Boys have a bad reputation of not learning as quick as girls, and I have to go against this theory. As a teacher I have learned, it is how you introduce material to boys that makes the difference.
My second year of teaching, my school decided to have gender based classrooms. I was assigned two classes full of boys and two classes full of girls (not even going to lie… I was extremely nervous having a full class of boys) . To effectively teach by gender, we researched and taught our classes totally different.
Of course, girls are more verbal humans (Gossip Queens) while the boys learned more with interactive activities. So when I taught the boys, I would try to make it more active by using games such as basketball, football, races, nerf guns, etc. I am here to tell you…. I saw a MAJOR growth in those boys.
With that being said… I have learned my son also learns more through interactive and fun learning activities, so I try to figure out different ways to teach him through his new passions.
The day we put together this train set, my son fell in love. It was a beautiful relationship they created. He would literally just sit there and watch the train go around and around the track (I was bored after the first round, but he was mesmerized).
Finally…. I decided to make a learning moment out of his new best friend.
Here is what I used:
-Number cards (Here is a free printable)
-Figurines or anything he can count (I wanted to use items he could categorize: 1-ninja turtle, two army men, 3 wrestlers, 4 farm animals, and 5 dinosaurs)
I set this baby up during his nap time (knowing it would all get knocked down if I even thought about attempting to set it up with two babies running around).
There were 5 different stations set up. Each station consisted of the number card I attached to a standing mini sign, and the figurines that matched the number.
Brooks and I counted the figurines together in each station as I pointed at the number on the sign (I wanted to make the connection to the number as we counted).
I explained to him we would go to each station to pick up some train riders starting with Station 1.
We took the train to each station and picked up all the riders. As we stopped, I always pointed at the number and counted the riders as we placed them in the train car. Not going to lie, I think I may have enjoyed this activity more than he did. I could listen to his sweet little voice counting those figurines for hours (maybe even make a CD out of it and play it on repeat…. seriously it’s that sweet).
Learning can never happen too soon and making learning fun will ALWAYS be effective!
It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
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