Recently, I read a journal about understanding generation alpha. It provides some interesting takes about these 2010-2025 born children who will be the largest generation of the history in the world.
Generation Alpha is defined by technological devices like smartphones and tablets, and smart speakers that speak back to you.
Like the little girl who always calls Alexa for doing the job that human usually does,
“Alexa, turn on tv!
“Alexa, what time is it?”
“Alexa, what’s the weather like today?”
Until few years ago, it’s totally unthinkable to do learnings in such ways we do right now. More, for small children like this alpha bunch. But, when change is unavoidable, the only way to survive is to adapt.
Three months without registered in any formal schools, as a parent and teacher, I am amused, amazed, and confused by these drastic changes that happened in learning.
Amused by how easy to learn about anything we want on our finger tips. How fluent this kid on navigating all these technologies. Something that is totally unavailable when I was at her age. There’s so much truth in the hadith which said that we should educate our children according to their time, not ours.
Amazed with the whole new ways of learning that we have to adapt, like doing online lessons, teaching and learning subjects without headache thanks to those brilliant apps.
There is one app called Numbots for learning basic Math. We got this from her previous school in London during last year lockdown. We were lucky that this one is still available for us to use. She is the only one in her class who is still religiously playing with this app.
Other than amused and amazed, I am also confused by the huge, wide, range of choices available and sometimes it feels overwhelming to decide what’s and what’s not important.
“Do the kids at her age really need to know about this?” me to my self everytime I am doing some research about her lesson.
For me, current schooling and learning become so easy, yet tricky and scary.
The highlight of doing this homeschooling on our own is the freedom to decide whatever we want to learn.
Being strict with the basic seven days a week for Math, Reading-Writing, Piano and Quran. But, totally relax about the rest.
This week is about fulfilling the promise made to write to a friend. Albeit the current tech we have, we’re going back to the basic this time.
A hand writing letter, with paper and envelope. Instead of clicking the send button on the screen, to post office we went. Glued the stamps on the envelope and let the other things beyond our control decide whether it will reach the receiver or not.
Sometimes I wonder whether these kids miss a lot or not at all about not being able to experience the way people before them do things in the past.
In some ways, homeschooling fits us so well. The flexibility, the slow pace, the excitement of learning. No unnecessary pressure of doing something for the sake of score/test. It’s liberating. The response whenever I said,
“Shall we have a break today from study time?”
(I love break so much!)
“No! we have to study!”
There’s nothing more I want and hope that her future school will keep such flame alive.
Last year take on the same title.