Getting Kids to Do Schoolwork

Dear  Reader,

I ran across this brief article from the Boston Globe:

“Motivating kids to learn is at the heart of education. According to a new study, there is a simple but effective way to encourage kids to want to learn on their own: give them a choice. In an experiment, high school students who were allowed to choose their homework assignments (covering the same material) reported more interest, enjoyment, and competence regarding their homework, and they scored higher on a subsequent test of the material.”

Of course we homeschool, but perhaps that makes this all the more important. We are not unschoolers for philosophical reasons. But I do try to follow my child’s interests and include them in what we do. Here then is encouragement to let the kids do a little leading in what we study.

Nebby

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