How can we help children learn effectively?
The learning process is a very special moment , which brings moments of leaving the comfort zone and satisfaction from what has been achieved.
To help our children enter the learning process is it is important to understand the child’s way of learning. We don’t need to be experts to observe how a child works during the learning process.
Some children are extremely visual, others like to make and try the things they learn, others need a hearing stimulus, and in most cases ways their processing and systematization of knowledge are combined.
There is an interesting theory of the American psychologist Howard Gardner, called “theory of multiple intelligence ”/ Gardner, 1983 /.
In it, he refutes the traditional notion that intelligence is only one. According to Gardner there are many intelligences and they cannot be measured by IQ tests.
Gardner largely answers the question of how to help children learn, systematize, and consolidate knowledge.
These are the nine intelligences he singles out in his theory:
- existential and naturalistic
It is also important to take into account the individual characteristics of children – temperament, interests, talents and others.
Children with Visual Spatial Intelligence and Learning
We can prepare a lot of pictures, presentations, videos, movies, etc. for these children
When the visual child sees what we explain to him, he learns effectively . It perceives the world with its eyes and is receptive to colors, shapes, lines, shades, relationships between objects and their location in space .
It’s a good idea to use illustrations – Easily memorizes, systematizes and consolidates his knowledge.
Children with Linguistic Intelligence and Learning
These are children with a good memory for words and expressions . They are organized and systematic. They work well with both oral and written text.
They have a good memory, are happy to memorize texts, poems and recite or speak to an audience without worry. Easy to learn foreign languages.
The easiest way for them to learn is through stories, texts, stories, discussions and debates – anything with words.
Children with logical-mathematical intelligence and learning
These children have the natural ability to operate with numbers and numerical relationships . This type of education is strongly represented in the academic program of the school.
With these kids, we can make extensive use of logic experiments, computers, math problems, and everything related to math. It is good to illustrate with tables and graphs to get a clear idea of the material.
Children with musical intelligence and learning
These children have the ability to perceive, transform, create and perform music and musical works. They have an unusual sense of rhythm, tone, tempo, which can be used to facilitate learning.
A great way to learn from them is to use your favorite music, melody, rhythm. What matters to them is how you pronounce the words, intonation and rhythm of the voice , not so much the content.
With them we can use a lot of music and carefully selected intonation of the voice.
Children with Kinesthetic Intelligence and Learning
These children use their bodies to express their feelings and thoughts. These are usually children who are excellent dancers, athletes, actors.
They control their body extremely precisely, they have quick reflexes and reactions. They are good at handling various tools and objects.
They learn best when they act and play with objects than if they listen and watch. Sometimes only visual or auditory information tires and demotivates them, so they seem distracted and out of focus.
In such moments it is good to take breaks in which they can play, run or perform other physical activities.
Children with interpersonal / interpersonal / intelligence and learning
These are children gifted with the ability to sense people’s moods, emotions, motives and intentions. These children communicate easily with everyone , regardless of age, social status, understanding and culture.
They always show social activity , they like to be intermediaries, to participate in resolving disputes and conflicts. They are usually very successful at this.
Because they get satisfaction and joy when in contact with other people,
For them the best learning tool is group work, discussions and discussions, expressions of opinion, activities in all kinds of groups.
Children with intrapersonal / intrapersonal / intelligence
These are children with a strong understanding of their own motives, desires, feelings and intentions, in short – they know all their strengths and weaknesses. Developed intuition and self-knowledge go hand in hand with all other types of intelligence.
From an early age these children have their own goals and values. Their actions are guided by their desire to stand out from the rest.
It is good to give such children the opportunity to self-organize. Any opportunity for independence is welcome with them.
The good thing about them is that they don’t need control, because their internal self-control is at an unusually high level . Coercion and forced action do not work for them.
Children with naturalistic intelligence and learning
Children with naturalistic intelligence are sensitive to nature, its phenomena and life. They can sense patterns and navigate well among living organisms.
These children learn best outdoors, in nature . They love with her so far and do not hesitate to spend more time outside. Then p their results are the best.
Children with existential intelligence and learning
Children with such intelligence are born with understanding and the ability to think on the meaning of life, life and death as philosophical categories.
They can easily participate in discussions or write on these topics. Involving them in debates is a real experience that they will remember for a lifetime.
Of course, we must not forget that these divisions are highly conditional. Very often there are children who have more than one of these intelligences. We should not forget the fact that combining them offers the opportunity for a new type of learning process. For us, the professionals at LuckyKids, it is important to make an effort and to adapt the learning content to the needs and ways of learning of the children.
Our program is tailored to these many intelligences and usually covers nine of them.
5 successful learning strategies
Create a pleasant anticipation and atmosphere
It is important for the child to be in an environment that predisposes him. Some children like to be quiet and calm, others like music, others want to eat delicious snacks or drink water, juice.
Present information in easy-to-understand pieces
Teach children to discover, systematize, and use it.
Take the learning process out
Let the children be in nature as much as possible / in cases when this is possible /. The natural environment contributes to relaxation and immersion in the learning process.
Include more physical activity, movement, even dancing
Children love movement. This is the age at which a child must learn to control and love his own body.
Provide games and interaction with other participants in the process
Team tasks, group projects in which children can self-determine their own pace of learning give amazing results.
Have fun while navigating these learning ways!