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Learning generally involves a lot of writing. Maybe it isn’t handwritten, but maybe on a board or computer? (I almost wrote typewriter. Hello!) We also tend to sit quietly and read internally whatever we are trying to learn from. Is this the best way of learning? Do we find ourselves at a mental roadblock because we just cannot understand what we are trying to learn? If it involves a book of any kind, textbook or not, why not say the work out loud instead?
Saying things out loud gives our brains something new to do
Yes, we can mix up our school hours a little differently by moving around or playing games, but what if neither of those options is available? Maybe your child or yourself is finding it hard to really concentrate on the subject at hand. New concepts can be difficult for us to grasp when we are looking at seemingly endless words and it isn’t connecting the first time – or second or third!
That’s okay. Give your kid’s brain something new to do by having them do their school work out loud. This really is not a radical idea but it isn’t something we think about naturally. One example from our household is grammar. Grammar is a subject that we do in easy, incremental steps. In my mind, it’s pretty cut and dry, but for my kids, these are new ideas and rules they are learning. It can seem overwhelming trying to understand how our language works and how to apply it properly. There have been occasional tears over this and that is my cue to gently say “Why don’t we do our grammar lesson out loud instead of writing it?” My kids are always eager to do this; grammar becomes somewhat of a game and our brains are given something new to do.
Doing work out loud builds relationships
Huh? Builds relationships? Yes! When my children and I move from sitting down together and looking at a text to putting the text down and looking at each other, we are interacting on a different level. When we look at each other while reciting helping verbs, we are also speaking to each other instead of focusing on a book. I’d like to say that any prior frustrating melts away – it doesn’t always – but many problems seem to diminish because learning alone becomes learning together. Reading out loud forces me to look the other person in the eye. I’m reminded of their learning style and personality and can change the way we are approaching school that day quickly. Reading silently from a book does not do that.
Out loud means we are remembering more
Everyone has different ways of memorization. One way my kids and I learn to memorize is by saying out loud what we need to remember. When you do school orally, you are using the same method. You are not necessarily repeating the same thing over and over again – though, with grammar lessons, that would not surprise me! – but you are adding one more step to the learning process. A person remembers what they say out loud more than they will remember what they might read in passing. It really doesn’t matter what we are learning about. It will more than likely be remembered easily as you verbally express it.
Bonus tip: With anything that involves a list, especially something such as grammar, sing the list out loud with a well-known melody. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a pretty good one for this.
Any way that school happens, there are going to be times when how things are usually done just come full stop. This doesn’t mean that learning has to end. Maybe something just needs to be mixed up and done differently. Read the school work out loud instead of just reading it quietly. This gives our brains a break by doing something new, builds relationships, and helps us remember the subject matter.
Do you like learning out loud? Have you tried it yourself or with your kids? If not, give it a try and let me know how it goes. Comment below or contact me from that little email icon up to the top right.