Now that schooling will be done differently because of the pandemic, you are probably thinking about what steps to take to support your child’s learning.
You might be wondering, “What will happen? What will schooling look like? Would it be efficient and effective?”
Worry not! Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!
Here are tips from The 700 Club Asia host and homeschooling mom, Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon, to help you guide your little ones as they navigate the new normal way of learning.
1. Familiarize yourself with the terms being used
Distance learning or homeschooling – is there a difference?
As the school opening nears, it would be helpful for parents to know the terminologies and jargon being used.
Instead of the regular classroom setup, the Department of Education (DepEd) will be implementing a distance learning approach. In distance learning, your child’s learning takes place at home, online, or through the help of take-home learning kits from school.
Distance learning is guided by a teacher through a gadget or computer. For students who do not have access to gadgets and internet connections, modules will be provided according to DepEd. Lessons will also be delivered via radio and television as an alternative mode of learning.
On the other hand, homeschooling is a way of learning at home wherein parents serve as the primary teacher. It is facilitated by parents using a curriculum based on the children’s interests or family’s lifestyle.
As Felichi puts it, “Homeschool is more child-centered. But as they say, different families, different needs, different seasons.”
It is important to know and identify what would work best for your child.
2. Be willing to learn and be ready to brave challenges
Your child’s learning is not a one-man’s job. The government, teachers, parents, and children all need to work together to overcome the challenges that come with these new learning approaches.
“I know this is a challenge to us parents because there are things that we need to learn–or give up–to focus on our children’s education,” Felichi said.
Amid the worries and questions, it is important to ask God for wisdom and strength. Pray that He would bless and protect your child as your little one embarks on the new back-to-school scenario.
Trust that you and your child can do this, through His loving guidance.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
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