8 Tips for Parents New to Online Learning

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more students than ever before are learning virtually and many parents have taken a more involved role with their students education. In honor of National Parents as Teachers Day on November 8th, we’re celebrating parents and their partnership with FLVS by sharing tips to help families adjusting to online education.

Whether parents are homeschooling or facilitating their child’s remote learning experience, they’re often in uncharted territory. Long-time FLVS parents have been there and offer these tips:

1. Be Flexible

Parents know their kids best. If they are having a bad day or a hard time focusing, close the computer, let them go for a walk, jump in the pool, get exercise. Come back two hours later (if early in the day) or just remember: tomorrow is another day.

2. Stay Organized

Organizing everything from schedule to color-coded subjects and supplies makes virtual learning easier to manage for both parents and students. Create folders and sub-folders for different students and different subjects.

3. Incorporate Breaks

Add breaks between subjects or large blocks of material. Use the Pomodoro Technique by getting a timer and committing to just a short amount of work or study time. Sectioning learning into manageable time periods with frequent breaks helps retention.

4. Print Weekly Pace Charts to Prioritize

Pace charts are great motivators. Students love to see how much they have accomplished. Focus on the assignments and assessments to be graded, and use the extra resources as needed.

5. Use a Visual Space to Show Assignments

Write assignments and goals on a calendar, planner or white board where students can check off completed tasks. This is another way for students to feel a sense of accomplishment.

6. Try a Block Schedule

Some FLVS families use a block schedule where they tackle one or two subjects on a set day. For example: Monday (Math/Elective), Tuesday (Language Arts), Wednesday (Science/Elective), Thursday (History).

7. Plan Ahead

Of course some things come up at the last minute, but try to have a plan for schedules, assignments and interactive learning experiences. Preview the first module in each class to get a sense of how long each lesson and assignment will take. 

8. Reach Out for Help

As one FLVS Full Time parent said, “I am not the teacher. I’m more like a mix of intern, emotional support, and grumpy IT guy. The FLVS teachers can tell when the kids are stalled and call them before I ever figure that out.”

Hope shared that she enjoyed working on Personal Financial Literacy most, explaining that “We added a lot of fun, whimsical elements that connected the material to the concepts.” FLVS continues to break the through the stereotypes of online learning with each new course by improving students’ learning experience and ensuring content mastery through interactive and engaging online courses!

Thank You Parents!

Florida Virtual SchoolFlorida Virtual School (FLVS) has been leading the way in Kindergarten-12 online education for 25 years. FLVS provides a robust, award-winning curriculum to public, private, charter, and homeschool families and school districts nationwide. Learn more at flvs.net.

4 comments on “8 Tips for Parents New to Online Learning

  1. Lori

    My daughter would do much better with flvs. Shes does better going at her own pace. Now she has been thrown back into the over crowded University School. I need more I formation. I do not want/need my 17 year old wanting to quit school. She can do the work at home at own pace with the supervision of her parents. She is not doing any better in overcrowded classes. The parents have a voice. It’s time to let us do our job.

  2. Sorymar Aguirre

    I am interested in enrolling my daughter with FLVS program she will be in highschool next fall . I don’t know where to start .


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