What is the best homeschool curriculum? What are we planning on using?
I get asked this so often. The answer?
The curriculum of curiosity.
This curriculum is amazing, let me tell you. The curiosity curriculum is:
- for every child,
- every age,
- every ability,
- all interests,
- developmentally appropriate,
- relevant to your child,
- limitless, and
What you need to have the best homeschool curriculum:
- a child
- an interested parent
- respect for the child
- access to the world, nature, and books (a library!)
- the internet doesn’t hurt either
Life and learning need not be separated.
A child’s innate curiosity and interest in exploring and categorising the world around them is so strong. A child’s want to be heard and express themselves is built into them.
We just need to listen, to observe, and to guide them. We have to be fascinated with them and explore alongside them. Create an environment that inspires creativity, is literacy rich and invokes discovery.
People (yes, that includes children too!) only really learn, understand and retain knowledge that is meaningful, developmentally suitable and interesting to them. This is particularly true in the long term.
Given the above, kids will naturally acquire the knowledge that is significant and relevant to them through their innate curiosity, with time and guidance.
They don’t need ‘school hours’ or days or terms. Nor do they need things divided into subjects or levels. Just living and learning; everyday, together.
Children don’t need workbooks or tests. They don’t need flash cards or to memorise arbitrary facts. Sure, sometimes these things may be just what a child wants to solidify some knowledge or explore a topic. But it doesn’t have to be the foundation of their learning.
What kids do need is respect, connection and awareness. They need to know:
- what they think is important,
- their questions are valid,
- their interests are respected,
- how to find information, and
- that they never have to do something that doesn’t feel right.
We need to protect their love of learning. Protect that curiosity and wonder like the jewel it is.
Curriculum of Curiosity
So… listen to them. Let them play.
Read to and with them everyday.
Show them you are passionate as well.
Joke and laugh up a spell.
Spend time with them in nature.
Watch documentaries together.
Cook dinner with them even though it takes more time.
Let them make mess, it’ll be just fine.
Discuss things that matter, and the things that don’t.
Question things yourself or maybe they won’t.
Challenge them to think critically.
Let them make mistakes and reflect analytically.
Build forts and climb trees.
Star gaze and scrape knees.
- Rachel ‘Racheous’
That’s the best homeschool curriculum.