As parents, it can be difficult to keep kids engaged during school closures and breaks. In-home lessons can help children stay busy, even when it is not possible to physically be at a camp or class. Virtual learning can also benefit children who are seeking advanced instruction that may not be available near you.
In a live online class, the instructor and students meet on Zoom or another interactive system and can see each other. Students are able to ask questions and can follow along in the class. A live class meets at a specific time, so it's important to note the time zone of the class. Recorded online courses may be found on YouTube or other websites and can be watched at any time.
Before enrolling your child for an online learning experience, review the course details. Many online courses have instructors that will be there to guide your child through lessons at their own pace, offering one-on-one assistance as needed. Other virtual classes are live and combine academic instruction with movement breaks.
Short classes, self-paced learning experiences or those with plenty of breaks can be better for younger children. Support your child in their online learning by providing a quiet environment away from distractions.
Online courses provide self-directed learning experiences, ideal for after school programs, spring break, summer learning and out-of-school time. Online courses and programs may be less expensive and more flexible than traditional in-person classes. Online classes also save on commute time and are accessible from any place.
Popular categories for virtual learning include music lessons, online coding, social skills, language, science and math instruction and more.