“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.”— Plato
The quote above is by the world renowned philosopher Plato. Seems he knew the secret code of kids.
Hence the BEST way to start a tutoring session with young kids is through a play based activity.
Why is it beneficial?
– Kid’s brain’s love the interaction. They go into a state of super learning, their stress receptors are off, and their “curiousity” sensors are switched on ready to roll!
– Kid’s feel they get to contribute to their session from the very start, and also share some of their emotional expression through the play activity.
– It’s a great way to warm up in the language, as well as to the teacher, because most kids are learning English as a second language.
The video above comes from an engage activity from Mr Jamie’s 50/50 Oral and Phonics session. As you can see we got busy creating and constructing with Duplo. The child was more than willing to share the results and describe her creation. She was now in a flow state of productivity, a perfect state of mind to be in to begin our session.
— Mr Jamie