I’m happy to invite you all today to view a guest post from Dominique Goh. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy this one!
Reading is something which I have been advocating to my children since I was young. Once your child is able to read simple words it opens them up to a whole new world of books. Once they are able to read, it will be easier for them to learn new concepts and build up their knowledge.
At six years old they can be introduced to a wide variety of books, and I’m not just talking about the different genres that are available in print. With the advancement of technology there has been development of audio books and even interactive books which one can view online on the computer or even on the iPad. There are hundred over apps which one can download and lots of soft copy books which come with lovely illustration which allows you to read on the go.
I don’t just read from the book with them but we do a variety of activities to have an all rounded learning experience.
Here are three recommendations on how I engage my children in learning.
- Bring them to the park/area of interest and engage them in conversation regarding the topic of choice. For example if the topic of the month is having fun in the park, we will bring the kids to the park for a fun time cycling or playing at the playground. Before going to the park I question them on what they expect to see at the park and what they are looking forward to do.
- Follow up with reading of a physical or interactive book. Once the kids have a general idea of the theme we are focusing on it is time to move on to the book proper. My younger boy has quite a limited attention span so storybooks with interactive features capture his attention more easily then a regular book. We do a combination of regular books and interactive books so that both boys are able to read and understand the book together.
- Reinforce concepts learn through hands on activities. I like to follow up after reading with some arts & crafts or getting the kids to do a book review. This would give a deeper impression to the child on what he has read and he is able to relate to the new knowledge gained in other forms of expression.
Dominique Goh, Singaporean elementary school teacher, professional blogger, blogging coach and mom to three. In her spare time you can catch her at Dominique’s Desk where she writes about her experiences in education, parenting, cooking , baking and photography.
Everyone loves the summer. Most of us know it as a time of sunshine, beaches and vacations. But it has an even greater appeal for kids who get an almost three-month long summer break from school. We all know how important good schooling is for our kids, but we must also remember when we were young and how much we looked forward to summer vacation. It’s a time when kids get to play each and every day and concentrate on their hobbies and interests, as well as attend summer camps and engage in other such fun activities.
Summer truly is magical when you’re a kid, there’s no denying that. But there is a very real issue we would like to raise in today’s blog, one which suggests that it’s probably not a good idea to let children forget about school completely during summer vacation. It’s a problem called Summer Learning Loss. Summer Learning Loss is the name given to the loss of academic skills and knowledge that can take place over the course of summer vacation. This perceived loss in learning varies between different age groups and different grades, and also effects certain subjects more than others, studies have shown. On average it has been found that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of the summer break from school (on the same test). Summer Learning Loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1 month of schooling, but as we said above it can vary between subjects. Math seems to be worst effected with students losing an average of almost three months of learning over the summer. That’s a lot of math teaching gone down the drain! (Excerpted from http://educationaltoysandgamesblog.com)
I believe it’s a great idea to invest in some great educational products which will easily enthrall your children, leaving you without the constant nagging of convincing your children that learning is the key to their success. There are games that are such fun that your children will be oblivious to the learning experience that they are engrossed in.