Perceptual thinking - How Children Learn in An Optimal Manner by Using this Principle
By Andrew Loh
Normally, learning occurs among children when they respond to a range of
specific stimuli or triggering of information. When they are exposed to
a specific external or internal stimulus, their brains start sequencing
available information that eventually fosters in meaningful learning. A
child's perceptual system is an amazing tool to enhance his or her
ability to respond to any given environmental impetus. In other words,
perceptual learning is a great way to bring long-lasting and positive
changes in the life of a child. Every child also has a definite pattern
of learning and usually it connects perceptual thinking systems. In
other words, a child always possesses a particular perceptual thinking
pattern that results in productive learning.
patterns always lead to learning in different formats. Based on
different stimuli, children tend to learn different ways. Let us look at
the following scenarios:
1) Is your child highly perceptive to
noise around him? Does he find it difficult to learn, when there is too
much noise in the classroom? If so, then your child is extremely
perceptive to noise stimulus and he may not learn effectively in
presence of external sound.
2) Similarly, does your child love
to read in the backyard garden? Is so, she gets her stimulus to learn by
looking at the greenery and colorful flowers. In addition, she may also
absorb her lessons by mingling with the nature around her.
These examples highlight the importance of triggers in learning
process. Every person learns by responding to certain stimulus and
often, stimuli and perception are interrelated. For example, in the
first illustration, the child perceives that the background noise is a
distraction for learning while this distraction acts as a stimulus for
not learning the lessons.
The word perception is
defined as “the state of being or process of becoming aware of something
in such a way.” In other words, in the example highlighted above,
children become aware of something (noise and nature) in way that these
trigger act as either obstacle or encouraging to the learning process.
Children never learn in a similar manner. Each one of
them has a definite pattern of learning that depends on their level and
extent of perception. In a traditional classroom, teachers who handle
the class think that learning happens in a similar fashion among all
children and they tend to make a generalized statement about this
matter. More often, this process of thinking is stereotype in nature, as
children never learn in a similar fashion just because their level and
type of perceptions are entirely different. On the corollary, we also
believe that children should learn lesson the way their teacher feel,
think and perceives. If your children are learning patterns are
different, then you may need to find a way to teach them in an effective
Fortunately, there is a way to sort out learning problem
among children. Every child processes available information in a
different manner. Based on this assumption, children can understand,
comprehend and learn something in six different ways. Children are very
smart in the way they perceive, gather, pool and process a set of data
available around them. In other words, they create their learning
channels and stimuli sets to learn their lessons. All children process
information in the following manner:
First, a child will perceive the presence of a specific stimulus around her or him.
Second, the child in question would segregate the available set of
perceptions into different learning patterns into various channels like
Conscious, subconscious and unconscious channels.
Third, each one of these mental channels are triggered by one of the three main stimulus.
The main advantages of using these sequential methods
are as follows:
Enhanced ability to accumulate ideas together
to form a single, whole concept
Better imagination and creativity
What is a conscious channel?
Conscious channel caters to short-term memory and thoughts are stored in the brain
until such a time when it is ready to process them. By using this
channel, children could easily enhance attention span, sort out
information, stay logical and indexed and finally express their minds in
a clear manner. Conscious channel is a stay awake type of channel where
humans perceive that there is something that needs to be triggered or
What is Subconscious channel?
Some bits of information are stored in the subconscious
areas of the brain. Here, children can go through different ideas and
information and sort them out to create a meaningful pattern. The
perceive ideas gathered by children are in a mismatched state here.
However, children are aware of the fact that inputs absorbed by the
brain actually exist and that they can reach the level of attention so
that they can understand the basic concepts. This channel acts as a
bridge between the conscious and unconscious channels.
What is unconscious channel?
A unconscious channel means
is a care-free zone where a high level of relaxation occurs. The brain
can see the bright and big picture through this channel. Children will
be at their creative best in this channel. Children will also create
long memory chains to hold information and details.
Lastly, children should know how to use all these channels in an effective
manner to speed up learning process. In the next article, let us learn
how parents could use these basic principles to boost learning in
children. Continue to read
Using Perceptual Thinking to Help Children and Learn in an Optimal Manner