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The Value Of Artifacts To Young Learners When children start their elementary education in formal a school it has been proven that exploration is the most natural way to learn for their development. Using 3D artifacts in the classroom is a great way to teach our youth. Teaching with artifacts guides children to interact, explore, and develop within the confines of the classroom. Artifacts are tools for teaching that can even be utilized in a lesson plan format for children to reach specific developmental goals. Studies have shown that 3D artifacts in the classroom are the most beneficial early learning tools. They often create the longest interactions among young learners, because they captivate their attention for long periods of time. This in turn keeps the discussion going, causing the children to ask more questions and become increasingly engaged with the information, which will lead to a long retention of the lesson they learned. Using 3D artifacts in the classroom is natural to young learners because it is the way they have been learning since birth. They are intrigued by the world around them and are constantly grasping onto things, feeling the texture of objects, and putting them in their mouths to see if there is a taste. Objects have always been great tools for teaching children; for example, they learn that sturdy tables are a great way to pull themselves up. They learned through exploration and trial and error. When they tried pulling themselves up using a walker, it proved unsturdy; they tried with the coffee table and saw it didn’t move. Objects have been used to teach babies nearly every developmental milestone, making them excellent tools for teaching in elementary education. Teaching with artifacts allows children to go above and beyond just grasping a concept; it allows them to deeply explore it. The box with the outline of different shapes is an excellent example of how artifacts are great tools for teaching. A child grabs a square object and attempts to put it in the triangle slot, it doesn’t work, tries another, no luck. At last it finds the outline of the square and voila it fits; and so, they progress with the other objects. They will still make mistakes while they are trying to understand the concept, but eventually it will all become clear. The most beneficial thing about learning with artifacts is the process. The lengthy process and deeper understanding of the artifact increases the knowledge the child gains. You can find several education websites that boast the benefits of using 3D artifacts in the classroom, but the proof is watching your students interact with one and seeing how much knowledge they gain. Learning with artifacts not only develops a child’s mind, it also sets the groundwork for them to one day create objects of their own. They will grow into engineers, architects, writers, artists, and so on, and their creations will become artifacts future generations will study to understand these times. Their artifacts will serve as tools for teaching, bringing teaching with artifacts full circle.

The value of artifacts to young learners