iGenPod’s thought-process behind curating Activity based Learning for young kids.
As the name goes, activity means making children indulge their mind and body into learning. And this is by far the most effective manner of making your kids accustomed to what they have learned. As they grow, they become more curious and in the process, learn about a lot of things through experiences. It would therefore be ideal, if we could take advantage of teaching them through activities.
Before we analyse and accept activity-based learning, we need to rethink our objective of teaching our kids. What do we want our kids to learn? What do we mean by learning?
We want our kids to
· Remember words
· Remember some facts
· Reproduce remembered facts
· Speak fluently
· Be able to articulate their thoughts
Having mentioned what we require from kids, we should think about what steps we take to make kids do all these. If we focus on books only, reading and writing exercises, the kid will learn to read and write.How would you make kids think? If we have to make kids think we have to make them do relevant activities. Activity based learning should help the kids to analyse, figure out how things work, perceive the world realistically and think on their own feet.
Think about this. You are buying an electronic or a kitchen gadget. How much would you understand by reading the manual before trying out the gadget? Now try making the gadget work without reading. And then when you are stuck, read the manual. Won’t you understand better this way? Reading and understanding should always be supported with activities.
If there is anything that is absolutely helpful in making children think, it would be activity based learning.