Overview: Child-led learning doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In this post, I show you my 4 essentials to child-led learning that help make planning & prepping easy.
I love the changing of the seasons. The evenings are becoming cooler and we can stay outside much longer than we can in the humid summer months.
On one of the first nights of fall, we were on the trampoline. After jumping for a while, we laid down and looked up at the sky.
Sicily wanted to know why the sky was moving. So I asked “what do you think?”
Her response was “It’s going to rain.”
I ask “How do you know?”
“The wind is blowing.”
“How do you know?”
She looked up at the sky which was a small circle lined with tree branches above our heads. She eventually shrugged her shoulders.
I asked one final question, “What clues do you see that tells you the wind is blowing?”
Again she said “It’s going to rain.”
And within a few minutes, it began to rain.
Now I don’t know if she has some sort of internal weather forecast or not, but the deep fascination with the clouds moving and noticing the wind was blowing, gave me a clue to something she was interested in.
So the next day, I set out some books on weather and we experimented with the fan to discover clues that tell us the wind is blowing.
This is the beauty of child-led learning. You never know where the learning is going to take you.
But you don’t have to spend hours planning & prepping for every little interest or question your child asks.
In fact, from all my teaching experience plus exploring with my own children, I’ve come up with the 4 essentials you need to have in place that make child-led learning easy, fun, and practical.
The 4 Essentials to Child-Led Learning
So yes, there is more to child-led learning than just simply asking them every morning what they want to learn about.
But with these 4 essentials, your days become peaceful and full of learning.
Simple Child-Led Activities
You don’t need to print a million worksheets or printables. You don’t need to go buy fancy learning materials.
Instead, head outside for some rocks and sticks because almost every important skill can be learned with these simple, natural materials.
I challenge you to take a worksheet or printable you have laying around and turn it into a hands-on activity using a rock and/or stick.
A Relaxed Routine
You don’t need a fancy, color coded schedule for each day of the week.
Okay, not going to lie. I have a color coded schedule on my fridge. BUT it’s a very flexible schedule.
Actually, I don’t like using the word schedule. Even though I’ve planned out the times for specific things, it’s more of a routine.
I use the color coded schedule as a guide, but in the day to day of things I follow my kiddos’ lead and transition to new things when they are ready.
But our routine isn’t just something I came up with on the top of my head. It follows my youngest child’s natural daily rhythm. (I’ll be showing you how to do this in next week’s post)
An Encouraging Environment
Child-led learning doesn’t mean you have to give up all control over your child’s learning.
Having an encouraging environment is your secret weapon to getting your kids to learn the skills YOU want them to learn without having to force or pressure them.
The things you place in their environment and the experiences you give them, is what shapes their learning timeline and lets them know what’s important for them to learn.
Trust the Process
And the hardest part of the whole child-led process…
You have to trust!
Trust that your child is learning and knows exactly what needs to be known in this very moment.
Don’t worry about what needs to be learned tomorrow. Be in this moment.
As long as you’re providing the right environment and plenty of time to explore, your child WILL learn what you want them to learn in their own time.
These 4 essentials make your days peaceful. Your child focuses and builds independence. And most importantly, your child learns exactly what needs to be learned.
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll dive deeper into each of these 4 essentials and how you can implement them into your home.
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I’m Amanda! With over 11 years of teaching experience, I quit my dream job to homeschool my kiddos. Now I’m sharing our days and my experience, so you can raise a child who is confident, independent, and most importantly loves learning.
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