Brief and Concise
Utilizing videos to teach children is a good way to get them involved but you do not want to find out that barely 10 minutes into the video, they are already zoning off or looking for something else to occupy their time. In order to avoid this, it is better to keep the lessons short and simple. You can choose to break the topics being taught into segments of 5 – 7 minutes and give them time to go over if before carrying on. The intervals between segments should be used as an interactive session so as to go over what they understand and what they find confusing.
Watch Out for Body Language
During the course of the production of the video, it is a good thing to test runs it amongst similar age groups, the body language of this sample class should be studied and noted down in line with the time of the video it occurred. This would come in handy in case there are certain parts of the video you have to redo.
Animations, Visuals, Images and Icons Grab Attention
It is no secret that the attention span of young children is flighty and at such a young age, most of them are probably still stuck on watching cartoons and playing with toys. To grab their attention as well as maintain it for the entire course of the video, you should make use of graphic images and animations that are bound to appeal to their fun side. A talking head is way easier to pay attention to than a serious teacher. The visuals can also help to improve the presentation and make the material more understandable. Lemonlight Media, a video production company, says using bright colors and eye-catching graphics will be a sure way to grab their attention.
The editing of the video should not comprise of text heavy visuals as children find it easier to focus on an image than scrolling words. As you already know, the ability to comprehend words and say them out loud is not something a young child can do as well as an adult. If text must be used, then make it a short sentence of 5-9 words.
Get the Children Invested
Having a question and answer section in the video which allows for the children to give responses as the video elapses is also a way to make sure their attention does not lag. You can also decide to go the manual route and give out worksheets for them to fill in line with the scenes of the video; this keeps them interested as they do not want to miss the questions as they pass by. The children then have to submit the complete worksheets and you can use it to determine how well they are responding to the video.
Guest Star a Child
Another way to keep the children motivated about learning is by suggesting that a classmate who does exceedingly well will guest star in the next video. Or you can simply choose a child at random to feature in the video. Seeing someone similar in age to them featuring in the video will certainly get them interested.