31 days series: Creativity Inspires Learning
Although people homeschool for many different reasons, by the time many of us get to the stage where we have decided to homeschool, we have often at least decided that the traditional classroom style of learning is not right for our families.
Almost from the beginning, my goal has been to instill a love of learning verses following a set of facts and figures to teach. I’ve always said that whether my kids memorize tons of facts or not does not matter to me – but if I can manage to inspire them to enjoy learning – well, then I’ve done a good job.
You see, once your kids love learning, the rest seems to fall right into place!
While there are things that I feel are important for my kids to know and understand, it is that sparkle in their eyes when they really get it that I’m after. It’s the way they light up when they get to that special place where knowledge, understanding and excitement come together – that is the stuff real learning is made of!
That is my goal in teaching them, because if I can instill this love of learning and teach them how to go about the process of gathering knowledge and research; if I can light that fire inside that will drive them to question and explore the world around them – then they are well on the way to finding the path that God has in store for their lives.
What is this Creativity I speak of?
I am not what I’d call a talented artist. I’ll probably never be rewarded or receive accolades for my artwork and I possess pretty much ZERO musical abilities . . . but that does not mean that I am not a creative person.
Our creativity need not be defined by number of art projects or musical prowess, but can instead be measured as the process by which one develops new and different ideas. While success may not come to you with brilliant ideas in the beginning, the more you push and challenge your students to think outside the proverbial box – the more their creativity will flourish and grow.
Yo-Yo Ma (famous Cellist) says that passion is the great force which releases creativity. This goes right along with the idea to get the kids fired up and excited about learning.
How to Homeschool Creatively
One of the best ways I know how to do this – to get them passionate and excited to learn – is to get out and take a close up look at nature. It was, after all, created by the best artist of them all!
Children are born with a natural curiosity. It doesn’t take much effort to use that as a springboard to ignite within them a passion for learning.
Heuristics are techniques for creative thinking and generating ideas. Commonly used heuristics include brainstorming, making sketches, forming analogies, and free-writing. Other heuristics often used in education include the techniques that journalist’s use with questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How).
Homeschooling provides the perfect platform to open up discussions and explore both sides of various topics. It is a safe environment where parents can lead & supervise topics while allowing students to investigate points of view they may not otherwise consider.
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31 days of Creative Homeschooling: Series and Curriculum Giveaway
Throughout the month of October, we will be exploring ways to put creativity into your homeschool. I have tips and how-to’s, freebies, and some of my favorite resources.
Discover creative teaching techniques with “Kids in the Kitchen”, Homeschooling with Nature, National Landmarks, State Parks, Local Resources, Unique and Frugal Resources and much more. See the full list of topics here and enter the creative curriculum & tools giveaway!