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Making age-appropriate learning content

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

You’ve seen it at the movies, in T.V. shows, puzzles, games, books, nutrition and even in the clothing industry. Age-themed ratings are genuinely all around us. But why? Logic dictates that these ratings stop people from purchasing inappropriate products when shopping for someone else.

But while it is there to protect and maintain innocence, it is more commonly used as a tool for the individual striving to make an informed purchasing decision. Age-appropriate content through age-appropriate platforms is the answer to the question “How can we protect our children from the plethora of content coming their way?”. Such appropriate platforms include Netflix’s “Just for kids” section where ads and content are filtered to guarantee safety. Age-appropriate ratings are also used in various methods during education. Read on to know how and why.

Designing a sequential learning process

Rome wasn’t built in a day; it was the result of meticulous planning. Similarly, educational curriculum is designed around the concept that a child’s learning capacity is dynamic and constantly changing. Think of it as necessary steps, designed according to the abilities, of the average child at that age. Learnings are required to occur in a sequence. For example, a child can’t be made to do integration and derivates without first developing basic numeracy skills and proficiency in mathematical operations.

Building a strong foundation

As in architecture so in education, only when the foundation has been firmly established, can we proceed to building on it. Educators often play a key role in diagnosing and evaluating results to decide whether the child is ready to proceed to the next level. The foundation is built on the principle that practice makes perfect. Evaluations on the other hand don’t just look at performance, but consider effort, practice, subject familiarity, creativity and much more.

Making the system Flexible

Countering the case for age appropriateness is the claim that children learn at their own pace, where speed is a result of multiple factors ranging from mood and interest to physical and mental development. While the age-appropriate plan is more a guideline than it is a strict schedule, every now and again children deviate significantly from the standards of normality. This can be due to either drastic over-performance or severe cases of poor performance. A flexible learning system is one that allows the child time to strengthen their basics or jump ahead as required to facilitate learning instead of stifling it.

Reading levels

Along with Age-appropriate content, reading levels are also used to recommend books to children. Reading levels use the common process of evaluating by measurement. Educators use various assessment techniques and tools to determine how well a child reads while books are also assessed and assigned lexile measures of word difficulty. Teachers then match the child’s ability to books that are appropriately worded. Digital platforms excel at assessing multiple variables to make appropriate recommendations. By considering the variables of age-appropriateness, reading levels and the child’s areas of interest, e-learning platforms can provide a quality educational experience that ensures that children enjoy learning.

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