1. Students Have Their Own Account
With BookShark Virtual, my homeschooler has her own account. She can access her classes and lessons in a browser or on the mobile app, find out what she needs to do each day, and do her assignments. While I can certainly sit with her and help her, she doesn’t need me to go through my Instructor’s Guide to know what to do. Everything she needs for the day is right there for her inside the digital interface. The virtual program also has the immersive reader option, which reads the text aloud, so if my daughter needs help reading the directions or text, there’s another way she can flex her independence.
As the teacher/parent, my separate account allows me to set up lessons quickly, turn on automatic grading, and determine which tasks she needs to do. I especially love that I can turn on one assignment at a time, so she doesn’t feel overwhelmed seeing the entire curriculum at once.
2. Parents Set Up Due Dates
Giving kids manageable bits of information is one of the best ways to help our kids learn to become independent. I wouldn’t stick my new driver on the freeway. For the same reason, handing a kid an entire curriculum and saying, “Go for it!” probably won’t go well.
Instead, small steps set our kids up for success.