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Hands-On Learning

Posted by: Rhonda March 21, 2017

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – attributed to W.B. Yeats

The current emphasis on reading skills and test scores causes many preschool programs to fixate on “filling the pail”, or striving to reach specific, predetermined benchmarks. But is this really how children learn best? Will this really prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century?

Nurturing exploration, problem solving, risk-taking, and curiosity in the early years of childhood can kindle a life-long passion for learning. Although it may be messier and more difficult to quantify than a standards-based curriculum, a hands-on approach to education is the best foundation for a child’s future. 

“Hands-on experiences teach children concepts, but more importantly, they empower children to be problem solvers and critical thinkers, equipped with the tools to cope with the inevitable challenges and idiosyncrasies of life,” writes Lauren Maples in this inspiring article. Continue reading.