Home Schooling Tip #2: Let children learn at their own pace
Children tend to enjoy their schooling and education if they perceive the learning environment as well as the learning content to be fun and engaging to them. Nelson (year of book publication) is of the view that children learn best when they choose what and when to do something. He suggests that for parents/facilitators to make children work on what is important, they have to make the options attractive and make it seem as though the learner is in control of the learning process.
In the teaching of learning areas like Maths, for example, a parent or facilitator can choose several activities that represent a number of key concepts that a child needs to learn. The child will then gravitate towards the activities that appeal to him/her first. The facilitator can then be removing those learning aids until the child eventually works through all the concepts, albeit at his or her own pace and preference.
The parent or facilitator also needs to take cognisance of the child’s attention span and be able to give the child bit sized activities that will keep the child involved. Overloading the child can be a great turn off and lead to ineffective or no learning in the process. Various learning methods also need to be used so that a child can find the learning process to be interesting and readily take part in it.
Lots of play and activity needs to be put into children’s learning. As the adage goes, children learn through play. Play and educative activities will help pace the child in his or her learning. Children need to be allowed to learn at their pace. They therefore need to be made to feel as if they are in control of the learning process if they are to be an integral part of it.
Written by Phumapethseya Nkala
Educational Advisor (Harare/Mashonaland West)
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