Project-Based Learning

September 25, 2014

If you are interested in project-based learning, if you haven't already, check out "Project-Based Homeschooling - Mentoring Self Directed Learners". 

 

The book itself is like a manual.

Quotes from their website: Project-Based Homeschooling Website

 

Invest in the changes you want to see. 

 

Children, even when very young, have the capacity for inventive thought and decisive action. They have worthwhile ideas. They make perceptive connections. They’re individuals from the start: a unique bundle of interests, talents, and preferences. They have something to contribute. They want to be a part of things.

 

It’s up to us to give them the opportunity to express their creativity, explore widely, and connect with their own meaningful work.

 

Many parents and teachers readily agree that children have these abilities, but they want to believe they can (and perhaps should) blossom naturally with no interference from adults. Traditional educators think this will happen in the child’s free time — presumably sometime between the school bell ringing in the afternoon and bedtime, in and amongst homework, extracurricular activities, team practices, and play dates. Many parents want to believe it will happen if their child has adequate free time. They hope their child will drift naturally away from the TV set and the video game console toward literature, nature, and science. They know that their child is intelligent and creative, and they expect — or hope — that deep thinking, rich exploration, and a strong work ethic will follow.

We can do better than that.

 

Rather than expecting children to seek out a balanced life all on their own, we can help them live it. We can create an everyday life that prioritizes what we value most. We can help our children grow up experiencing creativity, inquiry, and making ideas happen as part of their normal, everyday life, from their earliest days.

We can help them live a life based on learning and doing. — Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

 

See reader reviews and responses here.

 

“In addition to teaching how to do project-based homeschooling, it’s like a manual on how to live.”

“Not to be a huge cheeseball, but it is actually life-changing.”

 

 See it on Amazon

“The book spells out the different steps in implementing student-directed projects, and every chapter has an inspiring list of specific ideas/formats. My only complaint is I want more — I can’t wait to read what Pickert publishes next.”

 

“[A] must read for all parents and educators who are interested in raising/encouraging children to take charge of their education and make learning a lifestyle and not just a chore. This book is filled with practical advice…”

 

“There is so much practical, useful information in this book. … Pickert gives us the tools to be great mentors to our kids.”

 

“PBH actually assisted me in focusing on my own unique style and listening more closely to my own creative voice (as well as that of my children, and being less seduced by everything new and shiny when things lagged in our learning), not just as a parent, but as an individual. The positive impact that this focus has had in my personal and family life is profound.”

 

“I’ve noticed big changes in my child’s play since I began doing the things suggested, and I am utilizing it for my own projects!”

 

“In addition to teaching how to do project-based homeschooling it’s like a manual on how to live.”

 

“Do yourself a favor and read this book with a highlighter and pencil in hand.”

 

“PBH is hands down my favorite book on homeschooling.”

 

See it on Amazon UK

 

“Although the title says ‘Project-Based Homeschooling,’ it is really something that any parent could incorporate into their lives, homeschooling or regular schooling.” 

 

“Brilliantly written book, easy to read, easy to follow, well organised, stuffed full of easy to follow and idea-provoking tips for enjoying learning and supporting children of all ages. ... As a librarian and advocate of life long learning, I can’t tell you what a joy this book is to read — affirming, inspiring and practical.”

 

See it on Amazon Canada

 

“Her writing style is really accessible, witty and flows beautifully; she paints a picture of a world you can’t help but want to be a part of. This isn’t a vague philosophy, this is a how-to book that empowers parents to empower their children.”

 

“For those new to homeschooling and even those such as myself, who have been homeschooling for years, this book will be the one you have on hand at all times. Easy to read, intelligent, heartfelt, inspiring and honest!”

 

“Wonderful resource! This will help every parent to keep their children’s love of learning alive. Project Based Homeschooling will be a favourite for years to come in our home.

“It has been an inspiration to our homeschool and to our daily life.”

 

See it on Barnes & Noble

 

“I can't recommend it highly enough.”

 

See it on Goodreads

 

“[H]er new book … synthesizes so much wisdom about homeschooling from a project-based perspective.”

 

“[O]verflowing with ideas for any parent who’d like to encourage more self-directed learning in their kids.”

 

“Do yourself a favor and read this book with a highlighter and pencil in hand.”

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