Study Aids Help Children

by blackspanielgallery

Study aids for early education has become more important than ever. The need is real.

Study aids such as posters and flip books once were used mainly by teachers. Now, with changes in education, other uses have emerged.

Unfortunately, many classes went online. What was the result, and what will continue to be the result? The immediate result was many students did not fully develop to their potential. And if online education continues to have a role, albeit less than during the pandemic, there is a danger of even more damage being done.

Online education has advantages. Students can pace themselves. If it takes twice as long to master something online classes can accommodate this need. The disadvantage is that online education is not for everyone. It is for the highly motivated students, but it becomes an encumbrance for those students who view going online as a chance to shorten their lessons and not fully address their studies.

The Problem in Education

Now that online education has been developed, albeit less than satisfactorily, there is a danger of schools reverting to online presentations to solve days of severe weather interrupting education.  This is one example, but others exist.  It is too easy to simply send out a message that a school will be online for one or even more days.

Issue One, Catching Up

After students have been online getting back to the level where they should be requires some refreshing.  But not all students need the same amount of catching up. 

 

An involved parent will certainly probe understanding of skill levels that should have been attained.  This can be done by using posters and flip books that are grade appropriate.   A parent can use these tools to probe a student’s understanding of a topic.  Students can then study using these tools to get up to their needed level if it is determined that there is a need to do so. 

Issue Two, Online Emergencies

The same tools can be used when a school temporarily goes online, or if the student is absent due to an illness.  Schools can now go online for weather.  Severe weather days off may be a thing of the past for some schools.

 

While this looks good as first glance, we must ask whether the substituted classes are of the same value as regular classes.

 

Homeschool

Resources

For children being homeschooled, the home is the classroom.  Set aside an area where educational aids can be stored, accessed when needed, and utilized in the learning process. 

Flip Books

Flip books are multiple page books that set on a triangular stand.  The base of the triangle is the support while the book opens over the top edge of the stand.  Pages can be flipped, revealing more material.  Often the pages are printed on both sides, so turning the stand around is necessary.

 

Flip books can be used for longer topics, or for related topics.  It is common to find flip books for material from a given grade level.  So, it is possible to review all math ideas necessary for, say third grade, mastery.

 

These can be higher in price than a poster but sharing with others in a small group can make the cost manageable.

Posters

Posters can address a single topic, or they can be grouped to address multiple topics.  Purchasing a group of posters is more economical than purchasing many single posters. 

 

One thing to keep in mind is that there might be a need for a set of posters for mathematics topics and a need for a different set of posters for English.  Whatever the subject, the group of posters will often be subject specific.

 

Fortunately, material often is repeated at lower grade levels, so a poster set might serve several years of needs.

 

As with flip books, sharing with others is an economic option.

 

Poster sets can mimic flip books if an easel is used.

Practice Problems

Practice is important, especially in mathematics.  If you can find topical practice problems in a book it is wise to augment your presentation tools with it.  Otherwise create your own problem set. 

 

Choose carefully.  There must be answers.  Practicing without being able to check answers is counter-productive.

 

Create added problems if necessary.  Use a good calculator to solve the problems that you create.  This will reduce careless errors.  Do so out of sight of the student, for the techniques of solving problems is itself a needed skill.  If the student sees you using a calculator an apathetic attitude might develop.

 

Choose Well

There are so many study aids, even if limited to these types, that cost of obtaining all of them is prohibitive.  Worse, if a student is pushed into using too much time to studying the student may shut down.  Be reasonable.

Resource Availability

Resources are most abundant in arithmetic and in English, but some exist for other areas of study.  S.T.E.M. resources can be found more than resources for many other fields.  But do not hesitate to look for other fields to be represented with quality resources, albeit fewer in number.

 

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The introduction image is a my own.

Updated: 08/26/2022, blackspanielgallery
 
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blackspanielgallery 28 days ago

The real problem with online is keeping the students focused. There is too much difficulty in motivating students who may be doing other things outside the camera field of view.

WriterArtist 28 days ago

Agree with you on aids for children to grasp the fundamentals correctly. Online education can supplement the knowledge during pandemics or otherwise but cannot replace classrooms. Classrooms and teachers help grow students with interaction activities and social bonding.

Veronica 29 days ago

Thank you .

blackspanielgallery on 08/27/2022

If you go to the sources, the one shown are from Newpath Learning and Daydream Education. Their websites have quite a selection, and can be searched by key words. In fact, one of them claims to be the largest poster supplier for the U. K., and uses maths with an "s" for some posters. It is something we all have to be aware of, since people looking might either want math or maths depending on location. With that in mind I recommend going directly to the source. One site advertises it has 1000+ posters, so I choose a sample. The sample aimed at grade groups, single topics, and flip books, with a variety of subjects represented. Because of space limits I did not include those in Spanish, but they also exist, and there is a need.

blackspanielgallery on 08/27/2022

When I was still teaching I was aware of rocks and minerals charts, some showing quite a few. I did not acquire any posters because we had an enormous amount of samples. I believe I had about 14 different types of sets, with multiple boxes of most types for the students to use.

Veronica on 08/27/2022

BSG
As always you research such wonderful resources to support your information. As a teacher , I appreciate it when parents support their children's learning. Infact , I bought a phonics chart for Frank's grandson's bedroom wall!

I am presently looking for a rocks and minerals chart for my 9 year old grandson.

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