Abstract—The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the offline education system into online. Therefore, in order to maximize the learning process, teachers were forced to adapt by having presentations that attract student's attention, including kindergarten teachers. This is a major problem considering the attention rate of children at early age is very diverse combined with their limited communication skill. Thus, there is a need to identify and classify student's learning interest through facial expressions and gestures during the online session. Through this research, student's learning interest were classified into several classes, validated by the teacher. There are three classes: Interested, Moderately Interested, and Not Interested. Trials to get the classification of student's learning interest by teacher validation, carried out by training and testing the cut area of the center of the face (eyes, mouth, face) to get facial expression recognition, supported by the gesture area as gesture recognition. This research has scenarios of four cut areas and two cut areas that were applied to the interest class that utilizes the weight of transfer learning architectures such as VGG16, ResNet50, and Xception. The results of the learning interest classification test obtained a minimum validation percentage of 70%. The result obtained through scenarios of three learning interest classes four cut areas using VGG16 was 75%, while for two cut areas using ResNet50 was 71%. These results proved that the methods of this research can be used to determine the duration and theme of online kindergarten classes.
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