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6 Tips on Becoming a Successful Virtual School Parent

From the teachers & staff at South Carolina Calvert Academy

South Carolina Calvert Academy is a K-8, tuition-free public virtual charter school available to families statewide in South Carolina. To learn more about our program and view our schedule of upcoming events, click here.

The amount of students now enrolling in virtual schools is on the rise. As a parent, you are in control of your child’s education. It’s time to turn that into a positive situation and take advantage of the many resources out there to support you. Follow these tips to stay on track and make the most of this unique experience.

1. Reach out to your community.

You are not alone! Maybe your next-door neighbor is getting on the bus to go to a brick and mortar school, but there are plenty of students in your area and around the globe taking part in distance learning options. Find out if your virtual school has a blog or Facebook page and join! Whether you are sharing tips online or getting together for excursions, there is a support system out there for everyone.

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2. Each member of the family can play a role.

The success of your student will depend on the whole family’s involvement. It’s up to you to corral the troops. Make sure both parents are on the same page enforcing routines and schedules. One lax parent or sibling can bring down the productivity level. Keep other children engaged away from your student’s work area to maximize concentration. Try to eliminate outside distractions by other family members’ comings and goings.

3. Set up a dedicated workspace.

Make sure this area is free of clutter and is only used for schoolwork, not leisure activities. Even small spaces can be designed to maximize focus. Pin up a bulletin board nearby and post schedules and pertinent motivational phrases.

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4. Draw a fine line between learning time and free time.

Enforcing a strict schedule even though your time is more flexible will instill a rigorous pace to your child’s advancement. Unplug electronic devices like TVs and cell phones if they do not pertain to the student’s lesson.

5. Plan engaging field trips.

Include other children to give it a more social atmosphere. Definitely encourage a well-rounded education by traveling outside your circle once in a while. For example, a science or history lesson can be enhanced by a trip to a museum to see and experience real artifacts.

5-FieldTrip6. Continue to take part in non-school-related activities like sports, dance, and other classes to round out your child’s education.

Being part of a team or group imparts invaluable life lessons. You won’t have to worry about them lacking the social interactions of the classroom if they are involved in at least one. But be careful not to overload with too many extracurricular activities, a well-rounded lifestyle depends on balance.

Congratulate yourself on making an important decision for your child’s future. Realize that the hard work you and your family are putting in now to realize your goals will be fruitful and rewarding!

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