Here is an excellent post from Apologia written by a woman who went back to school to get her PhD in educational psychology after her children graduated from their education at home. She was shocked by what she learned. This is what she had to say:
I can sum up what I found in one sentence: If we built a school from the ground up based on what the research shows as how children learn best…we’d build a home.
The article includes a list of:
- Children learn best when they believe their teacher and fellow students care about them.
- Children learn best when they have opportunities to pursue their interests.
- Children learn best when they can make choices and decisions about their learning.
- Children learn best when they can observe other students who model what success looks like.
- Children learn best when they have a teacher who is available to provide feedback and encouragement.
- Children learn best when the work they are asked to do is matched to what they are ready to learn.
- Children learn best when they can experience what they are studying firsthand.
- Children learn best when they have plenty of physical activity, sunshine, and fresh air.
We thought it would be difficult. It isn’t. Leaving the railroad tracks of “normal” is one of the best things we’ve ever done. It’s not a bed of roses. Nothing is. But we shudder to think of the memories and life experiences that would have been lost had we fed our children to the yellow monster-come-feeding in the mornings.