I'm a trained teacher.
A few months ago I flipped through my ancient portfolio–the culminating project required of teacher trainees at the university I attended. I spied my philosophy of education. I scanned it. I laughed a little at my words and the praises my profs penned in the margins. I knew so much before I started teaching.
I frequently hear teacher-turned-homeschool moms state reasons why they chose home education. I chose this way because of apathy, indifference, and disconnect. High school students would slump into my classroom and plead, "Please. Please, don't make us think."
These weren't the truant, drug-using variety. These were academic students. Students who wanted and worked for As and Bs. Burned-out-brains who did everything they could to avoid creative and critical thinking. The goal was the grade.
Something has gone awry.
Throughout my own high school and college years I had the opportunity to volunteer in four kindergarten classrooms, to teach preschool, and to care for toddlers in a daycare. Of course the nose-wiping and tattle-tailing took a toll, but the enthusiasm of finding a single spider spinning a web was contagious. Everything was exciting. An adventure.
What happens to these once-curious kids?
One day I gave my high school students a project–something about analyzing and illustrating Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. They complained and whined, "Can we just have a worksheet?" I thought I knew the problem: they were lazy.They didn't want to complete a task requiring individuality and creative thinking. But the real problem wasn't laziness. They had lost their curiosity.
The revelation resulted in resolve. I remember asking. Dear God, if you ever give me children, help me. Help me to preserve and grow the gift you give. The gift of curiosity.
In the next nine posts I will be discussing ways to cultivate curiosity as well as how to implement a delight-directed homeschool.
Day 1: Why You Need to Cultivate Curiosity in Your Children
Day 2 : Inquisitive and Quizzed: Using Questions to Cultivate Curiosity in Your Kids
Day 3: How to Keep Wonder Alive in Your Homeschool
Day 4: 25 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity in Your Children
Day 5: Cultivate Curiosity by Reading Great Books Together
Day 6: A Delight Driven Education
Day 7: What Does a Delight Directed Study Look Like?
Day 8 : Free Tools for Delight Directed Studies
Day 9 : Foundation Education
Day 10: Questions and Answers
Amber @ Classic Housewife says
I want to preserve curiosity, too!!
One thing I keep reading about the generation now beginning to enter the workforce (the millenials, born in the 80s and 90s) is that there’s not only a lack of curiosity but of follow through on it — this generation has big ideas but lacks what they need to implement them! I’m sure that’s not true of EVERYONE but it seems to be a marker of their generation. (Though, if we were going by that alone, I would fit right along with them!)
I want my kids to be curious … and then get up and go do something about it, too! I do hope I encourage this enough. I’m hoping to find some encouragement and inspiration here!
im looking forward to read more ….im just new at homeschooling ,i believe great post like this would really help….Godbless:)