What is Inquiry-based learning?

The teachers [and parents] need only to observe and listen to the children, as they continuously suggest to us what interests them, and what they would like to explore in a deeper way

~ Malaguzzi talking about choosing projects


Inquiry-based learning is exploring a range of common curriculum areas - language, maths, art, science, history and so on - through deep and sustained inquiry. We choose areas to explore by observing our children, watching their play and listening to their questions. 

Inquiry-based learning is a slow process; a gradual unfolding of learning that can be undertaken over weeks, months or even years. 

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Art in a Reggio-inspired Homeschool - An Everyday Story

Our Weekly Schedule: Grade 2

Homeschool Preschool Math Activities with Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

Our Weekly Schedule: Preschool

Inquiry Based Homeschool Weekly Schedule - An Everyday Story

Our Weekly Schedule: Grade 1

An Everyday Story

A Day in the Life of a Child-led Homeschool Mama

Kindergarten Homeschool - Montessori Pink Series activities from An Everyday Story

Our Weekly Schedule: Kindergarten

Exploring Playdough and Natural Materials from An Everyday Story

A Day in Our Kindergarten Homeschool

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Engineering Activities for Kids - An Everyday Story

What About Gaps in their Learning?

How to Encourage an Inquiring Mind: Effective Questioning Techniques

An Everyday Story

Teach the Way they Learn

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Bones - An Everyday Story

How to Use Your Smartphone for Inquiry-based Learning

Create Your Own YouTube Channel & Playlists

Addition Activities with Base Ten Set - An Everyday Story

Hands-on Math Materials

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Emergent Curriculum: The Zoo Inquiry from An Everyday Story

The Zoo Inquiry

The Human Body - Creating a Skeleton {An Everyday Story}

The Human Body Inquiry

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story

The Seed Inquiry

Learning to Write - An Everyday Story

Literacy: Writing Books

Transparent Triangles (An Everyday Story)

Maths: Exploring Shapes & Patterns

An Everyday Story

Art: Observational Painting

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13 Replies to “Homeschool”

  1. Sounds like you have a good rhythm going so far! Thanks for all the book ideas! I’m a huge fan of Montessori, and will definitely be checking out some of the others.

    1. We are big fans of Montessori as well. I have been reading a lot lately about incorporating more learning materials and activities particularly math and language. Mostly we follow Montessori principles for living but Jack is really interested in reading and counting at the moment so I am thinking about some learning activities as well.

  2. I too am a huge Gardner and Reggio-Emilia fan! Thanks for the book ideas, I’ve never read Holt but will check him out. We have a similar rhythm in our home and so I really enjoy all of your posts, thank you!

    1. Holt really started out advocating Homeschool as an alternative to traditional schooling although as homeschooling became more popular, his type of homeschooling, natural homeschooling, has become more recognised with unschooling. I really like his thoughts on how children learn and how to allow them to learn naturally at their own pace.

  3. this is an amazing blog that you have created. thanks for sharing all your experiences in the Reggio way.

  4. I am eager to follow along with your homeshooling journey! I only have an 8 month old right now but I dream of homeshooling! Just found your blog and it’s lovely 🙂

  5. this is going to help me out a lot right now as i plan our year!

  6. Love this page Kate! So glad you’re adding so many wonderful posts to this! I’ll be visiting over and over again! 🙂 xx

  7. hi! we’ve just started homeschooling as well this year and my kids are about the same age as yours. I’m still exploring our days and methods and I’ve bookmarked this blog as well 🙂 Thanks for sharing! *I love your recent post “I have a little boy” as well*

  8. I am a 40 year old ECE teacher and mother of 2. 3 and 18 months. I came across your website. I have taught in reggio inspired schools in the past and know how I should be teaching my kids but I’ve been focused on rushing an not relaxing I hope I can do better after being reminded by you what’s important thanks kathleen

    1. Thanks for popping by Kathleen. I found it difficult too at first to really slow down and follow their lead and interests. Especially after teaching for 10 years in mainstream schools, it was hard for me to relinquish control of the learning (what was learnt and when). But it is so very rewarding watching Jack learning and so focussed on something.

  9. shauna marshall says: Reply

    I just commented on another post and wanted to apologize. I thought my mom said you were cousins, but she had actually said that her cousin who is an elementary school teacher shared your post with her. Haha. Sorry for the mix up. But if you do have any homeschool info, id appreciate it!

    1. Hi Shauna 🙂 That is kind of funny. I thought I had a lost cousin out there 😀

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