When we were approached to strengthen the foundation of homeschoolers in STEAM at Mango Education, there ensued a discussion among us where all sorts of teaching-related vocabulary surfaced- curriculum, syllabus, pedagogy, approaches etc. A little overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of considerations to be made to teach academics, we made no progress as to what to do with the request at hand. Being made up of a diverse group of individuals, we decided to first go through a process of understanding what a homeschooler would possibly be expecting that we could fulfil.
Our list of what a homeschooler could be looking at in a learning space outside the home:
- Lab (to experiment)
- Self-paced learning opportunity
- Identifying learning gaps
- Mentoring/facilitating learning to fill the learning gaps
- Possibility of collaborative learning
- Peer group of learners
- Opportunities to develop interpersonal skills (like being on stage, making a presentation etc.)
- Real-life teachers and real-life problems (people applying what the children are meant to learn. Eg. an engineer using the measurements and equations to solve actual problems)
All this along with space for exploration and time for assimilation.
What more would you look for at a learning space for your child?