Spotting careless mistakes in your child’s work is a common but frustrating occurrence for many parents, especially if these mistakes cost marks in an important assignment or during the examinations.
And I’m sure many parents have well-intentionally reminded their children to “Be more careful with your work” or “Remember to double-check after you finish” And yet, these reminders do not seem to work much effect.
Well, besides reminders and patience, we can adopt a more ACTIVE approach to nip this issue in the bud and empower the child to build the ability and keen-ness towards details and ‘subtle’ differences in his/her work.
The ability to observe and see details is a learning skill known as Visual Discrimination. And in school, children need to tap into this skill on a daily basis such as when they are reading words, copying from the board or learning spelling.
Using a simple passage to illustrate the use of Visual Discrimination:
Today, our teacher brought us to the dairy farm to see how cows are milked. I was really scared of the cows but my teacher told us cows are sacred animals in India. I’m going to write about the visit in my diary tonight.
**What can you notice about the words highlighted in red? (Answer: same letters, different order)
And, how about Visual Discrimination for the following Chinese words?
大 太 犬
待 持 诗
** Again, words written with almost the same strokes but just in different positions or different sides
Now, take a moment to think about how many such similarly-looking words a child would encounter over the course of his/her learning; and it would not be hard to imagine the immense amount of visual information (shapes, words, numbers, sentences) a child needs to discriminate on a daily basis.
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