To learn with no failure

Source of motivation to learn

Letters and numbers are a major part of the child's world, just like speaking.

Just as children want to learn to speak, they want to learn to read, write and do math.

Every child will learn in his/her own way and at his/her own pace.

When the time will come, the child will want to play with games that help learning. The child doesn't need an exam in order to get motivated to learn to read/write or do math. The fact that life requires such knowledge is enough for having the motivation to learn.

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The effect of exams

In our competitive world, we are tested all the time. At some we do well and at some we fail. Every one of us has developed a way to cope with these failures. Some avoid subjects they think will lead to failure, some have "test anxiety", some shield themselves from the learning experience, and some are self confident enough to successfully cope with the grade.

We believe that the child's early results will affect the coping method adopted later in life.

Therefore the educational games at the La-am website provide the information, and let the child learn in his/her own way and at his/her own pace.

We also display the information in a nice, colorful, friendly manner, without failure or disappointment because of "wrong" answers, thus encouraging the child's self confidence.

We believe this learning method will help the child to cope successfully with the exams that will come later in life.

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The goal of grades

Grading is the way our education system classifies students and tells the world who is a better pupil.

It helps universities to choose students, and helps employers to choose between applicants.

Exams and grades don't help learning, but create pressure that damages learning.

It is important for us at the La-am team that the children will learn and know, and that they will enjoy the learning. We want them to be more self confidant while learning, so they will want to keep on learning.

That is why we chose the unconventional way, and that is why we create educational games with no exam and no possible failure.

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The learning flow of our educational games

We'll take as an example learning the letters, but it is the same for all subjects (for our convenience only we are talking about your son. It can be your daughter as well):

The first time your child will play our letters game, he will notice that pressing a particular shape results in a particular sound. He will probably recognize those shapes as the letters he has already seen on signs, in books and all around him.

As he continues to play the game, he will eventually learn the entire alphabet, a few letters at a time.

He might even check himself once in a while - he will choose a letter he knows and will check if the computer says what he thinks. This will probably happen, because the child chooses the question and the time of the "exam". This success will encourage him and boost his self confidence.

At this point, you parents will not necessarily know what your child learned and what he retains.

But then, one day, he will point to a road sign, or a book you are reading to him, show you a letter, and tell you its name!

Then you will know that he knows.

All YOU need is patience!

Note:

During this entire interaction, your child has not failed; he has not even heard an unpleasant sound implying a mistake, not even once.

He just got the information in a calm and pleasant manner.

Therefore he did not need to be comforted, nor did he think, "it is too complicated for me; there is no way I will know it".

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Encouraging the child

Our educational games let the child create questions that the computer will answer.

Because the child chooses what to ask, he can also answer it to himself, and then check if the computer gave the same answer.

This way the child tests himself and gets the feedback on what he knows.

The advantage here is that the child chooses the time and content of the test, so it will include only what the child believes he knows, so the child will probably pass the test successfully.

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The role of the parents

This method requires patience and trust in the child.

While the child learns, the parents do not get progress reports. The parents will know what the child has learned only when the child tells them.

We recommend not asking the child questions to see what he knows, because this is sort of a quiz. The child will tell you what he knows, through daily life.

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