Learning is something that some children have a very hard time doing. Sitting in a class room all day may not be the most stimulating setting for a child. Children love to see how things work; they want to know every last detail. Ever wonder why they ask so many questions?
What is the best way to teach then? Something we at TLE like to call experiential learning. It is our guiding educational philosophy in EarthWorks and Exchange City. We believe that students learn best from experiences though immersion and role-playing. Every student that comes through our doors adopts a new ‘job’ for the day, either being a citizen in Exchange City or a scientist in EarthWorks.
They learn by working together on figuring out problems that they come across during their time here, just like in real life. They have to make their own decisions based off what they have learned and the outcomes are real. Experiential learning has natural consequences and provides outcomes that are real and purposeful.
Not only is this a great way for children to learn but it also ensures that they make memories here. We want them to always remember what their job was in Exchange City or what habitat they were in at EarthWorks. These engaging and exciting experiences unfold over time and make connections with prior and future learning.
The last thing we want is for kids to walk out and feel like they haven’t learned anything or that they didn’t have fun. Their time here is nothing like the average day at school, it’s exciting and new!