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Volume #8   Issue #3

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 23, 2009

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Hi,
Of late, academicians and child education experts are airing their views and opinions about the practical applicability of using traditional classroom teaching and learning techniques. So far, the teaching methods used by teachers and parents always portrayed an emergent nature where the teachers used to ask questions first and expect the right type of answers from the children. Under a traditional classroom setting, both the questions and answers remained emergent where both teachers and children expected to participate in a rather dull exchange of ideas and expressions.

However, such a learning or teaching methodology may not work in a practical sense as children may fail to develop their brain in an efficient and productive manner. Obviously, we want our children to become smart and intelligent both in their classrooms as well as society. We also want to provide that extra edge to our children’s ability to think, evaluate and act. In this context, emergent learning assumes an extra-ordinary importance to children, their parents and teachers. An emergent approach is a practical and hands-on approach of learning that results in an optimal learning environment.

Experts believe the success or otherwise (both academic and non-academic) in your children’s career always depend on their ability to create and develop their own ideas to solve complex problems. An emergent style of learning can help your children develop a very dynamic personality that integrates complete understanding of observation, evaluation and logic. Parents and teachers can apply the simple techniques of emergent learning to make children smart, intelligent, mentally agile and extremely sharp. Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm." - Bruce Barton

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Andrew Loh
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What is Emergent Learning?
Traditional classrooms always relied heavily on teachers asking questions and later eliciting answers from children. However, this method may not help children in the real sense as they may never use their thinking or evaluation skills to best of their abilities. However, emergent learning can help children develop a keen sense of thinking and evaluation.

Emergent Learning - Practical Techniques and Methods
Parents and children can use the basic principles of emergent learning by applying most common scenarios that they encounter in their homes and classrooms. Emergent learning helps your children to develop a personality that is very sharp, intelligent and smart.

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Emergent Literacy and Language Development: Promoting Learning in Early Childhood (Challenges in Language and Literacy)
By Paula M. Rhyner

This concise, accessible book explores the connection between language acquisition and emergent literacy skills, and how this sets the stage for later literacy development. Chapters address formative early experiences such as speaking and listening, being read to, and talking about print concepts and the alphabet.

Written for early childhood professionals, reading specialists, and speech-language pathologists, the book describes effective assessment and instructional approaches for fostering language learning and emergent literacy in typically developing children and those at risk for language delays. Vivid case examples illustrate specific ways to collaborate with parents to give all children a strong foundation for school readiness and success.

 

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children: What to Do on Monday Morning
By Clarissa Ann Willis

This book provides information on common disabilities and practical strategies for creating inclusive environments and building student relationships. This book Invites teachers to apply appropriate strategies in classroom environments for young children with special needs, setting the stage for future school success!

This book is a blend of theory, research, and best practices, wrapped up with a bow that celebrates the diversity of our children with special needs. This book helps teachers had better understand specific disabilities and intentional support mechanisms that encourage ALL children to learn and grow in inclusive early childhood environments.

 


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


Preschool education and brain development
The Examiner Aug 05, 2009

Early childhood education is getting lots of attention these days. Some critics see early childhood education as nothing more than (in some instances) "high priced daycare". Some ask, how are children learning when they play all day?


Children with high IQ live longer
Doctor NDTV Aug 13, 2009

Children with high intelligence quotients (IQs) live longer, but it is not clear exactly what role IQ plays in longevity. Previous studies have shown an association between IQ and mortality, but an explanation for that has proved elusive.


Give your children tools to make wise choices
Victoria Advocate Aug 14, 2009

Here's a statement made by some parents who are not providing the spiritual direction their children need: "Well, you know, we don't want our children to be robots by trying to control what they think. We want to give them the opportunity to make up their own minds and believe whatever they want to believe.


Motivating underachieving gifted children
The Examiner Aug 10, 2009

Many parents have taken heart from tales about Albert Einstein's underwhelming performance in school. Why is it that their child who has learned to rewire the toaster cannot earn above a C in science? A cursory look into Einstein's experience can help parents glean several important clues into the psyche of gifted children.


Music makes the world go around
The Examiner Aug 13, 2009

That screech of air vibrating your air drums may be very good for your child's brain. According to a 2006 study from McMaster University in Canada, children ages 4-6 who took music lessons had better memories, higher reading, and math literacy. The full study appeared in the science journal Brain.


Meet the Mozart of painting: child prodigy Jan Lievens
The Guardian Aug 9, 2009

Child prodigies are more common in music than in art. Does this mean that the parts of our brains that govern music develop at an earlier stage than our visual mind? Although most children make art, it doesn't usually look like great adult art.


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