Brilliant Building Blocks
This video, "Curiosity Time" is one that I am excited to incorporate in my homeschool day. (We kind of do this naturally, but a focused time of even fifteen minutes a day of asking our children to write down all the questions they have on a given topic followed by some time to guide them to find the answers to the most prioritized answers...)
What a fabulous idea!! So easy! I imagine that my children will look forward to "Curiosity Time" being put on our schedule this year and that they will learn more in that 45 minutes than if we used the time to read them yet another lesson that doesn't keep their interest..
(Not that I am against reading together.. we'll keep doing that too:).
Studying Architecture and the Arts supports the premise of the movie "Most Likely to Succeed" - "Project based learning motivates students and has great rewards." The movie is FANTASTIC! (From my perspective, it supports the way that many of us homeschool our children.) Giving a purpose for their studies inspires greatness.
An architecture project can entice students to dig deeper into history, construction, literature, drawing, writing, speech (presenting) and many more topics. An architecture project can be the purposed focus of any interest.
A theater production gives rise to memorizing lines, creating sets, choreographing, editing music, writing and more.
Learning to play the piano can be a subliminal study of shapes, patterns and organization as well as and appreciation for the beauty of the music.
Learning to write and writing creatively helps students develop a tool to share information. (Priceless).
One purpose of "Art" is a highly debated topic. For me creating art provides a connection with the heart of our Creator and a solid platform for sharing some of the most intimate emotions in a safe environment.
These are just examples, but using the Arts to support any educational course can even give the most challenging core type courses purpose.
Taking courses to learn the tools that the artistic mediums provide is absolutely necessary for students today as there is a new shift towards a desire for workers with huge creative platforms. In the long run, these courses are priceless for the students of this century.
For me, this movie sums up a lot of how I teach and how coach students to be come the best version of themselves possible..
For the summer, "Most Likely to Succeed" is FREE to watch on Amazon Prime!
I encourage you to watch it and get INSPIRED!
Do you have one of those kids who is head strong and insists on their own way despite the directions? They can be a challenging bunch, but often those creative thinkers are the visionaries among us. I have a handful (or two) of creative kids... it is hard not to think outside the box when your mom will not stay in one long enough to let you get comfortable. Our youngest, who is growing up with ten other perspectives, continues to surprise. Before we left for vacation, she entrenched herself with Zoo Design - Mia's way. We had paper habitats all over our schoolroom and paths to follow to see the animals.. based on a map of a park we were going to visit.
On the first day of our vacation, she received a plastic cup. One glance at her cup and her mind clung to an idea. When we get home, I am to provide her with brown paper to make a "fawn". Two days later, she is still thinking about it her future project and shows great excitement with her new idea of adding green trees for her "fawn". She will not forget this. When we get home (10 days later) this project will be the first on her list of things to do. I am afraid, I better have Amazon deliver the paper to those at home so it is ready for her when we return. When, she is finished, I will post photos of her work for you.
My suggestion today is to encourage you to support your "outside the box" thinkers. If possible, provide for them what they need for their visions to take form. If they "must" go with their thoughts before anything else can possibly happen.. let them fly. More often than not, the Holy Spirit might be spurring them on to seek something that they "need". I have learned over the years, that yes, there is a time for rules, direction and order, but when it does not hurt anyone, the chaos of allowing those creative types to just create may teach them more than any curriculum or educational plan could. A little brown paper (hmm.. and perhaps some intriguing, "selected" books just laying on a table) or even a free plastic cup from a restaurant may save you a bunch of stress and money as opposed to trying to fit your creative, visionary, head strong child into the box:). And bonus, those headstrong kids are often the ones that may stay committed to the true path as long as their needs to safely push the limits through exploration and design have been met in safe environments with encouragement and support along the way. You never know, you might just have the next visionary genius under your wing:).
Blessings and Smiles,