Talking About Online Learning With Your Child
There a lot of factors when choosing to make the transition to online learning. You may travel a lot, your child may have a demanding activity that takes up a lot of time — or your child just may not be getting the most out of a classroom education.
When making this change, it’s key to have a conversation with your child. Start the conversation; propose why you think online learning is such a great option — and most importantly, answer their questions.
When making a change involving your child and their education, it’s important that they feel included in the choice. Here’s how you can approach the topic of online learning:
Clear Up Misconceptions
A lot of children’s perceptions of online schooling and homeschooling come from movies and TV shows — make sure they know exactly what they are getting into. They likely have some misconceptions about online education, ideas that it’s “weird” or won’t provide the same quality of education as the typical classroom setting. They will also likely feel like they won’t have socialization with teachers. Now, we know this to be untrue — but it’s important they know this to. Be sure to listen to their concerns to clarify some key things for them.
A Lot Of People Do It
They wouldn’t be the first to get an online education and definitely wouldn’t be the last. Get involved in the homeschooling community in your area! Show your student that there are tons out there like them who turned to an innovative, alternative education.
Get Them Excited About The Perks
There are undeniable perks that come with online learning: getting to make your own schedule, gaining independence, and learning at your own speed. Provide some incentives and be sure to get them excited about the unique advantages of homeschooling.
Let Them Try It Out
Are they skeptical? Let them get their feet wet first — maybe have them do one online class and see how they feel! What better way to know if online learning is for them than to let them try it out first? Consider it a trial, and talk about how it went after.
This Is Not An Extended Holiday
Sure, homeschooling comes with a flexible schedule — but it’s not a vacation from education. Talk to your student about the educational responsibilities that will come with online learning. At the end of the day, online learning isn’t a break from school, it’s an alternative.
Talk About The Curriculum
A common misconception is that you don’t learn all the things through online learning that you normally would in a classroom setting. Review the legislated curriculum with your child to ease any concerns about the quality of their online education.
They Can Always Return To School
Online learning doesn’t mean forever — it just means that at the given time, it’s the best option for you and your family! Clarify to your child that online learning now won’t hinder their chances at returning to school later, whether they want to go to the local high school, or want to apply to post secondary. In fact, post secondary schools like the University Of Saskatchewan welcome homeschooled applicants!