Friday link round-up

Published by Lori Pickert on November 30, 2012 at 08:14 AM

I thought I’d start doing a weekly round-up of the things I share on my Facebook page

A great story of what happens when you drop the “old, tired crafts” and let kids take charge of creating their own representations:

“When Michelle, our most recent parent-assistant, came out of the atelier one morning, she said to me, “I’m getting resistance from the children. They are not into this activity at all!” I’ve followed Lori Pickert’s blog for years, had just ordered her book, Project Based Homeschooling, and was about halfway through with it at that point...and the first thing that came to my mind was, “because you chose the project, not them.” Michelle had one of those “a-ha” moments, went back in the atelier, and this is the beauty that unfolded afterwards.” — Inspiring Reflections from a Parent-Assistant, TerraLuz Schoolhouse

I liked the ideas expressed here about learning to express what really matters to you:

“Observe a 4-year-old child going through her daily life. You will not find the slightest bit of irony in her behavior. She has not, so to speak, taken on the veil of irony. She likes what she likes and declares it without dissimulation. She is not particularly conscious of the scrutiny of others. She does not hide behind indirect language. … What would it take to overcome the cultural pull of irony?”

“The most important question: How would it feel to change yourself quietly, offline, without public display, from within?” — How to Live Without Irony, New York Times

An interview with designer Cameron Moll; as a bonus, he and his wife are homeschooling parents:

“Now, let me answer your question about creativity. I was always getting into trouble. I once tried to disassemble our dishwasher; I must have been five or six at the time. Being a father now, I know what it’s like to see your children do something mischievous, but also appreciating what they’re doing because they’re experimenting and trying to learn. That’s all I was doing; I wanted to know how this thing worked and, in my mind, the easiest way to do that was to take it apart. My mother was a saint in allowing me to do things like that.” — The Great Discontent: Cameron Moll interview

An interesting article that ties back to learned helplessness vs. becoming mastery-oriented:
“I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you’re just not very smart,” Stigler says. “It’s a sign of low ability — people who are smart don’t struggle, they just naturally get it, that’s our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity.” — Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning
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Comment by janet on December 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

thank you for this. i'm no longer on fb and had been missing your links there.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 3, 2012 at 02:10 PM

i’m not on facebook, either! at least personally. :) so i will continue to put these here — it helps me keep track of them as well!

(and, of course, there’s the additional wrinkle that facebook has decided not to show all my posts there to all of my followers — so maybe they’ll find something here they haven’t seen…)

Comment by Marisa on December 4, 2012 at 08:50 AM

Hi Lori! I have read your book, and have a question. The "project" part of homeschooling has been my biggest struggle. My kids are happy to read and be read to for the most part - but they have no desire to put it into action or document their interests in any way. I've provided lots of great supplies and areas to work in. I'm not even directing the outcome at all, I give them a great deal of freedom in that. My kids are 5-11, with my biggest struggle being the oldest boys 9 and 11. My 11 yr old has very little initiative with anything, besides lying around listening to Harry Potter audio books. Any thoughts on this if you have the time?

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 4, 2012 at 01:40 PM


hi marisa :)


i will give a brief answer here, but please join the forum! it’s free and you’ll find a lot of ideas and support there. we’ll be able to continue this conversation in detail. :)


have you tried dedicated time together in the studio? if you want making to be an important part of your learning life, it helps to prioritize it by naming it and making it part of your routine. you can sometimes segue into project-related making by using the space to introduce/work with different art media.


more about that here:


if your oldest boys don’t seem to have any interests, i would recommend two things: 1, do some very deliberate observation of their play/reading/watching/conversation habits and look for something you may have overlooked, and 2, consider stocking the well by taking some field trips, reading nonfiction aloud, and going on some local adventures. maybe you need to shake things up a bit and give them something to get interested *in*. :)


has your work area with great supplies always been available or is it something new? have the older boys never really used it, or have they gravitated away from it?


come join the forum & let’s talk about this some more!

Comment by jacinda on December 4, 2012 at 01:05 PM

Thanks from over here too. I've steered clear of facebook and linking here will abate my FOMO (fear of missing out) symptoms;)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 4, 2012 at 01:42 PM


hi jacinda! :)

i will keep this up as a weekly ritual, i promise. i’m pretty sure you can see my PBH fb page without actually joining facebook, if you want to see *everything* i post. but i’ll try to put the best stuff here every week. :)

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