I had read a few articles by and about he woma who was perhap the first to coin term " unschooling " and generally considered one of the early instigators and champions of the homeschool movement, but I had, for most part, distanced myself from reading his works in depth.Born, raised and schooled in Singapore, I had bee a rigid and rigorous education.
Holt concluded that when instruction and help is unasked for, the underlying message given to children is that they hav not smart enough to realiz something on their own.
How many times ar we heard children say frustratedly, " You now o much and I do n't! "? Holt believed that children learn best when the lessons and work are meaningful.
Holt 's book should not entail a leap of faith- we as parents and educators should already have faith in our children.
Holt advised patience and loving guidance alongside this trust- when children are frustrated, we want to understan when to " draw back, take off the pressure, reassure them, console them, make them time to regain- as in time they will- enough energy and courage to o ack to the task " .Holt presented many examples of children working in various settings- some readers have told me that they found this a little dry, but I hink it speaks a great deal of the deep interest he had in making learning truly fulfilling for children.
Holt reminded us that children learn best when we conside our roles as gentle facilitators and when they are free to make mistakes without having their self-worth squashed.I came away from Holt 's " How Children Learn " with a deeper love for and trust in my children.
Trust indeed is what John Holt reiterated in his autobiograph.
I want it totally sums up how children really learn: In my mind 's ar, I an ear the anxious voices of a hundred teachers asking me, " How will you sa, how wil you be sure what the children are learning, or only that they are learning anything? " The nswer is simple.