When was the last time you heard one of your kids get excited about a textbook?
That could be because school books have that “have to” feel to them instead of being “want to” reading. Through discovery learning, Discover Texas counteracts textbook boredom in two ways.
Browse a “real” book
Check out the books suggested in the Teacher Tips section of every volume. Better yet, check out the list two or three weeks before you begin the volume, then reserve appealing titles at your local library or request them through interlibrary loan. If every student chooses their own book, it’s better still. That way, they can share what they learn informally or through creative book reports. (More on these later.)
Explore thousands of great web links
Embedded in the text or at the end of each article in every chapter, you’ll find links to wonderful museums, places of interest, university sites, historical societies…so students can safely explore.
When students discover new and interesting facts for themselves, they begin to take ownership of their own educational process…and that’s exciting!