Posted 22 June 2016
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. -John Dewey
One of the greatest gifts educators can give to children is a life-long love of learning. Although the educational pendulum is swinging toward uniformity, practitioners know that children's interests differ widely. Meeting the learning needs of each child demands the full attention of an adult's creativity.
The Project Approach offers teachers a way to build their curriculum on the natural curiosity of children. When a topic is relevant, children actively participate in the educational experience. This kind of authentic learning energizes the child as they “become part of a community of investigators” instead of a passive recipient of information.
“Along with the motivation it provides,” writes Dr. Sylvia C. Chard, “project work also integrates all areas of learning and aspects of child development. It offers many chances to practice problem solving and critical thinking—skills that build language, math, and scientific understanding. In fact, it helps children gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and develops in them the disposition to strive for understanding.” Read more.