What’s The Difference Between Interest-Led and Strength Based Learning?
“Interest-led learning is just what it sounds like – letting a child’s interests lead the learning process.” The homeschoolmom.com
This is a simple, but accurate definition of interest-led learning. This type of learning involves taking whatever your child is interested in and using it as the basis for their learning activities.
For example, a child interested in cars might read books about transportation and watch You Tube videos about electric energy.
The interest itself defines the educational choices in your homeschool.
What Is Strength Based Learning?
Strength based learning certainly includes interest as a part of the approach, but it based on a more holistic look at the child.
Three factors typically make up a strength-based approach:
- Academic subjects of natural strength
- Learning Style (i.e. visual, tactile, auditory, etc..)
Strength based learning combines the three and then uses them for a large majority of the learning.
Essentially, the formula for strength based learning looks something like this:
Academic Ares Of Strength + Interests Of Child + Child’s Learning Style = A Strength Based Approach To Learning
Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast #126 : What Is The Difference Between Interest-Led and Strength- Based Learning?
Join us in this episode where we answer this question in much more depth and provide concrete examples of strength-based learning in practice.
Links and Resources From Today’s Show
- SPONSOR: Homeschool Science Tools – Use CODE RLL30 for 30% off your first Science Unlocked Kit (offer valid through 8/31/21)
- Shawna’s Website – Different By Design Learning
- Shawna’s FREE Interest-Led and Strength-Based Planning Pages
- The Strength Based Homeschool Workbook – Use CODE RLL25 for 25% off Shawna’s entire shop
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 | Gallup
- RLL 17 Shawna Wingert: Building on Your Child’s Strengths
- What Interest-Led Learning Really Looks Like by Shawna Wingert
- Hands-On Learning and Movement For The Struggling Learner by Shawna Wingert
- If He’s REALLY So Smart… When Gifted Kids Struggle by Colleen Kessler
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