Author – Shriya Agarwal
Like they say, Hands-on is Minds-on. Read on to come to this conclusion!
Despite having studied Anatomy and understanding a lot of the related concepts very well, when I performed ThinkTac’s TACtivity where I had to prepare a ball-and-socket joint model myself, using plastic balls and pencils, not only did I have a lot of fun but also improved my clarity about the concept of the functioning of the joint. Me performing the activity is the first image that pops up in my mind when I hear ball-and-socket joint anywhere. It is as if the moment has been imprinted in my long-term memory. That’s hands-on learning: learning by doing.
Benefits of Adopting Hands-on Learning
EFFECT ON THE CHILD’S MEMORY
Indeed, learning actively helps children in retaining information for a longer time as it involves more number of senses and helps in learning through trial and error. Not only does it provide them an engaging environment but also helps in developing their critical-thinking skills.
INSTRUMENTAL IN SHAPING CHILD’S APPROACH
In the real world, spoon-feeding doesn’t work for long and children must learn to execute tasks themselves. Hands-on learning helps in building confidence and increasing self-belief. It also reduces dependency and helps in developing leadership qualities. The children start to focus on solutions rather than complaining, and learn to fix problems on their own. They come to know exactly where they get stuck and what their strengths and weakness are.
ENHANCING CREATIVITY & ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT
Hands-on learning helps children in exploring their creativity and ways of achieving the same results through the implementation of different ideas, thus, encouraging independent thought process and intuitive learning. As a result, it helps children in putting knowledge to use in real-world situations.
Hands-on Learning Vs Traditional Book Reading
Imagine teaching your child to cycle. Now imagine teaching them cycling using a book. When they really begin cycling, they will be clueless. The traditional book education system is no different from this.
Unless children take part in such activities, they will never learn how to actually swim or cycle no matter how much they read about it.
But of course, if they know the basics and they want to try learning new tricks, books can without a doubt aid the process.
Undeniably, it’s easy to learn about something when we have to see or experience it. Hands-on learning promotes experiential learning and decreases the need to cram. However, hands-on learning should not be a replacement for the traditional book-reading method.
You can make the most of the two when they share a symbiotic relationship. Without hands-on learning, it is difficult to implement bookish knowledge to its full potential!
ThinkTac promotes a hands-on method of learning in the science concepts taught at schools today. If you think your children love science, then ThinkTac’s range of programs and products would be the best toys you can equip your kids with!
So, if you think your children find it hard to understand the science concepts taught at schools, well then, what better way to teach them science and clear their concepts than getting down and dirty with some hands-on science!