5 Reasons Why Parents Choose Virtual School Kindergarten
Now that your child is five years old, it can mean only one thing—kindergarten! This is a huge step for children, and it can be an even a bigger step for parents.
Before watching your child enter school for the first time, you must determine which school will best meet his or her needs. Many times, traditional school is a great option for young children, but for others, options such as virtual school may be a better fit.
But how do you know if virtual kindergarten is best for your young learner? Some of the main reasons parents give for choosing to send their kindergartener to a virtual school like Connections Academy include:
- Easy access. With a virtual school, you can eat breakfast with your child and then walk into the next room, turn on the computer, and begin the school day. This allows families to work around their schedule and spend more time together in a learning environment.
- Frequent parent–teacher communication. Much like in a traditional school, contacting your child’s teacher is easy. Virtual education teachers and parents communicate frequently by phone, through email, and in the online classroom. Teachers work closely with parents to make sure that each child gets the support he or she needs to learn and be successful in the virtual environment. Also, with online learning, notes and information are available at your fingertips.
- Active participation. Because your kindergartener will be working from the comfort of home or wherever Internet access is available, you, as a parent, have the ability to work closely with your child (and the teacher) while he or she learns to read and write, add and subtract, and more. Every lesson, workbook page, storybook, and assignment is accessible by both the child and the parent. You can watch every step of your child’s growth, both physical and academic!
“A primary reason many parents give for sending their young children to virtual school is the desire to be an active participant in their child’s education and to have a positive effect on their child’s overall development,” says Bryan Klochack, our principal at Michigan Connections Academy, in an article titled “Virtual school, even for the littlest learner,” published by Detroit News.
- Real-world learning opportunities. As with a traditional school, virtual school kindergarteners have opportunities to participate in fun real-world learning activities with their classmates while on field trips. Additionally, virtual school kindergarteners can sign up to take a foreign language. As students grow, these classes will grow with them.
- A safe learning environment. From kindergarten through twelfth grade, students can learn from the comfort and safety of their homes at a virtual school. According to our recent Parent Satisfaction Survey, parents say that one of the reasons they chose a virtual school was to have their children learning in an environment that they felt was safe and comfortable.
Does virtual school fit my child’s learning needs?
Young children are much better at adapting to new learning scenarios than you think. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Edinburgh recently found that preschoolers are better than college students at learning how unusual machines work. In the study, 106 preschoolers and 170 college undergrads were introduced to a game called Blickets. The preschoolers and college students had to figure out which individual clay shapes or combinations of shapes would make a box light up and play music.
“The kids got it,” says developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, the senior author of the research paper. “They figured out that the machine might work in this unusual way and so that you should put both blocks on together. But the best and brightest [college] students acted as if the machine would always follow the common and obvious rule, even when we showed them that it might work differently.” Young children are clearly more capable of tackling complex topics than we realized.
In virtual school, your child has the chance to learn in “unusual ways” and exercise his or her cognitive skills. In fact, we believe that kindergarten should be filled with varied learning opportunities, including trips to parks and museums, craft projects that tie into a math or reading lesson, playdates with other children, singing songs, and other creative activities.
Do you have any questions about the transition to virtual school? Let us know and we’ll help you find answers. Also, don’t forget to try the Kindergarten Readiness app to help your child prepare to start school!