Amy, a homeschool mother of three
I'm homeschooling three of my children now grades 4, 6, and 11. Because I have so many different grade levels, it can be difficult to explain each lesson to each child. One of my children has autism, so he struggles more with focusing on my lectures. However, he loves watching videos and learning online. This site is perfect for classrooms at school sites and at home! Not only that, I recommend it to parents that have trouble helping their children with their homework. Thank you so very much for offering these videos for free. I am excited to share your vision and look forward to the future of education at Khan Academy
Michelle, a homeschool mother and tutor
I had never planned on it and I was not a teacher, but I found myself homeschooling my son due to some LD needs that could not be met at a traditional school - even though we tried many interventions. I later wound up homeschooling both of my children. One is now in her junior year in college and the other begins college next fall and has passed state testing with flying colors.
I discovered distinct learning differences between my own children. When I began tutoring others, I encountered even more learning styles. What worked well for one did not necessarily work well for others. It made me realize that many students leave class or school feeling inadequate, when in fact they just need the information delivered in a different way - which can't always be addressed in a large class setting. That is why those very same students can perform well when they have a tutor who can try different deliveries until one approach works… LD students in particular are able to revisit subjects here in the comfort of their own home, where stressors and distractions are minimal. They can pause, replay, and even prepare in advance. They have an opportunity to take in the information on terms that work for them - especially for those that do not learn well by just reading textbooks. I also find that you consider the questions that might pop up for someone who is learning more slowly because you are so careful to explain everything in minute detail.
So I just wanted to express appreciation. We love your lectures and hope you will continue to do what you do so well. Thank you!
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