The Nature of Children and Learning
by Beverley Paine
I used the following information when putting together our home education curriculum many years ago. It formed the basis of our home education philosophy. I've lost the original source of the information and inspiration that helped me create this list. I hope it is as useful to you as it was for me!
A child's learning begins at birth. Every child is born with his or her own individual personal characteristics. Likewise their learning occurs at individual rates and individual levels. The amount of learning will depend upon the child's age, intelligence, maturity, mental, emotional and physical health, interests, motivation, self concept, cooperation, time of day, weather and the environment. A child's learning environment can be anywhere - at home, in the playground, at a friend's place, in a classroom; anywhere the child is. A child's learning needs to be both structured, formal, unstructured, spontaneous and informal. Learning can be incremental and holistic.
Children learn when alone and when with others. They learn when they are with parents and family, friends, relatives, teachers, mentors, anyone and everyone. They learn individually, with a partner, in small groups and in large groups. Children need access to all kinds of social learning settings.
Children learn when:
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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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