Why Child Initiated Learning Matters, Especially in Preschool

Why Child Initiated Learning Matters, Especially in Preschool

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Michelle Kraus

In the past, teachers exclusively directed learning, giving children instructions that they were to follow. But now, a new trend is taking over and it is here to stay: child initiated learning.

Child initiated learning is understood as giving children the opportunity to plan and develop both their play and interests. By taking this approach instead of the traditional, teacher-directed approach, children are able to develop critical skills, concentration, and perseverance that they otherwise wouldn’t.

After all, without child initiated learning, children would simply be taking direction. But with it, children will have to make decisions, experience success and failure, and as a result, build up confidence and independence that is so critical at a young age.

At Ladybug Child Care Center, we’ve incorporated child initiated learning into our curriculum to ensure that while teachers direct activities, it is always the children initiating interest and engagement.

Learn more about our approach to the curriculum here to determine if our child care center is the right home for your “little bug.”

Filed Under: Classrooms, Early Childhood Education