EPIC Adventures: (49:25 Mins)


EPIC Adventures: A Framework For Discovering Truth

by Melanie Cameron | LDS Homeschool Conference 2015

EPIC Adventures: A Framework For Discovering Truth

“Our youth need to know how to mark the scriptures, and they need to have some kind of filing system. In addition to that, if you give each one of them a framework upon which the truths they discover at random can be organized into a personal testimony, you will have served them well.”(Boyd K. Packer) EPIC Adventures embody this statement. Our brains are pattern-seeking devices (Leslie Hart). The brain learns best through “being there” or immersion experiences. EPIC Adventures help children learn in the ways they learn best. EPIC Adventures begin with a big “WHAT” – what do you feel your children need to learn? This “WHAT” is followed by “WHY?” Why is it important to learn this information? Once those questions are answered, you can start to build a framework for presenting this information. By choosing a year-long theme, you give your children a framework to organize the information they will be learning throughout the year. Instead of learning by subjects like American History, Science, or Language Arts, your children will be learning about A Noble Birthright: Discovering the Title of Liberty or Renaissance Minds: Unlocking the Chamber of Secrets. Field trips and immersion experiences will give the children emotional hooks that will cement this knowledge around the framework you provide. Imagine your family designing your own Title of Liberty and hanging it in your home for the entire school year. Or walking the paths of Topaz as you learn about the Japanese Internment Camps. How much more meaning will your school year have as you become Heroes, Righteous Warriors, Champions, or Detectives for a year, seeking to find “…wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; (D&C 89:19).

I, Melanie Cameron, have been married to Don for 35 years. We have 7 children and 10 grandchildren. I am currently homeschooling our youngest child who is 15. Although Don and I met at Utah State, we moved away from Utah even before getting married. We have lived all over the country, including Tennessee, Maryland, West Virginia, Hawaii. We finally returned to Utah in November 2013.

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