Whether you’re new to online learning or have been immersed through your child’s enrollment in Connections Academy®, chances are you’ve got everything set up for your child’s learning environment. But is it optimal for his or her learning style? Have you thought of ways to mix it up and make it fun? Below are five common mistakes to avoid when setting up your child’s learning environment:
1. No brain breaks
You’ve mastered the daily schedule of classes, but make sure you’ve scheduled in time for brain breaks. All students need to reenergize their brains here and there. In fact, 80 percent of Connections Academy families incorporate breaks into their weekly schedules, as it has proven effectiveness for virtual school students. Some ideas include playing a board game, going for a walk, or doing some quick exercises. Whatever it is, spacing out the day even can make the workload seem less overwhelming.
2. Not having all supplies nearby
Notebooks, pens, folders—everything for the day should be nearby. This lessens the chances of disruptions when the sudden need for tape, a highlighter, or art supplies arises. Previewing lessons in advance can also help you stay ahead when less common supplies are called for.
3. Not using different areas for different subjects
Move your art lesson to a different desk to allow for more creativity and space for art supplies. Or have a music session in a different room to help break up last hour’s math class. Whatever you do, it’s great to mix it up to help your child adapt to different learning environments. If the weather is nice, science and geography could be more of a firsthand experience outside, or perhaps a visit to a virtual museum based on today’s history lesson could create some added learning enrichment. It’s good to move things around!
4. Not personalizing it for your student
Depending on your child’s learning style, you might want to optimize the learning space based on his or her strengths. Whether it’s having maps nearby, making room for you to read aloud along with your student, or perhaps playing multiplication catch outside to keep it fresh—all are great factors to consider when setting up your child’s learning environment. And feel free to throw in his or her favorite colors, books, and other items to cater the space to your child’s interests.
5. Technology that doesn’t connect or work well
Space for their computer, a printer, headset, and possibly a webcam is integral for a successful learning environment, especially with Connections Academy teachers and lessons. Testing your internet connection to ensure minimal disruptions and making sure there are plenty of outlets for additional technology needs are good best practices to keep in mind as your child progresses throughout the school year.
Now that your child’s learning environment is set up, check out these online school sample daily schedules to help your student get the most out of their day.