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A guide to
The five stages of learning.
When a child learns, many factors can come into play. Brain based learning theorists believe that optimal learning occurs in five stages.
BRAIN-BASED learning is the informed process of using a group of practical strategies based on sound principles derived from brain research. It aims to help children learn according to how the brain learns best naturally.
It is a borderless approach to learning, crossing and drawing upon multiple disciplines such as chemistry, neurology, psychology, sociology, genetics, physiology and nutrition. This holistic and multidisciplinary approach increases the learning potential of every child.
Here are information about these five stages and how parents can help strengthen learning at each stage.
Prepare your child for topics he/she will encounter at school from young, in a fun and engaging way. Young children may not fully understand the concepts or terminology but these words will be familiar and they will feel more confident when they hear them at school later.
creativeness are like; Angels who lift us
how to fly.
Touched by an Angel
a) Collect a variety of objects around the house such as a leaf, a small rock, a toy car. Fill a large pail or the bath-tub with water. Ask your child to guess whether the item will sink or float before letting her place it into the water.
b) Explain to her that the items that float have lower density than water. Items that sink have higher density. Whether an item sinks or floats is not dependant on its weight only.
c) You can try tricky ones like a sponge and an apple.
Acquisition can be direct or indirect. Direct acquisition is mainly from classroom teaching. At home, use indirect acquisition such as related visuals or models.
Things you can do to enhance indirect acquisition
> Teach your child concept of parts and names of different aspects of an aeroplane by constructing one rather than reading it from a book.
> Help your child
design her own alphabet poster. This will provide indirect
acquisition of what is taught at school.
For older children
you could pre-expose with these techniques:
benefit of pre-exposure, keep things fun!
d) A dry sponge will float. However, when air in the holes is replaced with water seeping into the sponge it will start to sink, as it becomes denser.
An apple although as heavy as a small rock, will surprisingly float.
Role playing. Allow your child to play the teacher, because one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it.
My family tree. You could make history come alive and significant for your child by constructing a family tree with her.
When constructing a family tree, your child will be able to grasp and interconnect concepts like past and present, family relationships and learn how all these are linked to him/her. For very young children, you may like to paste a photo of the person next to their names.
Colour my world. Try this painting activity with your child to help understand primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours. Your child will also be able to link this to her life through problem solving.
Memory formation is the cement of learning. Memory is affected by:
>Age of your
child and stage of development.
Paint a picture with your child but have only three colours available – blue, red and yellow. Mention these as primary colours. Create a situation where your child will need green, a secondary colour.
Try this activity
with your child at home.
Bring your child to the supermarket to buy the ingredients needed for making pancakes. Ask your child where the flour, milk and egg originate from. Invite your child to work out how much to pay. Make the pancakes with your child and enjoy the pancakes together.
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
Creating a positive learning environment encourages a love for learning that helps a child to better retain essential knowledge, memories and emotions. Indeed, emotions drive attention, and attention drives learning.
Reference: Marilee Sprenger, US-based Educational Consultant & Author, specialized in brain-based teaching. Nurturing the thinking child a guide to brain-based learning: memory formation. Sunday April 2, 2006 Star. Advertorial is courtesy of Dumex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd 1 Jalan 205, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.