The Seed was created out of the apparent need that the parents had for fun, off-screen activities that could be done for young children while on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the lack of outdoor time, play time, and interaction with friends that caused many parents in Metro Manila to resort to giving their young children more screen time than usual. As teachers, we wanted to change that by lending our hand and teaching parents the way of the classroom so that they too could be teachers to their own children while stuck at home.
Unlike how other preschools adjusted to the new normal, we, at The Seed, did not just want to offer a purely virtual teaching service. We believe that parents—anyone, really—can be teachers. All we need is a little guidance from teachers, and a tiny shift in perspective (it is what is called a “Growth Mindset”).
An article written by Rhian Evans Allvin of the National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC perfectly expressed our thoughts on “online preschool”:
Face-to-face interaction plays a huge role in the development of young children. Simply placing a laptop or tablet in front of them may serve as a feasible short-term solution, but it should not be sustained. Having a supportive environment and system at home is equally as important as having a supportive environment at school. This means that parents should be constantly providing social and emotional support for our children on top of academic and financial support. Parent involvement in the early years has a positive impact on the overall development of children, as stated in a 2015 study by Elena Nitecki. The period from birth until age 8 is the most crucial because this is the time when the child’s brain is most malleable; a period commonly termed as the “formative years”.
This is where the teachers at The Seed Learning come in to play: we are and will be here to help answer your questions about how to prepare activities for your children, how to facilitate them, and how to process new information that will be gained from these activities and experiences.
Why are we called “The Seed”?
Our teaching philosophy takes after how one would nurture a seed by planting it in good soil, regularly watering it, giving it sunlight, and speaking to it.
Our name, “The Seed” was also inspired by the Sunday gospel about the “Parable of the Sower”, which was around the same week when our founders were talking about starting this teaching service:
The Women Behind TSL
TSL was founded by two Catholic women who share a passion for teaching and serving their community. Teacher Lyka and Teacher Tushka are education graduates of the University of the Philippines and were org-mates throughout college. Their bond as friends grew along with their passion helping the least, the last, and the lost through their constant participation in community immersions and service.
As a way to continue with putting their Faith into action during a time when physical interactions with our beloved communities are not allowed, TSL was created in order to build a community of learners virtually (for now).
Learning and education does not end within the four walls of the classroom. This has been made apparent by the pandemic, where the new classrooms are now in our homes. Your child’s classroom should be the world that they live in: their home, their local playground and community. Likewise, your child’s teachers are not just those who are professional teachers—it can be you, their parents, or their siblings, yayas, Lolos, and Lolas. Learning is around us; we just need a tiny shift in perspective to see it.