Online lessons have been painful for all students around the world, but it has been even more problematic for kindergarten children and, of course, their families and teachers.
A five year old child sitting in front of her computer screen during school hours and crying in frustration has been a daily scenario in most households and children who enjoy online lessons and also at a loss because they have very little or no practical knowledge at all.
What matters most is whether the children are in the light or in chaos.
Concerns for teachers:
It is definitely not possible for teachers to teach and impart 100% knowledge during online lessons. Conveying a lot of things during online lessons is difficult and often impossible.
Teachers and their kindergarten students can watch instructional videos and chat, but it requires concentration, and young students often don’t care about concentration.
However, kindergarten teachers can help students develop literacy skills as well as things that can only be learned once in a lifetime, like vocabulary and basic knowledge during online lessons.
Kindergarten kids usually need a lot of movement and exploration, and these are things you can’t really do from a distance, especially having to sit down and watch the screen.
The good thing is that young teachers use a variety of methods to help their younger students get to know each other through distance learning.
This year and in the future, when children will not be able to go to school due to the pandemic, it is important for kindergarten teachers to see their students as parents and give them their respective time to figure things out.
Kindergarten teacher Monisha Arora explains that “when such young students are brought in to study and understand things online, it is more difficult for teachers to get them across.”
She believes that technical issues can hamper concentration and interest in children. Students should invest a great deal of interest in understanding in online courses. Therefore, teachers have to make extra efforts.
Child Psychology During Online Kindergarten Classes:
The biggest problem with being away from kindergarten is the less emotional growth. They cannot learn to work in groups, make friends, or be socially acceptable.
Child psychologist Kiran Yadav says everyone has been affected by the current pandemic, but it affects children even more. They lack the playful environment which is very important for their growth.
She also believes that staying home can seriously affect their mental and physical growth in the same way. They become less interactive, lack focus, become frustrated, deal with social anxiety, low self-esteem and nervousness.
Approaches that can improve online education in kindergarten:
But it is said that necessity is really the mother of invention. Faced with the imperative to teach online in kindergartens, teachers have learned, adapted, innovated and transformed the e-learning experience for KG students.
The new paradigm has now moved from chaos to clarity through various measures and reforms.
Dhwani Jaipuria, Director, SRJ Edu Services, says kindergarten education aims to introduce children to life skills, such as linguistics, logistics / mathematics, spatial, bodily, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic, and teachers, students and parents should do that even during online lessons.
She also says that active learning, student engagement, good understanding, peer connections, a good learning environment and making online learning interesting at home can solve any problems these young people face. students during online lessons.
Parents’ perspective on the online kindergarten classroom:
Having a parent or guardian to help kindergarten kids learn online makes a big difference.
Children with such support are more likely to be successful with distance education, while those who do not are more likely to have difficulty.
Distance visual learning is one way to help families teach their children at home. Students who learn at home need projects, large screens, and a good audio system to record the voices of teachers and their peers in the classroom.
Ankita Balkrishna Sharma, mother of a kindergarten child, thinks it is important to keep the child engaged throughout the session.
She says the teachers help to make the lessons more interesting for our child and we have no difficulty in staying focused during the lessons as we, the parents, are also involved and keep in control from time to time.
What schools can offer:
Schools are responsible for determining how to maintain a sense of normalcy for students and teachers are the first line of defense when it comes to implementing it.
The lessons children learn should guide them when it comes to the future of schools and ensure that students learn.
Today, preschool teachers have come a long way in streaming kindergarten online education.
The main goal has been to keep children curious to explore new ideas and learn new concepts through oral lessons, activities and role-playing.
Particular emphasis is also placed on their health and fitness. Baby yoga sessions and workout workshops are increasingly popular with the little ones.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) online activities build life skills in them and help develop fine and gross motor skills.
Virtual groups and games have led to the resumption of the bond between peers.
It is true that kindergarten education alone can never substitute for in-person instruction, but it has gained much more finesse and clarity in optimizing children’s learning outcomes in this exceptional time of today. ‘hui.
– Vaishnavi Parashar
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