ALL ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING
“An investment in knowledge pays great interest.”
The above quote aptly conveys the importance of Education in our lives. Education at the grass-root level becomes the prime importance of a human being. Education is the weapon to work wonders with character. The only quality, that is sure to reap the best reward. When education plays such a significant role in our lives, educating infants at the right time becomes the foundation stone of their life.
Scientists claim that 80% of human brain development occurs before the age of 5 years and therefore, education in these years becomes a prime concern for the parents. They have various queries regarding their role in the creation of a bright future for their child. The kind of education they may provide at home, what is needed theory or practical and many other questions continue to haunt them.
To worsen the dilemma of such parents, has come the year 2020. Story of Souls in conversation with RichBrains Preschool, answers your queries about the importance of homeschooling…
We are in the midst of a pandemic and this will have widespread implications on our lifestyle. Today, we will try to understand Homeschooling with Rich Brains Preschool and will try to provide a solution to their dilemma in the form of answers to their queries and doubts.
Rich Brains Preschool chain has been in the education space for 5 years. Rich Brains was started by an IITian and a Computer Masters. We at RICH BRAINS have been making inroads with few successfully running preschools and new initiatives like homeschooling, virtual schooling and much more to list.
So here is a list of all the much-anticipated questions and their detailed answers: –
1. Why do we need preschools?
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worse crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now, is the time his/her bones have been formed, his/her blood is being made, and his/her senses are being developed. To him/ her we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow’, his/her name is today”,
said Gabriela Mistral – the Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist.
As mentioned above Neuroscience has proven that more than 80 percent of the brain development occurs in the first five years of life. What does it actually signify? It states that the first 5 to 6 years of life make for the basis of life, the basis of a child’s character and the child’s future. Their ideas will one day design the blueprint of their life.
Since our children, for the next six months will be nearly locked up at home with very little activity. Their brains cells are in the process of development of new ideas and curiosities.
If during this part of their life, they do not receive the right kind of care or learning they actually need, they will grow up with a mind with the potential of achieving great heights but not the sensibility that would let them do so and that is something that we need to work together to avoid.
So, that clearly defines the need for preschools.
2. How do we enable schooling in these COVID times where we are even scared of letting our kids step out of the house?
Frankly, each one of us is going through a common problem. The problem is new and we are really trying our best to fight with it. But since the hurdles are new, so are the actions to jump across.
We have started with 2 types of solutions for concerned parents:
i. HOMESCHOOL: The homeschooling platform for young kids with guidance to parents on teaching their kids.
ii. BLENDED SCHOOLING: A mix of virtual schooling and real-time experience.
3. What is the detailed procedure and methods of homeschooling for kindergarten kids?
While most of the preschools impart education through pen and paper, we focus on education through learning which incorporates both theoretical and practical knowledge. Rich Brains Preschool imparts knowledge by enabling learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing & hearing. ‘Curiosity’- which is the innate nature of every child is satiated with a theme-based integrated approach, led by inquiry-based learning. Intrinsic motivation to learn, autonomy & self-discipline are emphasized. We have introduced concepts like “Discovery time” in our classes which lay stress on the brain development of the child. These parameters are developed through a Structured teaching approach, Activity-based learning and Bonding between parent and child (the most nourishing feeling of all).
• Structured Curriculum – Curriculum will be shared and discussed with parents in stages in detail. Worksheets and notebooks will be provided for practise at home to turn the learning mode on at the comfort of home.
• Engaging Sessions – Sessions will consist of different activities to enable learning and not just remembering and concepts in accordance with the Block being taught. Recorded videos will be sent.
• Age Appropriate Teachings to facilitate exact mind development
• Sessions will be Edutainment and Fun to make the kids feel that they are not learning but playing.
• Academics and Life-Skills based learning
• Expert and experienced teachers giving sessions.
Early Childhood Association strongly recommends that the connection between the learner and the imparter must remain undeterred by the lockdown and hence they must stay in touch with the imparter imparting knowledge.
This is important because teachers can convey many messages and educate them about:
• Eating healthy.
• Sleeping well.
• Not watching too much TV, or watching inappropriate videos or games on mobile phones.
• Help them understand and dispel fear about the corona.
And thus, build their good habits which would remain with them throughout their life.
Teachers can help engage children in socio-emotional and physical activities-
• By helping them video chat with their peers.
• By telling them stories.
• By singing rhymes.
• By engaging them in doing yoga activities.
• By teaching them through stories about physical distancing, wearing masks and new hygiene rules.
• Teachers can play games like guess the sound; who makes this sound etc.
An engaging video chat like this, for half an hour every day, is not harmful to children.
Problems have been a part of our lives. The current situation of a global pandemic has put us all in trouble together.
While it is rightly said- “The more, the merrier” and hence the trouble stands weak in front of the mass together.
While this is a new sequence for kids and us, it is best to hope that the global situation improves soon. Till that time, let’s keep them positively engaged by enabling learning and not just education sessions for every kid out there. Best wishes to all parents!!!
Md. Danish Arman.
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