All Children Are Different In The Way They Learn
What If A Puppy Chewed On Your Toe
What Gets A Kids Attention?
I used an example of a puppy and chewing on someone's toe. The reason is because a child can see this happening, and it is an experience that they may have had. It is a touch learning event from experience. What might the child learn from that?
A. The puppy loves you so much that he is chewing on you.
B. The puppy is teething.
C. The puppy should or should not be allowed to chew on your toe.
D. If the puppy chews on your toe, then it might hurt.
E. Someone might say that he is trying to eat them.
F. Maybe we need to go and feed the puppy, because he is now hungry.
Which one is right in the eyes of the kid? If you asked me as a teacher, then I would say that maybe any or all of them are possibly good answers. The child is going to respond to this situation with first ...probably love for puppies. Next,they might think about what is happening in the picture, and then we have a response back. How can we use each child's method of learning in this situation?
1. Touching the puppy brings about a sense of what puppies are all about, and also the ability to feel the textures of the hair, and also experience what it feels like when a puppy actually tries to gnaw your toe.
2. Since puppies are not quiet, but make little noises, then you can call attention to the sounds a puppy makes. How do you know he is happy, angry or unhappy and wants something?
3. When we write a story with pictures, then you can visually see the words and the pictures. Some sense of learning should take place with a visual learner.
The most important thing a writer can keep in mind with children's stories and books is that all children learn differently, and incorporating that learning style into their stories can make a big difference on how much a child can grasp. Books that are auditory can help those that learn by hearing. And as I said, all children learn in their own unique ways. Think about how they learn, when you write books for them, then it is easier with younger children to use more techniques, than it is with older children. I am giving you my expertise as having used these techniques in a classroom for almost 29 years. I hope that you will as a writer consider this in writing books that help children to learn. Do not hesitate to use techniques of accenting words in color or other visuals. The more you look at a child, then the more you can say how different most of them are.
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