Creative Home Schooling
The idea of creative home schooling is built into the very framework of teaching your children at home. Since
home schooling offers literally limitless opportunity to be creative in all of it's aspects.
Creativity by definition is the ability, talent or skill of bringing into being; to cause to exist where
something did not exist before. It has been said that home schooling invites creativity as blossoms invite
honeybees. There are few endeavors in life that present more exciting possibilities than this method of
As in most undertakings in life, one can usually find a model or standard of how to do a project and then
follow that model without giving it a great deal of thought. There is no wrong in this, and we all do it in various
areas of our lives, such as recipes, games, and all sorts of instruction manuals. For those who know they will be
satisfied with the results this type of instruction brings, and for those who do not wish to invest a great deal of
creativity, closely guided curriculums are the best choice of directions.
Creative home schooling however, is for those parents who enjoy trying new things and are willing to do some
thinking, investigating, and formulating of ideas about how to accomplish certain objectives in their home
How can a parent be creative in schooling? There are so many ways as to be uncountable. Not only can each tiny
avenue chosen be an innovative production, each of these ideas can also be changed any time the parent sees a need
to do so. This allows for many different and unusual ideas that can be applied to a project or area. Skits,
workbooks, field trips, internet classes, local clubs, library activities, stories you make up, relatives who have
a skill they are willing to teach, Grandparents who learned a simple method of reading, a pet made into a project,
story books on history, etc. One can readily see the limitless possibilities here.
Since creative home schooling implies something that is new, it is obvious that we cannot map it out exactly for
you. You may choose to combine pieces of several established methods into your curriculum or you may wish to start
from scratch. The main ingredient will be an open mind with which the parent takes a fresh look at everything they
wish to accomplish for their family.
Creative ideas and methods do not necessarily have to be invented by you, though they certainly can be. Wisely
listening, reading, and being alert to hearing and seeing thoughts and ideas as you go along, can be a source of a
fresh plans and ideas in your own mind. Originality can be fun and helpful, but is not essential for home schooling
Something that will be helpful towards beginning this creative endeavor will be a notebook to outline your
schooling objectives and to keep track of your ideas. A second notebook would be helpful for final decisions,
lesson plans and organized ideas in your home schooling program. Creative home schooling will bring laughter and
fresh enthusiasm to your classroom.