The term delight-directed learning was something foreign to me before I began homeschooling, but it has become a big part of my philosophy as a home educator today. It only makes sense — identify your child’s interests and strengths and pursue them as educational opportunities. I guarantee that you will have an eager student, ready to expand her horizons and soak up information like a sponge!
What does delight-directed homeschooling look like in action?
- It looks like a field trip to the Wilder Homestead when Big Sis takes an interest in The Little House on the Prairie series and we begin studying The Prairie Primer . . .
- and dressing up for the time period we’re studying
- or visiting the Mayflower replica and Plymouth Rock because Big Sis is interested in learning more about the pilgrims
- Visiting a lighthouse because Big Sis wants to learn more about the life of a lighthouse keeper
- Taking a watercolor class because she’s developed an interest in art techniques
- Dropping our planned science lesson on astronomy and doing an experiment about colors because she wants to learn about rainbows
We spent an entire month doing a unit study on horses because Big Sis took an interest in them. For art, we painted ceramic horse figurines. For math, we did horse word problems (calculating speed and distance) and charts and graphs of horse characteristics. We read the Misty of Chincoteague series by Marguerite Henry, which served as a history and geography lesson since the books are based on true events in a real location. Science included learning about the horse anatomy and physiology, as well as the kinetic energy properties of motion in relation to the way a horse runs and how it builds up speed.
There are many ways to incorporate your child’s interests in your lessons. Delight-directed homeschooling may require some ingenuity and flexibility, but the end result — an eager student who loves to learn and gets a well-rounded educational experience — is worth it!
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