Sunday, March 10, 2013 was a pretty historic day for students who competed at Mathematics Gasing semifinal competition at SDN Polowijen 1. During this competition, the students looked so relaxed. While waiting for further announcements, the students were playing or singing with no shades of tension.
Finally, eight Charis’ students went to the final. The result is:
This four children won the trophy, but for us as teachers; seeing the joy and the courage of the students who struggle in tight competition is a matter of pride. Even those who did not won any trophy congratulated the winners with smiles and big hearts. They are the true champions, indeed.
Did you know that puzzles increase the following abilities?
At Charis, our teachers are learning about the effectiveness of puzzles in teaching children skills and concepts.
The skills acquired while completing puzzles are a foundational part of successful learning. Solving puzzles develops several functions of the brain simultaneously while children learn and have fun. Puzzles nurture children’s abilities to reason, deduce, analyze, and sequence. Puzzles develop logical thought and problem solving skills. Puzzles nurture skills like visual perception and analysis, fine-motor control, project completion and patience. Puzzles are engaging. They can be played alone or in a group, and they cover a wide variety of subjects and skill areas. What some adults may see as just a “toy” is actually a valuable teaching tool.
At Charis we recognize that children have various learning styles, and puzzles require our students to use more than one type of learning aptitude in the process of solving them. The most obvious learning style for solving a puzzle is visual. Puzzles are also good for the kinesthetic tendencies of learners. Kinesthetic learners grow through practical hands-on activities. For children with an auditory preference in learning, conversation about the correlations in a puzzle needs to happen at the same time as the puzzle is being done.
FIVE Tips for Teaching puzzle skills to children
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