Has anyone else read "Project Based Homeschooling" by Lori Pickert?
I am reading it now and I really like it. It's about having a child pick a project and topic and completely "owning" the work. Planning, implementing, creating... all of it. The parent is there to facilitate however needed, but not to push or assign work.
My husband, daughter and I sat and talked about it and everyone is really excited about it. My daughter brainstormed in her project notebook for quite awhile yesterday - topics she wants to learn about (volcanoes, herbs, the french revolution, rocks, and multiplying). She also brainstormed how to learn about these things (youtube, netflix, the library, google, asking people, khan academy) and what she wants to do with what she learns (make a zine, make a sign, make a lapbook, make a book, or film a movie).
This, to me, feels like a good baby step towards trusting unschooling. It seems to me it IS unschooling, but with a final result (if that makes sense). That helps me. If she wasn't excited about it I wouldn't push it. If she loses interest and abandons a project (or puts it aside for awhile) I won't push it.
The part I really like about PBH is that it focuses on giving kids a sense of ownership and empowers them to take learning into their own hands. That's especially helpful, I think, for those of us transitioning from curriculum based homeschooling (or school). Also, I love that it is more about children learning they CAN learn anything, that the resources are out there. that's almost more important than the actual topic they immerse themselves in.
Anyone thoughts? Has anyone else read this book? She has a blog, as well - http://project-based-homeschooling.com/camp-creek-blog/