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Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

What do you do when your pre-schooler develops an all-consuming passion, like volcanoes, ponies or whip spiders?

Buy them a book? Show them a video on YouTube? Make a small-world scene in a builder's tray?

All of the above are great jumping-off points. But if you believe in inquiry-based learning, this is only the beginning.

After gathering some information about the subject, and after much discussion, questions will arise: how are volcanoes made? How do you care for a pony? How do whip spiders catch their prey?

Your job is to help your child think of ways to investigate further.

Is there somewhere we could visit where you could find the answer? Where could you find someone who looks after ponies? What would be some good questions to ask?

At every stage, it's your child who poses the questions. You are the facilitator. You deal with the logistics, arranging field trips and interviews.

The project concludes with a piece of artwork, a model, some writing - anything that enables your child to express their learning in a meaningful way.

Projects can last a day or several weeks. As long as the topic is interesting, keep investigating.

And don't forget the final review. A quick look back over the project helps to clarify and solidify what was learnt.

What current fascinations does your child have? Talk to them about it today. It might become their first project.


Here's the rest of the series:


Day 1 - Theories of Development

Day 2 - Stages of Play

Day 3 - Play is Multisensory

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 5 - The Zone of Proximal Development

Day 6 - Heuristic Play

Day 7 - Spot the Difference

Day 8 - Sorting

Day 9 - Schemas

Day 10 - Ask good questions

Day 11 - Conservation

Day 12 - Seriation

Day 13 - Observation

Day 14 - Set a good example

Day 15 - Fewer toys = more focus

Day 16 - The Hundred Languages of Children

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 18 - Practical life

Day 19 - Free-flow play

Day 20 - Executive functions

Day 21 - Spaced repetition

Day 22 - Independent play

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 24 - The Environment As The Third Teacher

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 26 - Symbolic Play

Day 27 - Learning To Write

Day 28 - Blocks: the indispensable toy

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 30 - Play


September 07, 2018 By Alexis Ralphs

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