March 13th 2020, that was the last time my son had been to school. The pandemic had not only brought the globe to a screeching halt but also took away the experience of learning in a brick-and-mortar environment.
My son took his Jr.Kg classes virtually for the entire academic year. While he did enjoy to some extent, definitely much better than no school at all, virtual learning did present various restrictions. With limited screen time and teacher’s trying their best to adapt to virtual classes and primitive use of technology, children were left with little time to hone their basic building blocks leading to frustration and ultimately disinterest and drive to attend the remote learning classes.
Now, with the second wave engulfing us in a more dangerous way, going to a school and having a formal education seems like a distant dream.
We parents, also faced a lot of challenges where we had to unlearn and learn the new-age curriculum to teach our children. Many of us became home-schoolers, trying to perfect the art of practical approach to teaching. The anxiety to make our children excel and fill in the gaps of current method of education, does put a tremendous pressure on parents and children likewise. I will be lying if I say that we haven’t prepared for the upcoming academic year this vacation. With flash cards, worksheets and printable, my house remains a mini-school for my son.
Recently, as I was browsing through one of the parenting groups in my WhatsApp, a parent had shared how an EdTech app had made learning easier for her daughter. Her daughter now seemed to be interested in learning online and utilized her screen time in a much more beneficial way. Upon inquiring, I got to know it was “Byju’s The Learning App”. Immediately, we installed the app and browsed through the contents which was intuitive and informative.
It is an all-encompassing knowledge repository offering courses for classes right from Kindergarten to Grade 12. There were a range of topics covered for UKG ranging from Pre-literacy skills, Phonics, Grammar, etc in English to Spatial awareness, Lines & Shapes, Time, etc in Maths which were simplified through short fun visuals. On exploring more, I found that for higher grades there are numerous subjects categorized into small topics which are further broken down to minute concepts.
The teaching methodology is engaging, and ensures the child not only learns but also understands the concept. Also, the mapping of chapters to syllabus of different boards also makes the learning journey easy. The app also caters to students from vernacular mediums, ensuring language is not a barrier to learning.
Different format of practice, question paper and mock tests ensure you have grasped the topic thoroughly before moving to the next one, especially “Quizzo” which is a fun way to challenge your friends on varied topics. A sample Progress Report and a monthly personal guidance also provides you valuable recommendations to improve your learning chart. There is also an option to enroll for online tuitions conducted by top teachers with live doubt solving and one-on-one attention.
Call me a paranoid parent, but seeing your own child grapple through the fast-paced syllabus set online, the lack of motivation to attend virtual classes and having additional new subjects like coding, computers and languages does give me nightmares. However, in Byju’s The Learning App, we have found a great companion for my child which will enable us to bridge the challenges of today’s remote learning, and allow my child to learn anytime and anywhere.