Active Learning! Is It the Way Children Learn Best?

* Italicized portions taken from Angela Oswalt’s MSW on Jean Piaget, January, 2008

“Seat learning” as it is sometimes called in mainstream schools may not be best for your child. It seems homeschooling parents have a head start on transforming their children’s education from a passive and often boring format to an active, lively, and relevant one. Interweaving schooling with life can be a recipe for success. Children do tend to resist lessons that are dry and abstract, but come to life, so to speak, when lessons engage their interest and curiosity.

* “Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1990) created a cognitive-developmental stage theory that described how children’s ways of thinking develop as they interact with the world around them. Infants and young children understand the world much differently than adults do, and as they play and explore, their mind learns how to think in ways that better fit with reality. Piaget’s theory has four stages: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational.”