Understanding Child-Led Learning

Child-led learning is actually a type of unschooling.  Herein children lead the way in which the environment is set up for them to learn whatever it is that they desire to learn.  Children are also allowed to decide what materials (i.e. books, resources, the natural world) they use for learning.  The reason for this is that it is believed that children will learn best whenever they are permitted to learn and explore things when they feel ready to do so.

Those who favor this type of learning believe that traditional education actually dulls a child’s interest in the world around them.  They also believe that children shouldn’t be taught just those things that are necessary to pass a test because after the test is over, they will forget what they just learned.

On the other hand, those who question child-led learning question whether or not children actually learn whenever they are left to their own devices.  They also believe that children are going to miss out on learning those things that are not of interest to them.  Furthermore, they question how these children will ever be able to function in a structured environment.

Whenever child-led learning is used within a homeschool environment, most parents will work hard to create a rich, educational environment for their children.  Sometimes they even go so far as to establish some structure too.  Providing children with a lot of books, games and other resources is the best way of doing this.  Some parents also limit television usage so that children will actually explore their environment more.

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