Children are encouraged to follow their interests through inquiry, investigation, and research. Various studies have supported the approach of giving
children the opportunity to initiate their activities, which, according to the research, can enhance their sense of confidence, as well as, for example,
help children acquire basic reading and math aptitude (when compared with children who were observed in a more traditional setting where teacher-directed
learning was the focus).
A number of studies have documented the benefits of opportunities for children to direct their work and to follow their interests by self-selection of
activities and exploration of materials. (Schweinhart, 1997).
Recent classroom studies based on children’s interests have been dogs, restaurants, airplanes and airports, buses, school, clothing stores, and the circus.
Throughout the process of the project, which can last for a month or longer, other typical activities are still going on: blocks, sensory play, art
activities, cooking, and more. Teachers are constantly evaluating and assessing the children’s work within the project.