The past year has been a hard one for us all, but from an educational point of view it has been even more damaging. Unfortunately the proof will only be seen a few years down the road. The periods of life from 0-3 and 3-6 years are fundamental to healthy development and the opportunities for growth. The new normal seems to be online classes, which of course have merit for some Primary and Secondary school teaching, but for Toddlers and KG Kids, the effects of learning through online lessons are lacking in many crucial areas. They simply do not give the developing child what he needs.
Social skills, language, fine and gross motor skills, logical reasoning, focus, concentration and opportunities for growth are all at the forefront of development for 0-3 and 3-6 year olds. Once the opportunity for growth and refinement is lost, the natural learning abilities of the child are diminished. The results of the last years education failure will be seen in the next few years and it may come as a surprise to many – But it really shouldn’t!
In a year where there is monumental change and growth for all 0-5 year olds, many children received around 100 days of school followed by lockdowns, isolation from social activities and the new normal of Zoom. None of which is conducive or matching with what they need… Just because something becomes ‘normal’ doesn’t mean it is good for you!!