There are three general styles of learning that children will fall into. This is based on extensive research on learning styles and multiple intelligences. Many children will go between these three styles depending on the activity or their confidence in the task they are performing, and some will predominantly only learn via one style.
It is important in the Functional Education classroom that we provide opportunities at every lesson for the child to experience the learning in all three of these styles.
Usually children possess qualities for all three of these learning styles and will change as they mature.
Catering to the children’s learning needs is paramount in the Functional Education classroom and here is a sample of how we do just that:
Illustrations, maps and instructions in written form on the black board.
Opportunities to create posters and visual presentations
Colourful cards and graphics for spelling
Flow charts for project planning
Stories told aloud by the teacher
Rhythm and drama voice activities including poetry and recitation
Opportunities to present work using speech
Daily music lessons and often singing
Lots of manipulatives for hands-on learning
Games, construction and tactile resources for learning
Lab or maths equipment to run experiments and find own answers to questions
Colourful cards for spelling
Opportunities to move around during learning
Brain warm up activities
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Enquiry learning is the third piece of the puzzle that fits seamlessly together with Waldorf and Montessori to form our comprehensive education program.The role that Enquiry learning plays is to develop the children’s learning from the ‘Teacher Led’ end of the scale, through to the ‘Child Led’ end. How a child learns is incredibly important to how they approach life and learning opportunities later on in life.
At Functional Education we make an effort to reflect Waldorf, Montessori and Enquiry learning principles. Last week I wrote a post on how we reflect the 8 guiding principles of Montessori into our every day learning. This week I will outline how we incorporate that with the Waldorf aspects of our curriculum.
Montessori and Waldorf learning are closely aligned through the younger years. Each focuses on children learning with their heads, their hearts and their hands.
Preparing our children to attend school can be a daunting experience. It doesn’t matter if we are thinking of enrolling them in a local public school, a private school, an alternative school or considering keeping them in the home environment to school them. All learning environments come with their own challenges and successes. These days it’s more about shaping our children’s educational journey to meet our expectations rather than conforming to societies norms.
A child must be registered in a school from age six, so if a family wishes to homeschool, they need to go to the Ministry of Education website and complete the Home Education Application form before the child turns six.
Functional education can deliver a quality education anywhere you have an internet connection.
It is a privilege to be able to educate your child at home in a school without walls. You have absolute say in how you would like your child to receive their learning in an environment you love.
One of the greatest benefits of educating your children in a school without walls (at home or on the road), is the ability to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. There is no need to organise a massive field trip and fill out copious amounts of Health and Safety paperwork. Just open the door and go.
This excerpt is from the book ‘The Homeschooling Handbook’ by Lorilee Lippincott, 2014. It is an excellent reference for all things homeschooling, and contains lots of lovely case studies from families who have successfully embarked upon this journey.