The Building Blocks of Learning: Start with Support
When children start virtual elementary school, they need more than just school supplies and an organized home classroom. All children have basic needs that must be addressed before they can be successful in school. The most important of these needs is support.
Support is one of the building blocks, or fundamental principles, of learning. Providing your child with support comes naturally. But does your child have all the types of support he or she needs?
To find out, take a look at the different types of support listed below. They come from the list of “40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents” developed by the research organization Search Institute®. Here, we have added learning resources to the list of building blocks to help parents and Learning Coaches support their young virtual school students.
Building a Foundation of Support
Excellent family support means offering a rich, loving environment. The whole family can get involved in virtual school, for example by making a “365 days of family fun” pledge.
Communication is a crucial element of the family dynamic. That means encouraging good manners, kindness, and honesty, which lead to a positive learning environment. Also, remember to work on conflict resolution—it’s an important topic that even adults struggle with.
Other Adult Relationships
Children of all ages need support from at least one adult other than their parents. This can be a coach, teacher, neighbor, family friend, minister, or counselor. Having different positive adult role models gives kids a diverse range of guidance and support.
Building relationships with neighbors or other children who live nearby can expand a young child’s understanding of community. It can also help them feel safe as they begin to venture outside of their home environment.
Caring Environment Beyond Home
Students can socialize with their virtual school classmates, but it’s also important to find friends and social activities outside of home. Stay active by finding volunteer opportunities, attending library programs, signing up for swim lessons, or joining another local organization. Finding support in the community also helps children develop confidence.
Parent Involvement Outside of Home
Supportive parenting means showing love at home and beyond. Build a relationship with your child in different situations, whether that means being the Learning Coach or volunteering with your child at the park.
Support is just one of the building blocks of learning that will help build your child’s self-esteem. Do you have any stories that illustrate how relationships inside and outside the family help support your child’s development? Be sure to share your stories with us!