Project-based Homeschooling: Timeline of My Son’s Star Wars Project

I wrote about Star Wars and some of my son's projects for my column, but here I will explain how his interest in Star Wars has evolved. It's a good example of project-based homeschooling, and if you have a child who has an interest but doesn't seem to do much with it, this may be … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Timeline of My Son’s Star Wars Project

Project-based Homeschooling: This year’s cardboard projects

It's the end of our "school year," so I'm wrapping it up at home and on my blog. A few more posts to go! As I review our past year, I have found that my seven-year-old has been quite a builder! I've written extensively about his interest in clay here and here. Now I want … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: This year’s cardboard projects

Project-based Homeschooling: My seven-year-old and his pottery

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on June 18, 2014. My seven-year-old loves to build things. Mostly, he uses cardboard because we don’t have access to many other materials, but he also loves using clay. For the past three years, I’ve kept air-dry modeling clay on hand because it’s cheap and the … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: My seven-year-old and his pottery

The Power of Time and Materials

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on October 16, 2013. One day last week after our reading and math lesson, I helped my son finish one of his creations – a “robot spaceship” made out of recyclables. He used a toilet paper tube for the body, part of a plastic bottle for … Continue reading The Power of Time and Materials