Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. Traditional learning, with its lectures and textbooks, has its merits, but a dynamic shift towards practical learning is revolutionizing education.
Imagine the kids diving into history not just through books but by re-enacting pivotal moments. Visualize them learning fractions while baking delectable goodies, turning the kitchen into a math lab. With practical learning, education becomes a thrilling adventure! Practical learning ignites engagement, making learning fun. It sparks curiosity, as students explore real-world scenarios, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving.
Traditional learning sometimes traps kids in passive roles, while practical learning empowers them to take the stage. Let’s ask our kids to say goodbye to rote memorization and hello to engaged minds. From science experiments that bubble with excitement to collaborative projects that foster teamwork, practical learning brings education to life. Students acquire knowledge while honing interpersonal skills.
The verdict is clear: practical learning molds well-rounded individuals. As we embrace interactive experiences, education transcends boundaries, nurturing not only academic prowess but also the life skills needed for success. The future is here – where practical learning sets the stage for a vibrant, transformative journey of education.
In a world rapidly shaped by technology and innovation, equipping children with essential skills is paramount. STEM learning – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – has emerged as a driving force in education, offering kids a hands-on approach to learning that nurtures critical abilities.
STEM learning transcends traditional textbooks, fostering a dynamic environment where kids become problem solvers, innovators, and creative thinkers. As they engage with real-world challenges, they learn to collaborate, communicate ideas, and persevere through trial and error. From designing bridges to coding robots, STEM activities ignite curiosity, encouraging kids to explore and discover.
The benefits of STEM learning are profound. It cultivates skills that resonate in every facet of life – from boosting academic performance to fostering adaptability in an ever-evolving landscape. As kids delve into STEM, they’re not just learning about equations and formulas; they’re cultivating the foundation for a future where they can lead, create, and excel.
A young child’s brain has up to twice as many neural connectors as it will have in adulthood. Experts say that a child’s early experiences have the biggest impact on their psyche and personality development.
Here are 3 ways you can strengthen your child’s brain development.
Reassurance: Stress isn’t for IT professionals alone. Children are often doubtful and confused. Holding your child close and reassuring him/her develops trust and positivity, crucial for mental development.
Reading: Reading to a child is a great way to set the foundation for language and communication skills. Children also recognize words, messages it conveys and the images that transfer to every day life.
Play: One activity that combines the most number of skills is play. The right games and toys can accelerate your child’s intellectual development and foster motor skills, creativity and problem-solving skills at a very early age. Give your child the space to play, experiment and grow.
No child’s toy set is complete without a set of building blocks. It is perhaps one of the oldest children’s toys in the world. The blocks come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and complexity depending on the age of your child.
Learning experts swear by the humble toy because of the wide range of skills it develops simultaneously. Here are 5 essential skills that building blocks develop.
Problem Solving: Very often the picture of the target house, car, animal is indicated on the cover/manual and the child is tasked with assembling the blocks to represent that image. “How do I arrange this piece to make it look like that?”, “Where does this part fit?”. As a child navigates these questions, it fires up the problem-solving part of his/her brain, contributing to overall development.
Creativity: Children may choose to use the building blocks to create something entirely original and different from the task. This works the imagination and fosters creativity.
Spatial reasoning: Symmetry and mathematical skills are developed as a child negotiates building toys with varying lengths and shapes. The child estimates the size and fit of each piece and unconsciously learns about symmetry and balance.
Motor skills: In an age dominated by the mobile phone, give your child an ability to use more than just their thumbs! Playing with blocks involves grasping, pressing, pinching, removing etc. These actions strengthen a child’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Social skills & cooperation: In collaborative play, children learn to share blocks and build something together. Solving a problem by working together develops empathy and friendships at an early age.
“Play is simple, but profound” – anonymous
Unfortunately, society has been unfair to the concept of play. Play-based learning have been quickly classified as a form of brain candy with no correlation with serious learning. This is a wrong assumption because playing and learning go hand in hand.
Games and toys have been the heart and soul of children for centuries. They have been the source of entertainment, fun, and learning across cultures. They not only help a child enjoy an activity but also develop his/her personality in a positive way at the same time.
When a child is pushing a car, or playing with a LEGO set, his/her imagination, hand-eye coordination, and motor skills are developed simultaneously. It is not JUST about having fun.
When a child encounters something while playing, he/she recognizes the cause-effect relationship. “If I do this, this happens” is quickly established in the brain. Then follows experimentation, driven by curiosity, helping them understand the concept of trial and error.
The more children play with a wide range of games and toys of various types, their creativity, thinking patterns, cognitive ability increase exponentially.
Bring back the games to where they belong – The center of your child’s life and learning cycle.
How would you picture a young Albert Einstein? A geek with his nose in a large book? Well, you would be wrong! As a child, Einstein loved music. He never went anywhere without his violin. “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician” he said “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music and get the most joy out of music”.
Music was central to everything he thought or did, including his Nobel prize winning work with relativity.
We often ignore the importance of arts, music, and play in daily life. If young Einstein was told to forget about music and focus on studies, he may not have come up with his ground-breaking theories. What a tragedy that would’ve been!
Mathematics, science, and logic informs every aspect of life, but HOW these subjects are taught is where art comes into the picture. Building things is not an engineering task alone. It calls for creativity.
How do we equip our children to think creatively, and solve problems?
This is where “Play” is key. Educational games, hands-on learning and fun learning activities deepens the understanding of a concept and helps a child incorporate them in real life. Learning does not have to be a dull serious affair. For example, making furniture requires technical knowledge but to conceptualize something unique and make it appealing, requires creativity.
Make life more creative, fun, and engaging for your child. He/she could be the next Einstein.