Making sense of the senses

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin

Every child learns in different ways. Children must be given ample opportunities to stimulate their senses, to foster growth and development. Some children may learn while quietly playing with blocks; while some may even learn by lazily doodling and hand painting that could aid their memory as some may learn just by listening.

Following are the different ways children learn to learn:

Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.

  • Learning by seeing: Children learn a great deal by observing and imitate their parents, siblings and teachers. Engaging in activities with the child will pique their curiosity, keep him/ her engaged thereby helping the child come up with new ideas to do the same things.
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“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBond

  • Learning through hearing: Encourage your child to listen patiently. Fun games or activities to make children focus on the sounds in the surrounding will help sharpen their listening skills. This will help them pay attention and grasp things better.
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“They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel.” – Carl Beuchner

  • Learning through touch: Children learn by doing. Allowing them to manipulate material around them, helps them learn better, gain a good sense of eye-hand coordination and express emotions through body.
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Children must be given the freedom of learning the way they want to learn, as each child has different learning capabilities. As parents and teachers we need to understand which way your child is learning the best.

If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.’

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