Sneaky Learning


Once upon a time I read some article about a mom who used the term “sneaky learning” to describe her teaching style. Basically you teach without really seeming to teach – introducing your kiddo to new concepts without them realizing what you are doing.

This works exceptionally well on the younger crowd, of which my gregarious 7-year-old is very much a part of.

I remember being indignant and thinking that I would never do that to my child.

All I can say is that I have come to my senses.

Learning, teaching, and exposing my child to learning opportunities inevitably leads to sneaky learning, sneaky teaching, just plain SNEAKY.

Take tonight for example. As I was cleaning the homeschool room I came across a bunch of magnetic words. I sat down on a stool in front of the fridge to put them all on there and then the epiphany hit…why am I not having the kiddo do this? She will put them on the fridge and naturally start reading some of them. And that will lead to me commenting that she was recognizing a lot of words and asking her what other words she knew. And that would lead to her putting together short sentences with the words.

And that is just what happened.

It was a low-key learning experience. She didn’t feel challenged, or foolish, uncomfortable or put on the spot. She was simply doing something I had asked her to do – put magnetic words on a fridge – but along the way she made a couple of great sentences and read a lot of words.

I am totally on the side of sneaky learning!

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