There are many ways to relay learning to our children. The most common would be with the use of textbooks, graphs, charts and flashcards. While these tools help them learn a great deal, it does not activate all the 5 senses needed by the child to appropriately learn.
Hands-on activity is a more effective way of learning as it allows children to be capable of constructing their own knowledge through experiences and making meaning of those experiences. Being able to make use of their 5 senses stimulates their minds to learn and make them active creators of their own knowledge.
“Combining activities that require movement, talking, and listening activates multiple areas of the brain. The more parts of your brain you use, the more likely you are to retain information.” said Judy Dodge from Scholastic, 2009.
Between the ages four and seven, the right side of the brain is developing and learning comes easily through visual and spatial activities. The left hemisphere of the brain, the side that is involved in more analytical and language skills, develops around ages 10-11.
In Rainbow Room Learning Center, our experiential activities benefit the child because they are given opportunities to create and discover their own learning while having fun!