Have you noticed your children daydreaming more? Are
they unreasonably restless or more easily distracted than usual? These are sure
signs that spring fever has planted itself in your school day. At this time of year, the flexibility of
homeschooling and virtual schooling with
Connections Academy have their
advantages! The challenge is to find a way to let springtime and learning
time share the same space.
Connections Academy has some ideas on
tackling this blooming situation!
- Plan regular break times to go for a
walk, play catch or just breathe fresh air. This is a wonderful
opportunity for heart to heart discussions, and to learn more about each
other. Learning isn't always about the books!
- Add bright colors to the learning
area with colorful pictures or a few fresh picked early blossoms. Make
a bouquet of hydrangeas or cut some fresh mint.
- Have a picnic with your kids.
Between sandwiches and cookies, talk to them about their
interests and abilities so you can align your teaching to their
aptitudes and at the same time, capitalize on warm weather fun. After all,
students learn best when lessons match their interests and abilities. Your
child can actually get a
free personalized learning plan
tailored to his or her unique strengths and abilities by enrolling in a
online public school, a homeschooling alternative -- an accredited school from
home with certified teachers, proven curriculum, free learning
materials, extracurricular activities, field trips and more!
if you want just one or two
online courses to supplement what you are currently teaching,
National Connections Academy virtual private school offers over 500 classes
complete with an experienced teacher!
a geometry lesson with nature! Why do some flowers and plants respond
differently to wind? A main reason is the geometry of the stem. A round stem
can bend but cannot twist easily. With a little help from the Internet, you
can make an entire geometry lesson investigating the plants outside.
- Use the interests your kids mentioned above
and encourage them to participate in
extracurricular activities and join
clubs! To capitalize on warm weather fun, baseball, swimming, camping,
etc., are all fun and educational. For instance, learn about the
science of baseball by learning how gravity, velocity, and air pressure
impact the baseball. Also,
Connections Academy offers numerous
educational club opportunities for full-time students
including Chess Club, Math Club, Robotics, Science in the Kitchen, Poetry and many more.
All kids in grades K--8 can even participate in fun online clubs to learn more
about the things that interest them over the summer through
Camp Connections which can be purchased individually through National Connections Academy--check
- On a daily note, start your kid's studies
early in the morning and then finish lessons before the outdoors becomes
too tempting. Or take a mid-afternoon break and return to lessons later in
the day. Isn't flexibility great?
- Finish an extra lesson
Monday--Thursday to make Friday a free day or an outside learning adventure
day. Either way, use the interests they mentioned earlier and really
have FUN on your extra day!
- Go on at least two field trips.
Besides just being a blast, field trips are excellent opportunities to meet
other parents, students and teachers face-to-face as well as provide an
opportunity to supplement what your children are learning in daily lessons.
For example, learn about amusement park physics before you ride the roller
throughout the year that are both educational and enjoyable. Their community
coordinators, parents, and teachers arrange trips to venues such as:
museums, historic sites, botanical gardens, state parks, state capitals, and
- Grab the books and study outside.
After all, it's just as easy to read a history book under a tree as it is to
read one on the living room sofa! Maybe use outside time as an incentive. Or
just enjoy it because it's there!
- Look up at the stars to encourage some
daydreaming. After all, famous inventors certainly daydreamed quite a
bit before they changed the world! Chillin' on the trampoline, looking up at the sky on a beautiful
evening--can't think of anything better for inspiring some creative thinking!
- Get silly and creative -- face paint,
sidewalk chalk and bubbles are a great start. Everyone loves bubbles, but
did you know that bubbles have three layers--a thin layer of water is between
two layers of soap molecules? Get silly and learn something at the same
- Make plans for the summer
to fill in any educational gaps that might have occurred this year and to
prevent summer learning loss.
Determine if you're going to do the majority of the teaching, or if a tutor
or distance school might be of assistance.
National Connections Academy offers
online summer courses
for students in grades K--12 to catch up or get ahead and can certainly be of
help in your
But what if it's still chilly in your neck of the
woods? Use this to your advantage! Work ahead in your courses so that when
warm weather arrives, you'll be ready to spend time outdoors.
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality,
highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12.
Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school
programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for
students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning
community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven
curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and
successful online learning opportunity for families and students who want an individualized approach to education. Connections Academy offers grades
K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades.
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC. For more
information, call 800-382-6010 or visit
To see if Connections Academy is right for you, view the
new program guide online or
request your own copy now!
Connections Academy online school options available in your state now!