Online School for Children
“Nothing is permanent in life”. Eventually everything changes, with Covid-19 pandemic we all had to change and evolve with the situation. Our children have been patient beyond their age and intellect.
It is very difficult for them to stay indoors and suddenly loose contact with their friends and teachers in school. But they have evolved, learnt, tamed their minds and have adapted to the current situation.
We as parents are doing our best to engage our children. But eventually it’s difficult for the parents to engage them productively every day. We often tend to pick up a random topic to teach the child or hand over a toy or an activity which they have already done.
This is an unstructured learning for the child. Being a mother, I have realized that we cannot match the expertise of a teacher.
The online schooling is a ray of hope and light for us to engage our child’s productively daily. In an online school children go through a structured and age appropriate learning.
It gives a platform for children to meet and interact with their friends and teachers. It helps in holistic development and also to set up a routine for the child.It is very important to choose the perfect online schooling platform for the child.
The following parameters might help you to choose the best virtual school for your child:
a. A virtual school should be a live session where children can interact with their teachers and friends. Recorded sessions are not very appealing for younger children as the experience would be very similar to a passive learning platform
b. The session should be very interactive, wherein the child is asked to participate and answer different questions. This kind of an interaction motivates children to be attentive and makes learning interesting and fun for them
c. The online sessions for younger children should be for limited time frame. Long sessions might get tiring for the child and also, the concentration and the patience level won’t suffice for so long
d. The sessions conducted online should consist of both the academic and other life skill activities
e. Prefer the online school which gives personal attention to children as these toddlers need more attention and assistance
f. Avoid a online session which has 50 participant with only one teacher teaching, as this will dilute the attention given by the educator to individual children
g. Post the session, certain follow up activities or games or work sheets should be given to engage the children
h. It should allow parent and school interaction by question and answer round in the session. It is always advisable to supervise the session with the younger children
i. It should help parents with prior preparation list if any considering the limited resources available at home
j. If online classroom session timings are a constraint; ask the school if they have a facility of giving recorded sessions which can be viewed later
Majority of the parents think that the child cannot sit at one place for more than 10 minutes so it is very difficult to attend any virtual school.
In fact even at physical school, initially the child does not sit at one place for the entire 2 hours. The teachers with their experience and expertise settle and transit the children to the new routine and eventually the child looks forward to be in school with their friends and teacher.
So here are the following tips which can help parents to settle their children for the online school at home:
a. Communicate with your child: This is very important, if you are excited and happy about being a part of the school from home ,the child would mirror the excitement to join the session. Preschoolers learn a lot by observing you.
b. Be patient: It can become challenging for few children to sit through the entire session for few days. Every child has his own pace of settling and adapting to the new situation. Eventually the child would settle and enjoy the fun learning experience
c. Be persistent: Ensure you set a routine for the child and encourage the child to attend the sessions everyday without missing it.
d. Make them feel comfortable: Initially, if needed give them short breaks between the session or let them have their own favorite toy with them throughout the session;
e. Participate: Be enthusiastic about participating in online classroom sessions.Parent can actively participate with the child and help involve the child in the classroom session. This would eventually help the child to settle early and look forward for the session.
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