Updated: Sep 17, 2020
The dawn of a new day!
Who would have thought, as a country, that we would be discussing virtual learning on a global scale today? Surely not me! The year 2020 has proven to be challenging, but one that we will get through together. With that said, the transition to virtual learning has been a difficult time for many of us and one that none of us saw coming.
So, what is the right way for virtual learning? Well, there is no right or a perfect way for virtual learning. And in this case, one size does not fit all because each child and household are different. But there is one thing we can do as a family to make things a bit easier for our children and us as parents. That one thing is communication. It matters.
We have three children, Nathan and Kyle both are advanced students in eighth and seventh grades respectively, and KayLynne, who is in first grade. Three children at different age levels, with different personalities, values, likes and dislikes, and at different learning levels, etc., thus, require a different approach.
The day before the beginning of the school year of virtual learning, we met with the children at bedtime to talk. We needed to know how they felt about it and discuss it as a family.
Key Things We Talked About:
Teamwork: As a family, we are entering the unknown world of virtual learning, but we would be taking the journey as a TEAM.
Thought Process: Each of us shared our thoughts on how we felt about what is happening in the world and then we addressed each one.
Grades: We discussed the new classes they are going in, their last class-report grades, and how we would TRY our best to maintain those grades or better. The keyword here is to TRY.