Discovery Driven Learning
Teachers are constantly seeking new, innovative ways to keep children engaged and help even the youngest students develop a love of learning. In early education classrooms, Discovery Driven Learning helps nurture curiosity, encourage exploration, and more.
Picture this: That “a-ha” moment when your child makes a connection or discovers something new and a light bulb clicks on in their mind. The look of awe, their excitement, and their desire to learn more are priceless. And that’s what they should experience throughout their early childhood education.
Discovery Driven Learning is a hands-on style of learning that encourages children to actively participate — it puts them in charge of their own learning. It incorporates children’s questions and interests, boosts their curiosity, offers the tools they need to investigate, inspires exploration, and gets them excited about making new discoveries.
Discovery Driven Learning for All Ages
4 Key Advantages of Discovery Driven Learning
- Hands-on Learning: When children ask questions, teachers guide their learning, help them investigate, and offer support as they look for answers. All through hands-on experiences and learning through play, children participate in activities based on their own interests and make new discoveries about their world.
- Rich Learning Materials: In welcoming classrooms, Discovery Driven Learning makes early education a joyful experience, incorporating natural materials, books, and more to encourage children’s curiosity.
- Strong Relationships: Teachers build relationships with each child to help them feel safe and supported — this boosts children’s self-confidence and inspires them to explore.
- Skills for the Future: Discovery Driven Learning helps children develop ready-for-school skills — problem-solving, social-emotional, and more.
The Future of Discovery Driven Learning
Children benefit in many different ways from this type of framework. If you’re in the process of finding daycare, ask about curriculum and day-to-day structure at each center you’re considering. If their answers include things like “hands-on experiences,” “learning through play,” “curriculum based on children’s interests,” and other similar phrases, you’ve likely found a center that prioritizes Discovery Driven Learning.
At Bright Horizons, we use a Discovery Driven Learning teaching and learning framework for all age groups. This hands-on approach helps children make discoveries about themselves and their world, and prepares them for all the big steps ahead.