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Learning with Fun - The New Paradigm24 June 2020
COVID-19 has genuinely changed how we live in every single way. A few months back, we were all debating whether screen time is good or not and how much screen time is advisable. And today, we are grappling with excessive screen time becoming a reality. Children have been using the screen for entertainment, but using it for curriculum-based learning is novel for both academicians and children. Additionally, we can`t overlook the ever-shortening attention span of our young minds. Unfortunately, the precautions that we have to take concerning COVID-19 have to become a way of life even after the virus has left for good. So, amidst the rising digital experience and shorter attention spans, the pertinent question we all have to ask ourselves is how does learning continue amidst this new normal.
An Engaging Experience is Key
The current educational curriculum is designed and developed keeping in mind a classroom setting. As we adjust to the virus, teachers and staff are both trying to figure out engaging ways to keep children engaged and attentive. Research has shown hands-on, experiential, activity-based sessions augment learning and retention. The key is in choosing content which can teach children core skills in a fun way such as:
Storytelling: A storytelling activity with props and characters could be an interesting way to promote the vocabulary, lessons in history and culture and foster imagination.
Music: A 2016 study found that at the University of Southern California found that children’s brains develop faster with music training.
Theatre: While helping them improve vocabulary, theatre classes also helps children to learn to respond in different situations. It teaches them problem-solving and critical thinking through enacting different scenes.
Art and Craft: Art and Craft is a winner when it comes to motor skills, building some vocabulary and math concepts.
Science Experiments: Research has found that our brains are 68% more active when we learn while doing.
During these difficult times, it might be a good idea to consider the above-mentioned classes so that conceptual and skill-based learning can go on.
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