Principle #2: Children retain content when they’re engaged in the learning process.
Child-directed and multi-sensory learning provide meaningful and memorable learning experiences.
Students remember content best when they have a say in what and how they learn. Multi-sensory learning engages a variety of senses, including the auditory, visual, tactile, and/or kinesthetic (movement) systems. Multi-sensory learning makes content more memorable because of its holistic approach.
For instance, when learning letters, students may make letters out of playdough, use their fingers to write letters in shaving cream, or jump to letters written with sidewalk chalk. Students may be presented with a variety of activities and select the ones they wish to do.
Children gain valuable insights when they do their own research using a variety of resources.
Resources may include books, movies, museums, and material found online. Adults may provide these resources for young children, while older children may be able to find their own resources.
For instance, when studying cells, children might watch a video on YouTube, read books from the library, and/or watch a movie. To make learning multi-sensory, children may make a cell model out of cake or a PowerPoint about each part of a cell.
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