As schools across Qatar start to look to the future awaiting the easement of lockdown, mental health experts have warned of the impact of coronavirus on children, calling for schools to prioritise play and socialising over formal lessons and academic progress, when they do re-open. Pam Mundy, ACS International Schools board trustee and Early Childhood education specialist, has shared her advice on how parents can leverage the power of play activities to drive development and learning outcomes.
Pam says, "Structuring a day of remote home learning for children of every age and stage is a huge burden on millions of families. In the case that Qatar continues remote learning in the next academic year, parents should be prepared to provide an opportunity for play to their kids at home."
"By nurturing holistic, inquiry-based learning opportunities, parents are facilitating the best learning support for their children during this challenging time. At home, parents should feel confident that they can facilitate these techniques by focusing on play. Play is meaningful; it allows children to play to make sense of the world around them and to find meaning in experience by connecting it to something already known and co-constructing it with adults."
Pam Mundy shares insight on how parents can put this approach into practice, at home and when schools return:
Source: Press release
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