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Volume #8   Issue #5

ISSN: 0219-7642    Sep 20, 2009

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Hi,
Children learn in several ways and methods. Each child has a preferred method of learning. So far, almost all schools in the world taught children in a conventional and traditional manner. These classrooms always used a conventional method of teaching and learning which was predictable by any one who knew about the system. In nutshell, in a traditional system of teaching and learning, both children and teachers know about the outcome.

In a traditional classroom, the class teacher knows well in advance about the approach that needs to be adapted in the class. Furthermore, the teacher will also know what a child will learn in the class. In a sense, the whole process is all easily identifiable and predictable. However, the teaching and learning process is at best satisfactory, if not excellent. Academicians believe that this mode of learning by children is just above satisfactory. Some children may not like this method of learning, while others may like its simplicity and flexibility.

Hence, bringing a sense of uniformity in the learning process has been a difficult and challenging thing for teachers and school management. Of late, schools around the world are adapting to very modern and revolutionary methods of teaching and learning. One such method is the project based learning that relies on learning through life experiences. Most of these experiences are hands-on and practical to children. The perceived benefits and advantages of using this method are numerous, while the perceived motivational levels among children to learn their lessons are also at their best. In all, project based learning seems to be one of the most effective and practical method of learning by children. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - Walter Bagehot

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Project-Based Learning - Part I
Project based learning is a new age learning method. Both teachers and children use an entirely different approach to teach and learn lessons. In fact, project based learning acts as an additional set of activities that supplements the traditional classroom learning process.

Project-Based Learning - Part II
Understanding project based learning system may take a while for both parents and teachers. This system involves a series of project based learning activities that try to teach children in a practical and experienced manner. Project based learning will help children to enhance their thinking skills and improve motivational levels.

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Project-Based Learning with Young Children
By Deborah Diffily and Charlotte Sassman

If your young students ask, Why are we doing that? if they wonder what school learning has to do with life outside of school, if YOU wonder how you will motivate, engage, or otherwise inspire your students to take schoolwork seriously, then read this book. Diffily and Sassman have written the most concise and straightforward book for teachers who want a clear understanding of project based learning.

This honest educational guide is written from real life classrooms. From the first day the children walk in your door, Project-Based Learning with Young Children lays the foundations for successful learning. The authors encourage teachers to start using projects a little at a time, building gradually to the long-term experience. It's a rare nuts-and-bolts type of education book, with room for individual teacher innovation. Diffily and Sassman's love for children, teaching, and projects comes through every page. Skills, critical thinking, and assessment are all here.

 

Teaching Your Child to Love Learning: A Guide to Doing Projects at Home
By Judy Harris Helm, Stacey Berg and Pam Scranton

The "project approach" has long been a tremendous tool for educators working with young children. This is not an activity book but a book about doing in-depth investigations about topics that interest your child and you. The project approach stimulates your child's curiosity, shows the advantages of learning academic skills such as reading, writing and math and helps you build a strong relationship with your child as you share the adventure of learning together.

In this book, we have adapted the approach to show parents, grandparents and other caregivers how to do meaningful and exciting projects at home. Featuring many photos of children doing project work this book thoroughly explains the benefits to both you and your child of doing projects together.

 


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Developmentally appropriate learning
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Parenting is one of the most important and influential jobs there are in the world. A parent is a child's first teacher. Parents want their child to be smart and succeed, however at what rate and at what risk? There are many programs out there such as: My Baby Can Read with flashcards and Baby Einstein.


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An egg a day... keeps the doc away
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Music for Young Children
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