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BEST STARTS FOR KIDS

Making Conceptual Learning Fun

WHY IS MAKING LEARNING FUN SO IMPORTANT?

If your child has a positive attitude to learning they will increase the likelihood of the following happening:

  • increased comprehension (both verbal and written)

  • wanting to learn independently (homework, school projects, research for pleasure)

  • having a more extensive base knowledge and successfully linking new knowledge to this existing knowledge

  • confidence in learning new things

  • building resilience

  • living in a more interesting world and being happy as a result

  • ability to be understood

  • being interesting to be around

  • leadership potential

  • better class placements (e.g. GATS classes)

And Longer Term it affects:

  • general well being

  • school results

  • tertiary training opportunities

  • job prospects

  • social status

  • income potential

  • acceptance of innovations and change

'A person who never made a mistake never tried something new.'    Albert Einstein

'I failed my way to success.'    Walt Disney

Your child's attitude to learning as a teenager will largely be determined by how positive learning was for them when they were young.

 

For example:

  • was  potentially new learning pitched to your child's zone of proximal development, (If you don't know what this is, check out the link below.')

  • were they supported by parents and caregivers while learning (both emotionally and intellectually)

  • did they have the necessary vocabulary to comprehend new terms and understand new concepts (Go to Language Section)

  • did they achieve success early on

  • if encouraging new mathematical knowledge  was it sequential 

  • was the learning age appropriate

  • did new learning build on previous positive experiences

  • was the learning meaningful

  • have learning experiences outside the home been positive ones

  • are they willing to fail and develop some resilience as a result

  • are they independent learners

For some best advice on how to develop engaged learners, go to the following links:

Beginning Mathematics
Colour sorting chalks
The Importance of Counting
Counting puzzles
Learning Maths Incidentally
Learning maths through play
Creating Strength Based Kids
How to create strength based kids
Developing a Love of Learning
Developing a love of learning; boy reading a book
Proximal Development is Important
The importance of proximal development when teaching children is very high
Developing Independent Learners
Developing independent learners
Fun Maths Games
Fishing Numeral Game
Fun Reading Games
I Ran a Conda Game Icon
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