Home-based learning for kids due to Covid-19: Myths and facts every Singapore parent must know

March 31, 2020
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    Home-based learning (HBL) will be rolled out at all primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and the centralised institute from tomorrow (April 1), as part of additional efforts to support safe distancing during Covid-19. Here is Ministry of Education’s Parent Kit to guide parents on what to do.

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  • Myth 1: My child must spend the whole day on the computer.
    2 / 6 Myth 1: My child must spend the whole day on the computer.

    Fact: Home-based learning can consist of one or more of the following:

    a. E-learning (e.g. online assignments through the Student Learning Space (SLS) or other online learning platforms)
    b. E-mail messages (e.g. notes or worksheets through e-mail)
    c. Hardcopy assignments (e.g. worksheets or textbooks)

    Every school has a different plan, based on the needs of their students. So don’t compare, okay?

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  • Myth 2: I only have one Internet device. It is impossible for all my children to do Home-Based Learning using the same device.
    3 / 6 Myth 2: I only have one Internet device. It is impossible for all my children to do Home-Based Learning using the same device.

    Fact: Each child’s home-based learning will occupy him/her for four (Pri), five (Sec) and six (JC/CI) hours each day. Not all of the time will require the use of an Internet device.

    Schools will also provide students with sufficient time to complete any online work. Teach them to take turns!

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  • Myth 3: My child's learning will be affected if I do not have an Internet device or access to the Internet.
    4 / 6 Myth 3: My child's learning will be affected if I do not have an Internet device or access to the Internet.

    Fact: If your child’s home-based learning plan requires the use of a computer/device, schools can loan devices to students who need them. Schools can also assist if your child does not have Internet access at home.

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  • Myth 4: I have to take over the role of teaching my children at home.
    5 / 6 Myth 4: I have to take over the role of teaching my children at home.

    Fact: You do not need to take over the role of your child’s teachers. Support your child to learn independently at home. Encourage them to ask their classmates and teachers if they do not understand their assignments.

    For younger children, you may need to supervise them to some extent, for example, provide reminders and ensure that they are on task, but allow them to attempt the assignments on their own.

    We also encourage parents to read recreationally with, and to your child. The key is to continue the momentum of learning!

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  • Myth 5: Schools will be closed during Home-Based Learning days.
    6 / 6 Myth 5: Schools will be closed during Home-Based Learning days.

    Fact: Most teachers will work from home and there will be teachers who can assist your child online.

    There will be teachers in school in case a few students need computer access or other support.

    If you know of a parent who needs assistance, let them know they can approach their child’s school.

    A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times.

    (Photos: SPH)

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