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All Children Learn Differently


At the RAFT Homeschooling Open House held last month, we were pleased to welcome both first time visitors and veteran members of the home school community. As visitors signed in, we chatted and I thanked them for coming out on a rainy evening. Their gracious responses voiced their acknowledgement of RAFT as a hub of the education community:

• ”Thanks to RAFT for having this event!”
• ”Thank you for recognizing us as educators.”
• “We face some of the same challenges as classroom teachers.”
• ”It’s nice to be part of this larger community of educators”

Whether you teach a class of one that may be your own child or a classroom filled with students, what is it about RAFT that appeals to a wide range of educators? I asked a few of our guests this question. The response of one home school educator provides the best clue -- “All children learn differently. There should be room to explore many different teaching models and, if you can, match the model that best meets the need of each child.”

Educators are the experts in knowing what they need to teach and what will work with their students. RAFT’s mission as a non-profit organization is to support educators with the teaching resources that promote creativity and exploration, tools that engage and delight students to develop a life-long love of learning –‘To Transform the learning experience through hands-on education to engage and inspire students”.

Because, we agree! All children do learn their own way and hands-on teaching is an effective way to teach children the way they learn.

- Maria Biggs, RAFT Marketing Manager

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