Depending on the situation or context, students may go through a variety of positive and negative feelings while learning. The 5 Stages Of Learning Like A Baby is a helpful guide for discussing these feelings. Throughout the following discussions, you will find opportunities for your students to explore the correlating principle WE ALL ARE LEARNING and experience The 5 Stages Of Learning Like A Baby together.

The wonderfully silly Funky As A Diaper song helps students realize that truly ALL of us are learning something, every day! This can help students realize that it is OK to make mistakes and to persevere—in other words, to keep trying! It also invites students to talk about the feelings that arise during the different stages of the learning process.

The following discussion helps students see how YOU have learned something new and invites them to discuss their own experiences. It is incredibly empowering for students when they learn that their teacher had to go through the stages of learning, too!


Students watch a video skit, then discuss their learning process as it relates to the video skit.

Principle Overview

Students are learning skills every day at an amazingly rapid pace, moving through the many emotional stages of learning. Sadly, in our society people can be shamed for simply going through the steps of learning something new. In the day-to-day realities of childhood, sometimes students’ relative strengths and weaknesses can be used against them. Reminding ourselves and students to live with the principle that WE ALL ARE LEARNING can free us from a rigid sense of “right” and “wrong” and give a flexible quality to our interactions with others.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Recognize that we all are learning by discussing The 5 Stages of Learning Like a Baby
  • Identify one’s strengths and challenges
  • Describe how others are important in helping one achieve a goal
Perseverance is the ability to do your best at something and work through difficulties, and problem solving is the process of finding solutions to challenging situations. Brain Bloomers allow students learn how to stick with an activity and explore without fear of mistake, and understand that learning is a process that includes trial, error, practice, perseverance, and accomplishment.

  • When discussing The 5 Stages Of Learning Like A Baby, you might ask students which step is a good place to use Brain Bloomers.
  • Ask students to share some Brain Bloomers they used when an activity got hard and they were feeling frustrated.
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Activity Steps

  • Connector.

    Watch the Learn Like a Baby skit video together. Talk about the process that Uncle Jim goes through in pretending to learn to walk.

    Then share something you are learning— it might be a cooking skill, a sport, or an art skill. Share with students the steps you went through to learn it. It is important for students to know that their teacher has to learn new and difficult things in steps, too. Don’t be afraid to show your mistakes.

  • Connector.

    Show students The 5 Stages Of Learning Like A Baby poster. Read and discuss the stages together.

    1 – START: Was it difficult to get started? Was it scary or fun? Have you ever been afraid to start something only to find that it was wonderful?

    2 – SOMETIMES STUMBLE: Did you “stumble”? What was awkward for you? Was there an embarrassing moment you can share with the class?

    3 – STICK WITH IT: Was there a time you were frustrated or bored and didn’t want to continue?

    4 – SUCCESS: How did you celebrate? What was the feeling you had when you accomplished this?

    5 – SUPPORT OTHERS: Were you able to support another in learning what you first struggled with?

  • Connector.

    Invite students to share a problem they have solved or something they are learning, too! If possible, encourage them to demonstrate the steps of the process.

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