Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Incidental Learning and Your Child,

This is not a post about how computer games can help children learn but I bet you already know something about how it is supposed to work.

The info graphic above practically demands to be read.
Most of our learning is non-conscious. Schools, for example, make regular use of displays to communicate information to children (and parents). 

It is an effective example of non-conscious or incidental learning.

This kind of ‘information immersion’ is used to good effect by advertisers.
Just think how easily children ‘learn’ a tune or pop-song.

Whilst ‘playing’ with the rods children will have made many important discoveries.

1. Rods of the same colour are also equal in length.

2. Rods of the same length are equal in colour.

3. Rods of different colours have different lengths.

4. It is possible to make equal lengths by putting rods end to end. 


5. Observe children and you may see them beginning to organise their work. The pattern below reveals an understanding of the commutative property of addition.

In this way children will begin to acquire their number bonds without even realising it.

e g 10 = 4 + 6 = 2 + 8 = 7 + 3 = 9 + 1

At a later stage, when they are asked what two numbers make ten, children will be able to visualize the pattern for ten.

 Fingers will definitely not be needed for counting!

At this stage we are making no conscious attempt to memorise facts and will not attempt to do so. These unconscious discoveries will have occurred while he/she was 'playing' with the rods. At the risk of becoming a bore I will repeat the mantra that play is an absolutely fundamental prerequisite for success. It is the source of rich experience that children will draw upon increasingly as new concepts are introduced.

I am currently in the process of creating a play based math program for children aged 5 to 11.
The program will consist of:an Instruction Manual, PowerPoint Presentations and over 60 Video Tutorials. Here is Child's Play Maths Video Tutorial Unit 2 - Incidental Learning


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