It's 9 AM and the Zoom Morning Meeting has begun. The teachers are sitting at the screen with live music and the usual routine of counting the days, naming the date, stating the weather, and reading a story.
You turn it on, and best case, your kid runs the other way. Worst case, you fight, you both end up in tears and your kid sits there wholely disinterested in the entire experience.
We get it.
We work with plenty of 3 and 4-year-olds online and we really hope this article helps parents to understand what's at play in this scenario. Of course, we'll also let you know what you might do about it.
Tele-morning meetings are in and of themselves disconnected experiences for young children
If you have not read anything about polyvagal theory, now is an excellent time to get started on some reading. When your child is safe, connected, and physically cared for (has had enough sleep, has eaten, is bathed and dressed properly, and with proper toileting care) they are primed for social connection.
Here are some excellent articles to get you started on your study of polyvagal theory:
If you want your young child to learn, you need to set the stage
First, be sure they are safe, secure, and connected.
Second, get one teacher to meet your child on the video call and play - they might be taking the computer and going under the desk to play hide and seek or be engaging in some virtual video game together. This is an important bonding time - making your child feel connected and safe. The "work" can come within the corners and edges and crevices of these safe experiences.
Start with a small amount of video time and build up to about an hour. Then, take breaks and do up to 2 sessions, one hour each per day.
Young children's brains are PRIMED to learn and absorb numerical concepts, pre-literacy skills, important areas of cognition - THUS, throwing in the towel right now will only cause delays later
It is important to develop a young person's brain in areas of cognitive development. This is why we have nursery and pre-k programs which have found their ways into the mainstays of education - because again, we know how important this education is for young minds.
Feel free to download our developmental checklists in order to learn more about how your child can be developing by each age (these lists are created with reference to normed developmental checklists such as the DAY-C and HELP)
Thus, it is essential that schools and parents work together to develop meaningful experiences in the next six months or year as we await the medical solutions we need to safely teach our children.
To find out more about how Evolved Education supports young children, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.