HOW WE LEARN
In Stepping Stones we are advocates that children should learn through play but also that children should learn at their own pace and within the parameters of their own interests and age and stage of development. It has long been documented that children learn best when they are interested in the topic at hand. I’m sure many adults reading this can think back to their own school days and remember topics that interested them and ones that bored them to tears! Which information do you recall best? I’m guessing the one you were interested in?? But did you ever consider that maths might have been more fun if you were outdoors and learning about addition and subtraction by calculating how much sand you needed to add to the bucket to make a decent sand castle? Would science have been more memorable if you learned about Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion by pushing your friends on a swing? Would you have enjoyed learning how to form letters and numbers by making them in shaving foam, gloop, sand and playdough before you had to sit quietly at a table and write them with pencil and paper? Do you see where I am going with this?