As a parent, you want the best for your child. You also know that accomplishing anything worthwhile takes effort and commitment. Your child’s education is no different.
At OHDELA, the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy, we’ve built an online virtual school that inspires minds, engages students and families, and provides a learning experience for life. But for our students to truly realize success, their parents must be closely involved throughout their education.
Online virtual schooling is different from traditional schooling in many ways, and the need for high levels of parental involvement is one of them. At OHDELA, it’s not just the child who is enrolling -- parents are too.
A Parent’s Typical Day
Parents who choose to enroll a child in OHDELA are taking an active, large role in their child’s education – not only as a role model, but as an educator. From field trips to the zoo, museum, science center or nature preserve, to helping throughout their school day, the job of an OHDELA parent is to help their child stay on task, ask questions, manage schoolwork and check-in with the teacher. Parents can expect that their time will closely mirror that of their child’s. For example, parents of younger, elementary-school children should expect that they will be helping their children quite frequently throughout the school day, such as getting their children logged in and started on tasks, answering questions or helping them move to new subjects, parents will spend the majority of school time helping their child.
While parents of older students may be able to take a more hands-off approach, they still need to be present during their student's school hours. It’s important that a parent stays observant to ensure that the student remains focused, attends live classes on time and works on school assignments when in front of the computer. Additionally, parents of all students should be checking-in with their children’s teachers, not only on academic progress, but also for posted teacher tips they can use to help guide their children through schoolwork subjects, questions and assignments.
As a student learns, advances and becomes more independent, the parent’s role changes, but always remains crucial for success.
Take Part Today
To learn more about OHDELA and how you can help your child achieve academic success, contact us today.