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THE VALUE OF THE USE OF THEMES AND THEME BOARDS

Theme board-based learning and teaching occur when many areas of the curriculum are connected together, and integrated within a theme, i.e. activities are centred around a specific topic.

The teacher will incorporate creativity, movement, song, rhymes, language and vocabulary expansion, life skills and mathematical activities. This enables the teacher to meet the needs of all the learners in a class, no matter their learning style.

• Visual learners – taking information through their sight

• Auditory learners–listening to verbal instructions or presentations

• Kinesthetic learners– a participatory, hands-on approach

• Social learners–collaborating and interacting with others in the class

The theme board itself allows the learners to see, discuss and touch various objects that relate to a particular theme. Most importantly, however, the teacher adds labels that motivate learners to incidentally start understanding that words have meaning.





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