The Launch Cycle

Introducing the Launch Cycle


First, what is it?

The “Launch Cycle is an excellent description (framework) of how parents can encourage the best and the deepest of learning in children. Please enjoy the following YouTube clip:


Getting started with young learners

Planning can be very helpful so that children have resources on hand. If you know the kinds of things your children might be interested in, it can be a great starting point. Sometimes finding out what we want to do in a project happens easily and falls into place, other times it’s a project all on its own. Keeping notes of interesting conversations that lead to ideas can be helpful. The best way to follow through on ideas is to write them down somewhere. When we build a plan it’s useful to have some plan building resources on hand– a checklist for example. 

The following is from this resource: a Word File which you can download.

Chasing a dream… Develop a Plan

…every student has a dream.  Whether it is to become a marine biologist, a farmer, a lawyer or airplane pilot (or clown) It is our goal to prepare our children with the skills needed to pursue their dreams. 

  • Look – Listen – Learn (Awareness)
  • Provide experiences for your child:  Read books, try new thing,  go on field trips,  go ended questions
  • Ask tons of questions (Curiosity: )What is…? Why did…? Which one…?  When did…?Where is…?Who was…? How will…?
    • Note: There’s a lot to be said about good questions. Here’s a resource (right) that will start you thinking about questions, good and bad.  Click the image to enlarge.
  • Wrap you head around the question of “how”, the process.
    • Make a plan to figure things out.
    • Navigate Ideas (Thinking)
    • Connect ideas, figure things out.
    • Create a Prototype (Build/Do)
  • Dig in there and experience the learning.
  • Show the world!  (And then look, listen and learn…)

Take Action (click Image)

Example: (Click Image)

Launch Process

Launch Cycle ExampleThe best way to get going is to start with a very simple example so that children are learning a method of learning more than anything else. I got this great example in an email from Nancy G.