Children have the ability to respond well to the enthusiasm and the way in which we address them. So if we pay attention to the way in which we present what we want them to learn, we can cultivate their innate curiosity and turn the learning process into an enjoyable experience.
In order to make children’ learning experiences as enriching and positive as possible, we recommend:
- Introduce the subject in a simple way making sure that they understood before moving on to more detailed or complex material.
- Make the learning experience as fun as possible.
Each child assimilates information differently: by touch (tactile learning); by movement (kinaesthetic learning); by looking at images; by listening to the sound of the words they hear. When trying to present the learning material using all these means, we avoid the monotony of traditional class files, adding variety to the lesson and new elements that can reach as many children as possible. Also, by using different methods and tools we make sure that the children find the information more appealing. For example, you can sometimes be the narrator of a story but others times you may use a recording or a video; play a game; plan a demonstration; help them build a project; show them a PowerPoint presentation or provide them with books and materials so they can engage in their own research.
- It is also important to allow children to learn through experience, even if this means a little mess. It’s important to break the rules from time to time and allow them to improvise! A very effective game that the kids enjoy is to use shaving cream or canned whipping cream to write new words. It’s a very fun activity and can also present them with a good opportunity to practice cleaning up.
- Finally, remove distracting elements from the environment. This will help the children to make the most of the required learning time, taking into consideration that each child has a different learning pace which we must respect and never rush as this would diminish their natural desire to learn.
All children have a natural ability to learn and we can encourage this innate ability in a natural way so they can enjoy it and so that they are good students. Should we come across a child who does not appear to want to learn, we ought to consider that this reluctance may be due to physiological, motivational and/or personal causes.