Are your children learning virtually this school year? If you are worried that the children will fall behind and struggle to understand as well as they did in a traditional classroom, do not stress it. Virtual learning (sometimes called distance learning or remote learning) comes with countless advantages that are sure to leave you feeling confident about your children’s progress over the years.
Learn Better Use of Technology
When children start to learn virtually, they will learn how to use technology and different programs to prepare them for the future. They may need to log into other classrooms online, visit various websites, and complete activities via apps and programs during their virtual school experience. While it is different from what would happen in a traditional classroom, it provides a great learning experience for children who might not know too much about technology. Virtual learning offers a tech-friendly environment at an early age, too.
Become Better at Learning Independently
Although a teacher is available to help students during the virtual learning process, they will need to complete assignments independently. It may sound a bit intimidating, but a child is never too young to learn how to do certain things on their own. As your children work independently on specific assignments, they will know that they can do certain things on their own without needing help from other classmates. Of course, the teacher will likely still provide plenty of opportunities for the class to work together in the virtual classroom.
Receive Help and Support From a Teacher When Needed
Virtual schools have teachers assigned to each classroom. Instead of taking on the role of the teacher, you are simply there to provide some help when it is needed. However, the teacher is available to assist your children when they have questions or are struggling to understand something that they are learning in the classroom. You may feel more at ease knowing that help is available if you are unable to help your children with some subjects.
Have Easy Access to Learning Tools and Materials
When your children learn virtually, you will have access to the many of the learning tools and materials that they are using in the classroom. You might want to review these materials and tools to get an idea of what your children are learning because then you can help them a bit more. With a traditional school, most parents do not see all the materials that the children are using in the classroom, especially if the children forget to bring them home with them. However, that is something you would not have to worry about with virtual learning.
Enjoy the Perks of Having More Flexibility
It is true that virtual learning is usually more flexible. While your children may be expected to log into the classroom at certain times, they will have the opportunity to take more breaks than they would get to take in a traditional classroom. And, it helps to know your children can take breaks when they need them because there are times when they may start to feel overwhelmed with the workload. No need to fight with the kids to get dressed, pajama day is fine when learning virtually. The flexibility is something both parents and children seem to appreciate the most.
You Can Learn from Anywhere
One of the best perks to me about virtual learning is that the kids can do school anywhere. Want to take a trip to the beach in the middle of the school year? No problem! I know we're looking forward to an extended Thanksgiving trip this year because we won't need to rush back for school. The kids can sign-in to their classes from anywhere!
Although virtual learning is new to a lot of families, there are advantages associated with learning in a virtual classroom as opposed to a traditional classroom. While it is normal to have some concerns, know that your children can benefit from the virtual learning experience.