6 tips to foster good learning habits in children.
- Daily practice: The brain is a muscle – the more it gets a workout, the more agile and responsive it will be, especially so for children, when the brain is still developing. Hands on daily practice is necessary for a child to complete the learning cycle – repetition in the form of daily practice reinforces what was being taught to a child, it also provides a child with opportunities to identify and sort out what they might have missed out.
At CMA, our students are encouraged to adopt a daily homework routine. This 15 minutes daily practice will allow your child to exercise their mental fitness regularly.
- Conducive environment for learning: Children learn better in classes where there is appropriate and sufficient teaching contents. At home, noises can be kept minimal, discourage any form of distractions that will take their focus away from their books.
Creating a conducive environment for them to learn is vital for their education and learning progress.
- Training routines: Having a good coach & an effective training system does not guarantee that your child will always be one of the best. In order for a person to gain mastery in a discipline, training in the form of regular practice is necessary.
A training routine needs to happen on a regular basis. When there is a routine, discipline is cultivated. Routines are essential for children to affirm themselves that they are in fact improving, growing and developing. They become self-motivated & confident in carrying out the same tasks over and over again.
CMA’s training routines have always been the same since Day 1. Practice, practice and practice. Nothing beats the old saying, “Practice makes Perfect”. A training routine in CMA would be to exercise the brain by practicing mental arithmetic exercises daily. This will allow your child to cultivate their sense of discipline, while at the same time, strengthening their overall mental capabilities.
- Play math arithmetic games on the go: Numbers are all around us in our daily lives and play is an essential part of any child’s life. Many kindergardeners/pre-schoolers treats the abacus as a playing tool, where the abacus becomes a toy vehicle. This is very common as they are attaching themselves to the abacus.
While it is a good thing that they are building their interest in an object that evolve around numbers (hinting that is where they build an interest in numbers), many parents wish their children do not go overboard with the playing tool or having to burn a hole in the pocket. And to do that, parents can introduce arithmetic games for their children to allow them to appreciate the use of the abacus. Some games would be:
- Calculate purchases at the cashier or in a restaurant
- Solving maths problems like setting the dinner table for the family
- Memorizing telephone numbers or car license plate numbers.
- Adding all the digits in your phone number, etc…
Such games allow your child to appreciate numbers. Concurrently, they will understand the importance of the abacus. If they are able to do it mentally, it will sharpen their mind.
- Rest time: Effective learning takes place when a child has had enough rest. Effective training happens when a child’s attention span is at his peak. In our modern world today, the television, radio and handphones often discourage us from having the routine we need for our minds to rest.
Not many people, including adults, are able to maintain the sleeping hours required for their minds to rest well. The mind needs to rest as well. Research has also shown that, children learns the most during their sleeping hours. So, give them the hours needed for them to learn.
- Communicate with your child. The most challenging phase when starting on something new is the beginning. When a child is picking up a new skill, it takes time for them to see positive results. As a parent, you would have notice the slightest change in them as they are picking the skill up. It is common for children to start to lose interest when they do not see the change in them. Address the issue straight by communicating about the changes you see in them. Let them notice the change as well. It makes them feel that they are in fact improving. If this is not addressed properly, it may develop into resistance.