Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
Our Learning Prayer…
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
The darkness of ignorance I was born in
my spiritual master has opened my eyes
With the torchlight of knowledge
I offer my respectful obeisances
Every morning we recite this ancient Sanskrit prayer in preparation to learn. Srila Prabhupada told one devotee to recite this before learning anything new. It’s a great way to start the day and now we are learning the English translation.
Learning Focus – Buddy Learning
Children learn in many ways. One way to help them learn is to do buddy learning and teaching. This buddy system benefits not only the learner, but the teacher too. On Thursday afternoons we have buddy learning with Sita Rama Class. In this way each child gets a ‘buddy’ to give them individual learning. The ‘buddy teacher’ learns too. What do they learn? Well, they learn lots of patience and they learn kindness and how to teach others something that they already know. This buddy system also connects children of different ages who might not ordinarily interact with each other and this is important in itself. So take a peek at what we did this week in Buddy Learning!
Nadia’s Special Show and Tell!
Nadia was so excited about her show and tell…and with good reason. She showed us some yummy chocolate covered dates that she had made with her mum, told us how she made them and then handed everyone a treat to try. Needles to say they were very popular!
Thanks everyone for sending those plastic bags back each day with the readers so that your child can choose a new book for take home reading. And don’t worry if you forget…just read the same book again…repetitive reading is great practice for young readers…see the following research article below!
Repetitive reading helps kids learn – research
It’s the bedtime ritual many parents have to endure – being asked to read the same book for the umpteenth time.
But while the constant repetition might be mind-numbing for mum or dad, it is the best way for toddlers and young children to learn new words, according to a study.
The findings suggest parents are wasting money spending a fortune on books when a small selection of favourites can achieve far better results.
Researchers visited a group of three-year-old children several times during the course of a week.
Half of them heard the same story back-to-back while the rest were read three different books. Both groups were exposed to six new words.
When they were tested a week later, the ones who heard the same story over and over again remembered an average of 3.6 new words. But those exposed to a variety of stories typically remembered only 2.6.
Dr Jessica Horst, from the University of Sussex, said: “Kids actually learn better when the information that they are not even trying to learn is repeated.”
Dr Horst has already introduced the technique to her 19-month-old son.
“I read the same books to him. Sometimes, every single day he wants the same books,” she said.
“We are showing that less is more, to a point. Obviously, the more times you read to a child and the more books you have will help them.
“But you don’t need to go crazy and buy every single Thomas the Tank Engine book. Reading the same books over and over again helps.”
One in three parents says they don’t read to their children before putting them to bed.
But research suggests half an hour of story time every night can improve a young child’s reading age by nearly two years in less than five months.
Jessica shows the Boys!
Watch out for this Ksatriya (Warrior) Princess! She means business!