Minds of Our Own

The past year our homeschool approach has undergone a radical paradigm shift.  We've been moving away from traditional textbook style teaching, learning and thinking, and we've been moving towards a hands-on approach in which the children are encouraged to solve problems and find solutions and answers for themselves.   We've discarded the traditional rote memorization and regurgitation of facts so common in the popular Classical style of education, and replaced it with a more dynamic, multi-sensory exploration and self-directed problem solving.  

The results have been amazing despite the fact that we seem to move much slower through subject material compared to other homeschool counterparts and even compared to the government and private school systems.  The big difference is that we now focus on true understanding rather than knowledge (through memorization).  We are also no longer limited by grade level education.  As early as age 6 and 7 we start to implement basic science concepts that are traditionally first introduced in the 6th and 9th grade or higher.   We have been pleasantly surprised to see that our children can grasp these concepts, and even take it further to apply them in real life.   Since children are naturally curious and try to figure out the world around them from birth, it is only natural for them to be enthusiastic about hands-on science and exploration at an early age.  

Learning through understanding is more effective
than learning through memorization.

Understanding is better attained through
an engaged mind, self-exploration,
and hands-on investigation.

I've come to the realization that many of us adults have a mental block against Science  -  "Science is only for smart people; Not everybody has talent, interest or aptitude for Science  -  therefore we don't have to teach Science as a primary subject."  I realize now that this is a sad misconception and our children are losing out because of this misconception.

The FREE video documentary series, "Minds of Our Own" by Annenberg Media, is an enlightening revelation on how many things we assume about how children learn are simply not true.  Why do the brightest students graduating from Harvard and MIT struggle to solve a simple third-grade problem, such as lighting a light bulb with a battery and wire?

The program further explores how the current education system and teaching approaches do not take into account the child's own preconceived ideas of how the world works, and why children do not necessarily learn when they are "taught".

I strongly encourage any parent or teacher interested in how their children learn, to watch this series.  It's truly mind-blowing!

You can watch all 3 videos in this series for FREE.  Click on the link below and scroll down to watch the 3 videos in the series.


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