Change is always scary and is often met with resistance. Even when a child is struggling in their current school, it can be frightening to make a change and begin learning virtually. They most likely understand that their current school environment isn’t working for them. They might be bullied, a pregnant teen, someone who has an illness that prevents them from attending school regularly, or someone who has a learning disability and is falling through the cracks. Even with obstacles mounted against them, change is hard and it’s always a good thing to sit down and have an open discussion about switching up how they school so they aren’t blindsided by the change. Having a talk with your child will help ease anxiety and get them excited about making the change.
Start by explaining why you think switching schools would be beneficial for them. Get their input. Do they perceive the same struggles that you do? Explain how a virtual school, such as My Virtual Academy, would be a positive change. Give some examples on how virtual learning helps them to get their education while solving the problems they are currently facing.
Key points to mention are:
- Virtual learning provides a flexible learning environment where they can learn from the comfort of their own home.
- For teen moms, this allows them to care for their baby while completing their studies as the day allows.
- Bullied teens, are no longer forced to sit in a classroom with students who belittle, tease, and harm them.
- For those students who have a learning disability or struggle to keep up with the rest of the class, this flexible learning model allows them to move forward at their own pace. They will no longer be rushed through the coursework just to keep up with the rest of the class.
- Students who have a hard time focusing in a traditional classroom will benefit from working in a calmer, more controlled home environment.
- For student athletes or those who travel frequently, the ability to learn wherever there is an internet connection is amazing. Students no longer have to worry about falling behind in school while following their passion.
- Students with health issues can complete their coursework at any time during the day, which frees them up for doctor appointments, therapy sessions, and any other needs that arise.
Make sure you keep your tone light, excited, and eager for the change. Your enthusiasm will rub off on your adolescent. Let them know that they will still have interaction with state-certified teachers and a mentor. They can still socialize with others their age through city sports groups or other local groups that interest them.
It’s important that your child feel free to ask you questions so make sure you are open to that. Since virtual learning is new to them, they may have lots and lots of questions! Let them know that you are there to answer any questions they may have and that if you don’t know the answer, you can look it up together on our website or by giving us a call.
Once your teen is on board, let them help get ready for the change. They will need a nice, quiet study area so let them pick out a few new things for their desk and get some new supplies, like a day planner. They’ll need that to keep track of their time and upcoming assignments. When you let them help organize their area, it gives them some ownership and gets them excited about the new venture.
By working hand-in-hand with your student, changing schools will be a smooth transition. Your teen will feel like they are working on a clean slate with a bright future.
At My Virtual Academy, we work hard to give every student all of the tools they need to succeed. After all, their success is our success. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have and help with the enrollment process, so please call us at 800-297-2119. You can also browse our website by clicking here and find the answers to many of your questions there.
A child’s education is very important and helps prepare them for their adult life. Don’t let your child have a bad educational experience because they are scared to make the change. Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance when making this big decision.