Repetition, Repetition, Repetition…
Have you ever noticed how a baby completes the same activity over and over again. They throw something on the floor numerous times for you to pick up or they put a ball in a pot repeatedly and throw it out. Each time they do it they get the same joy. But did you realize that your child is actually showing typical signs of a young learner, making his or her own memories and understandings through these simple goals?
One thing we need to remember and realize is that children enjoy doing things they are good at. To get good at something we need to practice.
As the Latin proverb suggests:
Repetition is the mother of learning.
Children, like adults learn through repetition. Provide opportunities for your child to repeat activities they enjoy. Also provide a range of different approaches to helping your child with a certain skill, thus providing repetition without becoming monotonous.
Fun ideas to encourage repetitive learning
1. Writing practice
Practice writing their name. Provide a range of ways of writing their name. Use chalk outside on the ground, use play dough, use string and any other way you can think of. They are repeating the same skill, but in a different way. You can progress with this technique as they begin to read and write at school. Focus on the tricky words they find hard to remember.
2. Family games time
Play familiar family games on a regular basis. There are some great counting and memory games to buy, buy some fun educational games that develop language skills, thinking skills and simple problem solving challenges. The fact they are playing it repeatedly means they are learning through repetition while also developing self confidence as they become increasingly familiar and confident playing it.
How do you encourage repetitive learning? Can you see the value of this theory?