Is your child enrolled in an English enrichment centre or are you considering signing them up for one?
The pandemic crisis is affecting the education sector in an unprecedented manner. The traditional classroom setting isn’t encouraged. And it’s still best to stay indoors as much as possible, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to stop.
To cope with the current situation, enrichment centres and schools are dipping into creativity and technology, in more ways than ever, for their programmes. Here are some ways they’re adjusting to the ‘new normal’:
- Providing virtual lessons. More and more centres are offering virtual lessons not only for students but for parents as well. As parents still feel hesitant to take their children out and with some areas remaining in stay-home-order, going online is the ideal solution to resume classes. If this is also your child’s first time to sign up for a virtual class, consider starting with free trial sessions first. See how your little one responds, observe how the English enrichment centre carries out programmes, get to know the teachers and find out whether the set up is convenient.
- Offering new classes. Some schools offer extra subjects, which they are also doing for the first time. For example, aside from providing math and reading lessons, some centres now offer art and music programmes as well. This is another way they can adapt to the changing demands in the industry. Since it’s hard for children, especially the very young ones, to sit still, including fun activities helps them to stay focused. An English enrichment centre, for instance, would incorporate games in their programmes. Everyone strives to make learning as immersive as possible to attract even fidgety kids.
- Introducing new products. Some centres feel they won’t be able to replicate the experience they’re giving students if they go virtual. As a solution, they’ve started offering new products and services. Instead of holding classes, they’ve introduced products that are beneficial for both children and their parents. For example, they craft activity kits that children can get busy with. Packages can vary depending on the age and preference of the students. Some even offer customised boxes. If you prefer this approach for your children, be sure to subscribe from a trusted provider.
- Offering assistance to parents. Schools recognise that this is also a challenging period for parents. They try to still reach out to their existing and new clients by offering consultations or counseling services. Some even offer wellness advice for children. If you’re having a hard time adjusting with the changes brought about by the pandemic, don’t hesitate to seek support from the experts. Take advantage of these services so you can care for yourself and your little ones better.
See how the virtual learning works for your children
Compare quotes but don’t get too fixated on the price. Some centres have decreased their fees as compared to their usual rate for physical classes.
Evaluate programmes with an open mind. E-learning may seem overwhelming at first but give it a try. Who knows, these new and more creative approaches to learning may prove to be more effective to your children.