Is Online Curriculum Right for Your Child?

Are you considering using online curriculum with your child? More and more families are using online curriculum now for a variety of reasons.  I’ll share with you some things to consider as you decide whether your child might do well with online curriculum.

4 Ways Online Curriculum Helps Homeschoolers Succeed

Many parents are comfortable using textbooks and workbooks to homeschool. It’s what most of us consider to be the “traditional” way to homeschool, and it works very well for many families! However, there are situations in which textbooks and workbooks aren’t a good fit for a particular family or a particular child. When my son (who is now 21 years old) was homeschooling high school, he wanted to work independently. He didn’t enjoy having me give him assignments, grade his tests, and oversee his progress. He loved anything electronic, and he also loved being independent. For him, online curriculum was a perfect fit!

There are other situations in which online curriculum is a good fit too. Some families have older children who need to work more independently for a variety of reasons. Other families may have working parents who find it more beneficial for all of them if their children use online curriculum. Others may simply feel more comfortable with the added help and support that an online curriculum provides.

If you’re considering making the switch to online curriculum, there’s no need to feel intimidated or to be worried. Many families have successfully made the switch! Below are 4 ways online curriculum helps homeschoolers succeed. I think you’ll find that online curriculum is a great option for some families. Take a look at the list below to help decide if online curriculum is right for you!

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It’s flexible.

No matter the time, place, or your child’s preferred pace, online curriculum lets homeschoolers study when and how it is convenient for them. Monarch Subscription Plans take convenience one step further by providing complete access to 50 courses for grades 3-12, allowing students to mix and match courses across grade levels to suit their individual learning needs.


Students build professional communication skills every day.

Because email and instant messaging systems are mainstream forms of communication within the workplace today, learning to express thoughts in an orderly fashion is vital to success in the professional world. Monarch’s built-in messaging system provides students with an opportunity to practice virtual communication skills as they encounter questions or concerns while completing coursework.


Online curriculum provides immediate access to the latest information.

As history happens and technology advances from day to day, there’s no need to wait around for software updates or a new edition of your textbook. Online curriculum can be updated anytime, providing your child with constant access to the most up-to-date information.


Record keeping is easy, and feedback is instant.

Online learning programs minimize clutter by storing student data digitally. In addition, Monarch makes life easier for everyone by automatically grading 85% of student work. This time-saving feature provides students with instant academic feedback and families with more time together.


If you’re interested in giving Monarch subscription plans a try, take advantage of a free 30-day trial. For a month, you can enjoy the benefits of automatic grading, media-rich lessons, and other powerful features. To start your free trial, simply use promo code MON30HHM at

About Alpha Omega Publications

Founded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, support services, and an accredited online academy. Visit Alpha Omega Publications online or call 800-622-3070 to learn more.

About the author


Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, over 27 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 23, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 22, was the second homeschool graduate. Mary Grace, age 16, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.


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  • We’ve been seriously considering online curriculum as our children seem to enjoy the online activities we do. Still wavering on whether we’ll make our core curriculum online for next year right now but this is good information on it!

  • I have found myself using online curriculum this year. It’s our 4rth year of homeschooling and first year trying it. I really like how much time it saves me and it allows my kids to be a little more independent with their work. I’d say we are doing about 80% of our school work online now.

    • Yes, online curriculum is great for many families! One of my children loved online curriculum, and the other two liked more interaction with me. It was great to be able to choose what worked best for each of my children. It’s great to hear what works for other families too! Thank you for your comment.