Q&A: How Can I Make the Transition to Online Schooling Easier for My Child?

Answer: Your child may have mixed feelings about transitioning to online school. Parents should be aware that a transition period is completely common and necessary for many children. On average, it takes a child up to two weeks to become accustomed to an online schooling routine. Your child should be reassured that an online learning program will not prohibit them from seeing their friends, as that is typically one of children's biggest fears when changing schools. Seek out online student groups or extracurricular activities that will enable your child to experience interactions with school-aged peers.

Parents considering online schooling should first have a conversation with their child about the decision to switch. This is especially important if the child is opposed to the idea. State your reasons for wanting your child to attend online school and let him or her know the benefits of this learning format. Perhaps your child needs more acceleration in their education or the flexibility to slow down the pace. Another common reason for some families is the ability to schedule instruction around their child's athletic endeavors. Regardless of the reasons, having an open line of communication with the child can help ease the transition.

Your child will probably be excited about the idea of completing their school work on a computer. Online classes often make use of live webinars, chat rooms, and face-to-face video conferencing, all of which can be fun experiences for your child. Just be sure to have a space set aside in your home where your child will have the privacy to complete his or her school work, and not be tempted by outside distractions.

Christi WilsonChristi Wilson is a credentialed teacher of highly-gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education leadership, and has even taught K-12 education online. A mother of three busy boys, she knows how important it is to keep students engaged in the classroom and interested in a lifetime of learning.