Young students need the physical attention and the presence of a teacher as they need more engagement in the learning process. Online classes limit the possibilities of meeting physically, increase screen time, and also distraction is a very common outcome of online sessions. Kindergartners are the group of students who are the most difficult to handle during online classroom sessions but they are also the most obedient group to listen, thus it becomes difficult to capture their attention span. Thus making it difficult to teach Kindergarten students online a tough process.
Teaching requires students’ involvement in the session. A younger child needs more attention and also more engagement in the classroom as younger students get easily distracted by trivial happenings and things in the classroom. In this article context, involvement means attending class, listening to the teacher, participating in sessions and discussions, submitting assignments and homework on time, following what the teacher asks for, getting less distracted, and paying more attention to learning are all the actions or activities that are associated with the engagement of a student to the learning process.
The attention span of young students is much shorter than that of mature students. Pre-school kids or primary grade kids are easily distracted by little happenings, are least interested in what the teacher is teaching, or have more fun playing while the teacher is teaching.
Reasons for why teaching Kindergarten students online is very hard? :
- Less attention span of young students.
- Physical Activity based learning sessions are better for kindergartners which is not much possible while online sessions as it breaks the discipline and creates chaos.
- Limited feedbacks, interaction time and skill development.
Hereunder is a list of different ways to increase Kindergartner students’ engagement in the online classroom and make the process of teaching kindergartners easy.
1. Including different classroom set up whenever possible.
Different classroom setups make classroom learning a very intriguing experience for students as changes in regular teaching methods and visual representation of a typical classroom to something new and captivating can engage students in learning in a better way. A teacher can set up a different background with a certain theme of the related topic which is supposed to be taught to the students.
2. Beginning the session with an interesting fact, or DID YOU KNOW’s.
Young students like knowing new facts and are very surprised by different facts thus by doing so a student can gain a piece of additional information at the end of the session and also help in intriguing the students’ interest towards what will be taught further in the session.
3. Creating Activity based learning sessions.
Activity-based learning sessions allow a teacher to engage a student’s attention towards the learning for a longer period of time. Activities increase the involvement of students both mentally and physically. Kindergartners or pre-school kids are easily distracted by little happenings, are least interested in what the teacher is teaching, or have more fun playing while the teacher is teaching. Thus an activity keeps them engaged in the learning session.
4.Addressing and creating learning and teaching strategies for all kinds of learners.
Addressing and creating teaching strategies for all kinds of learners like auditory learners, visual learners, and kinesthetic learners is the most important strategy while planning teaching sessions.
5. Turning sessions into games.
Turning sessions into games is the best way to gain the attention and engagement of the students towards learning. Kindergartners love everything into a play form, as young kids just love to play all the time. Thus turning almost all possible sessions into game-based learning can help a lot in making the teaching process much easier. Games that can be played during sessions are as follows :
- A Scavenger Hunt at their respective homes which can include hunting things on the basis of the topic they are learning.
- Pictionary games for learning new words.
- Making flash cards to learn alphabets and numbers.
- Playing or Learning wih rhymes and songs which are suitable to topics.
- Games like colour wheel or colour pictionary for teaching colours.
- Arranging dance parties.
- Making clay models, or models made out of any available materials.
6. Setting a few ground rules for online class sessions.
Setting a few rules for the afterschool activities like dedicating a certain time for completing homework or schoolwork, not invading the personal space of students, not disturbing other students, no violence, helping each other out, and much more.
7. Teaching skill based values along with the academic program.
Teaching skill-based values along with the academic program results in a student’s mental and physical development, which strengthens the roots of learning. Skill-based online classroom sessions can support the social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development of a student. An engaging or captivating life skill-based online session can also enhance and promote the importance of physical health, mental health, public behavior, responsible youth activity for becoming a good citizen, management skills, and much more.
8. Conducting Art based activities during the online classroom session.
Art helps in connecting students in a better way. Conducting art activity-based learning sessions for teaching can help in teaching many qualities like concentration, exploration of various methods and techniques, exploring various materials, building a helping nature, sharing things, and much more. Art-based activities are the best ways to engage students towards learning and grasping knowledge. Art-based activities can gain a good attention span of the students towards the teacher and what is being taught to them.