As a cyberschool family, our school day is not traditional in any means. We do not get up at the crack of dawn. We do not rush around to eat and run out the door. Starting school doesn’t always happen as soon as breakfast is over. So what does it mean for a child in cyber school? How do their days work?
Daily lessons are on the planner.
Every morning, I wake up and study the lesson plans for the day. They usually have all core subjects. Every other day there is usually another non-core class, like phys. ed or art. Lessons can be completed whenever, as long as your total hours for the week are 25 (in elementary school). When the lessons are complete you check the complete box.
Commonwealth Charter Academy offers blended classrooms called Live Lessons that students can attend for a more traditional approach to cyber school. They will attend a virtual classroom for specified periods of time each day to learn with a teacher and other classmates. If the times don’t work for you, there are recordings of the lesson that you can watch later. Choosing not to attend Live Lessons is also an option, they just switch you into a class called asynchronous. Students in asynchronous work independently with a parent or learning coach and only speak to their teacher once a month or once every 3 weeks.
Electives, Clubs, and Field Trips
Even as early as Kindergarten, students have the options to join clubs or sign up for elective classes. Last year, my daughter had a Home Ec style class called Home Life that taught her basic skills such as cooking, maintenance around the house, and budgeting money. She also joined a pen pal club to meet more students in cyberschooling around the country. There was also a Pens and Lens club she did to showcase her photography skills. Our school offers hundreds of free or paid field trips every year. This not only adds to active hands-on learning, but also allows the children more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with fellow students.
Flexibility is Key.
All in all, the BEST part of this way of education is the flexibility of your school day. Families that aren’t used to first shift schedules do not have to struggle to train their children to go to bed early and wake up early. Families that are active in sporting can enjoy going to practices and games without worrying about whether or not it will interfere with school because guess what? Those hours count as school time! Taking educational trips also count! If you and your child get burnt out in the middle of a lesson you don’t have to be afraid of taking a break and coming back to it later. It really just creates a great positive atmosphere for learning.
Here is my princess working on handwriting while her baby brother watches and asks questions with her. I LOVE seeing them able to learn and grow together. To not miss out on the little moments. To be a full time family. This is everything to me.