STEM World Guided Learning is a solution to some of the greatest educational challenges the pandemic has brought.
As parents, we want to make sure our children are receiving the best opportunities possible. With schools conducting online classes and students being separated from their friends, teachers and familiar school environments, some children are experiencing stress and emotional distress in ways that are not always apparent.
For the youngest children in particular, socialization is crucial to their growth and development.
By providing a space in which a small group of students can safely interact, while also conducting virtual classes with their school teachers, STEM World Guided Learning makes up some of the developmental deficit caused by the ongoing quarantine.
Social and Emotional Development for Students
The importance of social interaction in young children’s development cannot be overstated. This process begins in the family and the home, but as children grow up they require experiences outside of these environments.
School provides a place where children learn vital lessons in how to make friends, get along with others, follow standard rules and procedures, and how to assert themselves as individuals. They also experience the consequences of their actions in a social group.
Students who are beginning Kindergarten this year will experience a delay in learning the social expectations and procedures for participating in school life, that children usually learn. Any social experiences outside of the home that you can provide for your child, will help reduce the difficulty for them later on.
Without these experiences, children may take a step back in their social skills. They are also at risk to experience anxiety, fear, and even depression.
How can we identify signs of emotional stress in children?
Children don’t always show signs of anxiety or depression in the same ways that adults do. Every child will be different, but you can look out for any of the following indicators:
- Change in sleeping or eating patterns
- Change in energy levels – either extra tired or extra restless or irritable
- Loss of interest in things they used to enjoy
- Becoming withdrawn and quiet
- Development of a phobia about a specific place, situation or object
- Regression to behaviors they had outgrown
The CDC has produced a guide for parents to help children cope with the situation around COVID-19. Daily life coping for parents.
If you have concerns about your child’s mental or physical health, please contact a medical practitioner.
Support for Working Parents
Parents always want to do the best for their children. But with the additional pressures of the pandemic, many working parents have struggled to both support their families financially and act as full-time teachers.
If you find yourself in this situation, the first thing to recognize is that this isn’t your fault. Teaching, as we here at STEM World know well, is a skilled profession that takes patience, understanding, specialist knowledge, and a whole lot of energy.
Unicef has provided tips to be effective in at-home learning. Here
Managing to assist and supervise your child’s learning while also working - possibly at the same time and in the same place! – is an incredible achievement. Feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. We take our hats off to all working parents who suddenly became homeschoolers!
Although childcare facilities are still scarce, fortunately there are now options for working parents. Many have come together to form small group “learning pods,” allowing students to be tutored in person. Others have found ways to access a shared, safe learning environment so that their children get the benefit of social interaction and routine, while also allowing parents to work during the day.
This is where STEM World Guided Learning comes in. We provide facilities for students to be supervised during online learning, engage with other children, and receive educational guidance where needed.
When the time comes to use resources outside of the home for your child’s education, you’ll find you have more energy to devote to them after school, as well as having the reassurance that they’re getting the socialization they need.
Ensuring Your Child Keeps Up with the School Curriculum
Guided Learning doesn’t replace your child’s school curriculum. Rather, it enables your child to access the learning provided by their school teacher.
Whether it’s technical assistance, providing physical resources for an activity, or giving extra explanation to help your child understand how to complete their assignments, our instructors know how to encourage, motivate and safely supervise students to ensure they get the most out of their online learning.
In this way, Guided Learning overcomes some of the difficulties of virtual classes, by having an instructor on-site and able to provide direct, practical help to your child as needed.
Register for Guided Learning
If you feel that a safe, professional educational environment outside of the home is right for your child, register for your sessions here:REGISTER NOW