5 Ways to Support Your Children’s Education During Quarantine

The shift in the Philippines’ educational system since the 2020 lockdown has been drastic and learning institutions have or may still be struggling with the instability. This disproportioned delivery of education in turn creates a learning gap—lack of equality on learning opportunities.

Learning gaps occur when there is a lesser difference between what children have learned and what they were expected to learn at a certain point of their education. e.g., basic writing and counting difficulties present still at the age of 7 or troubles in multiplication tables still at 4th grade or age 9.

With still ongoing improvements being made on the blended and online learning systems, we could only hope to lessen this gap.

For parents, to avoid this, the aim is to reduce struggles children may have in adapting to the new learning format and ensure they pick-up appropriate lessons and concepts suitable to their age and grade level. A few ways to keep their academic progress on track would be:

1. Ensure a certain level of mastery per lesson or concept

Recognize that each child learns at a different pace. Assess your child’s current capabilities and learn which concepts they need to reestablish and grasp before advancing. Programs like Izumi’s Nippon Math™ apply the 4 areas of learning where per level they aim to first build new concept foundations, apply it through practice, and by extension develop mastery before moving on to the next level.

2. Create a suitable learning space at home

Set up a learning-related dedicated space where you could emulate a classroom environment not only to avoid distractions but also to simulate an academic atmosphere. Couple it with items that stimulate their academic interests, this may increase their concentration and motivation.

3. Monitor your child’s progress on a regular basis

Keep track of their progress. For busy parents, it could just be a weekly easy-going catchup or maybe simply listening when they approach to tell you about their day. This will better provide perspective to effectively make decisions on the learning direction best fit for them.

4. Encourage enough rest before class

Urge children to rest before or after class to relieve pressure and teach them the importance of balancing time. This will allow them to internalize information and regain energy to focus on succeeding classes and tasks.

5. Adopt a nurturing environment at home

Nurture a stress-free environment at home that supports the improvement of their study behavior. Kids feel more motivated in class when their parents communicate frequently. This will support their learning and development in absorbing knowledge effectively. 

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