The Joy and Sorrow of re-reading John Holt's How Children Learn, by Peter Gray, click here
• Children don’t choose to learn in order to do things in the future. They choose to do right now what others in their world do, and through doing they learn.
• Children go from whole to parts in their learning, not from parts to whole.
• Children learn by making mistakes and then noticing and correcting their own mistakes.
• Children may learn better by watching older children than by watching adults.
• Fantasy provides children the means to do and learn from activities that they can’t yet do in reality.
• Children make sense of the world by creating mental models and assimilating new information to those models.
Inserted into 1983 edition (p.126): “The spirit of independence in learning is one of the most valuable assets a learner can have, and we who want to help children’s learning at home or in school, must learn to respect and encourage it.”