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13 things to increase curiosity

  1. Create a Wonder Board or list on your phone – all questions go on a piece of paper and up on the board.  write down your questions, questions others have, definitions, what you want to investigate later, Seek, Explore, Question
  2. Inquiry Bag of tools – magnifying glass, paper and pencil, compass, straightedge, camera, colored pencils, measuring tape, binoculars, 
  3. Label them, “nice question!  More evidence that you’re a curious person!”  Let  them know they are curious, thinkers, wonderers, etc.  Always tell them why you think that about them.  The more they hear it from those in authority the more they are going to believe it.
  4. Play games, do your review around the room.  Make up memory games
  5. Be secretive – tell some in the class the new formula or theme secretly and then out loud say, “Don’t tell anyone.”
  6. Take the tangents – when a student asks a question that isn’t on topic take it and bring it back.  Show them that it is ok to be curious.
  7. Have them choose their ideas – this teaches them to evaluate how interesting ideas are – the beginning of curiosity.
  8. Have them write about an interesting idea in an interesting way so they become interested in the idea and find ways to study it – full-fledged curiosity. .
  9. Increase their responsibility (Have them involved in their own assessments) will create more independence and curiosity.  Curiosity is confident independence.  🙂 
  10. Don’t answer their questions directly, answer with a question to get them thinking.  Let them know their questions are important and that searching for answers bring a lot of satisfaction.
  11. Listen to them
  12. If you don’t know the answer, tell them, ask how they could search for the answers together
  13. Share your questions with them!  

When curiosity – that drive to know, is gone it is hard to get back!  But not impossible!!  Nurturing curiosity can be as easy as listening and talking to each other.

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Hebrew vs. Greek methodologies

A young boy goes sees his father’s hammer and can’t resist the temptation to grab it and use it. The father soon hears the hammer being used and finds the boy. One father approaches the boy and says
“A wise child uses twice as much care with his father’s things as he does with his own.”
Another father says,
“If you break anything with that hammer, you’re going to be in big trouble.”  One of these is said by the father of a child of an eastern or Hebrew culture; the other by one of a western or Greek culture.  Do you know which?  Yes, the “wise child” statement is of eastern culture and the more specific “hammer” one is of western.

Symbolism– the use of one idea to cause the mind to think for itself to comprehend a larger and possibly more complex idea.  That may not be a dictionary definition, but it seems to serve well here.  
While the Statement about the “wise child” may not be use of direct symbolism, it does follow my above definition.  Why do two fathers see their son doing the same thing, yet use such different ways to let the child know that he’ll be in big trouble if anything is damaged?  It’s a way of thinking.  We who are of western culture would expect to hear the more direct “hammer” warning.  Both work at getting the thought across, but the first does encompass a lot more than the hammer.  The difficulty with the “wise child” warning is that the child must think, “I want to be a wise child.  why would it be wise to be more careful with Dad’s things…I’ll be in big trouble if I’m not.”  There is also difficulty with the “hammer” method.  The child might just go out and start playing with a saw.  Then after he’s cut all the legs of a table, he’ll wonder why he’s in trouble.  
The Lord uses both the direct and the indirect (symbolism) to get his point across.  We, his children need to learn how to “decode” the symbolism.  I think that most of the time it’s not that the “decoding” job is difficult, but rather we’re just not accustomed to thinking though such language.  We tend to want everything to be in plain, straight forward, language.  I suggest, however, that it’s in the really thinking out the symbolism that we internalize the principle taught and therefore can more efficiently act on it.
Every symbol has a logical progression or connection:
Health in the navel… the path through which life and strength are given/received.  —Thus a symbol of spiritual life and strength given/received.
Marrow in the bones… inner source of life as it is where blood in manufactured.  —Thus the source of inner strength, etc.
Green… life, spring, renewal… I’ll let you think this one through the rest of the way.
By pondering and learning though symbolism we can internalize each principle and as we study principle upon principle, we can begin to see the whole picture more clearly.  Maybe a better way of putting it would be that the symbolism helps us see just how the principle fits in with others to complete the picture.

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Occasionally big miracles come into your live that change your outlook on life.  This month I have received two!  I have been searching for family groups and classes that will help me give my children the best education for them individually and as a family.  I found both!

First, I have the privilege of being a mentor with the Provo Vanguard Group.  This is a wonderful once a week principle based, LDS homeschool group.  There are fabulous teachers for my younger children going on at the same time as the youth are being taught.  Nickie Allen has facilitated this group and has blessed my family because of it.  There are four main classes, Government and Leadership, History and Geography, Literature and Art and Math and Science.  I teach the Math and Science class where this semester we are learning symbolic Geometry and Oceanography.  I get to teach what I love and have others teach my children what they love to teach.  They get the benefits and privilege of having teachers who are passionate and creative.  Who can ask for more?  It is a miracle!  

Second, I became a certified mentor for Life Changing Services.  I have three teenage sons who struggled with pornography.  As an LDS mother this is devastating!  Where did I go wrong?  What could I have done differently?  What can I do now and where can I turn?  These were the questions whirling through my head.  I wanted help for them, but I also needed help myself.  Life Changing Services gave me the education and the tools I needs to overcome the feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness.  The principles helped me see the real battle we are fighting against Satan.  The information changed our family from a state of despair and embarrassment to strength and unity.  I am so thrilled with the results!  It is a miracle!!

I would love to hear the miracles that are happening in your lives.  Please share them by email.  

I hope that your family and your homeschool experiences are filled with the spirit and you are learning and increasing in joy.  

With Love,

Here is what’s happening at Keystone Connections:

Three classes for one low price!  Tuesday afternoons I am teaching three classes for youth and parents.  These are unique classes filled with symbolism.  
1. Eternal Warriors – learn strategies to fight against Satan that really work.  
2. The Gospel in Geometry – learn the deep symbolism of basic shapes, colors, numbers and Hebrew letters. 
3. The Roles of Christ in Astronomy – learn the history of the constellations, the meanings behind the names, learn twelve major role of Christ within the twelve Zodiac constellations.  Read more. . .

Parents Who Know!
An eight week course for parents and grandparents who struggle with the feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty.  There are three types of voices in our head – 1) God, who encourages, uplifts, comforts and helps us remember, 2)Self, who asks questions, is curious and makes decisions and 3) Satan, who tries to get us to forget, be discouraged or frustrated, etc. In this class we will learn how to become very comfortable with God’s voice and our own learning. And how to recognize and stop Satan’s influence on us. We will accomplish this by setting a few goals and closely observing how Satan gets us personally to not accomplish our desires (of God, what he wants for us too).   Read more . . 

Mathematics in Creation
An eight week class for youth and adults about math within God’s creations.  We will discover and learn the characteristics of Christ in each shape, color, number and Hebrew letters.  Learners will gain a greater love for math and science, learn connections between all the sciences, colors, numbers and shapes and the history of mathematics.  This will be a class that will change how you see everything. Read more. . . 

Theology Tree
A once a month class using the Principle Approach.  We will begin in September with the basic principles such as word studies, character studies, tools of Remembering and tools of Retaining.  Then each month we will take one subject and go in depth with doctrines, principles and applications of that specific subject.   Read more . . .

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