It has been almost 3 years since the covid outbreak, during which students missed their campus learning opportunity, and children’s all-round development was hampered. If we don’t face such issues and address them properly, their learning performance and academic grades will be significantly impacted. The brand new “Catalytic Parenting” education approach found in recent years is expected to effectively alleviate the negative impact of class suspension on children. By mapping out a “Growth Tasks trajectory” for children and having an early setup from the “ASAP” perspective, it can help shape children’s crisis management abilities and personality, enable them to easily deal with learning difficulties, and bring about significant improvement in their academic grades and learning impact.
Post-covid children learning crisis
With multiple class suspension in the past 3 years, children were forced to study at home. Infrequent communication and interaction with peers has also deteriorated children’s social skills, decreased their mobility and affected their long-term mental health. In order to catch up with the progress after class resumption, schools or parents have been urging children to digest massive amount of knowledge, which greatly impacted their ability to learn and perform in class, and even made them suffer from negative emotions; whereas parents are also facing unprecedented pressure, placing both sides in the state of emotional tension. Facing the above challenges, it is imperative to adopt a brand new teaching philosophy so as to preempt all potential problems which may arise when children grow up.
“Catalytic Parenting” to solidify foundation
“Catalytic Parenting” has exactly responded to what the current era needs – to provide parents and children with a more pragmatic and stress-free sustainable education plan. Children develop their own personalities, abilities, problem-solving skills, and areas of interests during their growth stage between 3 to 12 years old, and we should guide them to acquire an optimal growth experience during that period. Therefore, “Catalytic Parenting” is devised to pave the “Growth Tasks trajectory” for children, with teaching content tailored to three different age groups (3 to 6 years old; 6 to 8 years old; and 8 to 12 years old) to tackle different “Tasks”. Children’s responses when dealing with the “Growth Tasks” will affect their motivation and engagement, which will in turn have a crucial impact on their development of the “affective domain”. Among the three age groups, 3 to 6 years old is the most critical stage where children will have to face challenges from primary school interviews. We should help them shape their own personality as early as possible, establish outstanding learning and crisis management abilities among their peer age group, in order to improve the interview success rate significantly.
Entering primary school will be the very first challenge children are going to face in life. In response to their growth needs between 3 to 6 years old, “Catalytic Parenting” enables all-rounded development and strengthens learning ability through the “ASAP” perspective. “ASAP” is divided into 4 abilities: Adaptability, Social Skills, Ability to work under pressure, and Problem-solving Skills. Such an approach would gradually guide children to quickly learn to adapt to external environments, find their own ways to solve problems positively, and use their intelligence to master problem-solving approaches. For those children who have never attended any pre-school education, or even those who have been leading a very sheltered life, as long as we start nurturing them using “ASAP”, they can still be trained to deal with issues independently, and their ability to digest and execution quality will also be greatly improved.
Growth problems are solved
Hong Kong has a grade-driven education system, which disincentivizes students to develop other capabilities, coupling with the impact of class suspension under the pandemic, children are not properly nurtured in terms of physical, psychological, and academic development. In order to catch up with children’s growth progress, rather than prioritizing their academic results, it is more important to stimulate their learning motivation and shape them to develop a better-than-peer learning ability, in order to alleviate the pressure from the parents and the children. “Catalytic Parenting” is proven to be an effective and sustainable education plan. Only by adopting “Catalytic Parenting”, parents can truly let their children enjoy the outcome of a comprehensive, efficient and pragmatic education.