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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Inquiry Processes and Skills
- Recognise and define areas of inquiry - focus attention on aspects
- Select and organise relevant data:
· locate useful resources
· recognise and interpret facts
· identify main ideas
· examine details of main ideas
· distinguish between important and unimportant details
· distinguish fact from fiction
· identify bias
· identify cause and effect
· identify sequences
- Check hypotheses - evaluate outcomes of research, evaluate usefulness of particular skills,
- Share ideas
- Illustrate knowledge and values
- Determine appropriate activities
- Take action to apply knowledge and values
- Develop and modify concepts:
· compare and contrast data
· order and categorise data
· choose appropriate labels for categories
· analyse concepts in the light of new data
- Recall and evaluate concepts and generalisations from personal experiences
- Express feelings and opinions
- Pose inquiry questions
This checklist is taken from Chapter 9 Checklists in Getting Started with Hoemschooling Practical Considerations by Beverley Paine, available from Always Learning Books.
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