"Learning to learn" with the Waldon Method

Do you worry because

  • Your child doesn't talk, doesn't play, has little interest in interaction or in exploring his environment?
  • Your child refuses all your offers to play together and you feel you can't really teach him anything?
  • Wondering how your child can learn if all they do is bounce up and down, run back and forth, or passively squat in front of a screen?

 ATTENTION! The next WALDON WORKSHOP will take place on Friday 25.11.2022 in Munich/ Germany.

The Waldon Approach: Learning to Learn

The Waldon approach is a special method developed by child neurologist Geoffrey Walden in the 1970s to help children with various learning difficulties. It provides us with valuable approaches to engage and motivate the child. The Waldon Method is especially effective when introduced early, so that this way of learning becomes part of the everyday routine of play. 

Skills to learn learning:

The focus of the Waldon Method is to promote and develop the skills of 'learning to learn':

  1. make an effort and make an effort
  2. stay focused
  3. stay tuned with interest in an activity

Non-verbal skills must be learned FIRST

What is special about the 'learning to learn' approach is that it is non-verbal, - because that is how young children learn in order to develop their early mental capacities. They learn only through their own movements and physical experiences. Not through language. That comes later. Verbal speech develops from the primary understanding that the child has acquired for himself and actively in dealing with his environment. Without this fundamental understanding of 'this is how it works', both of his own body and of the world of objects, no meaningful language is possible.

Learning HANDBOOK

For anyone interested in learning more about the Waldon Method, Merete Hawkins' book is helpful, both to better understand this little-known approach and to be able to put it into practice with children with experienced guidance

The 'Learn to Learn' Hour

In a 'learning to learn' lesson, the adult prepares activities that resemble a child's early learning situation, guiding the child through the movements and directing the child to handle and play with the objects.

The child learns to focus and engage in these play sequences by means of activities and play materials that can be easily adapted to the child's particular stage of development and progress.

Introductory workshop to the 'learning to learn' WALDON method

In this introductory workshop you will learn:

  1. Why are putting in and taking out so important? - Understand how children learn by doing (learning by doing)
  2. Assessment criteria - the mental and movement milestones of the first years of life. 
  3. Main features of the 'learning to learn' approach
  4. How to plan activities for a child at home and ideas for play materials?
  5. How to deal with challenging behaviors?

LEARN MORE:

The Waldon Association, UK: Waldon is a theory about the most basic elements of human learning and development; about the growth of understanding in the individual. How we learn to adapt, and to survive. The application of these ideas in education is called the Waldon Approach and it can be used in any setting, with any age or level of ability. It is most frequently used by parents, carers and ... read more here: Waldon Association UK

VIDEOS from Geoffrey Waldon in Waldon hours with children, among others. http://waldonapproach.org/videos-waldon-approach/ 

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