Brain-based learning is also natural learning. The integrated approach of mind, brain and body in the learning process is now appreciated and encouraged. The approach is based on the fact that the three aspects are now perceived as a dynamic whole. Sounds very sophisticated (more like complicated, I’ll say)? The truth of the matter – it’s neither too complicated nor too sophisticated.
All mothers know that that the learning process is dynamic and integrated at its very core. I was once talking to a friend of mine, Rashi she’s a child counselor in a reputed preschool. She told me about her experiences with her 3-year-old daughter and some students in the same age group.
She said – “My child is using a jungle gym to play. She gets physically stronger as she uses her physiology to learn motor and hand and eye coordination skills. At the same time, her brain is learning skills that are more tuned towards conventional learning too. This kind of play helps my child hone her fine motor skills which in turn helps her to grasp better and even makes writing much easier.”
As they grow and develop from ages 3 to 7, early learners are expected to attain the following skills:
- Being able to read basic words and phrases effectively.
- Develop the ability to understand and perform basic mathematical operations.
- Develop an understanding of concepts related to science.
- Being able to expand their skills in social studies.
The base of all learning is initially physiological. At the same time, the brain is social in nature. The learning process is well integrated and there are clear patterns that can be seen that involve emotions. These patterns are indicative of social and emotional learning.
Continuing about her experiences my friend added by saying – “Our brain works with the small pieces of information and integrates with the whole simultaneously, the attention cycle is strengthened in the process. The projects that my daughter has been making in her preschool with the help of 4 of her classmates have helped her grow in so many ways. She has learned to work in a team, her social skills are improving, and I have noted that she is more cheerful too. The coordination in her writing, cutting, and pasting skills are better and she has learned how to put ideas together. The thought processes are clearer and she has begun asking rather pertinent questions regarding wildlife conservation, which is her topic for the project.”
This is clearly an indication that learning is integrated and developmental. Each child’s brain is differently wired and needs different stimulation for different situations. There is no set pattern in the process. It is very important to assess individual growth and to guide the child in a non-intrusive manner.
Activities that encourage brain-based learning in children
Seemingly simple activities can boost brain learning in preschoolers. After getting to know the experiences of my friend I resolved to find the best preschool with a preschool development program that encourages brain-based learning. And that’s when I heard about QualityKG preschool accreditation, one of the best preschool accreditation agencies driven by the passion of nurturing preschools and developing them into a center of educational excellence.
Being accredited by QualityKG preschool accreditation, my child’s playschool lays great emphasis in introducing sensory textures to the child. Some of the brain based activities adopted by them include:
- Sensory learning through touch, smell, taste and visuals can help the child learn better and faster.
- If the early learners are given a cutout of an alphabet to touch and feel, they are more likely to understand the shape and can actually learn to write it faster as well.
- Activities like treasure hunts can also be guided with questions like ‘look for red things’ or “look for round things’, such activities can teach the young learners about curiosity coupled with a sense of color and shape.
- Sing alongs can teach a child rhyming words as well as rhythm.
- A small garden patch teaches the child about nature, as well as lays the foundation for botany lessons.
In the end:
The learning that the child gets in a natural manner heightens his or her ability to seek answers, solve problems, and react positively to their surroundings. The innate curiosity increases their thirst for knowledge and the learning curve perpetually moves in an upward swing!