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.
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.
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.
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.