Many families have been experiencing what it’s like to conduct school online. From video chats with their class to submitting work through a web portal, navigating distance learning has been a brand new experience for some but just another day for others.
The Millers have been part of the Laurel Springs community since 2018. As a military family, they were drawn in by the flexibility online school afforded their unpredictable lifestyle. Jenna Miller, mom to Asher who’s currently in grade 2 at LSS, recently took over our Instagram stories to share what a day in their life looks like.
The beauty of Laurel Springs is that you can structure the day around your schedule—whatever that may look like. And it will most likely look different for every family. The Millers have found what works for them. If you’re looking for ideas on how to structure your child’s day—especially if they’re in lower school—here’s an example of how one family is making it work.
Morning at the Millers
What better way to start the day than with a regular morning routine. It can set the tone for what’s to come. For the Millers, “We always start our day with exercise. Our favorites are nature walks and the Nintendo Switch Ring Fit video game.”
Once they’re all warmed up, it’s time to cool down. “After we freshen up, we spend a little time reflecting.” There’s a lot to think about these days, and it’s always good to take some time for mindfulness. Whether reflection comes in the form of meditation or journaling, relish in the quiet moments.
After working out and winding down, it’s time for school! “[Asher] works independently while I get time to work on my to-do list. I’m always available to help answer questions or provide support.” These are key elements of finding a work/school/life balance, especially for parents who are also working from home. There’s always something even the youngest student can focus on independently while parents tackle their priorities. Some students may need more guidance, especially in the beginning, but establishing a regular routine helps add structure to any day.
Afternoon Chats and Snacks
Midday is prime time for fun and friends. “If there’s an iClass or one of his extracurricular clubs then he spends a few minutes chatting with other kids before it starts.” Laurel Springs offers live iClasses on a variety of subjects for supplemental instructions. Full-time students also have a plethora of online clubs to choose from to satisfy their passions and socialization needs.
Then comes the all-important lunch time! “In this house there’s a good balance of healthy food to keep us going and sweet treats…sometimes we bake treats for ourselves and our local military.” It’s clear that the Millers are well-versed in finding the balance in many aspects of their life. It’s also inspiring to see they reach out and give back to their local community.
To round out the afternoon, “we always spend time exploring our world through books during independent reading time.” Books are a gateway to many magical and real-life places. It’s important to have an escape, especially when many of your daily interactions happen through a screen.
The Fun and Learning Continues After Dark
Since the Millers make their own schedule, studying can stretch into the evening hours. “With the flexibility of LSS, Asher has more time to explore his interests. Currently he’s interested in marine biology.” So, when some people are calling it a day, Asher dives deeper into his passions and watches a webinar on sea turtles.
Before turning in for the night, the Millers take some time for family. “Our favorite family activity is watching holiday movies together.” Nothing like ending the day on a merry note.
It seems like a pretty regular day for this military family, and it’s one they were able to create themselves. “One of the reasons we chose LSS is it allows us to have more family time. Military life can be unpredictable and chaotic, so knowing Asher’s school can work around us and let us be together is priceless.”