No matter how hard you try, there are going to be days when you just can’t keep to your regular schedule. Doctor’s appointments intrude. Kids get sick. Shopping must be done, cars must be taken care of, and the best time to do these things is in the middle of the day, when the stores aren’t absolutely crammed full of people. On top of that, kids have bad days when they don’t want to do even a single assignment; temper tantrums and fights happen; and sometimes, you just have to throw up your hands and try again tomorrow.
The best thing about virtual schooling? It’s okay to do exactly that. You can throw your hands up and say, “I can’t do this anymore today,” and it’s totally fine. Yes, you have to make up the hours later. Yes, it might be at a less-convenient time. But your kids are still getting the full benefit of their educational experience.
Sick child who absolutely can’t stand to attend “class” one day? No problem. They can listen to the recording online whenever they want. Child who managed to bounce around and pay not a lick of attention to that same session? It’s still there. Click on it and listen to it again. Concept not mastered entirely? They can listen to the lesson as many times as they need…or as many times as they want.
With a special needs child, particularly one with severe behavior issues, good days can be a rare treat and bad days horribly common. There are days when literally your only choice to save your sanity is to say, “We’re going to put this up today and try again tomorrow.” The best thing about virtual schooling is that they don’t miss anything. Not a thing—because the lesson is still there, exactly as it was in the first place, for them to revisit tomorrow.
Sometimes, life gets in the way of school—especially for homeschooled kids, and especially in a family with multiple children. Virtual schooling makes it okay for life to get in the way.
What do you think? What’s your favorite thing about virtual schooling? Tell us in the comments.