New PBH Kids blog + Friday link round-up
We’ve started a new blog sharing self-directed projects by kids of all ages: PBH Kids. We’ll be keeping this G-rated so kids can enjoy reading it, too. Be sure to check it out! If you would like to share some project work, e-mail me through the contact form. Enjoy!
This week on Facebook, some links discussing work and money. As self-employed people, my husband and I have made self-sufficiency and financial independence an important part of our family culture. One thing we discuss is the importance of knowing when you have enough:
“What is wealth for? How much money do we need to lead a good life? This might seem an impossible question. But it is not a trivial one. Making money cannot be an end in itself — at least for anyone not suffering from acute mental disorder. To say that my purpose in life is to make more and more money is like saying that my aim in eating is to get fatter and fatter. And what is true of individuals is also true of societies. Making money cannot be the permanent business of humanity, for the simple reason that there is nothing to do with money except spend it. And we cannot just go on spending. There will come a point when we will be satiated or disgusted or both.” — In Praise of Leisure @ The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The only thing you should have to do is find work you love to do. … [W]hat I always tell kids when they get out of class and ask, ‘What should I do now?’ I always say, ‘Keep a low overhead. You’re not going to make a lot of money.’ And the next thing I say: ‘Don’t live with a person who doesn’t respect your work.’ That's the most important thing — that’s more important than the money thing. I think those two things are very valuable pieces of information.” — Grace Paley
Set boundaries. You cannot create great work if you are in a constant state of reaction. You must protect your creative work time by blocking out your schedule, turning off your phone and closing down your email. You must protect your creative energy by avoiding “life sucking squids,” as my friend Martha Beck calls people who only care about their own edification and not about your needs or soul. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can take advantage of you without your permission.” — 10 Ways to Develop a Mastery Mindset @ Escape from Cubicle Nation
Before implementing any ideas from project-based homeschooling (PBH), the “projects” we were doing were completely adult-directed, which Marlowe really likes. PBH helped me to see that projects that are child-chosen, child-directed, and child-managed are crucial as well. Marlowe often has ideas that we never get to (ie, I never get around to helping her make them happen) or that get started but fizzle right away once the next thing comes along. The book is overflowing with ideas for how to assist children in their projects in a thoughtful way, many of which I’ll modify for this early childhood time by taking a more subtle approach. — Project-Based Homeschooling: Simple Project Work with Preschoolers @ Song & Season
I know every day won't be like today, but oh if it could be...
We got our feet wet with this new concept of “project time” today. I had talked with the boys about the idea yesterday and their enthusiasm was so heartwarming. I did have to insist that we get our regular lessons done first, but they were happy enough with that (and even got all their work done before lunch!). After a short break, it was the much anticipated “project time” and they jumped into their work with gusto. — Our first day with “project time” @ Faith, Family and Life
Our thoughts are with Boston this week. Peace be with you all.
Be a part of the PBH community. Project-Based Homeschooling isn’t for only one kind of homeschooler — whether you’re a classicist or a radical unschooler or somewhere in-between, all kids deserve some time to direct and manage their own learning while pursuing their deepest interests. Read the posts on project-based homeschooling. Check out the book. Look over the 10 steps to getting started with PBH. Join the forum. Chat with me on twitter. Follow me on facebook. See my pinterest boards on learning, authentic art, play, and more. Come make friends, get some new ideas, and brainstorm about your challenges.
“You want to build a family culture that celebrates and supports meaningful work. This is much more than saying the right thing — this is creating a lifestyle, a set of articulated beliefs, and a daily routine that encourage and sustain the life you want for your family.” — Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners
“I’m especially grateful for the shared experiences, questions, and suggestions in this forum. Already I have been able to think more creatively about some of our dilemmas and I think the idea of a tribe of families working on this makes it so much more interesting to me.” — from the PBH forum