Frequently Asked Questions for Enrolled Families

New to online classes? Here are the most important points:

  • Confirm that the student knows how to contact the instructor.
    Email: hello@thebookishsociety.com
  • Make sure that your student knows how to get into and out of the Zoom online classroom and can access the course materials on Canvas.
  • Check to make sure that the student has put all due dates on a personal calendar of some kind.

Treasure chest with a keyHow do I connect to Bookish classes? (Help! Where is the Zoom link?)

The link to connect to your child’s class is in the confirmation email you received after registration and will also appear in the reminder emails you will receive before each class.

*** Please save the Zoom link! ***

What are the dates of holidays and vacations?

Check the Important Dates page for details on class dates and breaks.


Attendance

What happens if my child needs to miss class?

If your child is ill or has an unavoidable conflict that forces them to miss class, please let the teacher know no later than 30 minutes before the start of class by emailing hello@thebookishsociety.com. Please do not use other methods to contact the teacher!

What happens if my child is late to class?

Classrooms open five minutes before the start time and close five minutes after the official start time. After that time, students will not be admitted to the classroom as late arrivals disrupt the learning environment. Please make sure your child has all their materials on hand and is online, ready to learn, five minutes before the designated class time. (Teachers will of course make reasonable accommodations for students whose internet drops during class or who are having other technical problems.)

What happens if my child needs to leave class early?

If at all possible, please let the teacher know this by email before the start of class. If the student needs to leave suddenly, please instruct them to leave the online classroom quietly.


Participation

Does my child have to be on camera during class?

We understand that some students are shy about being on camera, so we leave this to the discretion of each family.

Does my child have to have their mic on during class?

This, too, is at the discretion of each family. We never force a child to speak if they’re not yet willing. We do sometimes mute student mics to keep background noise down.

Can my child eat and/or during class?

Yes, but they should keep their mic muted to avoid distracting others.


Academic Support

What about homework?

While Bookish classes are low-pressure and friendly, there’s a whole lot of academic learning going on! Bookish students do have homework—at very least, reading assignments. Some classes also include memory work or writing/art projects.

Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure their students complete assignments and/or reading before class. We strongly recommend that you check your student’s work daily for the first two months of class, and then, for older students, at least weekly. The instructor will send emails about due dates, and if your child misses more than one class or assignment, you can expect the instructor to email you about it.

How can I make sure I’m in the loop about my child’s work?

To facilitate communication with your student’s instructor, make sure:

  • you have the instructor’s email (hello@thebookishsociety.com)
  • the instructor has your correct and current contact information
  • Bookish emails are delivered to your inbox, not your junk folder
  • you read and reply to emails from your student’s instructor in a timely way

How can I best support my student?

It can be difficult to strike the right balance when supporting a homeschooled student in online classes. Appropriate support may look different depending on your child’s age, abilities, and needs and on the type of class they’re taking. For our literature circles, the only required homework is to stay on top of the reading. (We also provide comprehension materials and we think they’re helpful, but we leave it up to parents/guardians to decide whether or not they will require their children to complete them.) Other classes may require memory work review or working on writing/art projects.

Elementary students are still learning to handle projects and assignments. They may get overwhelmed, get behind, and be too embarrassed to tell you (or they may think, incorrectly, that they can catch up later). They need lots of hands-on support and daily check-ins with you.

Our Exploring the World through Story classes contain memory work that the instructor will cover in class, but students will need to practice daily outside of class to master that material.

Many tweens and teens can work more independently, but they still need active support. Appropriate support for students in these age groups might look like:

  • making sure they understand the assignment
  • explaining anything they don’t understand
  • reminding them of due dates and helping them plan their work flow
  • checking in with them along the way to make sure they’re still on target
  • helping them communicate with their instructor if they have questions
  • looking over the assignment before it’s turned in to make sure it’s complete

You know your student best; give them the level of support they need to succeed, whatever that may be.

How much “support” is too much?

Parents/guardians should not correct the student’s work before it is submitted. The assignment has been given by the instructor to develop the student’s skills. If the instructor cannot clearly see what skill level the student has achieved, they cannot accurately evaluate the student’s work. Besides, submitting another person’s work without credit is academic fraud, and students should understand why that’s a serious offense.


Specific Classes

How do the roles in literature classes work?

As part of literature circles, students are assigned various reader roles. These roles are an important part of the learning process, as the discussion depends on each member participating. Therefore, taking on a role for each book is mandatory, and roles will change with each text so that students gain a variety of experiences.

The Reader Roles are as follows:

  • Connection Maker
  • Discussion Leader
  • Fortune Teller
  • Illustrator
  • Mapmaker
  • Memory Maker
  • News Reporter
  • Perfect Puzzler
  • Poetic Perceptions
  • Read Aloud Master
  • Sequencer
  • Scene Setter
  • Timeliner
  • Word Wizard

My child is taking an art/creativity class. What kind of support will they need?

Students in our art classes shouldn’t need parental assistance except for obtaining necessary supplies.

What about Minecraft Club?

Minecraft Club is a social skills class where kids work together to build a joint project. We’ll have a schedule in the monthly packet listing what social skills are touched on in each meeting. This class is especially helpful for neurodivergent kids.

What else do I need for the Bookish Society on a class day? Suggested items include the following:

  • a gaming headset that includes a microphone
  • the assigned novel or textbook
  • two number 2 pencils, or the student’s preferred writing implement
  • a mini whiteboard, approximately 8.5×11”
  • a dry-erase marker
  • lined writing paper
  • 5-10 sheets of blank copy paper
  • a pack of index cards
  • an index card holder box
  • a basic 8-color crayon set or marker set

Policies

What are your academic policies?

You can download a complete list of our policies here.


The Bookish Society Calendar 2022/23

  • Tuesday, September 6: First Day of Fall Classes
  • October 3-7: Fall Break
  • Monday, October 31: No Classes
  • November 21-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 15: Last Day of Fall Classes
  • December 16, 2022-January 1, 2023: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 2: First Day of Spring Classes
  • March 6-12: Spring Break
  • Thursday, May 25: Last Day of Spring Classes