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Enjoy Happy Learning Moment with Kids
Enjoy Happy Learning Moment with Kids

Dr Richard Wong, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

The ‘Nature Exploration with Oxford Path’ programme launched by Ocean Park and Oxford University Press combines game-based fun exploration activities, animal observation, nursery rhymes and high-quality English storybooks. Through multi-sensory stimulation, the playgroup can enlighten children to use language to express their feelings and thoughts about nature.

Chu Tsz Wing, a school principal with a son

What is experiential learning?

If you tell a kid what a starfish is via an iPad or a book, studies show that they only remember it 20% in two weeks’ time. At Young Explorers Club, children get to touch a starfish and learn about marine ecology at the Grand Aquarium. Now, that’s experiential learning!

Natalie Ho, a parenting educator with a daughter

This programme has one distinctive advantage – the unique natural resources in Ocean Park!

It allowed my child to explore and interact with nature, rather than learn through a book or picture.

This is of course more beneficial and inspiring for my child.

Miss Carley, a registered speech therapist with a son

With the instructor’s help, students got to hear a story about sharks, and merge it with the knowledge about the ocean knowledge they just learnt.

The storytelling session is conducted in English, so children are encouraged to not just listen, but also express themselves in English. The interaction serves to enhance their competence in oral English.

EqMama, a stay-at-home mom with two daughters

Experiential learning is more effective than learning by the book. Each lesson featured a theme, allowing my girls to see different marine animals or plants. They liked the programme so much because they are animals and painting lover!

Wife of artist Tsui Wing, with a son and a daughter

My daughter was very fascinated with the story telling session, where she learnt a lot about the ocean and marine creatures. In the playgroup session, she was able to develop her communication skills and independence, which was a good preparation for her kindergarten education.