One of the complaints most commonly issued by many virtual schooling parents is that there’s just too much work for their children to get done. There are multiple different subject areas, multiple different assignments that must be completed, and a complex series of online lessons, assessments, and bookwork that has to be accomplished each day—not to mention class connect sessions, and bonus sessions with their child’s teacher, and all the other things that need to be done throughout the day. Sometimes, virtual schooling parents feel as though their children would have been spending less time on schoolwork in a traditional brick and mortar school! For many new parents, in particular, the workload is almost overwhelming; and if they have two or more children at home, it may feel impossible! Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make the workload a little bit easier.
Remember, not everything has to be written down. The point of the lessons is to make sure that your child is able to understand and replicate the material. If the two of you have a rousing discussion about a particular event in American history that covers all of the events in the book and more, she may not have to write that essay, or answer the questions in the workbook. If you’ve read a story from the literature book together and discussed it, you don’t have to write down all of the answers to every single question. Some of them are actually more conducive to discussion to being written down!
You don’t have to make your child answer every question. If they grasp the math concept fairly quickly, then they may need to only do half of the questions in the workbook—or even a third or a quarter. Try to make sure that they try at least one of each type of question; but if they’re getting it, and you know they’re getting it, there’s no need to keep going over it and over it.
Class connect sessions count as lessons. During most of these sessions, they’re going to be completing work from the OLS, so you can check off those lessons without needing to go over it yourself.
You can pick and choose some lessons. Art and music, in particular, can be put off for a time when things are a little bit slower.
Keep an eye out for those “optional” lessons. They’re added in throughout the school year, and you’ll probably see at least one or two of them a week, once the school year is in full swing. These lessons are basically “freebies” that mean that you can go straight on to the next lesson, count them as that subject for the day and go on to something else, or spend some time going back and reviewing a previously missed concept.
Also, keep in mind that as you settle into a schedule for the year, things will start to flow much more smoothly. It will take time to get used to, but you’ll find a routine that works for you and your family.