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Why homework has a positive effect on children.

Posted on May 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1052)

Feb 14, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

During my time in Primary School, I was so focused in class to do the best that I could that I was continuously tired, run down and ‘couldn’t be bothered’ when it came to doing my homework. I simply didn’t understand its relevance in relation to my school work. I have now realised that homework benefits you as an individual.

As Robert Forest states: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

I once knew of a child whose Primary School did not teach him the key Mathematical concepts until Grade Five. This was a major educational barrier for the child when learning new topics. The parents were aware that this was an area of concern, so they knew that if it wasn’t handled now it may jeopardise his future studies. His parents tried to seek help but were unaware of what strategies to utilise and therefore were having little to no success in assisting their child’s learning boundaries.

Did the child receive the help needed to get back on track? 

The child was assisted in the areas he found difficult by a tutor, through accommodating for the child’s learning needs as well as positive reinforcement. The child quickly understood that the real reason for homework was to revise and reinforce what was learned during the day.

Believe it or not, after being so far behind, he is now happily above the curriculum standard in Mathematics.

How did he build confidence to reach the standard level?

He was able to build confidence through ongoing support and guidance, as well as the supportive and determined relationship he formed with his parents and the tutor through daily exercises.

His confidence grew further with a decision made by his parents of moving him to another school that covered Mathematics more thoroughly. He found that his new school had positive aspects of learning which incorporated fun and innovative techniques with what was being covered.

So, what’s the purpose of homework?

Homework is not meant to be additional learning, it is there for the child to reinforce what topics were tackled in class and figure out where they are having trouble. Having a routine was a proven changing point for the child to excel and skill build as an everyday task. This benefits children with their auditory processing for their future learning.

It is a proven fact that children beat around the bush when it comes to education. Have you ever stopped to think, why?

The importance of using games to enhance learning

Posted on May 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2016)

The importance of using games to enhance learning

Mar 21, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Games are a reflection of how the human brain learns. Through teamwork and desired goals, games motivate young minds to develop skills and reach above their comfort zone in a fun and competitive way. They also shadow their opponents actions by observing their downfalls and techniques, what more could we ask for?

When children learn, they do it because they have to. Do you want your child to always learn in the same way, and to come home hating it? Think back to when you were at school. How did you feel about learning, and how much did you actually learn? Was it fun or was it a chore? Most children find learning to be the latter, so why don’t we teach our children in such a way that they believed was a reward? It is scientifically proven that by incorporating a type of ‘game’ into a child’s session, their cognitive retention will improve and they will want to do better the next time round. As teachers, we are always looking for the best way to help a child grasp a concept, and despite this being one of the least considered exercises, games can have the best effect.

A question many parents ask is “how are games going to assist my child’s learning?”. Whilst children are playing a game, they develop skills as they understand the game more. This means that games can help develop key skills such as memory, drawing, guessing, calculating and socialising. All of these skills are what we expect our children to learn from daily learning but in a fun and interactive way!

Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist known for his work on child development, once stated: “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done”. Learning is believed to be “successful” through handouts that involve different questions on the same topic. However, learning takes place when children are undertaking new challenges. As they are consolidating with what they know through different social environments, they adapt their behaviour and perform advanced learning skills.

Give it a trial at home, sit down with your child and ask them to complete a worksheet outlining the topic given. Then, allow the child to complete the same task in an interactive and fun way. Which one has more impact on the child’s understanding of the topic? Let us know below.