With our approach to homeschooling, creating a naturally-inspiring environment to learn is key. Having supplies, books, and necessary tools that lead a child's curiosity to engaged, child-led learning is the goal in our house.
With that being said, Christmas time is so exciting for me as the mother and mentor to my children in finding them gifts that will inspire and further encourage their love of learning. (It's amazing to see how different each of my children's interests, skills, and passions for life are compared to each other. It makes the "gifting" process so personalized and special!)
Here are 3 ideas to help you kick-start gift buying/making to INSPIRE the real "love of learning" for your child now and for the upcoming year...
- Pay attention to what your child is truly passionate about right now. It may be the sciences, art history, engineering, animals, architecture, gardening, magic, rocks, poetry, etc. Take an extra 10 minutes per child to dig deeper in researching gift ideas for your child in facilitating their "love of learning" through books, toys, tools, or supplies online or elsewhere.
I also like regularly adding to Amazon wishlists I have for each of my kids: if I find a great book, toy, or supply of interest to them throughout the year I simply add it to their ongoing list. It makes it handy when its time to order gifts for birthdays and Christmas.
2. Start the tradition of giving an in-depth book/encyclopedia/guide book based on your child's current passion/interest each Christmas. Do a little research and I promise you can find a book/guide based on their interest. Do they love the engineering behind building with Legos? This is an amazing book called [amazon_link id="0763669903" target="_blank" ]The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond[/amazon_link] that would be perfect for the Lego-engineering child for example.
[amazon_image id="0763669903" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond[/amazon_image]
I'm thrilled about this year's book selections for each of my girls. [amazon_link id="1579128955" target="_blank" ]The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe[/amazon_link]
[amazon_image id="1579128955" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe[/amazon_image] For my 6 year old who asks daily what everything around her is made of and is beginning to take interest in the periodic table.
[amazon_link id="0756667526" target="_blank" ]Natural History[/amazon_link]
[amazon_image id="0756667526" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Natural History (Smithsonian)[/amazon_image] For my other 6 year old who collects and examines mushrooms, wildflowers, bark, and bugs.
[amazon_link id="1465414177" target="_blank" ]Knowledge Encyclopedia[/amazon_link]
[amazon_image id="1465414177" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Knowledge Encyclopedia[/amazon_image] For my 10 year old who, like her Daddy, loves facts and equally has the memory to remember them all.
[amazon_link id="1465419683" target="_blank" ]Ocean[/amazon_link]
[amazon_image id="1465419683" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Ocean[/amazon_image] For my 8 year old oceanographer who can't wait to be in a shark cage some day and scuba dive.
3. Think outside of the box and make a meaningful, personal, "love of learning" gift based on your child's current interests.
Some of my favorite simple "love of learning" gifts for my children have been:
- A Journal Kit for my upcoming young writer
- Storytelling Blocks for young kids
- A Postcard Set for beginner/intermediate writers
- Kids Embroidery Basket full of supplies for the new embroider
- Homemade notebooks for doodling + note taking
- A Sewing Kit for the youngest sewer
Find one or two gifts that will ignite the already existing passion your child has towards a specific topic. And watch how much more your gift will give throughout the year in inspiring their incredible, innate desire to learn more.
Go out + live boldly.
the sleepy time gal