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Pre primary facilitator – KG Campus
The Indian Public School – Erode.
April, 04 2022 | In Blog
WHY CHILD-LED LEARNING?
A child-led learning experience is a child-initiated learning one in which adults play the role of being a facilitator and directing the child. As both a mom and an early childhood educator for 8 years, I have experienced a lot of benefits of a child – led learning. True learning happens only out of experience, interest, and involvement of the learner. This happens in our Montessori curriculum where the student is given the freedom of choosing materials that they want to explore. In this learning, a child is responsible for their learning. Always, CHILD-INITIATED LEARNING will be better than adult-initiated one.
HOW LEARNING HAPPENS
Always, the process is more important than the product. Child-led learning will take care of the process where the learning happens naturally without any compulsion. Learning happens anywhere and at any time. Learning happens even while they play. They integrate their process of learning with others while they play. To make learning happen, WE JUST NEED TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO EXPLORE and experience their process to get a fruitful outcome.
BENEFITS OF CHILD-LED LEARNING
Child-led learning has a lot more benefits, like learning is unpressured, learning is deep, learning happens quickly. In a room full of students, the adult can become a moderator instead of being an instructor. Just because children are leading the learning does not mean adults are absent in the learning process. We, as adults, have a different role. Our role is to provide them opportunities, resources, and an enriching environment to develop their skills.
LEARNING IN MONTESSORI
Here in our environment, our Montessori materials do their justice. Materials are child-centric, self-directed and this tempts them to start the learning by themselves. Montessori is a WHOLE-CHILD APPROACH method that puts children into a prepared learning environment where children can freely choose the activities they want to do. Maria Montessori quoted that “The great sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, the children are now working as if I did not exist“.