early childhood education

Early Age Education: From tutoring to application based learning

Introduction:

Socrates once said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” With this, Socrates revealed that the true goal of Education is to nourish and strengthen the learner’s capacity, rather than memorizing facts and information without any deeper thought on the matter. However, the habit of learning through practical examples and thinking critically begins at very young and naïve age. This ‘raw age’ of your child is the perfect time to instil confidence, moral values and healthy habits in them. In fact, introducing early-age practical learning into your child’s daily routine will help them to absorb their surrounding, learn new concepts by examples, retain knowledge and experience curiosity into the areas of interest.

Therefore, it is essential to recognize the importance of early childhood education and understand how it would affect your child’s overall personality:

Importance of Early Age Education:

The first five years of a child’s life plays a crucial role in their overall well-being, as it affects their physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development. These years can be also considered as the cornerstone that shapes your child’s future health, mental growth, emotional development and learning abilities. Therefore, ‘Early Childhood Education (ECE)’ is important as it inspires young minds, gives them the joy of learning, and forms a solid foundation for lifelong success.

Early Age Education aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs; while making them ready for the future competition. Numerous research have demonstrated the importance of early age education as an essential building block of a child’s successful future. Also, Quality early education can help the child to discover new experiences, environments, and peers, while making a positive difference in their lives. In simpler words, early-age education can have a long-lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed, both academically and socially.

Investment in early education can improve your child’s cognitive abilities and thereby enhance their critical behavioral traits like sociability, motivation and self-esteem. Moreover, when we look around the world, we continually see examples of excellence in ECE, like ‘STEM’ and ‘STREAM’ education — that provides high-quality experiences for young learners. Elaborating this example further, let’s discover how exposure of STEM subjects at an early age can have a great impact on your child’s overall development.

Inquiry-based STEM education in the early years is a collaborative process — that encourages the child to raise questions and explore different areas of science, technology, engineering and Math. As STEM advocates a blended learning environment, it familiarizes the child with scientific processes and help them to think scientifically. Teaching STEM in the early years can help your child in growing into an individual — who understands theoretical concepts, links them to real-life scenarios, analyze the reasoning skills and take critical decisions accordingly. STEM brings a paradigm shift in early learning and attempts to keep curiosity and genius streak intact through the growing years. While kindling child’s inquisitive minds, early STEM education can provide a pathway for young learners to shape their own learnings and stimulate their thought process.

Why prefer application-based learning over tutoring:

In order to hone the innate abilities and turn them into vocational assets, your child’s brain need to be developed and stimulated appropriately. While traditional learning methods can slow down the absorption rate, and create a lack of interest in the subject, ‘Application-based learning’ can have a dramatic impact on the learner’s mind-set.

The concept of ‘Knowledge-based tutoring’ aims to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts through delivery of facts; whereas, the application-based methodology follows the ‘Explore, Engage and Experiment’ principle. As application-based learning is self-directed in nature, it promotes self-confidence, critical thinking and independent thought and action, while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth. Further, practical learning also enables the child to pursue their own areas of interest and deal with problems as they arise in a real-life situations. For example, your child will not simply work out that 2+2 equals to 4, because the school teacher says it, instead they will work out how many toys they have, how many biscuits can be distributed among their friends or how much origami paper would be required to cover a 3 x 3 crayon box. Such kind of practical learning will not only help the child to move beyond rote memorization but also develop significant abilities and discover their maximum potential. Moreover, when kids are encouraged to explore, experiment and learn independently through activity-based techniques, they start developing ‘Higher Order Thinking Skills’ of Logic, Analysis, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Innovation, and Communication.

Considering the current scenario, top-tier foreign schools organise professionally-crafted activities that helps the child to instil a passion for lifelong learning and critical thinking. These activities are designed in such a way that it can build adaptive, cognitive, language, physical, and social skills of your children. Such playful activities not only increase their thirst for knowledge but also enhance the personality development of the child. In simpler words, ‘Application-based Learning’ keeps an intentional focus on enabling the child to think critically, solve problems, anticipate cause and effect, and make an effective decision through it.

How BeyondSkool can help?

Investing in your child’s early education puts young minds on a promising path for lifelong learning and future success, in the workplace and global economy at large. While access to ECE is instrumental to childhood development, BeyondSkool can play a crucial role in preparing your child for a successful future.

With the dream of imparting quality hands-on learning and empowering young minds to innovate and create, BeyondSkool has designed the world’s first integrated ‘IQ+EQ+CQ’ curriculum for kids. BeyondSkool blends theory with experiential learning which helps develop creativity, curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving skills. BeyondSkool helps your child to build a stronger foundation for a thriving future on the academic as well as at the professional front. In order to curate interactive and engaging sessions, BeyondSkool’s pedagogy is based on inquiry-based learning — where educator-to-child and child-to-child engagement is the only priority. As student-teacher ratio is one of the strongest indicators of student’s academic success and engagement, BeyondSkool boasts an impressive 1:4 teacher-student ratio against 1–60 in traditional schools. At BeyondSkool, the content-rich pedagogy and experienced educators helps your child in enriching educational experience by showing them real-life applications of theories and building the habit of ‘conceptual learning’ in them.

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