Friday link round-up (and news!)

Published by Lori Pickert on January 4, 2013 at 03:55 PM

Not a lot going on in facebook link land this week as chez Pickert has been in holiday mode. Still some great stuff to share, though.

Cori wrote about skills and mentoring and she also shared her project journal in this great post:

Honestly, it would be so much easier to teach my kids what I know and what I think they need to know. It is more effort for me to learn what THEY know and want to know. I feel like I’m running to keep up. I know that I don’t need to be an expert on a subject. I just need to take an interest and learn enough to talk with them. I can let them teach me. We can learn together. — Project-Based Homeschooling @ Wonder in the Woods

Amy wrote a terrific three-part series about process art. This grew out of a discussion in the PBH forum — if you’re not a member, you should join! And if you’re already a member, don’t forget to stop by and see what’s going on.

I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so I figured I could do anything. That is the confidence I want for my children. — Why Process over Product? {Part One} @ Kids in the Studio

When a child (or adult) has an idea and a specific end result in mind, if he or she hasn’t had the opportunity to explore different media and materials to see what they do, he or she will have no idea how to achieve the desired goal. — Why Process over Product? {Part Two} @ Kids in the Studio

“Just messing around” with materials allows the space for accidents to happen, for unexpected results, for discoveries, and that is when we learn. — Why Process over Product? {Part Three} @ Kids in the Studio

I quoted a few classic Camp Creek posts on topics having to do with the new year and resolutions:

The antidote to sleepwalking through life is to wake up and realize you’re in charge. — Design the Life You Want

[T]here are so many things worth doing that are worth doing badly ... worth mastering slowly and even painfully ... worth our time and attention and focus. We need to remember that we own our lives and we can close the door on the world and enjoy our simple pleasures and our complex dreams alone, just for ourselves. And let the world look at someone else for awhile. — A Work of One’s Own

We have the power to create the circumstances under which our children can direct and manage their own learning and make their ideas happen. We have the power to create the life we want, for ourselves and for our family. The only question is whether we’ll choose to wield it. — Deciding to Live the Life You Imagine

We’re sharing our baby steps monthly goals in the forum — be sure to join us if you want to share some focused community support.

Some actual news:

I’ll be launching cohort classes in the next month or so — you’ll be able to join a group that will work its way through the PBH book together and discuss questions, ideas, and plans in a private forum. Make friends, dig a little deeper into PBH ideas, and get support while you experiment with PBH in your home. Stay tuned — more on that to come soon.

A lot of people have e-mailed me or talked in the forum about wanting to find time for their own interests, start a small business, start their own learning project, and so on. I’m launching a new Monday blog series on “PBH for grown-ups” talking about how we can start living the engaged, learning, working, doing, making life we want for our children.

Along with the blog series, we’ve created an area of the forum for sharing our goals and supporting one another as we move forward and put those ideas into action. Have a secret wish to launch a project of your own? Join us!

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