Did you really think I could go ten blog posts without printables? Holy withdrawal, Batman! I could never do that.
So, here are a few tools to get you going with delight directed studies! You can use these documents to create a small notebook for each of your students. It will serve as an idea bank as well as a place for record keeping and storing your planning forms. (I also keep reading lists in mine).
Simply click on the images to snag the files.
Download #1 ~ Curiosity Stirring Lists
My Questions ~ record your younger students questions on this page
Things That Make Me Wonder ~ your older student can record questions on this page
Things I Want to Learn About ~ your older student can record topics on this page (or you can record them for your younger student)
Ten Famous Places, Ten Places to Visit ~ these are to help your reluctant student determine some potential future topics for study
Download #2 ~ Record Keeping Forms
If you don't keep records of the places your student goes with his delight directed education, you might get a bad case of the we-haven't-done-enoughs. Here are some forms for you to document discoveries and adventures.
Download #3 ~ Planning Page
This form can be used to brainstorm ideas before a unit or to record things done during the unit. Older children should be involved in the planning process as much as possible (until they can plan independently!). Remember, not all studies need to be planned. This planner is most useful when your student wants to tackle a gigantic or broad topic (such as microscopes or The Civil War).
The planner includes seven different segments. The middle section is where the topic can be written. The other six sections are for resource ideas.
Read ~ include book titles, magazine titles, websites, newspapers, any written text
Research ~ topics your student wants to research at the library or on the internet
View ~ documentaries, videos, YouTube
Listen ~ audio books, storytelling CDs, music CDs, speeches
Go ~ places to go and people to meet
Do ~ experiments, project ideas, recipes to cook
Remember, the lists are simply idea lists not MUST DO lists.
Only two days left in this series. Tomorrow I will share about "a foundation education" and what academics I do require. The final day will be Questions & Answers, so please leave your questions in the comments section.
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