COVID-19 has resulted in several international playschools remaining shut all across the world. As a result, education has changed dramatically, particularly with the rise of e-learning, where teaching is done remotely and via digital platforms.
Online classes have brought a sense of normalcy in these otherwise uncertain times and have given students a way to use their time productively.
The continuation of education through online classes during these trying times came as a relief for parents who are worried about their child’s educational future more than ever.
But the real question is how has distance learning impacted playschool children? SAI Angan consulted its international play school’s teaching faculty to answer this question and has come up with the following findings.
Challenges Posed by Online Learning For The Pre-School Learners
Lack of social interaction – Online studying reduced participation and willingness to answer questions in class among many students. Having little one-on-one interaction with teachers leaves them with more doubts, and they suffer from the difficulty of finishing their assignments on time. Additionally, exposure to a classroom and peer interaction are important elements of the school experience during early childhood. It provides students with a neutral environment for social interactions that aids in developing social skills like setting boundaries, learning cooperation, and empathy. Developing socio-emotional skills is vital for children.
Loss of Motivation and Self-discipline – When students attend online classes, they usually keep their cameras off, which means everyone is looking at boring blank rectangles instead of fellow students’ faces. Thus, many students end up getting distracted, frustrated, having tech issues, wanting a snack, or daydreaming during group activities. It turns out that the lack of human communication such as voice inflection, body language, facial expressions causes the virtual classes to be voids of silence.
Positive Impact of E-Learning on Kindergarten Children
Facilities Computer Education – Computer education facilitates a variety of skills such as emotional intelligence, hand-eye coordination, mathematical skills, and social competence. Children who could develop computer operation skills have better opportunities throughout their careers. The reason is that many web-based companies expect their employees to be able to support their business system to the core.
Students get to learn at their own pace – Every child is different, which is why experts recommend letting children crawl, walk, and talk at their own pace. The same principle holds true for early education. Children tend to slow down when they’re learning a new concept and tend to speed up when they’re comfortable with a topic or have mastered it. E-learning facilitates a prolonged “chunked” learning session, with kids sitting down for blocks of time throughout the day. As a result, children can go back and re-read, skip, or accelerate concepts as they choose during online classes.
The bottom line
Most parents and instructors are working hard to ensure that this transition to a new way of learning is as comfortable as possible for the students.
Online education is also benefitting all by overcoming the disparities in digital literacy among students, parents, and teachers.
However, there is no denying that online learning comes with its own challenges, but the right guidance from mentors and a support system from parents can help students overcome the challenges in times of uncertainty.
At SAI Angan, we embrace technological innovation. The learning resource center at our international play school is equipped with computers. We encourage the little ones to work on software like Tux Paint that has proven to be beneficial for developing their imaginative prowess and visual skills. To cope up with these testing times, our teachers view their students’ parents as partners. After all, we are all in this together. Aren’t we?