The more I witness interest-led learning in action, the more I am hooked.
John Holt repeats in his literature time and again, all it takes is interest to drive us to learn.
In addition, interest-led learning is the stuff that sticks with us, as opposed to the things we are made to 'learn', which in effect might be made to memorize, not internalize.
We are not taking any conscious steps to teach O the alphabet (no letter recognition, no writing practice, no phonics or Sesame Street), simply giving her access to the written word (being read to, witnessing adults reading for enjoyment and necessity, type-writer access, providing art supplies etc.)
On her own, she is producing letters each week and announcing her achievements.
Today was the letter H.
While I was busying myself in the kitchen and her sister was whacking her in the head with a spoon from her highchair, O was hard at work on the chalkboard wall!
Taking a break to address the head-whacker!
O surprised me last week while hanging out on the hammock.
Blank tee's are the blank canvases for this easy, peasy project.
We took some shirt's & markers to Michigan for the four little ladies.
The Big Sister's created the wearable art.
Placing a cup under the shirt, and an elastic over top creates your workspace.
Though I think this step is meant to prevent bleeding colours onto the back of the shirt, it was a good way to keep the girls in a wee parameter with their markers.
They placed a few coloured dots on the space and then dropped alcohol in the center to bleed out the colour in a burst-like pattern.