Learning through play
I give English and Math tuition at home for Primary school going kids. Ethan participates in all these classes ever since like ‘forever’..
The other day I was teaching the Primary 4 kids Multiplication. After class, Ethan requested to learn multiplication too. I told him it is good enough that he knows his Addition and Subtraction well and that Multiplication can wait. After all, he is not even FIVE yet! But he insisted to learn as he wants to be ‘part of that class’ when the kids are doing their Multiplication worksheets. Just to entertain him, I taught him ‘x 2’.
Watch this video:
Ethan @ 4Y8m
Go to any bookstores and you’ll see Multiplication posters that cover the entire range from x 2 to x 9 or even x 12. Don’t buy that! The reason is simply when kids see too many numbers at once, they’ll get scared and confuse.
For kids to learn, teach them little bits at a time. That was what I did with Ethan. I teach him bits of this and that everyday and over time all those accumulates to form a complete learning circle.
Get a printer at home. Printers are pretty affordable these days. You can do wonders with them. Print a page each week or month even based on your kid’s progress. Print as little numbers as possible. I let Ethan print only x2 this time and as he masters it, he is allowed to print x3 and so on. It works as an encouragement and the kid will want to strive further to be able to print more and more!
If you watch the video, you’ll see that I used different methods to get Ethan to answer my questions. To him, all these are PLAY. Learning is not that difficult if it is FUN. Make them learn without them realizing that they are actually learning.
Learning through play is best. Play comes naturally for kids. Learning should be natural too… without force.
Click here to view the video of Ethan learning ODD and EVEN numbers.
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I am a mother to two boys; Ethan and Ayden and a wife to Darling William. I'm a stay at home mum who blogs to break the monotony of life and to avoid feeling jaded. Would love to get to know all the Super Mommies and Daddies and Babies or Singles out there with the hope that we can learn more from each other. Most of all, I am a happy person, and I hope YOU are too.
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