Posted by ICON School on Jan 21, 2019 8:59:33 AM
As a parent of an online student at ICON, you’re probably realizing very quickly that it’s easy for your child to become distracted when they’re doing schoolwork from home. From access to their video games, toys, pets, and general distractions from around the house, your child likely wants to do anything except school.
3 Ways to Help Your Child Stay Engaged with Online School
Give Your Child Their Own Desk or Learning Area
When you let your child have their own desk or designated learning area, there are a few things that happen.
First, their brains learn to compartmentalize and associate that space with learning and schoolwork. This association trains their mind to transition into a learning mindset whenever they are within that designated space.
Second, this gives your child a sense of ownership. This area is their space. So let them make it their own! Let your child pick out their own desk, and even decorate the space if they want to. They can hang things they’re proud of in their school space like awards they’ve won, drawings they’ve done, grades they received that they’re proud of, etc. This allows your child to feel a sense of accomplishment when they sit down every day.
Establish a Routine and Schedule
According to many studies, children are set up for success and function better when they have a routine. HealthyChildren.org states that, “Children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent.” This is not to say every single minute of your day needs to be planned out. Spontaneity is great too!
According to Aha! Parenting, “routines give [children] a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline.” Children tend to have a lot of fears about the unknown. Think about the times you’ve introduced new foods, people, etc. Their first instinct was probably suspicion, and they needed assurances from you. Bringing your child from a brick-and-mortar school to a public online school program like ICON will require some assurances for a renewed sense of security. Establishing a routine and weekly schedule can help reinforce this for your child.
Include social activities like club involvement, sports and the like in your schedule. This gives your child something outside of their online school curriculum to look forward to during the week.
Reward Your Child’s Progress
Progress can look different from child to child. What does progress look like for yours? Identify those situations where you see growth and improvement and let your child know you see it when you do! Encouragement is a powerful tool in the hands of parents. The more you express that you believe in your child, the more they will believe in themselves and see greater success.
If you find that you or your child are in need of additional resources to make the most out of your experience with ICON’s online curriculum, contact us!