Many children are currently taking online classes for the first time. It can be difficult to adjust to this new form of learning and you may be frustrated trying to get a schedule figured out. Here are some dos and don’ts of taking online classes that will help.




Login Early

There’s nothing more frustrating than experiencing last-minute tech issues before a class. Avoid this problem by logging onto whatever platform your child is using for class at least five minutes early. If you do have technical problems, you’ll have enough time to email the teacher and let them know what’s going on. Do the same for tests or meetings.

Designate a Private Space

While flexibility is a positive aspect of online classes, that doesn’t mean you should have your child’s computer set up in the middle of the family room. Designate a quiet area of the house where they won’t be distracted by the hustle and bustle of the day. This is also respectful to other classmates and the teacher. If you need to keep an eye on your child, make sure their computer points to a wall so there won’t be people walking in and out of the frame and distracting everyone watching.



Zone Out

Online classes can be difficult for children to focus during, but it’s important to make sure your child is attentive for the entire time. It is more difficult for teachers to monitor every student during an online class, so it will be your responsibility as a parent to help them out. Your child will miss valuable information if they are on their phone or another computer tab during their lesson.


Be Afraid to Speak Up

If an aspect of online classes isn’t working for your child, don’t be afraid to reach out to the teacher or company. This could be for issues like feeling as if your child isn’t getting enough attention during class or that lessons are difficult to follow. Be kind and understanding of the professionals. With some discussion, you’ll be able to come to a solution that is best for everyone. has a complete list of support groups to help support you in your homeschooling endeavors and connect with homeschoolers near you.   You can search the list of support groups here: