Children learn by doing

Early Childhood and Education

When you:

Cut it for me,

Write it for me,

Open it for me.

Draw it for me,

All I learn is you do things better than me.

I am 3

I am not built to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, stand in line, or keep quiet.

I need motion, I need novelty, I need adventure, and I need to

Engage the world with my whole body.

Let me Play

It’s how I learn

“Play is the highest form of research,” Albert Einstein said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever met a child who wasn’t motivated to figure things out, to find the answers to personally relevant questions.

However, I’ve met (and taught) plenty of kids who aren’t motivated to sit quietly and listen to someone else talk or to memorize the definition of a list of words.

The lack of interest doesn’t suggest an absence of motivation (to be remedied with carrots and sticks) but a problem with the model of instructions or with the curriculum.” — An excerpt from the book ‘The School Our Children Deserve’ by Alfie Kohn

Cooking: A fun idea for children that encourages life skills

Let children choose a recipe with you. Making banana cakes is good, as it does not if matter if kids will follow the order of cooking or not.

Let them do the measuring and pouring. This develops their skills in math and improves eye-hand coordination.

It is also good when children follow the recipe. Younger children may like to draw pictures for the recipe to go with the words. For example, draw 3 teaspoons. Then, put the recipe on cardboard with the pictures so they have words and pictures to follow. At the same time, you can talk about where the ingredients come from, texture etc.

Let them mix taste and have fun. After that, let children help you clean the space. Ask them to wipe the table and wash the bowl. Young ones love to do the dishes and wipe with clothes. This also encourages independence and life skills.

If they make mistakes, help them to fix those. For instance, if they spill something on the table, you could wipe it up.

Tell them to take their time doing things and be patient because they can eventually do the tasks without your help. In turn, they get so good at measuring and pouring. But more than that, they develop math, eye-hand coordination and independence, which are vital life skills.

And according to Roald Dahl,

“The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.”