Why to Encourage Hands-On Learning

Second-grade teacher Latika Jain has learned that there is no substitute for activities that require kids to use their hands as well as their minds except for Hands-on learning or Experiential learning. This mode is praised as a top teaching method providing numerous advantages to students in elementary classrooms.

Let's find out why!

#1 Inspiring a Love of Learning

Hearing a lecture or even watching a teacher perform a physical demonstration of a concept, cannot instill a passion for knowledge in a student as deeply as hands-on experience can. 
Learning by doing allows children to become personally invested in their own learning process. Becoming actively engaged in their education builds confidence.That confidence and self-reliance inspires children to embrace the learning process and enthusiastically seek out additional knowledge.

#2 Encouraging Experimentation

Once a concept has been taught and demonstrated, the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge is often given to students in the forms of written tests. This system adds pressure of performance and an attitude of evaluation to a time when learning should be treated as a practice period in which mistakes are allowed. In contrast, hands-on learning allows students to experiment as they test concepts with tactile equipment, learning as much from their failures as their successes.

#3 Aiding Comprehension

By definition, hands-on learning requires students to engage in the education process using multiple senses, including sight, hearing and touch senses in a way that promotes learning comprehension on multiple levels. 
This practice allows students to understand information and also to use it. For example, a young child may verbally acknowledge understanding basic math facts, but is unable to solve problems on an addition worksheet. Manipulating tactile math blocks allows that student to better comprehend the concepts by actively utilizing acquired knowledge.

#4 Improving Knowledge Retention

Tactile equipment that can be handled by the students increases the likelihood that knowledge learned will be retained. The joy and excitement that comes with engaging multiple senses through experimentation encourages students to participate in the learning process more often and for extended periods of time. This result in increasing the amount of practice a student engages in, which in turn improves knowledge retention.
As technology continues to evolve and impact society in countless ways, educators have been tasked with preparing the next generation to navigate an ever-changing world.  Experiential learning has proven to be a wonderful and a very effective way for children to learn. And Avishkaar Box (www.avishkaarbox.com) intends to provide incredible learning experiences right at the doorstep of the parents to prepare their children for tomorrow.

Because we believe Hands-On is Minds-On!

Team Avishkaar Box

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