The EFP girls are visionaries. They dream about becoming doctors & lawyers, mothers & missionaries, and how their life will make a difference. They are going places, and with that comes a lot of questions. That is why the girls love their Learning Center so much; they’re allowed to find their answers.
When asked what makes them prefer the LC, they say:
- Because I learn more, the teachers explain things better
- Because the teacher has time for me
- Because I get to study what I find interesting
What matters to them is, that their teachers are engaged and that the content is relevant to them. Kids are curious, they want to learn - when it is relevant to them. The LC provides the atmosphere to promote curiosity & creativity, as well as individuality. The children choose their subject and their approach.
The LC is able to keep the girls on grade level, or higher, for reading, writing, and arithmetic. At the same time, the children are given freedom over their education.
For the spring semester, WWII and the holocaust have been relevant, due to it being a story of where one can be led, with a lack of compassion towards your neighbor. The LC provided them with a curriculum in the form of a comic book, which was a more tangible way for them to learn. The girls created cartoons on harsh words vs. kind words in their spare time - because it mattered to them. They chose a few movies and documentaries to immerse themselves into that part of history, as well as a few story books, which helped them paint a picture in their heads. They will forever be able to tell you their thoughts on the Holocaust, not only because they were “taught” it, but rather and more importantly, because they engaged themselves and retained information that was important to them.
They all have things that they find interesting. It is not our job to dictate their interests, but rather guide them to their own. Some classes were presented with the opportunity to study their favorite animal. For one girl, that was the unicorn. She dove in head first and learned everything she could about the unicorn. She has stars in her eyes when talking about school and what she is learning.
We have children on grade level, and we also have kids who have fallen way behind or who have never been to school before the age of 12. To see all of these kids love school and be all ecstatic about what they are learning, that is what it is all about.
Every kid is curious. What we want to do, is to tap into that curiosity, and create a love of learning.