Intrinsic Motivation and Homeschooling
Children do lots of things because they WANT to do them, such as picking out a toy, a favorite outfit or their own reading book. We call this "intrinsic motivation" when a child makes their own choice, obtains satisfaction from the act of making their decision and has the opportunity to enjoy the benefit of their decision (i.e., reading the book).
Since intrinsically motivated activities are MORE rewarding, children tend to LEARN MORE and RETAIN MORE of what they’ve learned from these activities. When children are allowed to “please themselves,” at least in certain aspects of their homeschool education, they achieve far more academically than children that aren’t allowed these opportunities for self-expression, self-satisfaction and self-directed learning.
Check out Evolution Homeschool’s K-6 curriculum packages and see how our curriculum allows children the self-directed learning they need and want!