Interview at Mama of Letters

Published by Lori Pickert on March 4, 2013 at 08:39 AM

Shelli at Mama of Letters reviewed PBH:

If you want to understand how you can support your child’s interests and foster independent thinking and entrepreneurship, then you need to read this book.

What Pickert has done with her book is explain in an easy-to-read and practical manner what parents can do at home to ensure that children will take charge of their own education and gain essential skills. If that sounds far-fetched, I suggest you read the book. — 

She has been doing project work with her own young children:

By listening to him and taking my time, I figured out what to do when he got stumped. And surprisingly, he did do quite a bit of the design and construction.

This was his work, and I was his servant for the day. When he finally glued the paper towel tubes on the top for the smoke stacks, he had a boat he could be proud of, and I was proud of him.

He did a lot of thinking that day, problem solving, and he began to understand that setbacks are inevitable. I’m also proud of myself.

She followed up her review by interviewing me. She really drilled down into the ideas from the book and asked some good questions, and my answers were so overly long that the interview is going to come out in three parts, the first of which is available today:

The most important thing is to remember that it’s a process. You are learning how to mentor, and your child is learning how to direct and manage his own learning. Mentoring means slowly transferring the power to him and helping him learn how to be in charge of his own learning. You should try to stay out of his way as much as possible and leave him room to have his own ideas — but that doesn’t mean never making suggestions. It just means waiting to see if he will have his own ideas and supporting those first.

He needs an environment that supports independent working, he needs you to model how to ask questions and research and make and share, and he might need you to help him recognize and articulate his interests and questions.

Being a mentor means helping him slowly take control — and it means showing him the ropes.

Be sure to check it out if you are interested — and I’ll update when parts 2 and 3 are available. I’ll be answering questions in the comments of the last post.

Thank you, Shelli, for the great questions and the great review!

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