One of the best ways to engage young children is to take advantage of their natural curiosity. Project-based learning is a teaching method that helps them acquire necessary skills without stifling their creativity and curiosity. Perhaps most importantly, a project-based approach is suitable for all children. Whether you have children with special needs or developmental delays, or if they are non-native speakers of the language, the benefits of a project-based approach enhances the learning experience of all children.
Keep Kids Engaged
Project-based learning allows you the freedom to use a child’s natural curiosity in an educational setting. A question about tree frogs can turn into a week of activities and lessons centered on a theme that is of interest to young learners while also developing necessary skill sets like research and writing. Songs, films, stories, and even role-playing can be used to keep young minds active, engaged, and learning.
Improve Language Skills
As children learn, they are exposed to new words through stories and songs. Encouraging kids to present their findings both in writing and in short, playful, presentations helps children who are dual-language learners or who have speech delays develop confidence when speaking.
Help Students Set and Meet Goals
Project-based learning helps learners identify what they hope to accomplish and teaches them how to create a plan to achieve it. Teachers find this method of teaching to be an asset when trying to meet standards set by a curriculum. Since teachers and students set goals together and work together to meet them, they are more likely to achieve them through a project-based approach since learners have a sense of ownership in the learning plan.
Document Student Progress
Performances, flip books, posters, and art projects are all things that little learners can take home, display, and be proud of. Producing projects helps learners create tangible proof of their learning experience and helps educators keep track of progress. Project-based learning can easily be integrated into a traditional classroom, and it can also provide tangible proof of learning for homeschoolers.
Whether it’s growing flowers in a plastic cup, exploring the world of Goldilocks, or building cardboard houses, project-based learning allows young learners to expand their interests into interdisciplinary lessons. More importantly, it keeps learning fun and organic and helps to instill a love of learning that will stay with children long after the lessons are over.