6 Tips for “Virtual School” Success at Home

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6 Tips for “Virtual School” Success at Home

Our students have made an impressive transition to attending "Virtual School." Although most of the tools used are familiar to them, we recognize that this is also an adjustment for our parents. 

That's why our principals have put together six simple tips that will help you support your child while they attend school in our Virtual School environment. 

Following these tips can make all the difference in your child's success as a Virtual School student. 

Tip 1: Make a Quiet, Dedicated Workspace

Giving students a dedicated workspace helps them stay organized, and reinforces that they are in school-mode. Making sure the workspace is in a quiet environment can help your child focus; music, television, pets, and other children can cause unnecessary distractions.

Tip 2: Create set routines and schedules

At school, your child is used to having set routines for lessons, classes, and lunch. One way to help your child at home is to create a set routine, whenever possible. Consider using the regular school-day wake-up times and bedtimes. For example, start Virtual School at 8:00 am, the same time they would be on campus. If that's not possible, choose another set time, but use the same time each day.

Tip 3: Stay Organized with a Written Checklist

Having a visual checklist that includes checkboxes is an excellent way to stay organized and teaches students how to plan their work independently. Also, it can help you support your child as they complete their assignments. Using a whiteboard is a great idea, but if you don't have one, a piece of paper will do fine.

Tip 4: Ask Your Child Questions About Their Schoolwork

Asking your child questions about their schoolwork is always a great way to stay involved. During Virtual School, it can be even more beneficial for your child's studies. Remember, to ask specific questions when you are asking your child about their assignments. 

Here are some examples of specific questions:
    1.    What is one interesting thing you learned today in [math]?

    2.    Can you show me how you solved your most challenging activity today?

    3.    What do you need help with today?

    4.    What is one thing that you know today that you didn't know yesterday?

    5.    What are two things that other classmates asked on Google Meet?

Studies show that students learn more when they talk about or explain what they are learning. So, don't worry if you don't understand all of the content in your child's lessons. Letting them explain it to you is an opportunity for your child to build confidence in what they've learned. They should feel free to do so in English or your home language. 

Tip 5: Plan Regular Off-Screen Breaks

In school, your child has natural breaks between classes, that's why reminding them to take breaks between assignments is a great idea. We recommend five to fifteen minutes of off-screen breaks per hour, as well as a few "recess" breaks for younger students. 

Break-time is a perfect time to be physically active; encourage your child to stand up and stretch, take a walk outside, or play catch for 15 minutes. It can do wonders in maintaining academic focus. You may even want to consider planning extra time outdoors in the evenings. If you are in Phu My Hung, Crescent Park, the plaza behind Riverside Apartments, and Canh Vien Park are just a few places your child will have room for unstructured outdoor activities.

Tip 6: Encourage Your Child to Reach Out to Friends

Social interaction is an important part of your child's wellbeing, and during Virtual School, they may be experiencing less than normal. Please remind your child to reach out to his or her classmates and friends from school. Having your child meet friends in the park is one way for them to have social interactions and be outdoors at the same time. Even reaching out by phone, video chat, or email are ways for them to stay socially connected with friends and classmates.

Author: Tanya Olander
Communications Officer


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