Tuesday, January 14, 2014

revisiting project based homeschooling


Last year was the first year I really had heard about Project Based Homeschooling.  I had seen the book on a yarn along, being read by several other homeschooling mamas.  I thought it was a good idea to check it out, and I was not disappointed.  I love the idea of letting your children really take control of a project from start to finish.  The brainstorming involved, the ideas that flow from one step to another.  The problem that I had was that I was still trying to facilitate the project, giving ideas on the next step, which is the exact opposite of what project based homeschooling really is.

Honestly, I am not sure that is such a bad thing when my kids were and are so little.  They need my help on a lot of things (obviously!).  But, there is definitely a way that I can give them the freedom and wait for them to ask me for help.  I talked about this a little last week when I listed my homeschooling goals for the year.  I think the struggle I have is watching them struggle for the next step, so instead of letting them figure it out, I give them the answer.  It was not such an issue last year, but towards the end of the year, Emma was letting me know that I was cramping her style as far as leading her in the right direction.

Now we are going to try project based homeschooling again, hopefully in a better way so that the kids don’t get frustrated, and I don’t get flustered with things seemingly being derailed.  This week we are going to brainstorm different ideas of what they might want to start working on.  I want them to pick something they are interested in for more than five minutes.  I want to take the steps to get them the supplies they will need, and to not worry about the mess that is surely going to come.

Last week we started making collages.  It was hard for me to let them go about their work without me helping.  Emma was very excited to find a cheerios ad in a magazine, and had to put that on her collage.  Who am I to say that putting a cheerios ad on her collage is a bad idea?!  So I let them get to it, and they worked on it all week.  It was really nice to see them working together to create something they were so proud of.  Jack may have gotten a little out of control in the cutting up of magazines, but now we have scraps all ready for another project (one I have yet to figure out!). 


Are you a project based homeschooler?  Or someone who lets their kids work on projects for long periods of time?  

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2 comments:

  1. Do you know, I *still* haven't finished reading that book! But right now that really is our learning style. I'm just recently noticing that at age 5 Julia is becoming capable of devising and carrying out her own projects, and it is a big adjustment for me to just step back and get out of her way... xo

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  2. hey, i hope you’re on the PBH forum so you can get some support while you figure this whole thing out. we’re here for you! :)

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