Tips for Balancing Time between Multiple Virtual School Students

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  1. Chetera Campbell says:

    I have found that keeping the kids separated, that is, having their own learning spaces has helped get the work done.  All three of my kids (3rd, 5th, and 9th) tend to get distracted by one another….So, if I am teaching one, the other two are “looking”.  It allows them to be exposed to many different things, BUT, doesn’t help them get their own work done.  Each child does their work in their bedrooms, at their own desks.  I rotate between them.  I completely agree that organization is important, because if you can’t find anything, nothing will get done.

  2. Kim Stewart says:

    I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader.  I write out their assignments the night before.  I get all books and supplies that will be needed that next day ready.  During the actual school day, I will put one on a computer assignment or movie, while I am working with the other one.  There have been many times, they will both want to do the one’s assignment, too. So we all do it.  This happens a lot in art and science.  It really has been much easier than I expected.  Each lesson gives such a variety of things to do that having more than one student isn’t hard, if you are prepared.

  3. Cayla says:

    Thank you for your post.  I have always been interested in Connections Academy but I have been concerned about how to meet all of my boys’ needs. Could you give me an idea of how much time schooling takes each day (on average)?  

  4. Anita Bemrose says:

    This is a wonderful post and I totally agree with everything said. This is our sixth year in Oregon CA. Although I had previously home schooled, so already had a lot of the organization down, I found the change in curriculum and learning style a little overwhelming. It has worked extremely well for me to enroll my students into ORCA one at a time. I enrolled my eldest into 7th grade. I enrolled the next student the following year, once we had the system down. We now have 4 students enrolled in grades 8, 9, 11, & 12. I also still home school grades 6, 4, 3, & 1 just because I already have my curriculum and enjoy doing my own thing for the younger grades.
    To avoid distractions, I have my older children set up in a “computer school room” and the younger ones in a “younger school room”. When I need to work with a child one-on-one, we will take the books to a different room like the livingroom or my bedroom.

  5. Doreen Grant says:

    Chetera Campbell I like your ideas – I keep all 4 kids in the office with me! They are “good” until one of them says something, or starts to giggle!! Overall it works out pretty good.

  6. Tamela says:

    The 2012-2013 school year will be our first year using OKAC, 6th and 7th grades. We are very excited. I have read many post about organization and the kids having their own space. We are lucky to have an extra room where we have put three desk in a corner of the room so my two kids and I are all in the same room but have our own little corner. Each one us have decorated our space to fit our personality. Its like a office fit for three. We even have a t.v. and a place for our cat (Zoey) and dog (Rat) who think they have to be in the same room.

  7. Wendy says:

    All of the above are great suggestions. I would like to add that in our home because I do have 2 boys in the same grade level we work together on most things. However, when we need to, we do what we call, “one to one focus.” Whatever subject or assignment needs a little extra coaching with, that’s when we sit down and work with each other only one at a time. The other student will be engaged in something else, Livelesson or written work, while the other gets my undivided attention. 

  8. Alicia says:

    I visited this after being told about it form the facebook page. In the next 2 years I will have 3 kids in home school. The idea is scary and I often wonder how I will manage and with no one to talk to about it I was grateful to read the above blog and all the advice I see on the FB page. I do have to wonder if having my 2 youngest so close in grade if that will make anything easier. I have a room set up almost like a class room with a desk for my son, shelves for his school stuff and a dry erase board. My husband plans to add 2 more desks for the other 2 kids as they get ready for school. The kids are not allowed in there after school hours so its almost just like a regular school.

  9. Edwina Gibson says:

    I have 3 girls enrolled in Michigan Connections Academy, two in fifth and on in sixth grade. This is our first year with an online school.

    At first, the initial process was overwhelming because I had so many teachers to meet, and classes to keep up with, as well as my own to-do list. Now that we are a month into the school year, I’ve got the hang of it. Previewing the lessons the night before is a good idea. The girls know exactly what they are to work on, right after breakfast the next morning.

    Their work stations are separate from their quiet areas. Sometimes it conducive for them to work in the same room, but at other times it’s not, because they also like to talk. I find the scheduler to be most helpful.  If the girls should ever get behind in their lessons, or need more time to complete a lesson, the scheduler is a great tool.  I do not want them to become discouraged, thinking they will never catch up.

    I wish I had known about Michigan Connections Academy when it first began. I tell everyone I know about it! I think it’s just wonderful! Everything is right at the student’s fingertips for learning. There is literally no reason any child should not be successful. Two of my children have special needs, and this is their best year ever. They are excited about doing their lessons and sharing what they have learned.  They have an active role in their education.

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