Learning Club — Preschool

The Powerful Brain Tool You Might be Overlooking

The Powerful Brain Tool You Might be Overlooking

Flashcards: do they seem a little old school to you in this day of online learning games and apps? It might be time to reconsider your perspective, because according to Michael Nielsen, a scientist who researches deep learning and neural networks, flashcards are a quick but powerful way to master subjects, even complex ones. Nielsen says it took him two years to memorize 9,000 flashcards while spending 20 minutes a day reviewing them. Even if you aren’t interested in memorizing tens of thousands of tidbits of information, Nielsen’s story demonstrates that flashcards can be a very useful tool to help...

Read more →


Teaching Your Kinesthetic Learner

Teaching Your Kinesthetic Learner

Here at merka, we’ve discussed the theory of various learning styles, one or more of which may apply to your child or student. Thinking in terms of learning styles can help us as parents or teachers to work with our kids in the most helpful way for them. What is a kinesthetic learner? Simply put, a kinesthetic learner is someone who processes and encodes information better when moving. Whether your child is homeschooled or attends traditional school all day, you can supplement their education with movement-based learning activities. (These can be fun for all types of learners, too!) Help your...

Read more →


The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

Giving kids a sense of their place in history can orient them to their identity and culture. Knowing history allows us to form a mental image of when any given historical event took place. For example, you may have never heard of the AD 17 Lydia earthquake, but if you have a general knowledge of ancient history, you might hear about this earthquake and you’ll have a sense of what the world was like at that time. Learning the fundamentals of ancient, medieval, and modern history gives you a framework to understand the passage of time and how our world...

Read more →


Creative Learning Activities for the Holidays

Creative Learning Activities for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and when your child is home from school, it’s a great time to involve them in holiday-related activities that can still foster learning and give them lots of fun experiences and memories. Here are some of our favorite ideas!   Family traditions Traditions are very valuable to kids, and the holidays are a time of year when you can make memories that will last them their whole lives. Whatever your family enjoys can be a tradition; it doesn’t to be Pinterest-perfect or just like what other families do. What matters is putting...

Read more →