Anyway, one idea the DeMille’s talk about are “The Seven Principles of Quality Education”:
Most of these I do, but there were a couple that got me thinking . . .
Then, they presented the “stages” of learning:
The Love of Learning Phase (roughly ages 8-12). He feels this is the time when there is lots of fearless exploration. He feels home should still be the strong base from where they are learning everything and it is our job to bring in lots of opportunities for exploration.
The Scholar Phase (roughly ages 12-16). He feels this is when the person is starting to really get a feel for what he/she loves and starts to pursue learning heavily, on his/her own initiative. They can’t get enough of it. He encourages more outside the home mentors and opportunities at this stage.
The Depth Phase (roughly ages 16-22). He doesn’t talk about this one in this handout, but says it is the time when they “take on a serious mentor to prepare them for the Mission Phase.” It is also a time when they go into more depth in the fields of his/her choice.
The Mission Phase (beyond this). He doesn’t focus on this in the handout, but simply says that it is the time “where we each set out and accomplish our unique missions in life.”
When I contemplated my own children’s learning path, I recognized how similar it was to these stages they had delineated. As I continued to think about it, I came up with my own list of “stages.” I’ll explain why when I share them with you next, but I wanted to first share the source of “inspiration” from which they came.