Starting kindergarten is a big step for young children, but whether they attend virtual school or a brick-and-mortar school affects the size of that step.
Many of the students who take the bus or are dropped off at a traditional school learn how to spend the day away from their families. In the virtual classroom, students don’t gain the same amount of distance from their parents, who often serve as their Learning Coaches.
Distance teaches students an important lesson in independence. It helps reduce a child’s dependence on his or her family members while boosting self-identity and self-reliance.
So, how do you help your student become more independent when you’re around each other all day in the virtual classroom? The answer is to offer him or her independent learning activities and socialization opportunities.
Some of the basic skills students develop in elementary school are to:
- Use good manners
- Express needs and feelings to others
- Understand that others have feelings
- Take turns and share
- Play independently without supervision
- Respect authority figures
Students develop these skills by way of guidance and experience. Since your student won’t be in a classroom full of his or her peers every day, you have to make an extra effort to expose him or her to different social situations.
Here are just a few ways to help your virtual student socialize:
- Sign up for art classes, music lessons, sports teams, or other after-school activities
- Set up playdates or playgroups with other young kids
- Coordinate a ...