27 Apr Children Learn By Doing
In the video, we see a mother cutting pineapple. She decides that the only way to teacher her daughter how to cut pineapple is to show her and have her practice. When her daughter wants to sell pineapple ice cream, her mother tells her to observe how other vendors sell their items. After watching how others do it, the young girl implements the ideas and starts selling her pineapple ice cream.
This beautiful video shows the importance of meaningful experiences for young children. Children learn by doing, and exploring their environment. Hands-on manipulatives and experiences create more connections in the brain than simply listening to someone explain a lesson. Active engagement helps children not only retain new lessons, but also connect them with previous knowledge.
Young children crave purposeful activity. That is why they always want to help and do what others are doing. Any time children learn to do something for themselves (put on jacket, tie shoes, etc.) it increases their independence and self-confidence.
Often times, well-meaning adults try to “help” children with tasks; thus, taking away that valuable learning experience. The role of parents and teachers is to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows the child to explore, discover and problem solve. Adults must also be a good role model. Children are awesome imitators – they will do as you do (not as you say).