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How to Plan Interest Led Studies

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We’ve chatted about how to find the best homeschool curriculum but have you thought about designing your own? In my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series, we’ve talked a lot about homeschool curriculum but it is also possible to do so without using any. Isn’t that crazy, you can plan your own.interest-led-studies

What are interest led studies?

This is where you see where your child’s interests lie, and if they don’t have one yet, this would be a great time to discover a new passion.

Choose a topic

Ask your child what they would like to study this year, this may surprise you, and it gives them a chance to get involved in their homeschool plans. We started with interest led studies for science and then worked it in for history. Take it one step at a time. I’d ask my son what he wanted to study and he said dinosaurs, we studied dinosaurs for a whole year. He still remembers what he learned now 6 years later. I love it.

Create an outline

This may seem harder than it is but what I do is take a library book out and look at their table of contents on the subject and figure out from there what topics I’d like to cover in our own studies. It doesn’t mean you have to do it all but it gives you a good framework to start with.

Find resources

Gather all the resources you’ll need like non-fiction and/or fiction books to compose your reading list, activities or projects that will incorporate hands on learning on the topic, as well as see if there are any field trips that you can take to incorporate your topic. I like searching for free printables so I don’t have to make everything from scratch.

Implement your plans

No use on not following through on your plans, just jump right in and get it done, you kids will thank you. Don’t be mad if things don’t go as planned, follow those rabbit trails and see where they lead you.

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If you need something more extensive for planning then you need to look at Marcy’s Delightful Planner from Ben and Me.

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Still think you can’t do this? Marcy’s 31 days series on delight-directed learning will give a lot of insight into working it into your homeschool.

Follow along in my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series.

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You’ll also want to check out the other 26 bloggers in this series as well and join our Homeschool Tips 4 Moms Facebook group if you’d like to connect with other homechooling mothers.

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