Keeping into consideration the present situation when the schools have been closed across the country due to COVID-19, we should try to keep our children engaged in different learning activities. Education/learning is something that is not confined to the boundary walls of the school, it is a process we can carry in and out every day and everywhere.
To continue the teaching/learning process and keep our teachers and students connected on a daily basis Delhi Public School Budgam has decided to switch to Google Classroom learning for all students from Nursery to Class 12.
The step by step guide to join the Google Classroom for respective class and subject is available here https://www.dpsbudgam.com/google-classroom/
Along with the formal prescribed syllabus and teaching with the help of study material provided by the school, let us explore for certain ways to keep the children involved in the process of learning. Few ideas are pointed below:
Maintain a schedule: A daily schedule is going to be important for our children, educational activities should be involved in daily routine. Toddlers or younger primary kids can enjoy drawing pictures of the days’ or week’s activities, older kids can create a written one with time and activities.
Throw in some surprises: Trying to use this time as “Only Study Time” will quickly get boring, both for parents and their resistant kids. So, rotating activities that kids haven’t seen or done in a while is recommended. It can be a messy science experiment, a special craft or a family game as kids love surprises.
Encourage children to learn life skills: Other than these days children are totally occupied with school and extra classes. They get everything ready on time without their own efforts, but parents can utilize this period to help their children to be independent. They can try their hands-on everyday household chores like cooking, maintaining their room, sorting their books and toys or decorating their garden, etc. these things are going to help them throughout their lives. Such things prove to be enriching as well as relaxing.
Encourage children to write: Writing by hand creates stronger memories and understanding. So, include a written assignment along with online options. Encourage children to write their daily routine, their likes or dislikes and use paper-based material that will excel in their creative faculty.
Reading: Encourage children to read the books of their interest, it will not only increase their knowledge in that field but also improve their language and vocabulary. Reading bed-time stories should be a regular routine for small kids.
There are various educational applications available on Google Play Store for different age groups/subjects which can be downloaded and used on 2G speed also.
Some free learning websites that you can use:
- https://curiositystream.com/ – Documentaries
- https://outschool.com/ – Group Classes
- https://beastacademy.com/ – Online Learning
- https://www.khanacademy.org/ – Online Learning
- http://www.creativebug.com/ – Online Craft Classes
- https://www.splashlearn.com/ – Math Learning