TIPS FOR SMOOTHLY TRANSITIONING YOUR CHILD TO ONLINE SCHOOL
Are you a parent who is preparing your child for the transition from a traditional brick-and-mortar school to an online learning environment with CMASAS? When embarking on any new experience, it can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. Remember, your student’s PEC is an ambassador, mentor, coach and friend to help your student navigate and build the essential skills to be successful. And, your involvement is key in creating another layer of support and encouragement to guide them along the way. To ensure a smooth shift, here are some essential tips to help your child thrive in their new personalized, online community.
1. Establish a Dedicated Learning Space: Designate a quiet, well-lit area in your home as your child’s learning space. This will help them focus and create a clear boundary between school and leisure.
2. Technology: Ensure your child has access to a reliable computer or tablet and a stable internet connection. Familiarize yourself with the online platforms and tools CMASAS uses. If you run into any issues, visit our frequently asked questions webpage or contact our IT department through this link.
3. Encourage Independence: Teach your child how to navigate their online classes, submit assignments, and communicate with their Personalized Education Coach (PEC) and Course Instructors (CI). Promote self-reliance and responsibility for their education.
4. Stay Organized: Help your child organize their digital files and assignments. Some options are to use digital planners or calendars to keep track of assignments and classes.
5. Support Social Interaction: Encourage your child to maintain social connections with classmates by joining a few of our more than 40 CMASAS clubs. They can chat with peers through MS Teams with the Question of the Day or attend homeroom each week. In an effort to build community and get connected, consider attending one of our Regional Gatherings or suggest logging into one of our monthly Regional Virtual Hang Outs.
6. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand that online learning may have a different pace and self-induced structure compared to traditional school. Be patient and flexible, adjusting expectations as needed.
7. Foster a Growth Mindset: Encourage a positive attitude towards learning. Teach your child that challenges are opportunities for growth and that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process.
8. Promote Self-Care: Teach your child about the importance of self-care, including proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep. A healthy body and mind are crucial for effective learning.
Remember that the transition to online school can be an adjustment for both you and your child. Be patient, adaptable, and provide emotional support. With the right preparation and guidance, your child can thrive at CMASAS. Look at some of our testimonials for great insight of how an online education has helped students live their best life.