"The smaller version's called a ukulele." the Hubs said nonchalantly.
Just a few minutes of string strumin' plus two little words....and SPARK! a fascination of the ukulele was born. At the time, we did not own a ukulele. We did not personally know anyone who played the ukulele. But, we did own a computer. The Hubs helped her download a ukulele app on our ipad and searched for a few youtube tutorials that she could watch.
She sat for days eagerly listening and learning.
We've been "privileged" to hear the "gentle" sounds of luau music wafting around the house ever since.
Quite accidentally, when the Hubs brought home that $10 garage sale find, he ignited a curiosity in our girl. A curiosity that grew into hours of independent, organic learning.
Quite accidentally, he STREWED.
Strewed?? What in the world does that mean?
Quite simply, just as a farmer sows seeds hoping to grow all kinds of good things, a homeschool mom can sow seeds of learning in hopes of growing curiosity. It is an idea formulated by Sandra Dodd and embraced by the unschooling community.Recently, I had the opportunity to read The Art of Strewing, by Aadel Bussinger, and learned that strewing, as she mentions in this fascinating little eBook, is...
"sowing or scattering things to spark the interest of our children."
I am not an unschooler. But, as an eclectic homeschooler, I find value in ALL schooling methods. I feel privileged to be able to take the "good" and leave the "bad" of all methods and toss them together to make a hodge-podge, a la carte-style education perfectly suited for each of my kiddos.
So, while I may not adopt all the tenants of unschooling, I DO try to weave organic learning into our school day. And that, apparently, is what strewing is all about!
Admittedly, it is easier said than done.
How DO you ignite and foster a curiosity...a passion...about something completely unfamiliar to you or your children? When and where do you start? What if your budget is limited and you can't purchase all the fun, fancy activity kits and new ukuleles that your child desires?
Enter The Art of Strewing.
What I liked about The Art of StrewingAadel's conversational style made me feel like I was sittin' in the coffee house with a homeschool veteran getting a one-on-one, Titus 2 tutorial about year-round gentle schooling. I was inspired. I was encouraged. I was shown how POSSIBLE it is to arouse learning without relying on a lesson plan or boxed curriculum.
As a girl who enjoys exhausting a topic and all of its angles, I appreciated all the many links that Aadel included. After reading her book and following all of the links to other well-written articles and on-line resources, I feel confident that I received a thorough introduction to strewing.
Although I did not know the "official" name for it, I had been dabbling in the art of strewing since the inception of our homeschooling. This practical guide reinforced how I already nurture curiosity in my kids and provided me with the tools and helpful hints to do it better!
The Nitty-Gritty of The Art of Strewing
- Retail value $2.15
- 44 pages
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