Just One More Time: Repetition in Education

We’ve all had that moment where our practice pays off. Maybe it’s spending every day after school perfecting your jump shot, strumming a guitar until you can play without looking, or mastering Spanish conjugations. There’s a reason for the saying “practice makes perfect.” Whatever skill you’re trying to gain, you’ve most likely spent a lot of time practicing it day after day until it becomes a habit.

In education, repetition helps skills become second nature and is necessary for students of all ages. A student must understand basic skills before they can master it. Through repetition, children increase their comprehension, speed, and confidence.

Though repetition is an important component of learning, students don’t always experience enough of it. With time constraints, teachers can’t always redo certain lessons or instruct them at a slower pace. ROYBI helps supplement learning by providing extra time for students to review new concepts such as counting, stories, or sounds.

In the classroom, a child might be too shy to ask for a word repeated or not think of it until later. With ROYBI, children aren’t afraid to ask the same question. ROYBI provides predictable responses that foster a safe learning environment, putting the student at ease. It’s also common for students to forget material by later in the week or even on the same day. This happens because new information needs reinforcement for it to be remembered and understood.

Picture sledding in fresh snow. At first, it’s difficult to slide down and you might get stuck. The more you go down the same spot the easier it gets until you’ve formed a path. The same idea applies to brain development in young children. For information to become knowledge, the pathways between nerve cells in the brain must be used multiple times. A child’s brain is only beginning to form these neural connections. They need repetition to strengthen these connections and help them learn.

When a young child is introduced to new information, they are usually absorbing the experience, but not necessarily learning. Children repeat activities to reinforce the new skill — this is why they ask to hear a story over and over again. Not only is the tale entertaining, but they gain more from the story each time they hear it.

Each time the concepts are reintroduced a student will learn more and more from it, strengthening their understanding. Once the skill is perfected, they can internalize it and solidify the knowledge. As they dive into this knowledge, they’ll go from asking to hear the story on repeat to ask questions and even making their own predictions or endings.

While parents and even teachers may tire of repeating the same answers and stories, ROYBI never will. Your children can ask ROYBI to repeat words, sentences, or even stories over and over again. This repetition helps solidify the information into their brains until it “sticks.” Students can learn new words, pronunciations, and practice them at their own pace until they are masters.

Repetition isn’t saying the same word a hundred times — it comes in different forms — including storytelling, songs, and games. ROYBI makes learning entertaining with its supply of stories and songs specially designed to help your child learn new skills.

ROYBI also helps with spaced repetition or allowing time between learned the information and practice. By spacing out concepts such as vocabulary words, children are able to absorb the information better.

When you tuck your child in bed tonight and they ask you to read the same story “just one more time” remember that it’s helping them learn. And if you can’t bear reading the same story again, then ROYBI can step in and tell it to their heart’s content.

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