Friday, December 28, 2012

When It’s Time for a Change: Use Curiosity

As a homeschool mom of many years, I know just how it feels to face resistance from a child who is bored to tears with textbooks. I had to learn the hard way that if they aren’t curious about what they are learning, they probably won’t remember what you are trying to teach them. It was a stop-sign moment when I finally figured this out. It was time to change direction—curiosity had to be an integral part of a good education, and the children had no curiosity about textbook material.

Textbooks and workbooks are learning tools from the last century. You don’t hear many children asking for more time to read “just one more chapter” before putting the books away for the day. With ready access to resources and virtual experiences, today’s children need an education that matches today’s world—one that engages their curiosity to capture and hold their attention.

“Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity
killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.”

 —Arnold Edinborough

I write unit studies to capture your children’s curiosity about topics from the largest insect to the way nerve cells fire signals to each other without touching. We work hard to build on their curiosity, creating a desire to learn, explore, and imagine.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

—Albert Einstein

Is it time for a homeschooling change at your house? What will it take to make them curious about learning? Perhaps a study on popcorn or roller coasters or outer space? Today’s the day to make a move to a fascinating plan that builds on curiosity!


 Amanda B.

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