I’m super excited to welcome Diana Waring to my blog. I met Diana at a homeschool convention a number of years ago after hearing about her through homeschooling friends. She writes brilliant world history curriculum and uses the 8 great smarts to help children learn.
In this blog, you’ll get to know Diana. At the conclusion, please make sure to watch her short video that serves as an introduction to the smarts. Then watch it a second time with your children. In the next eight Wednesdays, I’ll share about each smart and I’ll share Diana’s clever and creative video about that smart. Again, you’ll want to watch with your children. The videos are set in the news studio and Diana plays both the reporter and the person with that smart who she interviews. You’ll love them!
Here we go … My interview with Diana Waring.
Before we get to specifics about multiple intelligences, tell us something about your beliefs about education, teaching, and learning.
If we start with a scriptural view—that it was our Creator’s plan that each person would begin life as a helpless baby, and that growing to adulthood would mean learning an enormous amount of information (including one’s culture, technology, social skills, history, and more)—searching for His design in how people learn becomes incredibly exciting! In the nearly 3 decades I’ve spent speaking and writing for the international homeschool movement, it’s become increasingly clear that a biblical education (one that conforms to God’s design) is “relational,” meaning it values:
- the relationship between teacher and student (one of the most significant predictors of educational success);
- the relationship between a student and the material being studied (engaging deeply rather than superficially so that learning is usable, memorable, and teachable);
- the relationship between a student and God (learning in light of God’s Word and His ways, having it change one’s life).
You love history and have written and produced curriculum parents can use with their children. Why do you enjoy and value history? Why did you create your materials?
From the time I was a little girl, I heard stories of my grandfather (who worked for President Truman) and a great-great-great uncle (who invented the icebox). This made history seem “up close and personal”—more than a story, history was vividly real and incredibly interesting. In university, my absolute favorite courses were history and anthropology. So, as I began teaching my own children, when questions arose concerning ancient Egypt and Moses, an insatiable hunger grew to see how ancient civilizations and the Bible fit together. Once we started down that path, curiosity developed about how Church history influenced the Middle Ages, etc.. . .It was truly a domino effect!
As a speaker at homeschool conventions, I began to tell some of the amazing stories I was learning in this quest (like what the archaeological record helps us know about Jonah). People wanted the stories, so I began recording them. They then requested curriculum to help them dig deeper into the time periods, which set me on my quest for the past 20 years—to create a world history curriculum that would both honor the design for learning in each student AND discover the richness of His Story interwoven into the stories of antiquity through the mid-1950s.
Tell everybody about your love of music. Why have you used it with history? Why did you merge the two?
Music has been my joy since I was a child, singing in school programs and playing oboe in the school band. When my grandfather gave me his guitar, I found the way to both sing and play—as a folk singer!
When I discovered that fewer and fewer students knew the American folk songs we had grown up with, an idea came to teach the songs within their historic context. Families loved this History Through Music series, as it renewed the heritage of our country’s folk songs, while, at the same time, taught aspects of American history. Honestly, it makes the history come alive! (And, it’s a lot of fun!!)
Now, share with us about multiple intelligences. Why do you believe in their value? How did knowing about them influence your curriculum development?
I first learned about multiple intelligences in a Youth With A Mission school in Auckland, New Zealand. One of our teachers, Rosalie Pedder, had literally taught students around the world, and her firm belief was that EVERY person is smart in the ways God wired them. If students learn through multiple intelligences, they will succeed. As Rosalie combined lectures with multiple intelligence activities in our class, we all saw that something easy for one person was difficult for another.
As one who had always achieved top marks in school, I was startled to see the transformation for people who had always seen themselves as “stupid”—they suddenly discovered they were exceptionally good at learning when it came in non-traditional ways. And, I discovered that things these students found to be simple were very hard for me.
This way of looking at the various kinds of Smart became one of the significant structures in the next revision of my curriculum so that ALL students thrive in their learning.
Tell my blog readers how they can find out more about you and your curriculum/products.
Visit me at www.dianawaring.com where you will find my History Revealed curriculum, my History Through Music series, and much more! Thank you!
Now, watch this video for her fun introduction to the 8 great smarts. [NOTE: she refers to “logic smart” as “number smart.”]
Diana’s Biographical Sketch
Diana Waring is one of the pioneers of homeschooling. For nearly three decades she has been an author and speaker to the international homeschool movement. Diana is the author and publisher of the History Revealed curriculum, the Experience History Through Music series (William T. Anderson authored one of the titles in this series), Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest, and numerous world history and homeschool encouragement audio CDs. She is a video blogger, blogger, columnist for The Homeschool Minute, guest writer at The Old Schoolhouse magazine, curriculum writer, singer/composer, actress/playwright, wife, and homeschool mom.