Decisions, Decisions

Are you familiar with the “Would You Rather…” series? This is a similar concept. It can be used for introducing so many topics and simultaneously sparking and identifying interests within those realms.

All you need is something to write on, something to write with, and a way to research. Depending on reading and writing abilities, you can even pass the researching on to the kids – come up with a list of targets, divide, and conquer.

Label each index card (or whatever you want to use) with something akin to “Would you like to be…” and than add the target and about 3 interesting facts. Compile however many you want (10? 20?) and begin play. With one child you can join in or act as questioner and leave all choices to them. With more kids you may want to give each a handful of cards, then let two children read theirs and have them vote, as a group or individually, which they’d rather be. The winner then goes up against a card from another, and so on until all cards are used. The winning target is then studied in depth – or let each child retain their favorite to study more. Never too much learning!

Topics you might consider tackle with this method, along with some ideas for research:

  • Animals (diet, range, special features, challenges)
  • Plants (size/growth rate, habitat, defense strategies, relationship with animals)
  • States (motto, flag, flower, nickname)
  • Presidents (term, political views, successes, failures)
  • Historical Figures (causes, challenges, claim to fame, lifespan)
  • Careers/Fields of Study (aspects, rewards, educational requirements, impact)

Note: For the pictured example of animals, I used a couple references that were worth sharing: the well-known NatGeoKids site and a new one for me that looks interesting and I will explore more,

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Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last seven years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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