I think of myself sitting in a lecture about mutual funds and financial planning. I could sit there but I do not find this topic of any interest. I will struggle to visually and auditorally attend because I am not excited about this new information. Over time, I will learn this if I gave it great effort but the motivation is so limited.
Place me in a lecture hall about childhood brain development and I am captivated! I will learn it quickly, give the information great attention, use it in my work and remember it long after the lecture is over.
Given that we all learn about things that matter to us, it is of the greatest importance to use materials, activities and games that children like best when teaching concepts in all areas. This is especially true for children with CVI due to the characteristic of Novelty. If we know that children like certain toys, games or materials, we know these are visually, auditorally and tactilely familiar. Children will have the greatest overall abilities and motivation using these favorite things.
Who knows about children’s favorite things? Parents! Here is a “Likes List” that I developed to gather this valuable information from the people who know children best:
I wonder if I could ask you very busy parents to do a bit of work? We all feel that the optimal way to begin our relationship with children is to meet them with their favorite things and activities. Children learn best when they are engaged in activities of interest to them (I think we all do!)
Could I ask you to create a “likes” list for me?
- What are your child’s favorite:
- Cartoon characters
- People and favorite activities with those people
- IPAD apps
- Rough housing games
- TV shows
Thank you. I can’t tell you how much this will help!
Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments