How we teach matters.
The best curriculum in the world will only be as effective as the teacher. A curriculum is a reference and a guide, but a good teacher knows she is teaching people, not lessons. Our main goal at Simple Wonders is to help you emulate the Master Teacher and understand why, what and how to implement time-tested teaching principles. You can read the articles in the Teach Ye Diligently series, and delve deeper by reading the suggested reading.
Learning does not need to be expensive or complicated.
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6) Real, meaningful learning does not not require expensive equipment, worksheets, multiple choice tests, or complicated activities. Neither do you need to spend seven hours a day doing formal lessons. Great things will happen when you simplify and and shorten lessons so your children have more free time to develop their creativity.
Knowledge comes line-upon-line.
Children’s minds and hearts develop in stages, and if we want to effectively teach them we need to understand and work with those stages. For example, before our children can write well they need to speak well. Before a child can comprehend abstract math concepts, they need to be introduced to the concept through concrete objects. Before a child will remember the facts of a historical event their heart needs to stirred and curiosity ignited by getting to know the stories of people involved. You can find curriculum guides in the “Downloads” section of this site that will guide you through the development of each stage in your child’s education.
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Who was Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was a English educator who founded a successful school and educational movement during the turn of the century. This movement is rapidly gaining momentum today. What makes her different than many other educators is that she based her theories and methods on her observations, and not the other way around. She believed that parents are endowed by God to be the teachers of their children, and that they have immense responsibility and potential. She believed that all children are capable of learning difficult material, no matter the race, gender, or socioeconomic status. She also believed in a wide and liberal curriculum for all children. She has been recognized by many (including the historian, David McCullough) as one of the greatest educators of our time. She truly understood children and our Savior, Jesus Christ. You can read a summary of her philosophy and methods by clicking on the link below.
What is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ?
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