Last week I found an old Facebook post I’d written all about our style of learning, and I shared it once again, because I feel very strongly about it. The post read…
1. Learning is based on each child’s interests
2. Teachers/Parents learn with their child(ren)
I love both of these points, and I truly believe learning together works for our family as opposed to me leading the learning. For example, they are quite keen to learn Welsh, so we’re all trying to learn together, which is pretty comical! We try out new things, each child has their own loves (Titanic, Rapunzel to name just a few…), we love reading books and going to the theatre, the cinema and out for long dog walks, plus oh so much more…
The more I read about this, and how it should vary from group to group, the more I fall in love with it. It’s tailored to each child, it’s a massive team effort and it allows children to develop within the areas they adore. Winging it With Harper has a fantastic post over on her blog encouraging learning outside of the classroom, so check it out!
The Reggio Emilia Approach seems focused on younger children, but I have no reason to see why it cannot work long term. Is it a version of unschooling? I’m just not sure, perhaps, who knows… Does it suit us? Yes, it does. It’s fun, enjoyable, the knowledge sticks and most importantly, we are a team.
I think we will be doing a bit more in the way of focused learning in terms of literacy, art, skills and other subjects, but we’ll work them out together, as a team.
What do you think of this style of learning? What would your approach to home education be?