We like to talk about "learning through adventure" a lot here at Summerwood. But what exactly does this mean?
Fundamentally, it means that we provide for our students opportunities to figure out their own ideas and discover knowledge for themselves. We encourage our students to ask questions about what they're learning rather than just "telling them" how multiplication works or where squirrels live. There's a time and place for direct, explicit instruction, but in inquiry-based learning it is one of the last teaching strategies we try, rather than the first.
Check out this article about a cognitive study on the value of play and discovery versus explicit instruction:
"Explicit instruction makes children less likely to engage in spontaneous exploration and discovery... teaching is meant to impart skills quickly and efficiently. The danger is leading children to believe that they’ve learned all there is to know, thereby discouraging independent discovery."