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Recognizing Informal Learning Opportunities with Linda Akwei – Episode #7

Hear about what informal learning is and how it can be used to spark creativity, encourage connections to form, and embrace interesting new learning opportunities as they arise.

Recognizing Informal Learning Opportunities with Linda Akwei – Episode #7

Children sure do ask a LOT of questions that provide all kinds of learning opportunities – but it can be hard to answer them all with patience and accuracy.

Today’s episode features Linda Akwei who shares how to thoughtfully tackle all of the questions coming her way. She also gives us a glimpse into her and her daughter’s adventures with informal learning while sharing tips and ideas to use more informal learning with your children.

You will hear about what informal learning is and how it can be used to spark creativity, encourage connections to form, and embrace interesting new learning opportunities as they arise.

Linda discusses her own homeschooling journey and some of the incredible lessons she and her daughter have experienced along the way. She also leaves us with some awesome advice and ideas on how to recognize informal learning opportunities, when to check your own bias, what to do when you don’t know what to say, and much more.

Don’t miss the end of the show where we always share a simple action item or two that you can use to start making use of what you hear on the show!

Listen To The Full Episode Here:

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Shareable Quotes:

  • We know that education goes beyond the text book and beyond planned curriculum and beyond the classroom. When I think of informal learning, I think of learning opportunities that occur in everyday life and go beyond what’s already planned in an academic setting. What you want is to be able to recognize those opportunities and take advantage of them to make learning fun.” – Linda Akwei
  • Informal learning happens when I commit to answering my child’s questions in an honest way and as age-appropriately as possible.” – Linda Akwei
  • “Our attention span has increasingly become a commodity. If you don’t schedule those times when you just explore things in a fun way with your child, it’s not going to happen.” – Linda Akwei

Take Action:

  • Schedule time to answer questions and pursue informal learning.
  • Give your kid(s) a heads-up and bring them into the planning.

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