Using Curiosity to Stimulate Learning

As homeschoolers, we have an incredible opportunity to ignite a passion for learning. We aren’t bound by time restrictions like a traditional school and we aren’t bound by a curriculum that dictates how we teach our students. Our curriculum is simply a tool to help us stir the curiosity in our children. Once that curiosity is awakened, the potential for learning is unlimited.

Watch this short TED talk about the three rules to spark learning. It is directed at government school teachers but the principles work even better at home. The speaker has found the secret in motivating his students. We can put these simple principles into action in our homeschooling and set our children on a path to energized learning that becomes relevant and usable.

It’s not just about answering test questions. It’s about answering the burning questions that curiosity uncovers and then building on that knowledge to reach even greater heights of education. The questions our kids ask the most are the “why”? questions. We can’t just be satisfied with teaching them to regurgitate boring answers to boring questions.

If we want our kids to learn to “think outside the box” we must first remove the lid.

One thought on “Using Curiosity to Stimulate Learning

  1. Great post and TED talk, it made me think a lot about the direction our homeschooling has taken lately and how far we’ve strayed from what I want homeschooling to be for us. What we are doing right now isn’t working, and it’s easy to change that when you homeschool. Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for posting!

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