Transitioning to online schooling is an experience that more and more middle and high schoolers are going through. Online schooling provides a more flexible schedule and you get access to a sound education that will help you succeed, whether your goals are to go to college, enter the workforce after high school, or simply excel at other activities in your future. However, as with any transition in life, you need to be prepared for the transition. Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for a transition to online schooling.
Set Academic Expectations
When your child is transitioning to online schooling, you need to make sure that he or she is still held to the same standards that he or she was in a traditional setting. While the schedule will be more flexible and have fewer time constraints, that does not mean that the curriculum will be easier and the teachers will be more relaxed when it comes to performance. In fact, many students find that online schooling allows them to focus better and they will gain confidence when they meet, and often exceed, these expectations.
Make Sure the First Day Is Significant
For middle and high schoolers, the first day of school is a big deal, and you will want to let your child know that you will still keep up with the fun traditions of it, from buying a new outfit to getting a special breakfast. There are certain traditions that your kids will be sad about losing out on, so make sure that you let them know that they are still going to get rewarded for a job well done and that the first day of school is just as important as it is in a traditional school setting.
Get a Head Start on Planning
Nothing can make a child feel more prepared for the transition to online schooling like getting the books, notebooks, pens, and pencils they need. Additionally, learning how to navigate around the school’s website will give them more confidence during those first few days. While you will want to let your child enjoy his or her summer vacation, a week or two before classes begin you should start taking a few moments out of the day to discover more about the school, the courses that your child is enrolled in, and you can even reach out to the teachers or schedule to visit them in person so that your child can gain a better understanding of the process.
Talk to Your Child About His or Her Concerns
Before online schooling begins, make sure you discuss any concerns your child has. They may be worried about making friends, and in this case, you can remind them of other social opportunities they have from extra-curricular activities to community events. Whatever their concerns, you can help put their mind at ease so that they get over those pre-online schooling jitters and move forward with confidence. Remember to be patient with your child as they move forward because this will be a new experience for them and it may come with a fair share of bumps and challenges. But with time and practice, it won’t be long before they are enjoying the online classroom.