Children want to learn. They want to know more about things that are real
to them. Family, friends, and teachers are all important sources of new
knowledge for children.
It is important to keep alive their desire to learn, so that
children can continue to ask questions, discover, and
learn more for themselves.
When children are interested in something, they
will work hard to learn all they can about it.
If you relate your teaching to children’s interests and needs, they will learn
more easily. New information added to what they already know helps
children to understand your lesson better. As a result, they will want to learn
more because the information is both interesting and worthwhile.
Teaching about teeth and gums is important. You must do it well if you want
children to pay attention, learn, and finally act to take care of their own teeth
As school children continue to learn, they can share their new ideas
and information at home with brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and
grandparents. In this way, the circle of teaching and learning described on
page 12 comes back into the family and is complete.
This chapter has two parts. Part 1 gives seven guidelines for assuring that
learning takes place. Part 2 suggests ways to have fun while learning—with
stories, games, and pictures. In Chapter 4 there are nine questions on teeth
and gums with specific activities for learning how to answer them.