Experts have said – “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
The ultimate goal of education is to boost the development of the child’s brain; it is to assist holistic learning by helping the child to understand concepts and theories; it is to broaden the child’s understanding of things so that they can implement it for the development of the environment that they live in.
However, do you think that the traditional lecture method of imparting knowledge is enough for your child’s development? Well, maybe, but think again.
You can’t learn to ride a cycle by watching a YouTube video, can you? Or, do you think someone can learn to cook by merely reading a recipe book? No, right. So, how can you expect your child to understand and learn concepts by just listening to lectures in classrooms? Don’t you think that your child needs to be exposed to something more than classroom learning that could not only make understanding concepts easier but fun, too? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you’re on the right page.
In the recent past, activity-based learning has emerged as a potential model for helping a child understand concepts easily and achieve the goals of education. The traditional way of learning is proving to be inadequate to offer the child the understanding, perspective and the ability that he needs in the dynamic scenario of the millennial culture. A thorough review of different learning and teaching styles suggests
The activity-based approach is an effective method which creates a visible improvement in a child’s understanding, learning and psychology.
But how, you ask? Read on to know more!
Learning by Doing
Children are learners rather than passive recipients of information. To begin with, activity-based learning simply implies that the child plays an active role in their own learning where he learns by doing. Tools like three-dimensional models, experiments, puzzles, flash-cards, role play methods, and so on are used to engage the child where they learn by being involved in these activities. The level and subjects differ from grade to grade, and the learning is a result of the activity that the child participates in.
Facilitates Better Understanding
The child plays a passive role in the traditional technique of learning where they are encouraged to understand by just listening to the teacher. Their understanding of the subject is then ascertained only by their capability to reproduce their knowledge in exams in the form of answers to questions. This method usually relies on the rote or memorizing method where the child merely by-hearts the content in the textbooks.
Activity-based learning, on the other hand, facilitates a better understanding of the subject by encouraging the child to complete the tasks at hand. The supervisor – teacher or parent, can immediately measure the child’s understanding by his ability to complete the tasks and take things ahead from there. Some theories also suggest that not every child can succeed by simply listening to material in a lecture format.
By implementing a visual or a tactile approach, activity based learning creates a fair ground for everyone to learn.
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, activity-based learning was implemented in multiple schools across Tamilnadu. It was found that the average achievement of students in class II increased to 61.63% in Tamil, 74.45% in Mathematics and 70.62% in English for the academic year 2007-08; and in Class IV, the mean achievement in Tamil was 63.19, 63.01% in Mathematics and in English it was 52.33%.
Do you think that your child gets bored easily or lacks concentration while studying? Activity-based learning tools are an extremely fun and engaging method that help the child to learn in unique and creative ways; be it at home or in school. In fact, they’re so engaging that your child might even skip their favourite cartoon show on television for it. It thus helps in reducing screen time too.
Enables Parent-Child Bonding
Working parents are under constant pressure to spend more time with their children and feel like they are missing out on the child’s learning and development. The nature of the technique is such that it allows the parents to be a part of their child’s learning at home, in a fun manner, and spend more time with the child. What more could you possibly ask for?
It provides a good opportunity for the child and the parents to bond over learning in a unique and fun manner.
Sharpens Problem Solving and Analytical Skills
By getting the child actively involved in their own learning, the activity-based learning model encourages students to be independent thinkers, analyze the task at hand, think critically and solve problems to come to the final learning. Being involved in these tasks encourages the child to be more inquisitive and develop their analytical and problem-solving skills.
Facilitates Learning Beyond Educational Environment
By getting the child involved in numerous activities, this technique allows the child to get better at problem-solving and analysis, as mentioned earlier. These skills not only help the child in their studies but come handy even outside the educational environment. The child becomes an active investigator and strives to make sense of the world around. The child learns to think on their own and derive solutions from a very young age in different kind of scenarios.
Since the child learns by performing tasks independently or in groups, the activities invariably instil a sense of confidence in the child. The child learns to rely on their own understanding and skill-sets and feel more confident; not only in the educational environment but outside as well.
There is an old Chinese proverb that says :
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This holds true, especially with regards to activity-based learning techniques.
Activity-based learning encourages the child to learn through experimentation and exploration. The sensory experience and action make the learning better and more impactful. This leads to an exciting journey of discovery and enhanced understanding.
Do you think that activity-based learning will help your child to understand concepts better? Has your child’s school already implemented activity-based learning in its curriculum? Would you introduce your child to activity-based learning at home or do you have any questions that you would want us to answer? Let us know in the comments below. We’re eager to hear from you!
Nikita is a Social Media Marketing Intern at Curiositi. She supports content development. She loves to paint and sketch during her free time.