Parents who feel uncomfortable teaching their children certain sujects may use online courses or distant learning to help with those subjects. There are a number of online tutors, curriculums and even virtural schools available. Some programs allow students to participate in online discussions and interact with instructors and peers via online chats, instant messaging and message boards. Some websites are set up to help with homework and answer questions or provide a variety of learning activities and educational games.
Sometimes groups of homeschooling families join together to create co-ops. These groups meet on a scheduled basis to provide a classroom environment for the children. These groups pool their talents and resources with the purpose of broadening the scope of their children's education. The students are able to participate in hands-on and group learning which include: science experiments, art projects, spelling bees, group discussions, etc.
Some states allow homeschooled students to attend their local school for part of the day and for particular classes. Secondary school students may take classes at community colleges which typically have open admission policies. Courses are also offered by local libraries and community organizations.
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