….until the next quarantine?
Slowly we are getting back to our life “before the quarantine”, however, we feel the impact it has made to the daily routine. Kindergartens, libraries, cafes are opening up, yet the comeback feels fragile. We don’t know when the virus might invade our little world.
At the beginning of the quarantine, parents, and teachers, were forced in a very small amount of time to ensure the continuing of education in the virtual world. Can we relax a bit now and dream about leaving our screens soon?
I bet it would be naïve.
The challenge of distance education makes us question how education will look like in the future if quarantines become our common reality. How the change will affect us? COVID-19 has been a great shock to all of us. It is time to adapt and start creating a new world of education, communication, and daily routine.
As I mentioned above, during the quarantine, it was challenging to adapt to the vast usage of technology for education, change the curricular, and try to keep children’s attention on the screen. It seems like that we have to be ready to be a part of a fixed education reality – some children will go to kindergartens, while others continue learning at home with the possibility to switch back and forth. We have to be ready to come back to distant learning all the time.
Distance learning will remain relevant
Kindergartens should not put away all the work done for the distant education and continue to implement various technologies which would help to come back to online learning once necessary. In the future, it should create the smallest inconvenience for children and parents.
Considering new hygienic requirements, it is time to review your learning spaces and keep those play materials that are easy to clean and to reduce the overall number of toys to ensure keeping up with the requirements every day.
Critical look to our environment
While reviewing things, it is important to pay attention to those play materials which are multifunctional. For example, Sensory Play Space Divider one day can help to create a cozy reading corner, on the other – encourage the development of fine motor skills while decorating panel with felt balls.
Creation of mini activity groups
To ensure a safe environment in the kindergarten, it is recommended to create mini activity groups, consisting of 3-6 children. You can create these groups based on children’s interests, abilities, or even behaviour patterns. As children are encouraged to spend more time outside, one small group could go for the walk, while others could work on different activities.
We might expect an increase in parents choosing to do homeschooling. We don’t know how long the virus will pose a threat to our society. It is important to create a home education corner at home with all learning materials in one place. Play materials for helping parents to do homeschooling will become more popular. For example, a light table is a common educational tool to educate children at home. The light helps to attract children’s attention, and the table is easy to use for different learning activities.
Resilience and creative thinking
Today’s educational system does not resemble the needs of the future world. Now it is the perfect time to go over how we educate our children and think what qualities will be needed in the future.
Observing how people are acting in the current crisis, resilience and adaptability are skills proving to be essential to navigating effectively in the uncertain times of the pandemic. We have access to various knowledge through a few clicks on our computers, thus academic knowledge becomes less valuable.
It is time to teach children skills that would help them to look for creative solutions. Creativity, communication, collaboration, and empathy are the skills of the highest importance. Cherishing the children’s creativity from an early age will help to raise individually thinking and unique persons.
Rise of individuality
We don’t know how the situation in the world will unfold. It is not important whether a child is attending a kindergarten or is homeschooled – we have to help them reveal their talents. Education experts indicate that one of the possible consequences of this period is the increased attention to the individualization of activities. Reggio Emilia’s philosophy emphasizes a child being in the centre and currently, it becomes more relevant than ever before. Every child is different and now it is time to embrace that.