Early childhood specialists recognise that tapping into this curiosity lends a natural propensity for children to learn. Learning is effectively enhanced through experience which differs from passive rote learning, where knowledge is typically downloaded to the learner (think structured lessons, memorizing flashcards, memorizing multiplication tables, boring worksheets etc).
Today, many kids partake in fewer unstructured experiences than their parent’s generation which is a result of many factors, from advanced technology (TV, video games, internet, electronic toys etc.), parental fears over safety and hygiene to over-focus on structured activities solely aimed at improving a child’s academic results.
Pushy parents and tiger mums may be doing their children more harm than good through accelerated early learning focused solely on a child’s academic achievement. This also means that often young children are missing out on valuable free time to play! Play is important because through it, children learn a lot of social skills, creativity, problem solving and teamwork. They are effectively learning through experience!
What experiential learning essentially means is…
This form of learning is unstructured, without rules or time limits, and involves little adult guidance. Kids are allowed to learn naturally, on their own terms. Experiential learning can occur via activities such as playing outdoors, imaginative play, creative expression through art, exploration of nature and the child’s surrounding environment.
Experiential learning happens beyond the structure of a classroom curriculum and is available to every child at home, at playtime, on holiday or at weekends.
Thus, here are our top 3 reasons why experiential learning for children is so important.
Thus, we believe strongly in allowing our children to explore learning in a fun manner, creating connections about the world, and exposing them to enriching experiences.
Read our blog post on experiential activities you can do with your toddler to enhance learning!