What is Experiential Learning?
It’s pretty easy to guess the definition of experiential learning. It’s learning through experience. But to understand how this happens, we have to understand how reflection plays a role in this process.
We are meaning-making creatures. When something happens to us, particularly something negative, our brain wants to make sense of it. Yes, we got an F on a test - but why? Our invention didn’t work - but why?
After we experience something, we have the opportunity to learn from that experience through reflection. Sometimes, this reflection is done consciously. We ask ourselves, “What actions led to me missing the basket?” or “What contributed to my success in budgeting this year?” But this reflection does not have to be conscious or purposeful for experiential learning to happen.
Experiential learning begins early in life. The first stage of cognitive development, as theorized by Jean Piaget, is the sensorimotor stage. It lasts from birth to age two. During this stage, babies begin to realize that actions have consequences, even if they don’t have language to articulate it. They learn how to walk after falling over and over again, trying new things until they hold themselves up long enough to walk across the room.
Experiential learning activities for kids
The activities for Experiential learning for kids needn’t be hefty or challenging to follow. They must be full of life skills to let the child grasp the concept in an experimental form. Few activities to begin with:
• Potting a plant and watching its growth.
• Traveling places, museums, historical monuments and let the kids explore.
• Let them do clay modeling and make anything their creativity allows
• Use dice for teaching numbers and playing various games.
• Allow them to look up for a less known country or region on an atlas or globe.
• Let them use blankets or bedsheets to set up a makeshift tent.
• Team exercises of treasure hunt.
• Problem-solving through identifying the utility of an object in a given situation.
• Grocery shopping and teaching them numbers, colors, and remembering stuff.
There are so many activities that can let the kids learn through experiential learning. One needs to let their mind wander and develop their senses.
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