Experiential learning is defined as the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically “learning through reflection on doing”. Experiential learning enables children (and adults!) to pursue their own areas of interest while gaining skills to navigate through real-life situations. It is one of the most fun, engaging and effective ways to learn and process new concepts. Many people see experiential learning as a great alternative to traditional methods of learning such as rote memorization and other forms of academic learning that typically take place in a more structured environment.
You may be asking yourself how experiential learning can be applied to a preschool or school age student when they seem so young. This approach is easily transferable to young children as it utilizes real-world applications to enable students to think critically about abstract concepts. With experiential learning, children do the work for themselves and have meaningful engagement with the subjects at hand. The children do not passively receive information from a teacher, but instead actively participate in the discussion and subject with enthusiasm and curiosity.
At Foundations, everything we do is aimed toward developing each child’s internal curiosity and motivation to learn. When children are motivated naturally through their own interest, their learning is more comprehensive and concrete. In our infant – toddler program, we balance individualized care with an interactive, explorative learning environment providing our children with nurturing, consistent, and loving care. Our low teacher to child ratios promote deeper learning as each child learns to trust their teachers, joyfully explore the classroom environment, make discoveries, care for others and begin to see themselves as competent learners.
Children at age 3 and 4 have the innate desire to seek out knowledge and answers to the endless questions their natural curiosity constantly presents. Our goal for our preschool program is to provide children with an environment that stimulates their interests. Our teachers use these interests to engage the children in every aspect of learning. Curriculum planning for our preschool & pre-k program focuses on action. Plans are tentative, and children modify them with their input and responses. To carry out this approach, teachers engage in an ongoing process of planning, analyzing, observing and evaluating the children’s activities, ideas, needs and interests.
With our school age children in our private school program, we use innovative education practices to create an environment in which children’s strengths and unique learning styles are supported. We don’t teach to test we teach to learn. We want the children to be able to understand the concepts behind the facts. How the children got to the answer can be just as important as the answer itself. Our environment is designed to allow children to create their own work space and spread out as is comfortable for them. When children are comfortable they are more apt to be involved in the learning process. We don’t know what new things children will have to learn in the future, but we do know that they will need to be competent problem solvers. We believe that the world’s challenges can be solved with openness, inspiration, innovation, invention and entrepreneurialism.
If you would like more information about Foundations For The Future Creative Child Care and School near Kennesaw, GA, or how Foundations meets the criteria listed above, please contact us by email at [email protected], via telephone at 770-429-4799, or on our website. You can also take a visual tour of our facility or schedule tour with our Admission Director here.The Importance of Experiential Learning For Children