Learning Resources Catalog

Many of my brothers and sisters from Africa are stuck with choice of online resources. I must say thank you to this corona pandemic. It has forced us to up the game of internet, information technology and move away forcefully from the era of doing things traditionally.

I like it that this pandemic grounded the tall, short, fat, small and by the way colored and colorless  This is a good realization that we are one in the eyes of God besides he must and is that being that was there before us and will after us. How awesome.

Back to why am writing this article. Back in my country where I am born and raised, when the pandemic struck and schools were shut down, there was panic, fear and anxiety on what next.
Truth be told, we love to look for money and therefore knew little or nothing about our children that we leave in the hands of house managers commonly called house maids/ nannies.

We braved the storm and embraced online resources from schools where our children go. One and half months down the road, it due to second half of academic year, schools requested for our input in terms of facilitation. Guess what, we went up in the clouds and made the loudest noises.

My dear parent, let me address this to you as a teacher, an educationist and a parent.

We or you acted stupid. Am sorry to put it plainly. Yes you did because as we speak you must have hired a teacher to coach your children or you are blaming the government for not bringing the promised radios to your homestead.

You are acting smart but I tell you, it’s your child that is missing. You may disagree that education is not really that important in this era, therefore skipping a year is no big deal. Have you forgotten that each minute, hour, day, month, or year missed can never be regained? If you truly value time and whatever that comes with good time management and use, then you would not have reported the schools that asked for facilitation for online resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away from your local schools, your children are staying home, watching television and eating. Guess what you are saying that we have over 14m children and 80% is rural with little or no access to these materials.

It is very true actually and you are right to demand that we get equal opportunity in education. My dear friend equal opportunity education will not fall from the sky, you create it. By the way, why didn’t you send your children to the villages to join their friends because you are pretending that feel for them?

Do you know that if you sent that child to the village with that tablet fully equipped with educational resources, those children in the hood would have benefited? Guess you did not see that. You are waiting for UNICEF to send the village children tablets right? O yeah they will, at one time.

I tell my dear friends, we can’t afford to be poor and lazy. Its double tragedy. These governments and foreign agencies we are waiting for to spoon feed us will never satisfy our needs. It is time to get to our feet and equip our children.
You as a parent you are living in your future already so do not stand in the way of the young generation. I challenge you today to do something. Whether privileged or not, we can do something together for the better of our community.

I have taken time to read and compile free and payable resources that we can use in the meantime to engage our children is the pandemic is still eating up the globe. Life is full of uncertainties as we are still locked up in our homes.

Never the less with 21st Century skills life can still go on without physical interactions in school and office activities.

I have finished ranting, let me do the work for you so that the young generation can still have their school schedules. According to Brian Ray, Ph.D., president of the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschooling is currently “the fastest-growing form of education.”

Its popularity has resulted in more resources than ever before, and now that many who never thought of home school to be mandatory, the COVID19 Pandemic has done it. This wave has been overwhelming especially to developing countries and those that have been introduced to home education without choice.

This article is to help Parents get right footing and utilize the best home school resources on the internet. I previously released a few but this time am giving a comprehensive recommendation to cover all.
In order to open our understanding well in regards to education and home school curricular, am giving you are a few educational philosophies.
1. Leadership Education (tjed.org)

I call this traditional.This leadership model, also known as Thomas Jefferson Education or TJEd, focuses on teaching students how to think as opposed to what to think. It emphasizes reading classics and discussing them with a mentor (a parent or other adult).

2. Montessori (livingmontessorinow.com)
Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed this philosophy in the early 1900s. It focuses on hands-on experience, movement, choice, and order in the learning environment. This is my favorite  I used it on my children in their early stages of development. I must confess that I went there because a wonderful friend of mine wished my son well and hoped this foundation will be great for him. I testify that I did not error with foundation.

3. Waldorf (whywaldorfworks.org)

Rudolf Steiner developed this philosophy in 1919. It places a strong emphasis on child development and educating the student as a whole person: head, heart, and hands. Very good in the 21 century.

My advice to you as a parent, guardian, and grandparent is to blend these styles because you still have a moment with your children home.

Now that you know, let’s get down to business on the best choices to pick from for online curriculum for your precious jewels.

POST COVID-19 HOME SCHOOL RESOURCE

At this moment, we all probably have no choice on whether to home school or not. COVID-19 has made it mandatory for you to stay home with your children. Choosing the right resource can be challenging but no one knows your child better than you. Therefore from the list I am about to share with you, am sure you will choose what is best fit you’re her. (Compiled from google)

Uganda Curriculum development centre: http://e-learning.ncdc.go.ug/en/learn.
For the first time in Uganda, there has been a swift response in terms of government keeping our children busy. Do not be lazy, download those materials and let the learning begin.

Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
Free online learning is available in a variety of subjects, including math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, and history. There are short video clips on each subject as well as interactive exercises that allow students to practice their new skills. This is a blessing in disguise, how on earth do you put free online learning resource to waste? Go ahead and get the children going.

This homeschooling curriculum offers packages with a focus on critical thinking and comprehension for ages 5 through 12. It takes into account the student’s strengths and learning style, and delivers project-based instruction that meets or exceeds state and national standards.

Clickschooling (clickschooling.com)
Free, web-based homeschooling curriculum ideas can be emailed directly to you six days a week. Am yet to try this out. Will give a review at the end of September.

African School of Innovations Science and Technology (ASIST) aka Young Engineers.
This is available in 40 countries across the globe. www.youngineers.net. This basically provides material to help your children be engaged in the 21st Century Skills learning and STEM( science, Engineering and Maths). In Uganda you could drop me an email directly or through www.youngenieers.ug. www.steamforchildren.com. Home school services are available in your various cities.

Starfall (starfall.com)

On this home school site, young children learn to read using phonics, play games, access short videos on letters and sounds, and flip through “books” of stories. Let’s get our little bears enjoy school with us at home.

Time4Learning (time4learning.com)

If your kids enjoy computer games, this is a good homeschooling resource. For a fee ($19.95/month for the first child in preschool-8th grade: $30/month for the first child in grades 9-12), children can access learning games to improve reading, math, science, and social studies skills.

Now that you know, do you have the gadgets to use? Amazon has lots of tablets for your children so you do not need to fight for the laptop as you do your personal work.
Dear reader in case of any questions or inquiries, please drop me an email or comment below. I will be more than happy to help. Other wise, share this article widely in your networks to help that parent that is stranded on what next for their children.

31 thoughts on “Learning Resources Catalog

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      Hi

      It is important to know where to go and get access to learning resources, as Covid has played a stop to this. With the internet we have a rich of sources available for the avid learner, as they still have valuable face to face time. I am glad that Africans are not being left out of the picture and that resources exist for them. As which technique is the best I am not qualified to determine this. As the internet can be problematic, where the signal can be lost or too slow, so my question is how do you prevent this from happening?

      Thanks

      Antonio

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        Thanks Antonio. Some resources are downloadable therefore can be revisited even when offline. You can easily learn the internet trends in your area and decide to be active during off peak hours or even choose a service provider that is reliable.

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      hello Mellon Kenyangi, thanks alot for sharing such an amazing post with us all, i must say when these pandemic started i wondered first how i was going to provide for my family and how will my children education turn out, but as time goes by i began realize how people started rushing to the internet daily, i made use of it an created a blog to help kids like yours but it wasnt that filled with information like yours, so i really want to thank you for the effort you put into bringing these site together, i already saved these post so as to come back for future referencing 

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      Thank you so much for sharing with us a wonderful and informative article. The main theme of this article is about Learning Resources Catalog. It is truly incredible that you have illustrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of knowledge about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like POST COVID-19 HOME SCHOOL RESOURCE. It seems to me that Khan Academy is for providing the most informative education. In addition to these institutions, there are some gadgets that play an important role in educating children.

      Finally, I enjoyed reading your article and so I’d like to share your article in my Facebook group if you are happy with me.

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      Hi, Mellon. So happy to reach you in this way. I was a Science teacher before the Corona Virus pandemic. So I can relate your thoughts and worries about children without support from governments and even their own families. In Latin America, the situation is quiet the same. 

      You have displayed and shared the different methodologies and resources to be selected. That is wonderful. Montessori approach is well known and I share with you that is one of my favorite method. Jean Piaget stages of cognitive development  in early  ages of student could be an interesting to be used.

      As you said, home schooling is the fastest growing form of education right now, but How you can deal with the internet connection? This is just a question out of my hat. How will the parent deal with it?

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        I recommend you invest in a Wi-Fi extender as part of your network. There’s no large area you can’t cover with a reliable and stable connection. These devices are the ideal solution, whether you’re having a slow internet connection, interruptions in your network or looking to cover a large space. There are quite a number of them but let me recommend TP-Link RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender.

        Keep following this page,  I will write a review on several of them.

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      I have to agree with you that we cannot blame the government totally for whatever misfortune the educational system is currently facing and I also have to add that it is very nice that you can share some educational resources fog teachers and parents to use during this lockdown for them to carry on with learning for the kids. It’s important not to waste time because like you said, they can’t be regained.

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      Great page on online education.  It does not include many of the most popular online education sites such as Udemy, EDX, Coursera.  I assume those are not always free and are mostly technical online education resources.  
      Having said that, the introductory paragraphs are so powerful and inspiring, that as a parent I will be more active and persuasive for online education with my kids.  Additionally, all the universities in the world now have online education courses and classes.  It is the future, but it requires discipline and dedication and that is whereas parents have a role to play. Encourage our kids to embrace online education, and occasionally enforce it, since it is hard to study while you can hear your friends being out paying.
      Great post.  I can’t say enough about it.

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      Hi Ms. Mellon Kenyangi,

      Do you believe that after this pandemic, homeschooling would be viewed differently than it’s viewed now? Do you believe that many that before didn’t consider homeschooling, would not give it a try even though the pandemic is over?

      And concerning Africa, and all the homes where children don’t have access to Internet, do you believe it should be a world wide policy to provide reliable internet connection for every home in the world in order to  give every child an equal opportunity to succeed?

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        I believe it would be viewed differently and also know that some families will not even think about home school even when the pandemic is over. It is called mindset. I will be writing on how our mindsets hold us captive in certain situation.

        It would be nice to have a world wide  policy to provide reliable internet connection for every home but I think Africa needs more than that for our children to have an equal opportunity to succeed. 

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      Hello Mellon, the pandemic has put a lot on hold and one thing that is really bothering parents the most of the fad that kids are at home doing nothing but play mostly. Seeing these suggested school /home stuffs they can use for learning  I really love to see there are people who are concerned about these kids learning. I will share this page on my social media page soon

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      Mellon, I absolutely love what you did with your page, especially like the dropdown menus, excellent idea. You have so much information here about the learning resources for children and how you have leveled up to use technology to increase productivity. The pictures of the children in the classroom or learning other crafts adds the personal touch to your website. I think you are going to the top with this and shows that you are also passionate about the kids and their educational development. You’ve done it! Congratulations on your hard work.

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      Hello and thank you for your post about “Learning Resources Catalog”.  This global pandemic has certainly stretched it’s reach to every corner of the world.  It has brought both tragedy and opportunity.  There is an old saying that “Necessity is the mother of all invention”.  With the “new normal” that we were all forced to face, we have had to learn to adapt or even re-invent ways to do things.  One of our top priorities is to keep our children  educated.  Where there have been scarce resources, new innovations have come to light.  Humans are very resourceful when we put our minds to it.   I think one silver lining to this pandemic will be an increase in individual resourcefulness. 

      I agree with you that parents have to take the responsibility on for ensuring their child is still educated.  It may mean that they have to learn about the subject or technology being utilized, but that should be considered a positive thing for them.  They also get to provide a role model for their child.  I too am a parent of a 17 yr old.  As his father, I have known that I was responsible for being one of his earliest teachers.  As an adult I continue to learn and want to continue to be that positive role model for him.

      The internet is certainly a great equalizer with it’s ability to provide online resources anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.  I’m sure even the more remote communities that don’t have internet access will be able to come up with a solution.  A partnering arrangement with another community that does have access might work.  We’re all in this together and must help each other out the best way we can.

      Stay safe and peace be with you,

      David

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      Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here. I am sure these quality informations in this post will be of great help to anyone who come across it. Thank you very much for sharing this with me, I will go for Khan Academy as I have read a lot about them before now.

      I know the kids will love the idea!

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      Woo Hoo! What a brilliant and intelligent woman of the season. I really loved the content of the site and you said it all as Africans the way we respond to issues, and depending on governments and agencies. Yes, I also thank God for Coronavirus, it has given us an opportunity to think differently in terms of doing things. Thank you so much for sharing this educational and informational article.

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      You have provided a tremendous amount of quality resources for parents and guardians for home-schooling. Regardless of the current worldwide health situation, home-schooling is a vital function and choice for parents. Many school districts in many countries are not providing the quality education that children deserve. Having worked both in education and mental health I have seen the benefits of proper educational programs that re-ignite a child’s interest and creativity. Your information is valuable and much appreciated.

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      Great website for educational purposes for our children. I like the layout and the graphics you have incorporated into your site. You have great content and you are right to the point, however, the grammer and punctuation is a little off. I get the just of what you are saying but it could be said much better. You are so very right with Home Schooling becoming the norm now. I think it is a great way to educate our children out of the school buildings and into the homes. Great job just fix the few things I mentioned and you’ll have an awesome website. Deborah

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      I must say that this is not just the best for only people from Africa but also all over the world to gain the right needed knowledge to actually achieved rthe very best irrespective of the challenges that the covid19 outbreak has caused around the globe.what you shared here is quite invaluavle and I also have some friend form south Africa that I would be willing to share this with

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      Hi there, this is indeed a truly beautiful article and I’m really happy I came across this. Educating children is something that cannot be underestimated or overemphasised as it holds too many benefits for them in terms of future career prospects and also personal growth and development. I think it’s nice that you put all this amazing links for online learning resources that will help during this time of lockdown 

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