Have you heard of pod schools? They are groups of parents who gather together to educate their children outside of their public school system. They became very popular as in-person schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2020.
In the previous episode (#195) of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, host Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA, discussed with guest Julie Schiffman two distinct differences between pod schools and homeschools
- Who does the educating, the pod teacher or the parent?
- Where does the education take place: In the pod space (a home or rented facility) or everywhere?
In today’s episode, Julie explains two more important differences between “pandemic pods” and homeschooling.
- How is the curriculum chosen and delivered: Set by the school or chosen by the parent and customizable for the child’s needs?
- Why? What is the motivation to educate this way: a pandemic or something deeper?
Julie Schiffman is owner of TenToad.com a website dedicated to helping parents transition from school to homeschooling though Virtual Homeschool Fairs
During the podcast Carol mentioned Julie’s Learning Pods Checklist and Considerations