Promoting Independent Learning in Children – Learning the Basics
By Andrew Loh
Independent learning is all about your children seizing available
opportunities and time to think, plan, develop and execute their
preferred play and interests. It also means that your child will be
able to extend his or her learning process to different domains that
eventually lead to an all-round personality development. When your
child learns independently, he or she will encourage his conscience
to explore, develop, plan actions, solve problems and later take
risks associated with the previously taken decisions.
Your child will also develop the ability to apply the acquired
skills and knowledge gained from other areas of learning to a given
context that is relevant to them and their expertise. With
independent learning, your children can consolidate, crystallize and
internalize the learned subjects and later form a deeper
understanding of the subjects learned.
Developing and promoting independent learning in your children is an
arduous task that takes a long time. Asking your children to plan
and execute what they do, always involves them in their own
learning. In fact, this could provide a motivating ambience and a
learning experience to become engaged in developing skills of
concentration and dedication. Helping your children develop
independent learning and thinking skills should be a major priority
in your life.
There are a number of benefits and advantages associated with
independent learning and thinking. Most of these benefits provide a
life-long advantage of creating a favorable personality that is
extremely pleasing and affable. Some of these positive advantages
Sharp and agile mind that can help them to perform better in their
Development of creative abilities that will eventually assist them
in reaching professional and personal success
Most parents often get confused as to how they can make their
children develop independent learning skills. What independent
activities and work can your children do or perform? Here are some
activities that you teach your child to develop independent learning
Allowing them free hand: You may wish to allow your child to
spend some time in your absence. This simple trick will help your
child to learn that he or she can do work even in your absence. In
addition, this method helps your child gain immense confidence in
his or her innate abilities.
Allow them to read and memorize quietly to themselves: This
technique will allow your child to comprehend and master the core of
the subject. Increased comprehension is an extended version of
independent learning and this skill is very important for
Allow your child to read and listen to stories by themselves:
Experts believe that listening to thematic stories can help children
develop logical and predictive skills. When you allow your child to
recite stories and anecdotes, you are encouraging him or her to
develop analytical and evaluation skills as well.
Allow your child to work in team environments: Another
important life skill that will enable and empower your child to
develop an ability to live among individuals with different minds
and logic. Your child must learn to live in peace among different
people in the society.
Allow your child to participate in debates and discussions:
Classroom debates and discussions are very critical for your child
because they can help him or her develop courage, self-belief,
self-image and self-analysis.
Allow them to develop their own ideas and expressions: When
you help your child to think and act on his or her own ideas, the
first immediate benefit is the acquisition of focus and
concentration. These two noble characters are very critical for
reaching professional success.
Allow your child to learn drawing and painting: Experts also
believe that drawing and painting can help children develop
imagination, logic and artistic skills. Experts also believe that
one must be emotionally strong enough to face all unforeseen
circumstances in life. Extended and independent learning must also
focus on these positive characters.
Allow them to differentiate good from the bad: You may wish
to teach your children to know and understand good from the bad,
average from the best and ordinary from great. These simple skills
will also help your child go for an unqualified degree of success in
whatever they do or achieve in their life.
Allow them to acquire the basic skills of accumulating knowledge:
Every person must possess the ability to research and gather
information from different resources. This special skill will
empower us to apply the gathered information to a myriad of
scenarios. Help your child to accumulate and gather information from
a local library. Provide them enough clues and exercises to collect
information about a particular topic. Make library time a mandatory
time and visit the local library at least once or twice in a month.
Promoting Independent Learning in the Primary Classroom
By Jill Williams
From birth, human beings are striving to make sense of the
world. They learn through interaction, modeling first hand
experience and independent action. Most children arrive at
school with the notion that being independent and having the
desire to take responsibility has been seen, in their homes,
as a good thing. What often happens is that responsibility
may be denied them in school and that any further bid for
independence is viewed as negative behavior.
Independence in the classroom should be seen as beneficial
for learners and also for teachers. The argument presented
by the author is that a climate in which decision-making is
valued, where children are enabled to solve problems and
where children and adults respect each others point of view
will be a climate in which independence flourishes