Delight Directed Teaching: Giving Learners Choices (5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop)

I wasn’t even sure of the meaning of “Delight Directed Teaching” when I first hear the term. I looked up a definition of Delight Directed Teaching, and I found this on the Design Your Homeschool website:    The Delight Directed Approach is an approach which allows a spark of interest of a child to direct further studies in a natural way. Some would argue that this approach is similar to Natural Learning/ Unschooling, with the child as the director making decisions on what he or she will pursue or not pursue in learning. Others would describe Delight Directed learning as an approach in which parents are mindful of the uniqueness of their children, mindful of the unique gifts and talents and interests God has given them, and are responsive to their child’s interests. 

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I read this and thought, “Hmm, I do this sometimes!” Now, I am not a true unschooler. I think I almost could be. But then the evil planning monster takes over, and I just can’t do it. But, I do like to follow the interests of my children when planning what we are going to do.

Our history curriculum allows for choices of interest, so the kids have had many opportunities to do the things they enjoy with our curriculum. Charles has designed Minecraft structures and Kathryne has written stories and plays and newspapers.

In science, I’ve allowed the kids to choose things they are interested in to use in conducting experiments. That’s why Charles has done many experiments involving candies and soft drinks (think Mentos and Diet Coke). It seems silly to me sometimes, but he’s actually learned quite a bit about chemical and physical reactions.

I’ve allowed the kids to choose their literature selections. This semester Kathryne ended up with a Twilight unit study from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers because she likes the Twilight books. She’s had the opportunity to study vocabulary, read several classics, and do several history reports.

I think any time that I can capitalize on the interest that the kids have naturally can encourage their love of learning. Any time that learning has a purpose, a reason, it matters more.

So I guess we really do do “Delight Directed Learning” after all.

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This post was originally linked up at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog’s 5 Days of Teaching CreativelyYou can read what others are doing with Delighted Directed Teaching by following the links below.

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