Jeremy Golan
Registered wedding officiant, chaplain, and educator.

Virtual Family Education

Learning together has always been a fundamental part of Jewish tradition. In the book of Deuteronomy, it says, “And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 11:19). This passage emphasizes the importance of learning as a continuous process and not just limited to a classroom setting. It encourages parents to take an active role in their children’s education and to create a learning environment in the home. While this was difficult during the pandemic, it exposed the bevy of educational resources available online.

The Evolution of Education in the Digital Age

Parents can inspire their children to learn by exposing them to a variety of ideas and concepts, whether through experience or in formal learning. In the book of Proverbs, it says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This passage emphasizes the importance of starting early and providing children with a solid foundation of knowledge and values. Parents can do this by exposing their children to different types of literature, art, and music, and encouraging them to explore their interests and passions. 

Using Metaphors and Idioms to Inspire Learning

In addition, parents can help their children find meaning and inspiration in their studies by using metaphors and idioms. Metaphors are a powerful tool that can help children connect abstract concepts with real-world experiences. For example, the metaphor of a plant growing can be used to explain the concept of learning and growth. Just as a plant needs water, sunlight, and nourishment to grow, so too does the mind need knowledge, experience, and practice to develop.

The Importance of Balancing Virtual and In-Person Learning

Idioms are another useful tool for parents to use when teaching their children. Idioms are expressions that have a figurative meaning that is different from their literal meaning. For example, the idiom “put your thinking cap on” means to focus your mind and think deeply about something. Idioms can help children understand complex ideas and concepts in a more concrete and relatable way.

Parents can also encourage their children to take an active role in their own learning by setting goals and tracking their progress. In the book of Psalms, it says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). This passage emphasizes the importance of time management and setting priorities. By setting goals and tracking their progress, children can develop a sense of responsibility and accountability for their own learning.

The Role of Parents in Supporting their Children’s Learning

Ultimately, parents have a crucial role to play in their children’s education. They can inspire their children to learn by creating a learning environment in the home, exposing them to a variety of ideas and concepts, and using metaphors and idioms to make learning more relatable. By taking an active role in their children’s education and encouraging them to take ownership of their own learning, parents can help their children succeed academically and personally. As the Talmud says, “The reward of learning is the learning itself” (Avot 5:24).

As children progress through their education, they may encounter difficulties that require additional support. High school students, in particular, may struggle to keep up with the demands of their courses and may need to catch up on credits to graduate on time. The internet has made it possible for students to get the support they need, even if they cannot physically attend classes or tutoring sessions.

Online Learning Programs: A Solution for Catching Up on Credits

Online learning programs offer a wide range of courses, including those that can help high school students catch up on credits. This can be particularly helpful for students who have fallen behind due to illness or other personal circumstances. By taking courses online, students can work at their own pace and on their own schedule, making it easier to balance their studies with other responsibilities.

In addition to online courses, students can also find online tutors who can help them with specific subjects, such as chemistry. Chemistry can be a challenging subject for many students, but with the help of an online tutor, students can get the one-on-one support they need to succeed. Tutors can provide personalized instruction and guidance, helping students to overcome their difficulties and achieve their goals.

Finally, the internet is a valuable resource for students who need to prepare for a big exam, such as the LSAT or MCAT. Online resources, such as practice tests and study guides, can help students to familiarize themselves with the exam format and content. This can be particularly helpful for students who are unable to attend traditional test preparation courses.

Navigating the Information Age: Finding Reliable Sources and Avoiding Distractions.

Overall, the internet has made it possible for students to access the support and resources they need to succeed academically. As the saying goes, “the internet is the gateway to all information and the solution to all problems.” However, it is important for students to use the internet wisely and to seek out reputable sources of information and support. Parents can play a crucial role in helping their children navigate the vast amount of information available online and in finding the resources that best meet their needs. By working together, parents and children can use the internet to achieve academic success and reach their full potential.

About the Author
Jeremy Golan is a registered officiant, school chaplain, and teacher living in Toronto Canada. A staunch supporter of the Jewish State, he is interested in creating peace through dialogue.
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