My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects

As I look back over our school 2016-2017 school year, it's been fun to think about what my boys' major projects were this year. For my eldest, it was pretty much piano and gaming. But for my seven-year-old, he pursued many endeavors, and I had fun pursuing some of them with him. Yet it was … Continue reading My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects

Free Homeschool Coaching

Because I feel strongly that advice between homeschooling parents should be free, I am offering my time to anyone who needs a little help with their homeschool. I am especially helpful when it comes to: the early years project-based homeschooling relaxed homeschooling balancing academics with following a child's interests giving encouragement that you can do … Continue reading Free Homeschool Coaching

Making Time for Project-based Homeschooling

Projects and creativity are a natural part of a child's life. They can be big or small. They may last a few minutes or many years. Project-based homeschooling seems to be changing for us, and on one hand, it’s made me feel like I’m not doing it right, but as I sit here writing, which is … Continue reading Making Time for Project-based Homeschooling

How do you balance supporting your child’s interests while also achieving the academic goals you believe they need?

One of the main reasons I began homeschooling was so I could support my children’s interests. We all learn better and retain information when we are engaged with what we’re doing and we want to learn the subject. I have never seen much point in forcing kids to keep learning about things they aren’t interested in (notice … Continue reading How do you balance supporting your child’s interests while also achieving the academic goals you believe they need?

Project-based Homeschooling: My five-year-old’s Grocery Store

INK Museum's pretend grocery store Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to take my five-year-old to the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, or INK Museum, in Gainesville a few times. It was fun going there with him without his brother (who was attending a class next door). We also had the opportunity to meet a friend … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: My five-year-old’s Grocery Store

Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go

Last year when my seven-year-old told me he wanted to learn about and grow mushrooms, I was excited. This was something I could sink my teeth into. Though I'm a novice, I love plants and gardening, and mushrooms fascinate me. We see so many cool ones around here, and they never fail to excite me. … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go

Project-based Homeschooling: Steps I Took to Support My Son’s Interest in Carnivorous Plants

This is a very detailed account of the steps I took to support my son’s interest in carnivorous plants. There is much more to project-based homeschooling (PBH) than what I illustrate here, but I hope it gives you some ideas as you proceed to mentor your children. Since my son was young (7) when this … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Steps I Took to Support My Son’s Interest in Carnivorous Plants

How to Make a Terrarium

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 27, 2013. If you’re eager to plant some greenery, but you’re still waiting for the threat of frost to pass, you might enjoy making a terrarium for inside the house. My plant-loving six-year-old found instructions in First Nature Activity Book by DK Publishing, and … Continue reading How to Make a Terrarium

Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 3

This is Part 3 of my interview with Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners.  Please click here to start with Part 1.  Scroll below to leave your own questions for Lori. My questions have to do with getting started in Project-based Learning with such young children who obviously don't have the experience to direct their … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 3

Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my interview with Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners.  Please click here to start with Part 1. My questions have to do with getting started in Project-based Learning with young children who obviously don't have the experience to direct their learning.  I sent Lori six, multi-layered questions, and not only … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling for Young Children: Interview with Lori Pickert, Part 2