"The child is the curriculum."

— Carmen Gamper
Author "The Sacred Child Companion"

 
 
 

CHILD-CENTERED EDUCATION


Conditions for child-centered education can be created at home, in classrooms (Pre/K-8th), in after-school programs, in children's hospitals, for play therapy and in resorts.

We believe in the child's capability and willingness to learn, and allows children to follow their natural interests in prepared environments.

An example of a Self-Directed Learning Environment:


Basic guidelines:

Create YES environments, safe spaces for independent play and co-creative learning.

Provide hands-on learning materials and proven teaching skills from a variety of reform educators.

• Observe and accompany the child's natural spontaneous activities.

Nourish and inspire with patience and loving attention and help fulfill children's genuine needs for movement, unconditional love, play, and nature.

Set boundaries kindly and firmly and assist children in developing social skills.

Offer guided lessons and co-directed learning as a an enrichment to self-directed learning.

Allow Freedom Within Boundaries:

Children are allowed to co-create their learning experience in YES environments. They choose:
The Kind of Activity, within the boundaries of each learning environment.
The Length and intensity of their activity within a timeframe.
The Place they prefer to be, while respecting the purpose of each environment.
The Company they would like to have — alone, or in a group, with other children, or adults.
Enjoying a Teacher-Guided Lesson, or following personal projects

External motivation like grades, rewards and punishments are not needed when children learn based on self-motivation.


Benefits

– Children can remain connected to their inner guidance
– Children learn to be independent step by step
– Opportunity to gradually take more responsibilities
– Children develop natural self-esteem through constant learning progress

– Suits children of all learning styles
– Non-invasive: children learn only what they are able to process in the moment
– Based on free will, thus on respect for individual learning rhythms

– Children learn to honor their own abilities and limits
– Children learn to respect a YES and a NO
– Children learn to say YES and NO in socially accepted ways

– Authentic companionship between educators and students is possible
– Adults can learn about their own healthy boundaries and genuine needs
– Adults can recover from excessive result-driven learning towards enjoying learning processes together with children


 

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