Today is day 12 of my series #write28days. Today I want to urge you to go down rabbit holes or trails – whichever you would prefer to call them. When your children find something that really captures their attention and interest, do not be afraid to go down those paths. Some of the best homeschooling times I remember with our children was when we abandoned the lesson plans and followed something that captured the interest of one or more of our children.
I know my children retain more and are willing to do more if they are interested in what the subject is. They are willing to exert more energy, stay on task longer and retain more of what they are learning about than doing planned lessons.
My second son has a desire to find things out for himself. If left to his own devices with a topic he is interested in, he never fails to come back and report on what he has learned. However, the key for me to remember is to let him share in his own time and in his own way.
My third son loves music so he will spend hours studying, composing and even practicing instruments. So I allow him to do this. Recently, he even arranged a piece of music for our homeschool band that we may be performing at our Spring concert.
Our daughter loves art. She will spend hours researching styles, techniques, and other information related to her artwork. So I try to allow freedom and flexibility in our schedule for her to do this.
So do not be afraid to allow your children’s curiosity about something to take you on a journey. You may love where the journey ends.
So do you find yourself going down rabbit holes or trails? I would love to hear from you.