We practice hands-on teaching, using hands on activities that take advantage of “windows” of learning. This is when a child is receptive and inquisitive about specific types of skills, content and activities. In this period, we use our knowledge of early childhood learning theories to maximise your child’s development in the area. The scientific term for this is opportunity driven teaching. This is where we create an environment that challenges a child and provide opportunities to help the child develop inquisitiveness and a liking for learning.
We continue to feed this inquisitiveness to turn this into curiosity. With curiosity, we begin to coach the child to develop structured tools to learn. When we have these tools in place, we give them varied content to feed the curiosity (Figure 1.1).
This loop of learning will be repeated as a child progresses through different stages, first picking up physical learning skills, social skills, communication skills and finally cognate skills.