Learning Centre Approach Encourages Self-Directed Education
Adapted from Chapter 6.10, "Getting Started With Homeschooling Practical Considerations"
© Beverley Paine
There is a lot of evidence to support the idea that we learn better if we are in control of the learning process. We all have different learning styles; we all respond differently to different teaching environments; we are different ages, with different attitudes and interests; we respond in different ways emotionally when working with other individuals and groups. We found setting up learning centres, or as they are now known, self-access centres, a very useful way to homeschool our children, especially in the early years.
Depending on purposes, space limitations and personalities and needs of the children using them, learning centres can be developed in all sizes and shapes, with activities limited only by the creativity and ingenuity of you and your children. Don't forget that the children can help you design and make your learning centres. There is no need for you to do all the work, and plenty of educational reasons for them to help!
To be most effective in contributing to an organised individualised learning program, each centre needs:
You will also need to consider the following:
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