In such an exceptional year it’s hard to put into words every single impact, from major shakes to societies healthcare and economy, to the inabilities to even hug friends and family. But at the forefront of many people’s minds is the impact to our children and their education.
Never before have so many children agreed that they missed school! If that’s not saying something, I am not sure what does. Schools, teachers and the interaction with peers within lessons is so vital not only from an academic perspective, but also from a social one. A considerable 74% of teachers and schools agree that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on the mental health of children (YoungMinds Survey, 2020). Despite a potential end upon the horizon with progressively good news, the uncertainty and disruptions may well continue for the remainder of the academic year, and the consequences could be as far reaching as the economic implications we hear each day.
Rather than focusing on this perspective, let’s discuss how we can minimise the disruption for children and ensure that they remain not only on top of their work, but also engaged and motivated. Children are used to constant interaction and a lot of the time they are unaware that they are learning; for example social skills such as empathy and friendship. It’s so important that parents remember this and spend time each day to help provide this for their children. Using learning resources that encourage discussions and are genuinely thought provoking are imperative. The alternative is often repetitive, boring and therefore too often seen as a chore. Whereas, by combining learning subjects such as maths into ‘playtime’ ensures that those social skills are always being used whilst children are able to learn almost unknowingly.
It’s incredible from our perspective that Flashies was created with this solely in mind way before the pandemic. It has certainly emphasised the importance of our philosophy that learning really doesn’t have to be a chore. All you have to do is view the videos on our website to see just how much fun it can be! So regardless of whether we are in a pandemic or not, it’s so important to always encourage children to learn in a way that they want to – otherwise the results will be far less successful! Hopefully reading this you can agree that flash cards such as Flashies, or many other amazing small businesses are available to ensure your children are not destined to be left behind among the disruptions of schools.