Class connect sessions are a pain in the backside for many parents. They know that they’re necessary and valuable for their children. Kids need that time with their teachers, actively learning. They even need the time with their peers, as frustrating as those times might be. They are also extraordinarily inconvenient. They’re scheduled more in the middle of the day, when more students are likely to be engaged in schoolwork. That works out great if your child prefers a later start, or if you’re an early-starting family who is just finishing up around lunchtime…but what if you have something else that you want to accomplish that day? If you have more than one child enrolled in the Virtual Academy at a time, it can be even more frustrating—class connect sessions scheduled at different points throughout the day, with no rhyme or reason to it.
How are you supposed to get anything else done? Half of the fun of having your children at home with you is supposed to be a little bit of freedom. If you want to take off for the day and enjoy their company, that should be a real possibility. Unfortunately, virtual schooling isn’t quite as flexible as you might prefer. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to even things out—even with multiple class connect sessions that have to be dealt with.
Take occasional vacation days.
Not weekly, and not at the same time every time you do. However, every once in a while, take a vacation day. Go on a field trip. Make up the class connect session in the recording later. It won’t have the same benefit as your child making it to the session in person, but it will still have real benefits for them. Don’t just skip the lesson, but be aware that you can make it up later.
Start your day very early if necessary.
Get up early, roll out of bed ready to go, and go take care of whatever else it is that you need to do. If it’s a short field trip—the library, the park, etc—you will probably be done well before time for the class connect session.
Take a later “field trip.”
Head out the door as soon as their class connect sessions are done for the day. They’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy whatever they’re doing, though there might be more people present. Taking a later trip can also mean that your working spouse may be able to go with you, or at least meet you there to enjoy part of the trip.
Take advantage of the time when they’re in sessions.
Use it to get everything ready to go: pack your snack bag, lunch bag, or, if necessary, diaper bag. If your children will be working in the car, get their school bags packed. If their help is necessary, it’s better to take advantage of those breaks than to try to get it all done when they’re finished and eager to be on their way.
Make use of their time in sessions.
When your children are in class connect sessions, they require very little supervision from you unless there is a problem. If there is, obviously, attend to that first; but otherwise, take care of what you need to take care of, keep an ear on your child and the session, and get done what you need to get done for the day. There’s no need for you to lean over their shoulders constantly!