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Children learn best from experience

(From The Multigrade Teacher's Handbook, published by the Bureau of Elementary Education, Department of Education, Culture, and Sports, the Philippines, in cooperation with UNICEF, 1994.)

Children learn best from experience.

Children learn by doing, using their senses, exploring their environment of people, things, places and events.

They learn from first-hand and concrete experiences as well as vicarious forms of experiences, (e.g., storytelling, listening to another person, reading a book and looking at pictures, watching television or listening to the radio).

Children do not learn as effectively when they are passive. Active engagement with things and ideas promotes mental activity that helps students retain new learning and integrate it with what they already know.

If it is not possible to always provide concrete, first-hand experiences for the student, efforts must always be exerted so that the student will be able to understand the concept in a clear and concrete way.

For more information, see:

Many pathways of learning

Teaching styles for active learning

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