Best New Learning Builds on Previous Knowledge

When your child is challenged by a new problem, the idea is to remind them of what they already know and build from there.  This can help make the task seem more manageable and provide a familiar strategy.

Let’s say your child has mastered 25 piece puzzles and they are starting on a 60 piece puzzle for the first time.  If they get to a point of frustration, you might remind them of previous strategies such as, “I remember the last puzzle you started by finding all the edge pieces.”  This helps them to break the big task into smaller tasks and puts them on a familiar path towards problem solving.

When your third grader is starting to learn her multiplication tables, you might start by showing her how multiplication is repeat addtion.  She’s already mastered addition so multiplication may seem a more managable task this way.

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