Every child is unique, so use the language they can understand and at the level they can grasp and relate to.
Every child is unique; how they learn, how they act and how they perceive the world is different from one another. They learn at their own pace based on their unique perceptions and experiences of the world.
Looking back at my children’s learning experiences, they have their own way of learning, their own way of looking and interpreting things based on their own perceptions and experiences. And they have their own likes and dislikes.
Take my son for example, from a very young age, he was very engaged in basketball and followed in his father’s footsteps. Both of them would watch the games together, whether at home or watching live games. My son understood how the scores worked, the rules of the game and the processes.
So when I was trying to teach/explain 2-times multiplication to him, I’d tried using all sorts of fruits, pens, blocks etc. but it was completely ineffective. He just could not relate to my explanations using those examples.
My husband later joined in the process and decided to use the basketball concept by asking my son: “if one ball through the basketball hoop is 2 points, how many points would that be if I were to shoot 2 balls?”… Without blinking an eye lid, he said 4 points… He could learn through a “basketball” analogy!!
So that was it, it was that simple!
It is about the language that we use, something that your child can relate to, and at the level he or she can understand.
How is it important?
Remember that every child is unique in his or her own way; they have different ways of processing information as well as learning. Some children process information through visual material, some are more physical and some learn through listening etc.
On top of that, your child learns about the world, learns about themselves, their ability and self confidence through the relationships that he or she established through the interactions with the care-giver.
So, every time when your child manages to solve problems and achievements based on something that they understand, something they can grasp based on their level of understanding, they feel they are capable. This empowers and fuels their self-esteem and their confidence, which are very crucial for their development and learning in the future, i.e. learning new things, discovering new interests and setting new goals.
The first step is to spend quality time to understand your child/children. To have some good understanding about your child, learn about what they like and dislikes, what they are interested in, how they perceive things, how they learn etc. and embrace and value them for who they are.
Also know that your child is unique! and no two children will be alike or capable of achieving exactly the same thing, not even identical twins. Thus, use the language they can understand, at the level they can grasp and relate to.
Have a connected day with your family!