for me as her primary teacher.

I have enjoyed knowing that our daughter is attending a quality class I do not have to plan, organize, or run her to. I have enjoyed knowing that she is getting a class that I would not have been likely to provide myself or in the community around us. I have appreciated the reasonable cost of these classes compared to others we have looked at. I like that she can use this class to possibly test out of a college class.

Our daughter says that this was her favorite class this year. She enjoyed the subject matter and the way it was taught. She enjoyed the interaction with the other students in her class. She liked the amount to time it met, being a block class that met for a longer period. She completed a year’s worth of work in a semester’s time. She “liked how the teacher didn’t assume we just knew everything. And if we didn’t know something, she didn’t make us feel dumb.” She thought the class itself was very interesting, and something she may not have gotten in traditional education at a high school level. She thought the homework was neither too much or too little.

We have had such a positive experience that she has signed up for another class for the second semester. She will again be able to efficiently complete a year of study time in one semester and be ready to test out of another college credit when she is done.

Jannell S.

Homeschooling Parent