Learning for children can sometimes be unwanted. They want to play or engage in activities that they’re interested in. They don’t want to be sat at a desk or on the floor listening to how to count or write out sentences. Children don’t see the value of these lessons in their life.
However, that doesn’t mean that learning can’t be done by intermixing it with their own interests. In fact, children can become better learners when important lessons are blended into activities that they enjoy.
Adding Free Flow Into Your School
The idea is that children are given a range of activities from building blocks, art and even exercise areas outside under a school canopy. During this time children are learning social skills and will also pick up other learning. When playing with blocks they’ll learn to count and staff can come by and give them an informal maths challenge that they can work out.
In addition, children are learning in an environment that is relaxed and less stressful. This is important because it can improve their mental wellbeing. This can be important for helping them learn better through more intense but less lengthy and frequent formal lessons.
The great thing about free flow learning in school is that science experiments can be setup within the area that can teach important lessons. Weather charts, instruments, planting, butterfly gardens outside, forest schools can all be interwoven into a free flow lesson structure that can help children learn and have fun.
More Formal Teaching
Then more formal lessons are done sporadically throughout the day in five to ten minutes slots. This can include lessons that are centred around phonics, reading, writing and maths. These shorter spells will be more effective than longer formal lessons because children will be relaxed and have better levels of concentration.
In addition, formal lessons can be linked to free flow activities. For instance, phonics can be linked to the kitchen play set that has been established on a day, or the dress up station you have established.
By using free flow lessons in conjunction with more formal lessons, you’re teaching children at a higher standard. Students will want to learn and be happier in school. Therefore, you will have a more rounded and higher achieving set of students.
What free flow activities do you allow at your school? Let us know in the comments below.
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