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Virtual Classroom Learning

When one decides to homeschool (distance learning), there is so much to consider, it’s easy to feel like your life has been turned upside down. Along with being overwhelmed, you may feel confused about what to expect. How will homeschooling/distance learning affect your daily lives? You may choose to create a schedule for everyone to follow or choose a routine that will be effective for their families.

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For some people, a set schedule is the best way to run their lives. For others, however, having everything planned out in fifteen minute increments or more just does not sound like a lot of fun. Although a bit more structure may be desired, it just is not always practical. On the other hand, a more relaxed way of learning might be better for others because it may be more effective as a homeschooling family or virtual learning environment. Schedules and routines are as varied as the families that homeschool. Here are a couple of routine types that a family can follow:

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  1. School at home would have children keeping a similar schedule as those in a virtual learning or public school environment. This would include getting up at a specific time every day and then starting their day with either breakfast or chores as the first order of the day. Following that, the children would be given 45 minutes per subject, just like if they were in public school environment(pre-COVID-19), and they would have a printed schedule to go by for their day.
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2. If you’re not too excited about this approach, a more relaxed routine might be more what you’re looking for. If this is the case, you may start your day when one of the children gets out of bed. You can work with that one child, undisturbed, until other children make their presence known. This type of routine would be more staggered, with mom giving special attention to each child as they rise.

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3. Some homeschoolers(virtual learners) don’t really have a set schedule or routine for actual schoolwork. They may allow children to choose which subject they want to do first, and continue in that way until all subjects are covered, usually called the “un-school” method this type of routine is great for those students who are self-starters and can work without supervision.

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4. Although these routines may be helpful, there are people that go against anything planned and go by how the wind blows. This is the type of person that allows the day to happen to them, taking each moment as it comes and living their life to the fullest. They often have more fun, but may have a little bit of a problem finishing projects and school work.

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Whichever routine or schedule you choose to follow, remember that all work and no play make Jack a very dull boy. Take some time out of your scheduled day to enjoy your children. Plan some free time on your calendar to allow them to just relish in being a child. After all, part of the reason you chose to homeschool(virtual learning) was so you could spend quality time with your children. Let the schedules and routines slip every now and then. You’ll be glad you did, and your children will thank you for it.

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By Mom Advocate