Whether it’s at school or in a child care facility, it’s important for students to learn together in small groups to solve a problem or work on a project. Students can learn from each other and improve skills as they work towards a common goal. Here are some reasons that collaborative learning is important.
What Are Some Advantages of Collaborative Learning?
1. Develop Oral Communication Skills
When working together, students need to learn to state their thoughts and ideas verbally. This is an important skill for them to take into school. The group will provide feedback to each other and communicate to solve problems.
In addition, many collaborative projects ask each group to share what they learned with other children at the child care center. Getting up in front of a room full of peers will your child develop confidence in their public speaking skills, which they can apply throughout their life.
2. Learn From Peers
It’s important for children to learn that every one of their school or child care classmates has interesting ideas. Different students will have varying skills and passions, as well as unique thought processes. This will help your child develop a diverse perspective and learn to think about an issue from all angles.
3. Create New Friendships
In a school or child care setting, children tend to be happier when they have close friendships. However, some kids have trouble developing these relationships on their own.
If the instructor assigns a group project, kids have an opportunity to get to know their peers better. Sometimes, these connections turn into real friendships. This helps children enjoy their time in child care or school and learn more about proper social interactions.
If you want your child to participate in collaborative learning, bring them to A Rising Star Children’s Center in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. They have more than 50 years of combined teaching experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. They offer before-and after-school programs. Visit their website for more information on their services, or call (914) 862-4283 to discuss enrollment.