Creativity, Reading Lists, What to Buy Instead of Curriculum, and More
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Welcome to TheHomeSchoolMom newsletter! I hope you have had a chance to visit TheHomeSchoolMom.com and take a look at our beautiful new site design. Here are a few of our most popular resources that you might want to check out:
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Tomorrow is the 56th anniversary of the Sputnik launch, so it’s a great time to watch October Sky and learn about rocketry. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you might not have seen that TheHomeSchoolMom was featured in an article about homeschooling high school at US News & World Report. Check it out and be encouraged that homeschooling high school is not only possible, it’s a great option!
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Lee Binz at TheHomeScholar has put together an extensive list of classics that college-bound students should consider adding to their book lists. “Reading from a broad cross-section of both American and World literature will help prepare your students to understand a variety of different cultures and times, and strengthen their knowledge and understanding of great literature.” While not every book on the list is one I would choose, many are excellent choices and the list is a good place to start.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the wildly popular program that encourages writers to complete an entire novel during the month of November. The program is growing in popularity with young adults, teens, and children. NaNoWriMo has put together 3 downloads for student writers that will help them create characters, build settings, and hatch plots. The resources can also keep them motivated throughout the month. The PDF files are customizable so they can type and save their ideas. Get the workbooks here, then learn how NaNoWriMo works for young writers, and check out the Helpful Links page for additional writing resources.
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The Secret to Encouraging Creativity
Let’s face it. None of us wants our children to be dull automatons who believe or do simply because someone says they should.
If you are homeschooling, it’s a pretty good bet that you’re wanting your kids to develop the ability to be innovative, ingenious, imaginative, and original. Creativity is in high demand amongst homeschoolers, and is increasingly understood as a critical part of intelligence and a quality necessary for productivity in the work world. Take, for example, the study of 1,000 college-educated, full-time employees called “Creativity and Education: Why It Matters”, in which 85% agreed that creative thinking was critical for problem solving in their career, and 78% wish they had more creative ability.1 Nine out of ten professionals agree that creativity is required for economic growth, and 96% believe it is valuable to society.2 Creativity enables individuals to find innovative solutions to problems, to go beyond the expected into the innovative, and think outside the box – all qualities that help children become productive contributors to society.
So, yes, we want creative kids. And, as homeschoolers, we can get our kids involved in music, provide them with art lessons, and give them the freedom to come up with ideas on their own and implement them – all of which are great ways to encourage creativity. Certainly having a home atmosphere in which children are encouraged to try out new things, express differing opinions, make mistakes and fail without retribution, and use lots of resources in ways they come up with on their own is critical to children developing their creative sides, and learning to express themselves in new and interesting ways.
But there is something else.
Yep, a little secret I have found, that is the key to encouraging creativity for kids. In fact, it is so powerful, that I’ve even seen instances in which implementing this one little tidbit will get kids to start being creative – even if none of the other wonderful creativity-establishers listed above are implemented.