Learning Coach Secrets: 5 Ways to Socialize Virtual School Students
When considering or beginning virtual school, many parents wonder if their children will be adequately socialized while learning at home. Although the opportunities may not be as automatic as in a traditional school, most virtual schools do provide ways for classmates to connect, both in person and online. The following tips from experienced Learning Coaches can help you ensure that your child gets the opportunities he or she needs to exercise and develop those budding social skills.
- Plan to attend as many of your school’s field trips as you can. Your students will benefit from socializing with their classmates, while you network and form friendships with other Learning Coaches.
- Once your family has become accustomed to virtual learning, talk to your child about choosing some of your school’s student clubs and activities that might interest him or her. Meeting others who share common interests is a great way to form friendships, and interacting with other kids can improve communication and leadership skills.
- Locate a regular study group of students from your child’s virtual school. Regular get-togethers with classmates will help give your student a clear picture of his or her own abilities and provide opportunities for creating social ties. In addition, being accountable to a group of peers may make your child less likely to procrastinate on schoolwork.
- Some school districts will allow virtual school students to participate in sports, performing arts, or other extracurricular activities offered by their local brick-and-mortar school. If that’s not an option in your area, look for fun group activities offered by recreation centers, museums, and houses of worship. These kinds of community-based organizations often offer their programs to the public at minimal cost and without requiring membership.
- Select a community service project for your family, and schedule time for your children to volunteer regularly. Working with others toward a common cause is a great way to make friends and meet people from many different backgrounds.
We hope these ideas will stir your imagination and help you find socialization activities that are a good fit for your family. Come back and visit us for more great tips to help you succeed as an online school Learning Coach.
What fun activities have you done to help your kids make friends and develop their social skills? Share your creative ideas in the comments.