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In education, we tend to do things backward. We want to start with the book – with the head knowledge – and then, once they’re ready, give our kids a chance to try it out, to experience whatever they’ve learned.
We save the fun for last.
That’s a terrible idea. To learn something, we need two things: context and interest.
While it’s great to provide background knowledge (and structure and rules as needed for safety), most people learn most effectively through experience. Then we can apply that learning to the larger picture of the textbook or unit study.
This summer, my kids and I worked on plant classification in a rather unorthodox way. We used an app on my smartphone. [Read more…]