One thing that has always amazed me is how, when I get an idea from a blog or article about something I want to try in our HS, I see it everywhere.† Everyone is interested in the same thing.† I don’t know if I just read like-minded bloggers or what but the sharing of ideas, resources and things that work has always been one of my favorite parts of home education. Love it!
I have been interested in Project Based Learning for some time.† I have a folder for it and the earliest information I have is from 2010.† The idea of it appeals to me, in fact in my perfect world I would gather all my favorite bloggers and friends and let our children do nothing but projects, one after another, always learning and laughing and exploring.
Keilee mainly makes her own “Weekly Plan“.† This past week was “Do a Project”
She has 2 ideas she is working on at once but the one she spent the most time with this week is a Movie on iMovie.† She is doing her version of “Wonderland”† It is called Wonder Glass.
She has spent hours this week writing a script with Scripts Pro on the iPad, doing a complete storyboard after researching storyboards and exactly what they are supposed to do, picking out costumes, writing down locations in our town where she wants to film and talking to a friend about being in her film.† She has been so ‘busy’. Don’t you love it when you kids are so busy and involved that they just don’t stop?
The Storyboard [This is 11 pages!]
I am looking forward to her doing more and more of this Project Based Learning sort of things.
Another thing that has interested her this week is “Coding”† She has been a little interested in computer programing at different points in her life.† I got Scratch years ago and she programmed on it on and off.† I also have Alice which she likes.† She and I watched a video that was on FrogCreek’s site and since then she has been raring to go.† She has found a couple of apps:† “Daisy Dinosaur” and “Move the Turtle“† Also Code.org is a great place to start.† Here is the video that inspired her: [Thanks Frog Creek!!]
What I Am Watching:
Sherlock – Ok people have been telling me forever that I should watch this.† The thing that held me back is that it is only 6 episodes.† But they are 6† lovely, 1 1/2 hours each, episodes.† This is my new favorite show.† I just got consumed watching it.† I loved it so much.† Netflix Streaming, watch it now!† It is brilliant!† I promise.† When the last episode was coming to an end I was very sad.† Keilee was in her room and I screamed “I wish Sherlock would text me”† [He texts a lot].† She came into the den to ask me what was going on and I explained how the show was wrapping up and I wasn’t too happy with it.† Well about 15 minutes later I get this on my phone:
I was cracking up.† She had snuck into the den and changed her name on my phone to Sherlock, went back to her room and sent me a text.† Love her.
They made cupcakes and homemade cinnamon rolls in Co-op:
Other things in our week:
1.† Cartwheels in the street.
2.† Maggie, one of our dearest friends, needed to do a poster on Animals. [She is in Public School] and Keilee begged to help her.† They had a great afternoon and Keilee got out her Rainforest Lapbook and they used components of that.† Turned out awesome.
3.† On the way to Co-op, the blue is the Tennessee River.
4. Texas Hold Em app.† Seriously we have both spent hours on this.† So much fun!
Here is the poster:
In other news this week, Keilee got an iPhone!† She has had one for years but it functioned like an iPod.† She had a text app for texting.† Well this week my Daddy called and said to have her ready.† He picked her up and next thing I knew she was texting me.† He got her a 4S iPhone and she is loving Siri.†
It is a small chance of snow tonight.† March 1st.† Like I told Jenn at Little Homeschool on the Prairie, “I will believe it when I see it”.
“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear; as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.” ~ Stanley Kubrick