Experiential Learning and Education - Practical Methods
By Andrew Loh
Experiential learning is an intuitive method of teaching your
children to provide them with an opportunity to gain invaluable
experience. In fact, your children can gain skills, knowledge and
experience only in the open, under the sun, and not in a closet!
Experiential education and learning is very special elusive and
momentous. Experts call this education a jewel among all other
teaching methods. Experiential education in a school can come in
many patterns and types.
It is very easy to adapt this superb learning system across a range
of topics and medium. For example, you can use this method for the
following learning systems:
Experiential education is beneficial to your children in many ways
It relies on theory of gaining experience.
It is a highly organized approach where your children will learn to
be professional and productive.
This system allows your children to learn lessons by constructing
the knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom.
With this system of education, your children will be using an age
old method that comes so naturally to them.
Experiential education model helps your children to develop
leadership and management skills.
Experiential education is all about learning by actually doing
With this system, your children can increase the power of
understanding and comprehension.
Experiential education and learning is a progressive method that
allows your children to develop their brain in a phased manner.
With this system, your children make a positive difference to their
Experiential learning assists you children to gel academics and
experience and the lessons learned will be permanent and useful.
Your children can easily integrate the classroom lessons with their
With experiential teaching, your children can assess their own
abilities and strengths and later compare them with all weaknesses.
Your children will have an hands-on type of education that is better
than a traditional classroom.
Your children will also relate the experiences gained with their
Your children can do well in a group because the experiences gained
will provide them an undeniable edge.
With this learning process, your children will have a powerful tool
in their hand
Now, the big question is how you can teach experiential learning
techniques to your children. Some parents may think that this is a
very difficult method and that it needs the help and assistance of
classroom teachers. Yes, largely, classroom teachers will play a
large role in empowering your children with useful and beneficial
experiences. However, you can try experiential methods by yourself
and apply them at your home. In general, experiential method of
learning relies on three major concepts as mentioned below.
Educational experts recommend using a 3-stage model while teaching
experiential learning to your children. This 3-stage method is
simple and straightforward for any parent to use and follow.
3-Stage Experiential learning model
Here, you can consider three basic steps like:
Doing stage and
Here are the basic steps explained in details:
Step 1: First, you will need to sit down with your
children and plan something to do in practice. You can suggest some
examples and invite your children to provide their inputs. Remember
that learning is always a two-way and interactive process where you
will need to involve your children. Write down the inputs provided
by your children and add yours as well. Once you collate all the
inputs decide on the topic or subject that, your children will learn
Example: Let us say that you will sit down and decide planting a
few seedlings in your backyard garden. Your children will already
know how to plant them in the garden after reading some books or
listening to their botany class teacher.
Step 2: Once you get ready with all the required
materials, you will need to guide your children in planting the
seedlings in the garden by using the materials and tools. Allow your
children to plant the seedlings with their own efforts and never
interfere with their work. If possible, give them practical
suggestions and inputs. Let your children use the theoretical
knowledge in the actual field. Guide them through the process of
Example: Here, your children will apply the theoretical knowledge
gained in the classroom under practical conditions and in an actual
garden. By planting seedlings, your children will apply the
knowledge to gain skill and experience of planting the seedlings
under real life situations. The major outcome of this approach is
that your children will feel very proud and gain immense confidence
and positive attitude.
Step 3: Once, you help them plant and after they
finish their work, you will need to sit down with them review the
entire process of planting right from the start to finish. Here, you
can help them take down notes and compare them with the actual
methods suggested in the classroom. This approach is very important
because, you can help your children help solidify and crystallize
their ideas, suggestions and skills into a definite life experience.
Example: Reviewing will allow your children to solidify their
experiences and skills and plan their way to tackle the next round
of experiences. This approach will also help them bring about a
sense of perfectness in their learning approach.
Treat everything as pure fun! Make it more interesting and cajoling.
You are the dearest parent who can understand your children better
than anyone else. You can find plenty of experiential games and
puzzles on the internet. There are hundreds of them and you can
choose the ones that you feel are good for your children. Use them
frequently and within the confines of your home. However, remember
that you will need to review each round of learning to make the
experience of learning more productive and fruitful.
Early Childhood Education: Developmental Experiential Learning
By Barbara D. Day
This comprehensive introduction to early childhood education
for 4-to 8- year-olds offers comprehensive, wide-ranging
treatment of developmentally appropriate learning centers.
Major emphasis throughout the coverage is on organizing and
managing a developmentally appropriate environment that
works for all young children, including those with special
Curriculum organizational components and classroom
management strategies are examined; along with rationale,
objectives, materials, activities, and experiences for all
curriculum areas. This edition features clearly written
chapter introductions that cite works by noted authorities
to provide a philosophical and theoretical foundation for