MAXIMIZING YOUR CHILD’S MEMORY DURING THIS LOCK-DOWN
The April 15, 2020 publication of the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) titled: “Exacerbating the Learning Crisis” revealed that, 188 countries have imposed countrywide school closures, affecting more than 1.5 billion children and youth. More than two-thirds of countries have introduced a national distance learning platform, but among low-income countries the share is only 30 percent. Before this crisis, almost one third of the world’s young people were already digitally excluded.”
The average baby’s brain at birth is about a quarter of the size of the average adult’s brain. Amazingly, in the first 365 days it doubles in size. It keeps growing to about 80% of adult size by age 3 and at age 5, it is nearly full grown by 90%. The brain works excellently when properly put into use during learning. It should not lie hidden. How and where a child learns first, is the family. “Family is the first school for young children, and parents are powerful models.” While it is okay for a child to be engaged in learning, parents at this point should realize that engaging the brain in learning without the right strategy may have adverse effects on the child. The brain is the command center of the human body. A new research by scientists from the University of Birmingham in July 2020 found that “specific sleep problems among babies and very young children can be linked to mental disorders in adolescents.”
But as we all anticipate for the return of normalcy, shall we fold our hands and watch the children in extravaganza? Shall we continue to shy away from the existence and arrival of the new normal? What happens to us, the child and others if we assume pretense? The reality is here and we must accept it! The world is fast approaching a stage where physical contacts would be limited. But despite the situation, the child must continue to learn while at home. And he can only learn effectively through the joint efforts of the parents and unfortunately the closed schools. These two institutions are germane to bringing the virtual life of the child into reality. That’s why at Grande Oakbridge Montessori school, we believe learning is unending. Fill out the form to enroll your child for the online learning program at our school.
Cognition is the process of acquiring and understanding knowledge through our thoughts, experiences, and senses. Learning involves acquiring knowledge through experience, study, or being taught. These sound similar right? Yes! Both terms are inseparable. Learning involves acquiring knowledge and skills through experience. It requires cognition and cognition involves learning. Your child goes through these learning processes whenever he sees or hears something new, he goes through a series of cognitive processes, which are the processes that result in learning.
Since learning involves experience, then we must be careful what exposure we give to our children. “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” Dr. Haim Ginott Again, an interference, break or disconnection in your child’s learning process may affect the original learning objective for that child. Your child’s learning is affected by environment and impressions made on them. This is because his environment helps model his brain. Assertively, there are six basic categories or stages you should adopt to ensure that your child learns easily even in this period. These apply more to parents and then school owners.
1. Knowledge: This is the first off stage. Knowledge involves the recall of previous specifics, methods and processes, or the recall of a pattern, structure, setting or fact. A child acquires the knowledge of what he is exposed to and very soon he thinks or reflects on that experience and then attempts to imitate it, he may not always be bothered about the consequence of such action except he’s warned prior or punished for replicating the action. So, what is your child exposed to within this period? These learned acts and exposures could be good or bad depending on the source e.g Television: Drama/films, Dancing, Poetry, Speaking, Sign language, Walking, Eating, Gestures, video. For instance, if you teach your child the sum:
By explanation, you direct him thus: Count the balls that represent the numbers on the two sides, then count all the balls together to get your final answer. With this, he understands the formula. But to be sure that he knows what you have taught him, you need to ask him again after the class or perhaps the next day to recall or remember the pattern or method of calculating 2+2. It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop. Perhaps your child understands a concepts after a long while of consistent reinforcements, do not be alarmed! My dear, “every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way,” George Evans. So patience and softness are key.
The New Zealand School news 2020, published the discovery of psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. He posited that there are:
- Tasks we can do on our own
- Tasks we can do with guidance
- Tasks we can’t do at all. The same applies to children. Parents must realize these states of engagement and be cautious when involving their children and wards.
2. Comprehension. This next stage involves the demonstration of facts. Using the sum above, you’re able to detect the child’s understanding of the calculation if he can correctly explain or demonstrate how you achieved
2 + 2 = 4.
Understanding is often directly found in knowledge. If he doesn’t understanding it then he doesn’t know it. Ensure that he’s able to summarize the method. Comprehension “refers to a type of understanding such that the child or individual knows what is being communicated and can make use of the material or idea being communicated without necessarily relating it to other material or confusing it for others.
3. Application: Now that he understands what he knows, then he can apply it to solve related sums. Application is making use of the method to solve similar problems. It is the stage you allow your child to apply whatever he learnt whether from you, the school or any source. Application is the testing of the child’s knowledge and understanding (comprehension) for you and every other person to see. So 3 + 3, using his knowledge and understanding of the method above, he should be able to solve this with ease. Interestingly, application of knowledge is what stands you out anywhere, because you have offered a solution. Have you ever noticed that during his music lessons, one of the things he learns (knowledge) first is the music alphabets, he must understand (comprehension) then for him to be able to produce songs with them (application). Ensure that your child applies whatever he learns, this way he grows and develops. Application is executing or implementing the task related especially to what the child has learnt. Grande Oakbridge school is a Montessori school and linking knowledge gained with realities in our environment is core. Visit our website and call in to register your child at our school.
4. Analysis: How do you feel when your child is analyzing a process to his friends, colleagues or during a social gathering? Your follicles rise and become stretched in pleasure, you’re extremely proud of course. Here, the child breaks the steps into smaller parts. He determines how the parts relates to one another by differentiating and organizing the parts. He should be able to break down the ideas or method to find evidence in support. This answers the question:
How do you calculate 2 + 2?
This will reveal how he’s able to explain each of the steps/stages to finding the answer without error. At this stage, what you are actually interested in is his ability to explain the steps correctly without errors.
5. Synthesis: The child is able to combine all the parts of the ideas to form a whole. He produces the required result by combining all the steps. He knows the task or sum, he understands it, he’s able to analyze it and give a correct conclusion. Once he can explain the stages perfectly then he can combine the steps to produce the answer. Synthesis combines the method or parts (not leaving out any) to arrive at the answer.
6.Evaluation: In this last stage you want to be sure if he has learnt anything at all, so you give him a related problem to solve. He should be able to make or defend judgement based on internal evidence and standard. This is where you are really sure that he can work independently. By now, he can solve the sum following all the stages. Evaluation measures the knowledge. He can correctly add up 10 + 10. In actual sense, when your child says he knows something then he’s confidently telling you that he can take you through all the stages. Your child’s brain needs strategies rather than stuffing. Help him now, we are here to assist. Enroll your child for our online learning program.
Dearests, before you go, remember that “what a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow.” Lev S. Vygotsky. We believe in the continuity of learning. Endeavor to assist your child and do the best you can to ensure your child is learning this period. We love you!
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