Child-led learning lets kids learn what they want to learn

As a teacher, and now a mother, and now a mother considering homeschooling, I try to let my kids explore learning on their terms. Since I’ve started considering homeschooling, I’ve been pondering how to support my kids as they explore their passions.

kids learn through imitation

Since their dad is a mason, they’re fascinated by all things masonry: block, cement, building. They spend a lot of time around construction sites and construction materials.

child walking on house in construction

They see the albaƱiles breaking block with a hammer to fit into a specific space. So naturally they wanted to try it.

child playing with block and making pretend cement

They see the crew adding water to gravel, sand, and cement to make a mezcla, so naturally they wanted to try that.

child playing with block and making pretend cement

And they see the men laying cement on block and pegando block, so they explored that.

child playing with block and making pretend cement

child playing with block and making pretend cement

child playing with block and making pretend cement

child playing with block and making pretend cement

Just fyi, that’s ash on his hands, not cement dust. I wouldn’t let him touch cement dust with his hands.

child playing with block and making pretend cement

I’m convinced people learn best when they’re focused. And I know from my own life that I focus on what I’m interested in. It can’t come from outside of me. I either learn a technique as a tool to get to a desired end, or I’m fascinated by something and I want to figure out how it works.

I don’t know what my kids will learn over the course of their life. But I can help feed their passions right now.

Child-led learning. Encouraging your kids' passions.

One thought on “Child-led learning lets kids learn what they want to learn

  1. Laurie Frey-Baquedano says:

    Child-led learning? This sounds as if it came from Montessori! And now I realize you are a teacher! You’ve got a huge foundation and philosopy to build on with your boys!! Wonderful photos of them making a mess!! My oldest daughter has decided that the best toys for her oldest children are sticks and boxes. I personally did not send my girls to school until they were in Kindergarten. Take them out of that preschool and “run” with homeschooling!!!! Your friends who are moms can help you with all the tips and experiences they have learned on how to give yourself “downtime”, and reach your goals.

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