How to Make Your Teachable Moment Memorable
Teachable moments are instances where your child is open to learning. They are the perfect time to teach them because whatever is learned during these moments is absorbed immediately. However, despite these optimal learning conditions, your child will retain very little if you lecture them. A large percentage of the world’s population are visual learners. This means that to grasp what you are teaching, they need a visual aid to help turn those abstract concepts into concrete ones.
What is visual learning?
Visual learning is a learning style where kids have to see something for them to learn. For instance, watching a video, looking at a diagram, or a live demonstration. For kids, vision is the first sense that develops. It becomes the dominant way they learn about the world; that’s why 65 percent of the world’s population are visual learners.
As they grow, their other senses develop, and about 30 percent become auditory learners who understand more through reading and listening, and the remaining 5 percent becoming kinesthetic or tactile learners.
Why visuals matter when teaching kids
They help kids understand what they are taught.
Visual aids encourage kids to make associations between different pieces of information and serve as memory aids. For example, the hot air balloon or palm tree papercraft activities from Unstationary. The tangible item they create, whether it’s the palm tree or hot air balloon, helps them make sense of what they learned and is a visual reminder of the lesson.
The more your child sees it, the more they remember the lesson they learned. They are able to understand concepts faster and retain what they learned longer. This visual relationship helps them create long-term memories and improves learning. This creates a more impactful lesson that has a better chance of sticking.
It keeps them engaged.
Whether it’s crafts, images, videos, or diagrams, visual aids help kids focus on what you are saying and stay engaged. Kids, especially younger ones, have a very short attention span meaning you have a limited amount of time to teach them before they lose interest.
If you spent that time talking, there’s a high chance they will zone out and miss everything you are saying. However, if you utilize things such as puppets, drawings, toys, colors, and so on, they are more likely to pay attention to you and stay engaged.
To wrap up
It’s harder to ignore that kids these days are more visually stimulated. Growing up in a visually oriented world has changed how they learn and understand things. For them to truly learn, they need to be taught how they learn best visually. That’s why every kit and free teachable moment activity shared at Unstationary ends with something tangible.
That said, visuals can’t stand on their own. Accompany them with an explanation; else they won't work as intended. Visuals work hand in hand with words because your child still needs you to explain what they are looking at or making.