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.
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.
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.
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!).
based homeschooler? Or someone who lets
their kids work on projects for long periods of time?
Linking up at Hip Homeschool Hop