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Curiosity Encouraged is a place for parents and teachers who want to foster a love of learning in their homes and classrooms and find tools to support a child's gifts and challenges. Created by a classroom teacher turned homeschooler, no matter how your children learn, you'll find resources to encourage curiosity!

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Travel with Kids to South Dakota | Must See Sites & Where to Stay

Travel with Kids to South Dakota | Must See Sites & Where to Stay

South Dakota is a special place for my family. Not only does it hold the plants, animals and material culture my husband has spent the last decade studying, two of our best family vacations were spent in South Dakota’s hills. Why? Every drive is scenic. Sunsets and storms roll in over the hills and it’s […]

Body Biography | Play with Characterization

Body Biography | Play with Characterization

Years ago I was required to teach The Odyssey to ninth graders. While the story itself is pretty great, the epic poem can be a real challenge to read. I knew if I wanted them to engage, it was important they connect to the characters, find interest, and get curious about what was going to happen […]

Simple Ways to Play with Words | A Love of Lists

Simple Ways to Play with Words | A Love of Lists

My daughter and I love lists. Like really love them. I don’t know about her, but for me the act of making a list grounds me. All the items, bulleted or numbered, and organized in rows gives me direction. I don’t have to remember it all.  My seven year old recently posted a list on […]

Love to Learn Blog Hop- Ideas and Activities to Inspire the Love of Learning

Love to Learn Blog Hop- Ideas and Activities to Inspire the Love of Learning

One of the things I love about being a teacher, homeschooler, and blogger is how much I learn. I am often inspired. Fuel for my brain and creativity, I appreciate the ideas and story others offer to help me help my kids love to learn. It takes a village, online tribes included, which is why I […]

Greek Mythology- Books and Movies Your Kids Will Love

Greek Mythology- Books and Movies Your Kids Will Love

Greek Mythology has it all- heroes, villains, friendship, love, deception, snake hair, sea monsters, really cool shape-shifters and cyclops. The stories are captivating. The gods and goddesses lure readers, even the most resistant, into their adventures. My children, thanks to a little strewing, have spent the last three weeks inviting Zeus, Apollo, Odysseus, Percy Jackson […]

Reading Strategies- Online Classes- Give Children the Tools to Understand What They Read

Reading Strategies- Online Classes- Give Children the Tools to Understand What They Read

At some point in time, all of us will come across a challenging text and may struggle to comprehend what we are reading.  When we’re unfamiliar with vocabulary or lack prior knowledge of a subject matter, a text can be difficult to understand. I can think of a number of occasions since college where I’ve started to […]

Junior Ranger Programs | Explore National Parks with Children

Junior Ranger Programs | Explore National Parks with Children

Heading to any national parks this year? Have you heard of the National Parks Service Junior Ranger Program? It changed the way my family experiences national parks! Last summer, a little worried my children wouldn’t enjoy the historical sites my husband and I wanted our family to experience, we were thrilled to come upon The National […]

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