Incorporating Children's Interests Using K-W-L & R-E-I

Children learn through their relationships with the people around them. The social environment plays a critical role in early learning. How we interact with children and support their investigation and exploration is critical. Creating this relationship-based and responsive learning environment can be challenging for early childhood educators.

Responsive teaching includes closely observing children to build upon what they know and what intrigues them. Children approach learning as problem-solvers and investigators; they learn best when they are exploring subjects that interest them. HighReach Learning provides strategies and guidance on creating lessons that incorporate children’s interests and background knowledge.

R-E-I (Relate, Explore and Expand, Inspire)
Focusing on quality time throughout the entire day, the R-E-I model provides a way for you to observe and interact with children so you are aware of their interests and offer opportunities to expand upon these interests.
K-W-L (Know, Want to Know, Learned)
Tap into children's natural curiosities using the K-W-L method. Gain their background knowledge as children share what they already know about a topic. What they wonder about can be used to delve deeper into the topic, incorporating these interests into your lesson plans.
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