“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”―John Lennon
I created Curiosity Encouraged because I know how hard it can be to help a child and teen navigate through their school years. Young people are under a lot of pressure to know and master a good deal of information in a relatively short amount of time. The great challenge educators and parents have is how to help our children balance what they need to know and are expected to learn while making sure their whole selves are taken care of.
To be an advocate for children, help them enjoy their days and overcome their struggles, those of us who live and work with children need resources.
If you agree, you’ve come to the right place!
Curiosity Encouraged offers ways to help children love to learn by focusing on four areas: Create, Learn, Play, and Travel. Looking for a way to inspire a writing practice, explore the outdoors, making a vacation meaningful, or put a gentle rhythm into your family or child’s day? You’ll find all of this and a lot more among these pages.
Every strategy, idea, and resource on this website I use or have used. If I didn’t find success, you won’t find me trying to convince you otherwise. The pictures are of my children and their friends. I want you to see we try and live what we offer to you. This is a place to find real families learning together at home, in school, in the struggles and the joys.
I’m so glad you’re here!
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Advocacy & Mission-
I can’t think of a time in my life I wasn’t advocating for children or seeing the need for advocacy. In my early years, I was painfully and personally aware of how much children who struggled in school could suffer, both academically and emotionally. These were the years before inclusion and before many teachers were paying attention to learning styles or practicing differentiation. As I navigated through middle and high school and college, I saw and experienced which teachers and which methods helped a child learn, want to learn and feel successful, and which did the opposite. Later, when I became a teacher and reflected on the children I watched struggle (myself included), I remembered the teachers and ways those children found or didn’t find success. I have spent over a decade working to help children and families overcome struggle. It’s here and in my learnings as a mother that I realized how much parents can play a part in helping a child love to learn.
I know how hard it can be to even think about helping our children love to learn when it already feels like there is so much to do. Everyday life: chores, finances, our own needs, careers, limited time together, pets, family- life can feel like living in a pressure cooker.
But the expectations on our children to be everything: know how to read and write by four, pass state tests, take advanced classes, play an instrument while making goals and singing in the school musical are real.
A parent and teacher’s job is to release some of the pressure, turn down the boiling pot, and make it a priority to figure out how to help each child.
I’m not suggesting we stop everything we’re doing and focus 100% on our children. Self-care is an important piece to serving children and we can’t help a child if we can’t provide all the things that go into creating a safe home and community.
What I do suggest, believe, and offer here are ways parents and teachers can help children without creating more stress or struggle. We can help our children and our families handle the pressure without damaging our relationship or a child’s curiosity.
The mission of Curiosity Encouraged is to encourage connection and trust, offer ways to find joy and overcome struggle, and help a child’s natural curiosity lead them to a love of learning, and therefore into learning whatever it is they dream about and want for their future.
That’s the goal, right?
I want to offer my children the tools they need and will need to pursue their dreams.
I believe the first tool they already have- Curiosity.
While the other tools look differently for each child, an important piece, our encouragement and support must be included.
How do we encourage a love of learning?
Launched in April of 2017, Curiosity Encouraged is just beginning! Each week more resources will be added. Check back often and connect! Have a post idea or want to contribute a post, I’m looking for guest writers.
There is so much more to come!
Thank you for reading!
Kelly ~ Learn More About Kelly