The successful overall socialization of your virtual student often relies on some combination of intentional and unintentional socialization.
In intentional socialization, parents and Learning Coaches purposefully create situations for their student, such as taking them and a friend to the movies as a reward for completing all their chores. The social opportunity was planned and intentional.
On the flip side, unintentional socialization is less structured. When your student takes part in spontaneous social situations such as bonding with their classmates during a field trip, they’re being unintentionally socialized.
Countless examples of unintentional socialization can occur during intentional socialization.
For instance, if a child has joined their local gymnastics team (intentional socialization), they may find it easier to make friends if they support other students in the class and take a genuine interest in others rather than isolating themselves throughout practice. Seeing the correlation between their behavior and how they get along with others can create future unintentional socialization opportunities, such as meeting up outside of practice, deepening connections, and making friends organically.