Teacher during a teaching session
Early childhood occurs before the age of eight years and it is a period where a child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development. These years are very critical because the brains of the child develop so fast than at any point of their lives. The foundations for their social skills, self-esteem, moral outlook, perception of the world as well as cognitive development all happen at this stage. Therefore, early childhood education is encouraged for the healthy development and nurturing of these important foundations into a child.
Around the world, children have stayed home from school to help reduce the spread of coronavirus but this has been disruptive especially in the lives of young scholars in the kindergarten section. With schools closed and children staying at home, it is easy to slip into the summer vacation mindset. It is therefore to keep children engaged in a healthy way while out of schools and classroom environment. Teachers, school leaders, and caregivers around the world have been grappling with how best to support students during COVID-19.
At Another Hope children's Ministries, we looked for different ways of engaging the students, and among them are availing study materials like textbooks, printed questions, and answer work materials and getting study materials from the children’s schools. However, this was not enough for kindergarten children because they are young children not like other students, their needs are unique.
Arrangements were made and we got a visiting teacher specifically to handle the kindergarten children to help them study during the lockdown. A total number of 12 children on Another Hope Children’s Ministries sponsorship program have been engaged by the visiting teacher at the children’s home and for the community children, meeting the teacher at her home through this period with study items according to each child’s class. This has helped the children remain active about studies and not forgetting what they had studied since this has been a long period of time out of school.
I am 7 years old. My school is Jayden’s Kinder and Daycare. When we stayed home for a long time, I thought I was done with school and it was very hard for me to study even when our Aunt tried to tell us to study in the library. I am happy that our teacher started coming to teach us and now I know I am not yet done with studies and I have been reminded what I learned by the teacher.