(Proverbs, 22:6). “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”.
We parents are the first mentor of our kids, as they reach in their toddler age; we start bringing them in school and give the responsibility to our teachers.
Because of this unexpected COVID -19 pandemic, children are in a mandated stay at home to safeguard their health. Until there is no treatment, our president will not allow our children to go to school. He will also not permit that our kids lose their precious time in their educational journey.
Hence, our government looked for ways and came up with these distant learning strategies.
Some parents have questions about how they can assist their kids.
Here are some things that you might find interesting regarding distance education.
There are also complications and problems you will encounter with this new format of learning.
- Children will miss their social interaction with their peers.
- They can be easily distracted during the lessons online.
- Too much exposure to the internet, and most of all.
- The teachers aren’t physically present with the child to monitor them.
As parents, we will not allow our children to pass the school year unlearned. We are all victims here; The Department of Education is doing their best to make education continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Let us work hand in hand for the good of our children.
1. Select a designated area to learn
In the regular school, teachers see to it that the classroom is conducive for learning. At home; find a location that promotes a school focused atmosphere.
See to it that it is quiet, away from distraction. Positioning their desk in front of the wall and Internet connection must be good.
As parents, let’s be creative so that our kids may feel that they are still in a classroom. In case a child is enrolled in online learning, make sure that parents will monitor what the child is doing now and then.
2. Parents Established the Standard
In the absence of face to face learning, parents can control the atmosphere, set the pace of learning, and encourage the learners continuously.
Bear in mind that parents will not serve as teachers here; they have only to cheer the kids to finish their task, while the teacher serves as a guiding force in all subject matter.
It is essential to cultivate good behaviors from the start of the school year. Do not allow your kids to stay up late only to sleep during lessons. In the morning help, them to get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a convenient schedule.
3. Monitor the kids’ progress from the beginning to the end of the day
Before your kids begin their lessons, ask what subject to take up first. If there are any assignments to finish then make that a priority for them to finish first before anything else.
This way, you teach your child to focus on what needs to be done.
4. Control screen time
For parents whose kids are doing online classes, be sure to control the number of hours they spend in front of the computer. Too much exposure to radiation is not good for their health.
Try to work with their teacher and limit their screen time to a minimum whenever possible.
5. Parents Live by Example
Children should see their parents as the great supporters, cheerleaders and coaches, not confusing or over-optimistic but constructive and goal-oriented.
As parents, we are aware that children can quickly point out the difference between what parents say and what parents do. We must be lead by example. It’s the same thing when kids are learning new stuff in school.
6. Let students accomplish things on their own
Parents, you are not expected to teach or to learn all the content of the lesson given to your children. All you need to do is to provide support and encourage them. Let your children do their part. Allow them to experience the challenges of their tasks. Don’t help too much.
Leave students to create their own strategies for learning that would. Since the completion of tasks is self-paced, they must learn to have a sense of responsibility.
7. Avoid sitting in class with your child
It may be tempting to sit beside your kids and assist them with everything; this is not healthy for the child. He or she may become too dependent.
It’s ok if your child cannot is having a hard time finishing a task; rest assured, the other children are going through the same ordeal. It is comforting to know that they are not alone with their plight.
If you see them having difficulties with their tasks, don’t hesitate to connect with your kid’s teachers through phone or any communication channels before or after school hours.
8. Don’t be a perfectionist
Instead of criticizing their crooked writing, or the time it takes for them to answer a simple problem – practice patients. Children take more time to process questions compared to us adults.
You have to wait and give them time instead of providing clues for them to provide the right answer. Encourage them to practice more and if there is some improvement, appreciate them.
Let’s not forget that we are dealing with children! Their work may not look perfect but you must remember that they are just children. Let them learn through their mistakes.
12. Stay in touch with the teachers
Teachers are well trained on the different modalities they present to your children. Before the school year started, they had lots of webinars and training via zoom or Google meet.
Let us trust our teachers. The will simplify the lessons to fit the level of the learners. But if our children may have difficulties, don’t hesitate to connect with your kid’s teachers through phone or any communication channels before or after school hours.
Teachers are instructed to include class programs in their modules so that pupils can have the chance to connect to their teacher on that given time.
9. Helping children to establish a routine
Even if they are in a distance learning arrangement, children must feel that they are attending school as usual. Practice everyone to wake up before 7:00 am, get appropriately dressed, eat a healthy breakfast then start the class at 8:00 am
This is a shared responsibility for the members of the family to help children learn and practice their routine. It takes some sacrifices on the part of parents, but sometimes this might be the way that parents can spend quality time with the children.
10. Encourage physical activity and exercise.
To sit in front of the computer and other school work for a long time is tiring. Even us adults feel the same. Encourage children to stretch a few minutes in between lessons. They can take a ten minute walk without their cell phones, they can run around the house, jump or any physical movement will do.
It is also better if before the lesson starts to have a family exercise. A healthy practice for any family to adopt
11. Take care of yourself
Because of so many responsibilities, like house chores, employment, assisting the children lessons, you may forget yourself. It is essential to take care of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. If this is neglected, you will have less energy and patience to take care of your family, especially your children.
Have some time yourself for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day, like listening to music, reading your bible or even taking a short nap.
C. Types Of Distance Learning
It is learning delivery modality where learning takes place between the teacher and the student who are physically far from each other during instruction.
What is the different distance learning?
Modular Distance Learning
It is a printed learning material or in digital form to be distributed among learners weekly. These include self-learning modules, textbooks, study guides, and any other learning materials.
The teacher takes the responsibility to monitor the progress of the learners through phone calls or home visitation while the learners can text or call the subject teacher for assistance.
2. Online Distance Learning
Interactive distance learning is where the teachers present their lessons live with the learners using different technology through the internet. Online learning allows synchronizing instruction from the teachers to their learners and student to their classmates. There must be a strong internet connection in both teachers and learners.
The learner can download materials from the internet, answer and submit assignment online.
- TV/Radio-Based Instruction
Aside from online and modular distance learning, using radio and television broadcasting is a very useful alternative. It is a powerful way to help the most marginalized learners.
Reaching student and safeguarding the continuity of education is the primary goal of the government not only here in the Philippines but all over the globe.
Cooperation between broadcasters, educational authorities and educators will ensure success for applying radio and television-based educational programmes.
1 Corinthians 13:13 three things last forever, faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love
Let us love our children; they are the only jewel we can bring to heaven!