The Year in Review: Top 14 Virtual School Resources of 2014
In 2014, we covered a wide range of topics, from test anxiety to taking breaks; from Digital Learning Day to Computer Science Week; from the benefits of workshifting to the problems with multitasking. What did you learn about?
We’ve enjoyed hearing about your child’s virtual school experience this year and greatly appreciate your participation through our social media pages and comment sections. To thank you, we’ve compiled a list of the top 14 posts of 2014 for your viewing pleasure. So what were the most popular posts of 2014?
Virtual School Essentials
- A Quick Guide to Parent, Student, and Teacher Roles in a Virtual School
New virtual school families can benefit from this guide, which clearly explains the format of student learning, the time commitment involved for Learning Coaches, and more.
- Parents Bust the Top 5 Virtual School Myths
Many parents believe that students won’t receive as much teacher guidance or social interaction in virtual school. Take a look at this post to find out why these preconceptions are just myths.
- Top 10 Things Virtual School Teachers Want You to Know
Teachers are always ready to help parents and students. Here are some great tips on what to expect when your family starts virtual school.
- Answers to Parent Questions about Common Core State Standards
As a parent, you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for education. Our Common Core FAQs help you understand what Common Core means and how it may apply to your child’s online or blended school education.
- Explore Hobbies for Kids to Expand Your Child’s Interests
Actively maintaining a hobby or other interest is important for a child’s growth and well-being. Try these tips to help your child make the most of his or her interests.
- How Students Can Achieve Goals by Setting Deadlines
Setting deadlines for projects, big or small, is crucial to successfully accomplishing goals. See how this technique can help your child become a more independent learner.
- Using Math in Nature: Activities for Kids
Did you know math was developed to understand patterns in nature? Learn how to study meteorology, measurement, and geometry with objects from the outdoors.
- Body Smarts: Add Kinesthetic Learning to the School Day
Getting up and moving is especially important during the school day, when kids spend a lot of time sitting. Here are some ways to develop kinesthetic intelligence, or “body smarts,” throughout the week.
Learning Coach Tips
- Finding the Family Calendar App that Fits
Apps are excellent tools for keeping your family organized. Consider trying a family calendar app to keep you all on the same page.
- An Unconventional List of Back-to-School Supplies
Picking up the basic school supplies is easy, but we have some ideas to put a spin on the semester. See if any of these unusual supplies can help your family.
- 47 Learning Activities for Virtual School Students Who Finish Work Early
If your student finishes his or her schoolwork ahead of schedule, take advantage of the extra time by trying some of these educational activities.
Teen Tips and College Prep
- A Career Planning Exercise for High School Students
It’s never too early for high school students to start thinking about the future. Explore the possibilities with these career planning exercises.
- Inspire Your High School Graduate with Our Quotes Graphic
Graduation is a time to pass on wisdom to those venturing into adulthood. Use these quotes to encourage your student.
- Exploring Careers: Tips and Resources to Get High School Students Started
Researching careers can be daunting at first, so share these tips with your student to improve the process.
We look forward to sharing more resources with you in 2015, and we always love to hear from you. Don’t forget to reach out in the comments below! As the year begins, you can also form a new connection with us by joining conversations on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.