Learning this year is a curveball for many parents, teachers, and even students of all ages. Many parents and teachers have called for an “academic freeze,” but many families faced these struggles head-on.
In Smart Parenting’sHow Po Series Episode 4, entitled Become Your Child’s Best Teacher! How To Do Preschool At Home, childhood educator and consultant Maricar Gustllo-De Ocampo stressed that half of the battle is how parents, teachers, and students look at the current learning situation.
Having the right perspective is one thing that should be present in every home this school year, apart from consistency and routines. (Click here to read more about schedules.)
“There’s so much potential, so many things can be done and so many wonderful opportunities that we can really, really make our learning fun for our children,” Gustillo-de Ocampo said.
What parents and teachers should focus on this school year
Gustillo-de Ocampo, who has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, says that even young kids will have to adjust to online learning. This is, of course, still following the age-by-age screen time guidelines.
“We really have to make an important place wherein the child can really feel that learning is important, that the home is a support system, that the teacher is there,” Gustillo-de Ocampo stressed.
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Focus on teaching your child how to be a good human being
Gustillo-de Ocampo observed that it’s the parents and teachers who are having a hard time adapting. Many kids embrace the challenge because it helps them reach out to their teachers and classmates, albeit through the computer.
“One thing that they will miss is relationships, touching, feeling, or holding hands with their friends,” Gustillo-de Ocampo shares. Learning does not stop, but parents and teachers need to focus on teaching kids how to be a human being.
She stressed that this is primarily what parents and teachers should work on, teaching virtues rather than academics. Here’s Gustillo-de Ocampo’s list of virtues for lifelong learning:
“Parents need to really have time for children because parents are really the first teachers,” reminds Gustillo-de Ocampo.
Allow kids to make learning more personal and make choices.
“Every child has the right to learn, every child has the right o achieve,” she adds. To encourage that right, Gustillo-de Ocampo suggests we allow kids to make choices now, and we have to trust, and we have to believe in them.
“Rather than give [kids] stress, give them opportunities to play, read,” Gustillo-de Ocampo explained. Make [learning] very personal and let kids tell stories. Teach them the practical application of their lessons. “Don’t put too much pressure, because the parent is also pressured,” she added.
The best way to move forward is to have a good relationship with your child’s teacher. Set up a meeting, so you and your child’s teachers are aligned. Play to your child’s strengths, even if it means letting them walk around or drink their milk during Zoom class, or even staying a bit longer on the call to chat.
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