The information presented here is designed to assist the users of the Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions online learning program in achieving a successful and positive learning experience! We want you to feel confident in your approach to homeschooling; therefore, we’ve put in a lot of effort in order to allow you the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy learning alongside your students. Please read this information carefully and contact us if you have any questions.
When purchasing a subscription, the purchaser is the owner of the account. Only the account owner can make changes to the subscription and edit billing details. The owner is also an account manager and the owner can assign other managers (parents or teachers) to the account. Managers can add members (students) by inviting them via email or sending them a link. Members must have an email address and, once they receive their invitation, they can set up an account username and password and they will have access to their individual students desk.
Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions is an online learning program, which means that all information, resources, and learning activities are presented in an online format. For homeschooling families, this information is grouped into individual units of study categorized in different subject areas and fields of study.
A field of study is a broad area of study such as History, Science, or Language Arts. A subject area is a more specific area of study within a broader field, such as world history, life science, or literature. A unit of study is a self-contained unit that can be loosely compared to a section or chapter of a textbook, such as Ancient Greece, Cells & Cell Biology, or American Literature.
Each unit of study includes a set of preliminary goals that are expected to frame the learning that occurs. The goals are the same for all levels as they are deemed the essential, long-term knowledge for a person to possess, regardless of age.
Each unit of study is divided into three learning levels with resources and activities designed for students at that level:
- Early level is designed for students with primary to elementary level skills.
- Intermediate level is designed for students with elementary to middle-school level skills.
- Advanced level is designed for students with middle-school to high-school level skills.
There is a lot of flexibility within this structure. Students can tackle different levels of different units and they can even switch between levels, or do different tasks at different levels, within a unit!
Resources include links to informational web pages, PDFs containing primary source documents, YouTube videos, embedded text, and, occasionally, recommended books (most of which should be readily available for electronic or hard-copy purchase or at a library). When recommended activities include links to off-site resources, the links are set to open in a new tab to ensure that the student can easily return to the current activity.
LEARNING ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENTS
Each level within a unit contains one or more pre-learning activities, which prepare the student for learning from the unit, and several learning activities, which present the recommended resources and activities designed to support the learning goals. Learning activities may range from watching and discussing a three-minute video, to writing observations in a science journal, to reading a novel and illustrating each chapter. Therefore, each of the activities within a unit may take as little as a few minutes, or a student may spend several days on more in-depth activities.
As part of each learning activity, students are expected to complete an activity submission. The submission forms are available within each activity to complete online and email directly to the parent and/or teacher. The forms are also available to be printed and completed as a hand-written assignment. Depending on the activity, a parent may request multiple activity submissions or may choose to skip it altogether in favor of a brief discussion with the student.
The activity submission forms include three types of submissions. The pre-learning activity submission is requested at the start of each unit and asks a student to share what they already know about a topic and what they want to learn. The learning activity submission is part of each learning activity within each unit. This form asks students to summarize their learning, give a personal reflection on what they learned, connect new information to past learning, consider different perspectives on the information, and include any questions they may have for their parent or teacher. Finally, an assessment activity submission can be used to document a student’s work as part of each end-of-unit assessment.
At the close of each unit, there is a recommended assessment activity. This activity is broadly worded in order to give parents and students a great deal of flexibility in choosing how knowledge is demonstrated! Students are asked to both explain and demonstrate their understanding of the unit goals, and are provided some questions and/or guidelines to consider as they do this. Their explanation can be verbal or written, and their demonstration can be visual or creative. Suggested presentation formats include a news report, analytical essay, speech, drawing, photo, poem, or original song. Again, this activity can be as simple as a discussion with a parent accompanied by a drawing, or as elaborate as an instruction manual accompanied by step-by-step photos.
PURCHASE & SUBSCRIPTION FEES
We have units available for individual purchase as well as monthly and annual subscription options that include access to all available core units of study. The fees charged for subscribing or purchasing units is not intended to cover access to any specific materials, as almost everything we include in our units of study is available for free on the internet. Rather the fee we charge is for the extensive amount of work that we have done for you, the homeschooling parent, in compiling relevant, quality resources and associated activities!
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING TOGETHER
This program is designed to be experienced by children and adults together. Students are not expected to be engaging with unit material independently and, while a student’s independent use is at the discretion of the purchaser, this is not recommended for independent use by students below a middle- or high-school level.
While the resources within each unit are separated by level (Early, Intermediate, and Advanced) all unit goals and activity directions are written at an advanced level because they are designed for the parent or caregiver to read. After reading, parents can then discuss the information with students at the students’ level of comprehension. The recommended activities should be explained and modified as needed or desired.
As indicated throughout every unit, students can read or listen to information and they can write or dictate responses. Videos support learning throughout each unit, so that a student need not be limited by reading or language processing challenges. Activities are designed to be engaging and enriching for multiple learning styles and ability levels.
CREATED AS A HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCE
Units presented as part of this program are not designed to take the place of an accredited course. Rather, these units of study are designed to support homeschooling parents by consolidating readily available online resources into a single location. These resources are organized into learning activities that support broad and flexible learning goals for each unit of study.
The pace of progress through material depends entirely on the family. Activities can be skipped, skimmed, or extended depending on the needs or interests of the student and at the discretion of the parent or caregiver.
Resources included in the Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions online learning program consist of webpages, PDFs, videos, and other materials readily available on the internet. While every effort has been made to provide links to reliable resources, we are not responsible for broken links, outdated content, or content that is deemed inappropriate by the viewer. Adults should plan to preview material before sharing it with their students to ensure that the content is valid and matches their family’s values and learning goals.
PRESENTED IN A CONSISTENT FORMAT
Students often benefit from some level of structure and predictability when learning! Therefore, units are presented in a consistent format to encourage ongoing practice of essential skills, and the ability of students to take increasing ownership of their learning experiences and work more independently. Students know what to expect and, as a result, they can become more confident and self-motivated with their learning activities as they progress.
ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY & CRITICAL THINKING
Our program emphasizes the development of creativity and critical thinking skills with every learning activity. After reading, listening to, watching videos, and/or discussing information, students are asked to summarize and think critically with each activity submission. They are further encouraged to create their own works of art, imagine and describe history from different perspectives, write and present their own speeches, and generate and test their own hypotheses about the natural world. These are not occasional “fun” activities, but rather are included throughout every unit because, while students can acquire information from listening, reading, and watching, they truly learn by creating and doing!
YOUR FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED
We are educators, parents, and female entrepreneurs looking for a way to contribute our knowledge and skills to the homeschooling community. Also… we’re only human! We’ve done our best to provide homeschooling families with a valuable resource, but there may be areas where we can improve our program! Please contact us through the Customer Support form on our website if you experience technical difficulties, find an error, or have questions or concerns about the content found within our program.