The longer I teach, the more I am convinced that learning takes place through multiple and meaningful exposures. I call it the M&M’s of learning. Multiple basically means repeated over and over; but meaningful isn’t so black and white. What’s meaningful to one child may not be to another. And sometimes meaningful means explicit instruction with one child whereas another may totally “get it” without explicit instruction. (That’s the beauty of homeschooling for me-I can adapt my teaching and activities to make learning as meaningful as possible for my kiddos.)
BUT one sure-fire way to make learning meaningful to almost every child is to learn through play. For more on this, check out my guest post on I Can Teach My Child.
Take, for example, this little Erase It! game I did with MBug the other day (while I was nursing NSis, mind you). Oh, this is SO simple…
She brought over her new Crayola 2-in-1 Doodle Board and sat in on the couch beside me and was doodling away.
I reached over and drew an i with my finger. I then said, “Oh, don’t you erase my letter i!” in a funny tone. She giggled (so hard at one point that she almost fell over) at my funny facial expressions and
took the little “pen” and scribble over my letter until it was gone (a meaningful way to integrate some fine motor work as well). I made a silly sad face and she begged for more. We must have played 10-12 rounds (each round with a different letter).
Playing games such as these is a great way to sneak in learning because it doesn’t feel like learning to most children; it just feels like play.
I was exposing MBug to letter names (upper and lower case) and letter formation without making a big point of it. It felt like play.
Multiple and meaningful exposure.
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