Developing Creative Problem-Solving Skills

Pre-teen working on computer components

It’s no secret. Children are natural, creative problem-solvers.

From solving puzzles today to dismantling your computer tomorrow, it’s how they learn about the world around them – and have fun! Yet 90% of educators surveyed in a recent multi-national study say schools don’t do enough to integrate creative problem-solving into curricula. And employers routinely complain that prospective workers lack the problem-solving skills essential in today’s workplace.

At Calvert, we’re addressing those concerns with every lesson.


Making Learning Fun and Engaging

In our new PLUS approach to learning, your students will actively engage in PROJECTS that allow them to apply what they LEARN, USE it in practical and meaningful ways, and then SHOW it to demonstrate mastery and build confidence.

These grade-appropriate projects are carefully-chosen and woven right into the lessons to reinforce learning. Using materials readily available in your home, they emphasize real-world problem-solving skills—not busywork.



“This is our 3rd year with Calvert and we are loving the new curriculum. The first few days were a little challenging while we adjusted to the new format but both my girls find the new curriculum more engaging and interesting. They like the projects and are very enthusiastic about the school year.”

— Calvert Mom



For example:
In a Grade 1 English Language Arts unit, students will create their own story about “The Best Day Ever” as they begin to learn the elements of plot, setting, and character in literature.
Grade 1 Homeschool Project
In Grade 3 Social Studies, they’ll develop a plan to “Start Your Very Own Business” – reinforcing the basics of making and managing money.
Grade 3 Social Studies Project Example
In our Grade 8 Science lesson, What is Energy?, they’ll develop an Energy Conservation Plan for your home by analyzing your energy bills and conducting their own research. So in the process of learning about potential and kinetic energy, your student may also be able to help you cut your bill and save the planet.

Guiding You and Your Student at Every Step

If this all sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry. With detailed teaching notes, supply lists, and grading rubrics that set clear expectations and grading criteria for both parent and student, you’ll have the support you both need to succeed at every step.

Engaging their imagination, developing their critical problem-solving skills, and building their confidence. It all happens with Calvert.