IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT AS AN EARLY YEARS LEARNING RESOURCE.

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The threats of covid 19 pandemic has forced many children and early year learners in particular to stay at home.

Some parents have resorted to online learning for their children whilst many activists,rural dwellers and those without access to internet and online resources are questioning how children should learn.

Covid-19 may be a changing phase of schooling that leaves out many questioning how other children will learn,it may also be equally providing an opportunity to utilizing immediate environment in a stay at home support for children especially those in their early years.

Our children may not be able to learn in “the four walls of classrooms for now”, but they can explore and learn with their immediate environment with the guidance of parents to utilizing safe local resources and tools such as stones or pebbles for early numeracy or sand for play and creative work.

Parents and guardians can also support children with creative mother tongue story telling to build children language skills.Children can equally learn to tell stories about their immediate environment and their stay at home.

It is important for rural communities and those without access to internet and online resources to have a say in reshapining early years in covid-19 era and beyond by seizing the opportunity therein to look beyond what they do not have. Rural communities equally have resources that are less explored for greater benefit in early years of learning.

Barikisu Sumaila is a columnist for Afrikanmum.com and an early years educator. She’s currently the CEO of EC-Learn.

Views in this article are that of the writer.

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