Children are like Detectives – Learn through Observing and Experimenting
Children learn through exploring and making sense of the world around them. Upon crossing the road, for instance, your child may be curious about the cars and traffic lights. You could take the time to stop, observe what is happening, and direct the child's attention to the details. "Let’s watch and see what happens when the light turns green. See how fast the cars are moving?" – But, safety comes first.
- When your child is interested about vehicles or things happening on the road, you may read books to them about transportation.
- Doing things together such as building road using Legos, or woodblocks and making handmade vehicles also give your child a chance to pretend to be in certain roles which helps to construct his or her own knowledge.
- Revisiting the “live” road, helps your child to gain more information, you may also use this time to ask open-ended questions and clarify any misconceptions. Some examples of open-ended questions, "What made the car move like that?" "Did you hear the sound of the car?” "What do you think the driver is going to do now?" Open-ended questions also encourage analytical thinking.
- If your child knows how to draw, you could also provide some materials for your child to draw what he or she observed.
Children are like Copying machine – Learn through Watching and Modeling
Unconsciously, a child’s learning process involves watching and modeling people close to them, this includes language and behavior.
What would be a more positive approach to help your child to learn?
- When a child has undesirable behavior such as throwing the handmade vehicles around the room, instead of emphasizing what the child cannot do: "Don’t throw the vehicles." You could suggest what the child can do: "Here is a good box to throw your vehicles, let’s see who can be the first to finish."
Children are like Children - Learn through Play
Perhaps, this is one of the key processes of a child’s way of learning, learn through play. Parents may encourage learning by providing some basic materials in-house or organizing outdoor activities to extend their play.
What materials would be helpful for my child to learn?
- Stationery such as papers, crayons, glue and water colours to draw, paint and/or write to present their ideas.
- Basic materials such as assisting in cooking or use other existing materials at home for hands-on learning.
- Outdoor activities for exploring nature and other active play such as beach, sand and sun for sensory experiences, running and climbing for motor skills.
- Play some musical activities for aural skills.
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