How life experiences help kids learn better

Milestones, or pinnacle points of your child’s life are what shapes them. Be it exciting moments they beg you to revisit again and again or moments they learn a good lesson, children best learn and remember by using their senses. First day at preschool, the very first time seeing certain animals, that special first birthday full of glitter and balloons, or even their first plane ride, it is all part of their curiosity for things. They will then take these new experiences and apply them to other situations with what they already know. We look into a few key ways on how life experiences can shape your child’s ability to learn.

 

Experience, learn, shape, and repeat

Have you noticed that the child who is surrounded by many family members or visits neighbours or plainly put, a child raised in busy areas full of marketplaces and 24 hour happenings, are better articulated and even more talkative than a child that is sheltered? Through many sociological studies, it has shown that a child’s ability to talk and describe current events is directly linked to his or her ability to form and recall memories. For example, when your child learns goal catching skills, or picking shapes out of a puzzle game, this new knowledge is stored and will eventually be applied where they feel it would be appropriate. It is a parent’s duty here to correct and provide words of encouragement so they remain motivated and participate in daily activities. Skill upon skill adaptation and experience upon experience, will shape them into a child with a unique personality. Again, not all short-term will be retained for long periods of time. Brain cells are more likely to store new experiences if they’re repeated and do not be afraid to revisit certain experiences with your child if it is important, ie. for education.

 

Learning in the Creativity

The Von Restorff Effect, a theory established by psychologist Dr Hedwig von Restorff in 1933, says that children will more than likely remember anything that is outstanding or unique. This is because by design, the human brain pays attention to and remembers things that are different from the regular or common environment. The adult version of this would be if you were to highlight important text in a textbook while studying, you will recall them better than just trying to fish it out of the whole book or document. You can improve this type of learning experience through creative activities that allow children to see, hear, hold, and smell new things. With this, your child can develop rich sensory experiences that enable them to recall things attentively and effectively.

 

Reference(s):

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/life-experiences#