How to make language creative for children
The teaching of children especially when it comes to language, needs a lot of care because what they learn can create them or (in effect) ruin them. Again, teaching isn't just teaching, but teaching with the aim of making them able to retrieve, create, and recreate whatever they learn. This is in order to make them fit in the current world that requires creativity and adaptive minds for survival. We shall therefore take a look at some of the ways that an individual may use to teach children to become creative both at school and at home. These tips are for all kinds of children across the world regardless of the language and they are as follows.
Firstly, teach your children through repetition, the purpose of teaching through repetition is to make whatever you are teaching to be memorable to them, repetition is vital when teaching children since their memory banks are not well developed and therefore teaching through repetition will improve their memory. Improvement of their memory will boost the ability to retrieve stored information and therefore they will be able to modify whatever they have in mind and create the new concept basing on what they have in their memory (LTM). As well, you can ask them to narrate all what they know, and when doing so, whatever they for will be creatively be retrieved.
Secondly, you can teach them by involving engaging activities, if it is a story, ask them to retell the story to their friend, if it is making drawings, do not do for them, let them do it on their own as long as you provide the figure you want them to draw. Use as many pictorial aids as much as possible, and also engage them in reading as much as you can. You can as well allow them play computer games for a limited number of times, there are other games such as brick games that can help them build their ability to create and recreate different kinds of information.
Thirdly, create a positive learning environment, do not use the kind of environment that will make them give up with learning, positive environment will help to reinforce their willingness to learn. Here- positive environment may involve rewards, according to B.F. Skinner, use of positive reinforcement increases the probability of a desired characteristic or behavior to reoccur in future. Therefore if a children does anything creative, you need to appreciate or even reward them.
Lastly, you should be more practical, being more practical means using a lot of demonstrations while teaching kids, if you are teaching them about animals such as cows, allow them to do it practically by providing for them with molds for them to create the molds that takes after the shapes of such kinds of animals. Ask them to describe whatever they have created in their own words, you should make sure that you make a close interaction with them and give them direction so as they think and create correct things without struggling and free of any form of interaction. Take the minimum time possible of passing your concept because their minds gets tired easily.