The Difference Between Homeschool and School at Home

Emily Charles

Emily Charles

LifeTech Academy Blogger

“I have to work all day. I can’t be a homeschool parent!” 

“I’m not prepared to be a teacher for my kids!”

These thoughts are running through many parent’s minds as they think about what the fall is going to bring. Some are worried about whether they are cut out to be a homeschool parent but also have an idea of what they may be up against: uncertainty, cancellations, restrictions, changes, inconveniences, and disappointments. We have good news. Just because your kids are going to be doing school at home does not mean that you need to be their teacher.

There is a common misconception that all schooling at home falls into the category of “homeschooling”. When you decide to homeschool, you are deciding to choose and teach a curriculum to your child at home instead of sending them to a traditional brick and mortar school. This requires a lot of work on the parent’s part and is commonly what people think of when envisioning what learning at home will mean. The good news is that there are other ways for your child to learn at home where parents can be as involved as they want to be!

School at home does not necessarily mean the same as  “homeschooling”. LifeTech Academy is a completely free online, public charter school where your kids can get a quality education and you can be just as involved as you want to be. LifeTech offers you  teachers, mentors, curriculum  and resources to set you up for success. If you would prefer to be really involved in your child’s learning you can! It’s completely unique to your family. 

LifeTech Academy takes the time to meet with each and every student to match them with a curriculum that will work best for them. Each Learner will have a Learning Coach (what we refer to our certified teachers) and an Academic Coach who will help them set and meet their academic and personal goals.

When it comes to virtual schooling, that is what we do and have done for nearly a decade. We’re prepared to teach online this fall and have a very organized and proven system for educating k-12 students across the state of Michigan.

Your child will have a support system with them every step of the way and our team will be there to make learning from home as seamless as possible. 

If you’re choosing to be home, choose LifeTech.


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