Why does it not seem acceptable to offer creative learning for older children?
I have just finished creating a graphic for another post. The image revolved around the fact that if we are enjoying ourselves, we are more likely to learn.
If we use a range of resources, we create more memories making it easier for the brain to find the information that it needs later.
Yet, trying to find an image of an older child actively involved in creative learning was impossible.
There was an abundance of images of toddlers interacting with different resources, but every image of a teenager involved a book or a computer.
I admit, as a teenager, I used to love walking to the local village library on a Friday evening to find the books I would need to do my homework over the weekend. Then, as now, I would work best with everything spread around me. But I also benefited when I broke away from the books and created lists and post-stick notes, mind maps with bright colours and images.
When Jamie did his A’ level English Literature, every quote he needed for Macbeth he broke down into a series of images that helped him to recall the text. For example, the “Is this a dagger I see before me” was broken down into something like:
A picture of a dagger, an eye, the sea, a bee, the number 4, and an image of himself.
Did it work? Yes, he got an A.
Yet, from a very young age we seem desperate to sit children down at a desk with a book or a worksheet.
The thing is, each time we do something we create a memory, if we do the same thing twice, we make the memory stronger (ie. Two worksheets, read two extracts from different sources). Yet, the more variety we add to the learning process the more memories we are making. This means the brain has more places to go to where it will find the information that it needs.
Beyond this, the more interactive we are with our learning, we are appealing to more of our senses. Again, this makes the memories stronger, we are giving the brain something concrete to hang onto. We are actively engaged with the learning, not just interacting on a passive level.
By offering more varied techniques we are also supporting more learning styles which means regardless how this child learns, they will benefit from having variety.
If you want more ideas on how you can support your child with their creative learning, pop over and check out the Clara James Approach, every month we will provide you with ideas to support your child with their maths and English.