Animal Study and Child-Led Learning

Decca filming ducklings for his first nature documentary.

Decca loves animals, and he has asked me if we could do an in-depth study of them again. When he was five he worked through WinterPromise’s Animals and Their Worlds. When he was six we did a major study of frogs. At seven we studied animals and their habitats. At eight I tried to focus more on history, but here he is at eight and a half asking me about animals again.

The science table is a little crowded this week with all of Decca's projects.

Decca  has a passion for animals, and I think he would be happy studying them for the rest of his school years. I am trying to make this study fun and interesting for him since he has already studied them before. I am using some of the resources we have from WinterPromise, and I am adding to those resources with new books and kits.

A notebooking page on his favorite frog.

We are on our second week of this study, and he is loving it. This week he set up two bird feeders,  built a model of a 4d frog, read two Catwings books, researched an animal, watched two documentaries, read a biology book, and worked through an animal activity book. I am impressed by all he has done.

Decca pursues his interests with an intensity that I wish I had. This is why student-led learning works for him. In addition to animals Decca loves Scooby Doo, so everyday he works on the Scooby Doo Fanon Wiki.

An image he created for his Scooby Fanon Page

He writes for hours a day on the Wiki, working on stories and also on his writing and typing skills. It is the same with animals. He has a passion for it, so I only need to get the resources, and then he takes off with it.

Following a child’s interests and passions is one of the benefits of homeschooling, and it works great with kids who are creative and obsessive about their interests. I am so appreciative of the fact that I can give Decca this type of education. I hope when he gets older he will look back on to these days with joy. I know I will.

If you want to check out some of the resources we are using please click here for my pinterest board that lists many of our materials.

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