INDEPENDENT LEARNING

OH, HOW FUN! I remember students begging to just learn one subject at a time and R-E-A-L-L-Y, R-E-A-L-L-Y concentrate on it. They wanted to learn, but with six to nine subjects at a time, they could only spend a fraction of the time they REALLY wanted to spend in that area. I’ve learned much since then and have realized how important it is for students to STUDY WHAT THEY WANT.

That is what INDEPENDENT LEARNING is ALL ABOUT. Students may pick a topic, study it for an hour, a day, or a year. They just have to write down what they’ve done! They just have to keep a JOURNAL, and, sometimes, report to the rest of the student body. (Academy Students ONLY, unless a HOMESCHOOLER wishes to do so, YOU are MORE than WELCOME!) Students may start with reading or watching youtube videos on a subject and move on from there. Some may convince parents that field trips are necessary. Some may end-up writing a book or making a brand new discovery. You NEVER know! What IS IMPORTANT is that they, individually, follow their passions in learning and discover, in part, why they are here on earth at this time.

COURSES:
1 – INDEPENDENT LEARNING 1: Exploration

There is NO PDF or Video for this course. The instructions are HERE.

We expect that ages 4-7 will be taking this portion of the Independent Learning offerings.

It’s SIMPLE. YOU have a child who is curious about the world and probably SOME THING or THINGS in particular. RUN WITH IT. Help him fulfill his curiosity with books – remember the LIBRARY, friends and relatives – and youtube and the like. If it is something he wants TO DO, see what YOU can do to make it possible, at least on some level.

Satisfying a young person’s curiosity will pay-off big dividends down the road.

Also, KEEP RECORDS. Start a BRAND NEW Composition book. Label it: ___________’s (Your Child’s Name) Independent Learning Journal or Diary – Your Choice. Begin the first page with the date Independent Learning was begun and what was done. Keep the Diary up-to-date. KEEP the DIARY, Independent Learning is something that happens year round whether formally ‘in school’ or not. That’s it. Simply parenting, really. 🙂

INDEPENDENT LEARNING 2: Exploration 2

There is 1 PDF and 1 Video for this course. The instructions are THERE and HERE.

We expect that ages 6-8 will be taking this portion of the Independent Learning offerings. We expect that they in some measure will be able to direct their own learning, based on their own curiosity.

It’s SIMPLE. YOU are a parent who has a child – or YOU ARE that child – who is curious about the world and probably SOME THING or THINGS in particular. RUN WITH IT. If a parent, and he still needs your assistance – which he will in art help him. If YOU are the child – fulfill your curiosity with books – remember the LIBRARY, friends and relatives – and youtube and the like. (Always OK ANY viewing online with Mom or Dad!) If it is something YOU want TO DO, see MOM or DAD to find out what they YOU can do to make it possible, at least on some level.

Satisfying curiosity will pay-off big dividends down the road.

Also, KEEP RECORDS. Start or continue your Independent Learning Journal or Diary – Your Choice. (See description in Independent Learning 1). Keep the Diary up-to-date. KEEP the DIARY.
Independent Learning is something that happens year round whether formally ‘in school’ or not. That’s it. Simple, really. 🙂

3 – INDEPENDENT LEARNING 3 – Researcher, Note Keeper 1

This contains some of the instruction for this Level of the subject. It is repeated as a PDF in the PDF & Video Access, plus there is an explanatory and instructive Video.

By now, YOU, the student, should be old enough – 9 & Up to direct your own curiosity. If you haven’t read the Independent Learning Subject Introduction, please do so now. Also, if you have not read the Independent Learning 1 or 2 blurbs, please do so. Get your Composition Book Independent Learning Diary or Journal ready.

The ONLY difference in THIS COURSE, compared to the former two, is that you will not only record what you read, watched, saw or did, but YOU WILL WRITE about it! Specifically,
the source or activity, what you learned, what you liked or didn’t like, where you go from here. Not interested in the topic any more or are you wanting to investigate and learn more about the topic or skill that you are interested in? Why you want to continue learning about the topic or why you Don’t want to learn more.

Remember: YOUR interest in a particular topic may last a couple of hours, a day, a week, a month, several months or years. It just depends how really interested you are in it. If you have more than one interest you want to pursue at the same time – please, if appropriate, start another Independent Learning Diary for the second topic.

Remember: Topics may include learning to play a musical instrument, acting, art, sewing, exploring the great outdoors or, looking into what courses lurk in the Independent Learning archive. (These are located after the regular first 1-10 courses in Independent Learning, and include everything from Art to World Languages!)

4 – INDEPENDENT LEARNING 4 – Researcher, Note Keeper 2

This entry contains part of the instruction for this Level of the subject. The rest of the instruction is in a Video within the PDF & Video Access.

By now, YOU, the student, should be old enough – 10 & Up to direct your own curiosity. If you haven’t read the Independent Learning Subject Introduction, please do so now. Also, if you have not read the Independent Learning 1 or 2 or 3 blurbs, please do so. Get your Composition Book Independent Learning Diary or Journal ready.

The ONLY difference in THIS COURSE, compared to Independent a 1 & 2, is that you will not only record what you read, watched, saw or did, but YOU WILL WRITE about it! Specifically,
the source or activity, what you learned, what you liked or didn’t like, where you go from here. Not interested in the topic any more or are you wanting to investigate and learn more about the topic or skill that you are interested in? Why you want to continue learning about the topic or why you Don’t want to learn more. As this is a higher and older level course, your entry is expected to be of greater length, detail, and quality.

Remember: YOUR interest in a particular topic may last a couple of hours, a day, a week, a month, several months or years. It just depends how really interested you are in it. If you have more than one interest you want to pursue at the same time – please, start another Independent Learning Diary to handle the second topic.

Remember: Topics may include learning to play a musical instrument, acting, art, sewing, or exploring the great outdoors.

5-12 – INDEPENDENT LEARNING – Levels 5-12 – Serious Fun!
Information on this level is below and in a Video within the PDF and Video Access.

This is the upper division version of Independent Learning. It counts as an “Elective” in the course line-up. As such, student and mentor – Mom, Dad, or other supervising adult, meet together and discuss what it is the student wishes to learn about and explore, or a project he or she wishes to work on. For example, I have one student who wishes to learn “All About Animals,” and another who wants to build robotics. So, what do we do? First, a little bit (or a massive amount) of research – whatever is necessary to give the student a good grounding in the subject of interest. Then, we devise an approach as to how the study will proceed and what the outcomes are that we are looking for. What is the student’s end goal in this particular pursuit of knowledge or skill? We also set some flexible time frames and goal dates for different events along the way. This gives some structure to the Project or Learning Adventure. The student pursues his passion and checks-in with his mentor as often as agreed upon. When the study or project is accomplished and the student’s goals have been met, he or she receives proper acknowledgement and ‘credit’.

Studies or projects may take a few weeks or many, or months or even a couple of years (or more) depending upon the goals, ambition, and interest of the student.
Students may be engaged in more than one Independent Project or Learning Adventure at a time. Caution, it is not wise to be involved in more than two projects or adventures at one time, unless the projects or Learning Adventures are interconnected.

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