Online students’ social life should be a priority year-round, but especially during summer break when classroom interaction is often absent. Although some students attend summer school, an ideal seasonal opportunity to socialize is summer camp. Camp can be extremely beneficial for virtual learners if they struggle to maintain friendships while out of school.
op benefits of summer camp for children include socializing and friendship-building, eliminating screen time and getting exercise, making memories, and learning from positive adult role models. In camp, youth participate in group activities like read-alouds, scavenger hunts, and field day. By the end of the summer, students know what it means to work in a team, accept others, and express themselves, which is key for future communication with their peers.
Online students don’t need a physical classroom to have a healthy social life and build meaningful relationships. If your child is just getting started with online school, and you’re interested in learning how to socialize homeschool students or want to learn more about Connections Academy parents' perspective on online school socialization, explore our resources page.