Learning Never Stops

Spoorthi G K

A study suggests that test scores of students with school closures puts them 1.5 to 2 years behind their peers.

Learning Never Stops

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners around the world. This is close to 80 per cent of the world’s enrolled students.

A study suggests that test scores of students with school closures puts them 1.5 to 2 years behind their peers.

Learning losses threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress. This learning loss could result in children earning 15% less in every year of their adult lives.

Study also suggests that some 23.8 million additional children and youth may drop out or not have access to school next year due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone.

Preventing a learning crisis from becoming a generational catastrophe requires urgent action from all. 

Therefore, it is critical to ensure that learning is not disrupted. There is a direct positive correlation between parent involvement and student success. Virtual schools work better when parents take an active role in their child’s learning. Specifically, children whose parents are more involved in their education have higher levels of academic performance than children whose parents are involved to a lesser degree.

This means that parents need to understand more about how they can support their children & take an active role in ensuring that their children are not left behind due to this pandemic. 

Please reach out to your school to ensure that #LearningNeverStops

Week1:Parent Corner

How Can I help my child with reading?

Kid Studying

Since reading is so important to success in school, parents can and should play a role in helping their children to become interested in reading and in encouraging their growth in reading skills. Helping your child develop a love for reading can be a wonderful experience for every parent. 

Here are a few useful tips for you to motivate your child to read.

  1. Make time for reading: Parents should ensure that the child is motivated to read everyday for a fixed duration of time to build the habit of reading. It is important to allow  reading to be a relaxing and enjoyable time, free from pressure to help the child find love for reading.
  2. Age appropriate reading materials: Use age appropriate newspapers or books to begin with to ensure that the child does not find reading as a difficult and less meaningful task to do. 
  3. Resource material: Some of the newspapers and books to help your child read interesting and diverse topics are: The Children’s Post, Hindu Kids, Kids supplements in the Hindustan Times and other regional newspapers. Pratham books are a great resource for building the passion for reading.
  4. Encourage participation: Most of the kids newspapers/sections allows children to respond back with what they have read. This helps in building engagement and love for reading daily.

Week2: Parent Corner

Making Math fun at home

Kid doing Maths
Boy doing math at home

With a little creativity, you can make Math lots of fun. Here are some easy things that you can do at home to help your child with Math.

  • What’s the question: Give your child the answer and ask them to come up with the question. For example: The answer is 7. What’s the question?
  • Which has more: A great mental math activity that allows students to compare. For example: Which has more, the number of wheels on a bike or a car?
  • Math & Life: Connect math to everyday life and help your child understand how math influences them (i.e. shapes of traffic signs, walking distance to school, telling time).
  • Where’s my money: With the help of a role play where your child is a cashier, you can engage him/her in basic mathematical operations like addition, subtraction by using some coins.
  • Oh the clock: Use of clock and slices of eating material like chapati or cake can help explore concepts like time and fractions
  • Games & Math: Play family math games together that add excitement such as math bingo and uno. 

When your child is solving math problems ask questions such as: Why did you…?  What can you do next? Do you see any patterns?  Does the answer make sense? How do you know? This will encourage mathematical thinking in your child.

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