It is easy to believe that the key to giving our children a head start in education can mean teaching them numerals and their ABC's; it is easy to believe because it is what our education system tells us.
Study after study shows us that children require experiences to learn effectively; teaching by recall or to the test does not give children a rich and full knowledge.
Its 'rote learning' vs 'meaningful learning'.
Rote learning doesn’t allow for a deeper understanding of a subject.
it doesn’t encourage the use of social skills, there is no connection between new and previous knowledge and it may result in wrong impression or understanding a concept.
Meaningful learning involves understanding how all the pieces of an entire concept fit together. The knowledge gained through meaningful learning applies to new learning situations; this type of learning stays with children for life.
Get in touch to find out more about the prime areas of learning and how that knowledge can help your child both now and in the future.
Jennifer Wyman is founder of Bridge the Gap and an emotional education consultant and trainer. A qualified early years practitioner and mum of two with over 21 years experience within the early years sector.