When we first began to learn how to ride a bicycle, there was a sense of fear and anxiety. But, soon we could ride the bicycle with our parents holding the cycle from behind. Later, they would slowly take away their hand and before we knew it, we were riding the bicycle all by ourselves.
But all of us can remember the numerous times we fell off the bicycle and wounded ourselves. But we would again try the next day. The only way to learn to ride was to fall, get up and try again. We learned how to ride the bicycle by actually doing it. Practising it every day until we got the hang of it made us better at the activity. Hands-on experienced learning makes the process of learning easier and more informative.
Years of research suggests the fact that hands-on learning experience is the best for a growing child. In simple words, hands-on learning or learning by doing. This learning experience encourages children to experiment and learn. It will help children develop a love for learning that does not fade and give them a sense of freedom of choice. Freedom of choice can be given to them by allowing them to choose in what order they would like to do the activities. Children, particularly growing preschoolers learn best through discovering out of curiousity.
As an example, if you want to teach children about the doctor, get them a complete doctor set with a stethoscope so they can use it while playing. This playing will be a learning experience for children. Similarly, to teach them about teachers, give them a blackboard and some chalks. They will teach their soft toys on how to be a student while they act like the teacher.
Parents can get involved in the hands-on learning experience by taking the child to field trips or involving them in household chores. For example, parents can take children to vegetable or fruit market to teach them about vegetables or fruits. Also, parents can take children to the zoo so that children can learn about animals. The possibilities are endless! Various preschools regularly take children for field trips to give them a hands-on learning experience.
Parents should actively encourage children and help them engage in learning by doing. Experiential learning is full of joy and knowledge, exciting and insightful. This method of learning establishes the focus on where it is really important; children and what is in their best interests. Happy parenting!
At Shanti juniors, we make sure to take children to field trips to vegetable or fruit market, zoo to give them hands-on experience and make learning -a fun process.
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