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From the Editor
We have had a tumultuous and divisive election that culminated in the first steps of a process that – despite our policitical disagreements – gives us hope: the peaceful transfer of power. Let us be kind, strive to understand ourselves and those with whom we disagree, and move forward with civility.
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Mary Ann Kelley
Hamilton has taken Broadway (and America) by storm in a way that no other musical has. PBS recorded a behind the scenes look at the musical as part of their Arts Fall Festival. The 83 minute documentary can be viewed online as well as on the PBS app on Roku boxes, smart TVs, and other streaming devices through November 18. The play features some mature themes and while the documentary does cover basic facts of Hamilton’s life, it does so briefly and is focused on the history behind the story and the making of the musical. It features interviews with many of the cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator.
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Interested in Interest-Led?
What is interest-led learning, and how can it fit into your homeschooling?
Interest-led learning is just what it sounds like — letting a child’s interests lead the learning process.
This means parents take note of what a child is curious about, enjoys doing, and is naturally drawn to. Then parents help a child learn about that interest. Since this may involve field trips, library books, research, projects, and more, there are many academic skills which are practiced, and a lot of content knowledge is learned — just by helping a child pursue specific interests.
You’ll also hear it called delight-directed learning, passion-oriented learning, and even rabbit trailing — meaning we homeschoolers follow the rabbit trails of our interests as one thing leads to another.
Use Interests and Traditional Academics
Some families use interest-led learning alongside traditional academics. They work through a curriculum or use their chosen eclectic resources for learning, allowing children generous time and opportunity to pursue interests as diverse as baking, art, sports, music, animals, black holes, chess, Minecraft, money, or Medieval times.
Interests will vary from child to child and family to family. Parents may look for ways the interests can lead to more academic practice or knowledge, such as…