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Title: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education

Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education
  • Hands On Learning
  • Week 6

Hands On Education
  • What is Hands On Learning?
  • How do you create Hands On educational
  • What materials do you need to create these
  • Where can Hands On Learning take place?
  • What are some Hands On Learning Resources?

What is hands-on learning?
  • Hands on learning is education presented through
    which children are able to experience education
    in a tangible fashion.

What is hands-on learning?
  • Hands on learning is very important in the
    development of young children. They are in the
    preoperational stage and love to feel, touch and
    experience everything. They are still exploring
    the world around them as attempt to understand
    what they here, see, smell, touch and taste.
    Using all of these senses helps the children
    develop more understanding and knowledge.

What is hands-on learning?
  • Hands On Learning creates opportunities for
    children to taste, see, touch and experience
    life, lessons and their educational experiences.
  • This is very important to their development as
    they understand not only the concept but also the
  • For young children the process is important than
    the product. The process is how they are doing
    it. The product is how it turns out, the outcome.
    In art and especially music, the process is more
    clear. However, in other subjects it is more
    difficult to determine the process and product.
    In Bible lessons, Sunday Schools lessons and any
    other lesson where biblical concepts are shared,
    the process is the stories, concepts and hands on
    learning experiences that help the children
    understand what information is genuinely being

How do you create Hands On educational
  • Hands On Learning creates lessons that students
    an individually or as a group interact with the
    teacher, other students, learning concepts, and
    other adults.

How do you create Hands On educational
  • Young children learn best by doing. This form of
    learning helps them perform and learn the best
    way possible. The more they are able to
    experience lessons the better the children will
    do and the better they will learn.
  • Creating opportunities for hands on learning
    should be integrated in every part of the
    classroom, Childrens Bible Study, Sunday School
    and Childrens Church.
  • Integrating hands on learning is very simply
    done. Allow the children to create or make a
    giant Goliath, when learning about David and
    Goliath. Talk to them about their experiences,
    how they felt, how things looked. Help the
    correlate their emotions with those that David
    may have had. Allow t hem to role play and
    experience the situation. Likewise, in math when
    the are looking at shapes or numbers they should
    be able to create a triangle with a group of
    students, with string, using paper and by
    creating imaginative ways to create
    shapes/numbers. When adding using manipulatives.

How do you create Hands On educational
  • Creating Hands On lessons also integrates lesson
    and subjects. This helps link subjects, concepts,
    and ideas for young children.
  • Integrating lessons also helps in creating hands
    on learning. Putting reading and social science
    together creates more hands on learning for one
    assignment, concept or teaching moment.
  • Integrating learning is when subjects are
    intermingled in order to offer a more complete
    education and learning experience for children.
  • Using integrating is not the only way to create
    hands on learning opportunities. Using what is
    natural for children to create learning
    experiences is very beneficial for children as
    well. Play as learning is a phrase that will be
    used repeatedly in education for young children.

What materials do you need to create these
  • The materials needed to create hands on
    opportunities for students are manipulatives,
    toys, puppets, paper, stuffed animals, art
    supplies, a creative mind and a great
    imagination. The types of materials that you may
    need for each lesson is going to be based on what
    your activity will be. Following the natural
    desires of the children will help you build a
    base of knowledge of what type of hands on
    learning materials may be needed. Look at your
    lesson and consider what would make that activity
    fun and help the children learn the most.

Where can Hands On Learning take place?
  • Hands On Learning can take place at any time and
    in any place. There should supervision, rules and
    certain constraints to keep the children safe,
    but it should be extremely fun.
  • Hands On Learning can take place anywhere, but
    should take place in a learning environment where
    the teacher can allow exploration, education and
  • Hands On Learning can take place at any time, but
    should follow the lesson, educational experiences
    or precede them. It should be in correlation with
    some lesson that the children are learning or
    plan to be learning.

What are some Hands On Learning Resources?
  • Hands On Bible Curriculum is one hands on
    curriculum. The website for this curriculum is
    very helpful in developing hands on activities.

  • D.A.P.- Developmentally Appropriate Practices are
    defined by the National Association of Young
    Children (NAEYC), as those practices by educators
    that are appropriate for children in a particular
    age group based on their developmental growth
    determined by ages and stages and Piagets stages
    of development.

  1. Write a definition, in your own words for hands
    on learning. Please consider all that hands on
    learning includes and write a definition as
    completely as possible.
  2. In your own words, define the words process and
    product in relationship to hands on learning.
  3. What makes learning hands on?
  4. What is play as learning?
  5. Name at least three Hands On resources.

  • Do you believe that hands on learning is really
    beneficial to young children? Please explain in
    detail why or why not. It is very important that
    you understand where you stand on this issue and
    that whether or not you utilize all the
    information in this course, you need to be able
    to verbalize and articulate your ideas. Feel free
    to share your ideas with your colleagues,
    classmates and other educators.

  • Create a hands on lesson plan for any early
    childhood education age group. Specify the age
    group (i.e., 3s, 4s, 5s, 1st grade, etc.), the
    subject/lesson, and write a clear lesson plan.
    Explain what you are doing and be clear about the
    hands on portion of the lesson plan. Do not
    assume the audience knows what you are talking
    about. Instead assume that you are writing the
    lesson plan for a person who does not have
    experience with teaching, young children, or
    lesson plans. Be specific and extremely clear.
    The grading for this assignment will be less
    merciful if you assume otherwise. Consider state
    standards, developmentally appropriate practices,
    and your own style. Integrated educational
    opportunities should be include, no subject can
    stand alone. Neither should any lesson/lesson
    plan be without some type o f underlying biblical