How to drag them towards studies?
Created by Updated on Mar 10, 2017
Hi, can you suggest me few ideas to make children feel ease about their books & subjects .
| Mar 10, 2017
Hi Priya, Children learn a lot of things through play and by doing. So solely relying on books for learning may not be fruitful. They always look for fun elements. They need immediate gratification. So apart from books, try using games, hands-on activities, simulate the complex concepts into simple activities, integrate art and craft with their learning, ask them open ended questions, ask them to explain using their own words instead of making them to memorize the facts from books. For example if you child needs to practice arithmetic operations, you can play a card game instead of using math worksheet. Remove all the picture cards from the deck and use only the number cards. Shuffle them and keep the deck in the middle all facing down. the players will take turns to draw 5 cards. the first 4 cards have to be placed facing up next to each other. the 5th card is placed away from the set of 4 cards. The player who drew the cards should try to form the number in the 5th card using the any number of cards from the set of 4 cards and any arithmetic operations. If he succeeds, he can take the 5th card and the cards that he used. The next player replaces the number of cards the previous player gained. For example say the first player draws 7,4,1,8 and the 5th card is 5. The goal is to make 5 using 7,4,1,8. So the player can make it in any way he wants. (8-7) + (4*1) . So all the 5 cards will go to first player. 4+1 =5. Here only 3 cards (1,4,5) will go to the player. (8-4) +1 = 5. After all the cards are drawn, check who collected the most. The game is fun and it also teaches the child the arithmetic operations. An example for simulating complex concepts: If your child is learning about rock cycle, you can use crayons as igneous rocks. Use a sharpener to scrape the shavings. place the shavings in an aluminium foil and fold the foil. Compress them and place the foil in an oven and place a glass jar over it. after few seconds remove the foil from the oven. let it cool. Now ask your child what step of rock cycle each step of this activity represents. For example the scraping with sharpener represents erosion. Compressing the shaving represents formation of sedimentary rock. placing in oven with a jar on top represent heat and pressure on rocks and the resultant rock is metamorphic. in any order you do it, you will be able to simulate the rock cycle. The key is to make your child make connection between what he learnt and what he saw. So let your child think and come up with his answer. If he wants, he can draw pictures or take photographs and then explain in his own words. These kind of activities will be fun and they will be able to retain in memory for long. hope this helps.