30 Jun, 2020
These times we’re living in still seem uncertain, and a lot of people have had to adjust in a lot of different ways. Parents were forced to become teachers, which was one of the biggest transitions to take place. I wanted to talk about one observation I’ve made with regard to modern-day homeschooling.
Before school districts were able to piece together formal learning guidelines for teachers to administer, and before they made at-home learning “mandatory,” there was one thing in place that was easy, yet impactful. Read-aloud. Teachers have been able to use technology to do either live readings or recorded readings for their students. I love how powerful reading is, and how it teaches people and connects people. This is why I believe that read-alouds were implemented for at-home learners right away.
And it’s not only teachers doing this. Celebrities are doing virtual read-alouds. So are librarians and authors. Grandparents and other distant family members are reading to their little loved ones with important technology such as Skype and Zoom. These virtual reading sessions have the ability to facilitate calm, enjoyable learning environments for children and their teachers, family members, and even their favorite authors and celebrities.
During a time when people – children included – are feeling desperate to have some kind of connection with others, this has been the perfect solution. I would consider an at-home read-aloud an enrichment activity for children. Art, reading, and writing can all seem like chores for children sometimes, but a read-aloud takes the pressure off them to spend time alone reading in their rooms. They can feel as though they’re actually reading “with” someone.
On that same note, artists have been doing the same thing – offering live and recorded art classes to children. These types of virtual interactions took place before COVID-19, of course, but now that going to an art studio to learn to paint or draw or heading to a library to hear a live reading are out of the question, this is the next best thing, don’t you think?
Back in my day, if I was quarantined at home, I would have enjoyed reading, writing, and art on my own. But not all kids are this way. These days, so many rely on social interaction because that’s what they are used to…and I think that virtual learning is second best.
I encourage you to read to your little ones, and let them experience different storytellers and different art experiences from what they’re used to during this unique time.Back
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