Be prepared! It’s the Boy Scout motto, but it should also be the pledge of every new Connections Academy® Learning Coach.
Taking some time to get prepared for class ahead of a virtual school session will help you get your thoughts together and smoothly facilitate your child’s online school day. Planning ahead will also give you the opportunity to think about ways to enhance and individualize your child’s learning experience. Additionally, getting prepared is a proactive step you can take to ease the (thankfully temporary!) anxiety that’s fairly common among new Learning Coaches.
Although it is key to online homeschooling success, preparation shouldn’t require lengthy amounts of time each day. Some Learning Coaches set aside an hour or two each weekend to prepare for the entire week, but you may need a bit longer when starting out—or if you have multiple children in K–12 online school. Others prepare for the following day while their students work independently.