WHAT IS DISTANCE EDUCATION?
There are two popular forms of home-based education (‘Homeschooling’ and ‘Distance Education’). ‘Homeschooling’ is where the parent decides everything about their children’s education; whereas ‘Distance Education’ is where the student enrols in a correspondence school. Research (such as The Homeschool Review, Ed Qld, 2004) has shown that both options are valid effective methods of having your children educated at home.
Firstly, let’s look at the features of each option.
‘Homeschooling’ is where the parent takes on the full responsibility for setting the program and administering it to provide a quality education for their child. There is freedom to choose what resources and methods you will use to teach your children. Along with this freedom, comes the sometimes overwhelming responsibility to make hundreds of decisions, such as choosing between educational philosophies, deciding on which curriculum to use, determining the ability level of your child, finding your own strategies to help a struggling child, choosing appropriate books and resources from a multitude of options, deciding how to assess their progress, and filling out extensive planning documents to submit your paperwork for government registration and reporting.
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‘Distance Education’ is the option where the student is learning at home, while being enrolled in a school. A teacher sets the learning program, the parent follows instructions for supervising the education, and the child’s work samples and assignments are sent back to the school for assessment and record-keeping. The CMC full-service ‘Distance Education’ option, will provide you with an education program that is aligned to the Australian Curriculum, uses the Charlotte Mason Method, and is easy to use. Your total program will be supplied – including books and resources delivered to you, instructions for supervising the lessons, learning activities and goal checklists, regular assignments with feedback by your allocated teacher, plus regular progress reports against Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. This takes all the worry out of lesson-planning and choosing curriculum and learning activities, plus you don’t have to worry about all that government registration paperwork and reporting. You can just get on with the real job of supervising the program that is set for you and sending in your children’s assignments when they are completed.
Both options are proven successful forms of home-based education, but the Distance Education option through CMC provides the level of accountability, resourcing and extra support services that many families are looking for.
To apply to enrol students in Distance Education, simply click on the button below and forward completed paperwork to enrolments [@] cmc.qld.edu.au
After enrolment, a CMC Learning Advisor will interview the parent and older students to customise the course to their individual needs.