Creating conditions to kindle curiosity and zest for learning

Children learn from their environments

– You can put toys and simple art supplies on lower shelves, at children’s height. Useful toys are building blocks, with nature materials (seashells, pebbles, acorns…), miniature animals, cars, legos, marbles, dolls etc. Simple art supplies should include paper in various colors, pencils, washable paint, cardboard in various sizes, child-proof scissors, glue, buttons, needles and thread, wool, etc.

– The environment is a teacher – design it intentionally.

Utilize Hands-on Learning
Materials

(Pre/K-8 and beyond)

– Children can learn practical
skills (fine and gross motor skills, sensorial skills) and academic skills (math,
geometry, algebra, language skills, grammar and more) almost effortlessly
and playfully with specialized manipulatives.

– Learn about materials and teaching skills developed by Montessori,
Steiner/Waldorf, ReggioEmilia, Froebel, Boris and Lena Nikitin, Elfriede
Hengstenberg, Claus-Dieter Kaul, Rebeca and Mauricio Wild and others.

Be a Learning Companion

– The parent’s and teacher’s genuine
interest in the child’s activity is a catalyst for learning. Spend
time together in timelessness, and give loving attention.

– Learn to develop your observation skills: How to observe respectfully?
What is important to notice?

Fulfill Basic Genuine Needs

– Children need movement, hydration (water-drinking), play, opportunity
to make choices, and timelessness in order to activate their inner learning guidance.

– Fulfill children’s genuine needs while honoring your own
needs

Set Healthy Boundaries

– Children need the safety of consistent boundaries.

– Learn how to set and maintain boundaries gently and firmly. Learn how
to accompany conflicts between children and help them find their own solutions.

Use "Non-Invasive Teaching"-Methods

– Guided lessons are based on non-invasive communication and
the respect for the child’s free will in regard to their personal learning
process.

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