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Howdy. What are ideas please for non-fiction topics and concepts I can teach my 7 year old as enrichment (outside of our regular curricuum)? I usually pull from her interests, calendar events, extend information from field trips, etc. but I've noticed she's recently become intensely curious and wants to know WHY about nearly everything. This is great because it opens up lots of family discussion and research. This may seem a silly question to ask others but I'd like a laundry list from which to refer (that are of global appeal to this age set) so I can amass library books and materials on a wide range of topics to refresh things when needed. Things like bioluminocity, DaVinci, world currency and snails are examples of recent topics we've explored.

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  • Why not take her to the library where you can both pick whatever looks good off the shelf? There is a time and place for judging a book by its cover. My dd is 9 now, but topics over interest over the past months have been handicrafts, bee keeping, politics, reading chocolate cookbooks and re-reading Winnie the Pooh.

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  • Field trips! You can learn a lot by going on field trips to different places!

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  • We have loved studying Egypt and The Mayas, as well as dinosaurs and prehistoric times. We live in Arizona so Native American studies are also really great to understand the history of the state.

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      • Mariel Howsepian
      • Public School Teacher & Homeschool Mom
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      • 3 mths ago
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      Educents User I agree with you about being able to use where you live as a springboard to all sorts of fascinating learning opportunities. This is an idea that works for anyone anywhere because every place has a history. A family can also learn more about science topics by focusing on local plants and animals, and how all of these living things interact in one location. 

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  • Hi Jennifer, that's awesome. Just answer your daughter's questions. The more you answer, the more she'll ask. She'll know you're going to help her find the answers. My daughter is also very curious, and I try to answer every question. I find videos on YouTube and check out library books. Some questions she's asked recently: How is sugar made? Why do trees lose leaves? How do bees carry pollen back to the hive? (Fun fact: Bees have ;pockets; in their back legs. When their legs are bent, the pocket is open, and they comb the pollen back to their back legs with their other legs and into their pockets. They stuff the pollen up into their pockets - not down like humans putting things in the pockets of our pants. Imagine having pockets in your thighs that have openings where your knees are, and you stuff pollen up into your thighs, making your thighs larger.)

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  • I would ask your daughter what she is interested in learning about and then teach her how to research it. Once you know the topic she is interested in you can then find some related activities she could do.

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  • You can start teaching him coding. There are some basic apps, websites, etc. where you can start with the kids, just as a game.

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  • Jennifer, what a great problem to have! I hope my kids have that one day :). 

     

     Growing up, probably the best book I had was this children's encyclopedia of almost every science, engineering, human body, etc. concept. I remember flipping through it to learn about the atmosphere, then animal ecosystems, then bridges, etc. I think a big book like that is a small investment that can yield itself to years of learning. 

     

     Nowadays I think YouTube is a great resource for on the fly learning. Any question is an opportunity to go and learn about how it works. I've been getting into gardening recently and questions like what is a raised bed for? Why does lettuce flower? Are easily searched for and then turned into opportunities to learn about the world. 

     

     Just some ideas :)

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  • I feel like this is a perfect opportunity to let your child direct the learning path. Whatever she's asking or interested in, take it and run with it! You can even make a field trip out of it if appropriate! Best wishes!

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  • It would be impossible to come up with a checklist of topics. The list is infinite. Just looking at the topics you mentioned, Leonardo da Vinci makes me think of Artists, Scientists Throughout History, Famous Historical Figures; snails makes me think of Living Things in My Own Backyard, Animals; bioluminescence makes me think of various science topics - here is a long list, not all of which would be of interest to a 7 year old, but... https://www.scientificamerican.com/topics/ - and world currency makes me think of World Cultures, or maybe units on Homes Around the World, or Transportation, or Festivals.

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