shameless self-promotion

Both of these one-week, self-guided e-classes are now available for instant enrollment here. Enjoy!

I can’t thank you enough for this class! It’s so much more than a journaling class. The advice I learnt on setting goals and creating habits is priceless and I will be applying it to every aspect of my life from here on out! — Breonna

I think that Lori’s drawing class has been one of the most powerful and useful resources that we have used in our many years of home education. — Petra

It’s my birthday and I have presents for you

Published by Lori Pickert on May 16, 2014 at 09:08 AM

A birthday banner made of original comic strips!

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It’s my birthday and I want to give you a present!

This summer I’m going to teach a series of free one-week classes — and today you can sign up!

Free Summer Classes 2014

#1: Journaling Boot & Reboot — June 15-21

Whether you want to journal about PBH, your own meaningful work, start a gratitude habit, or gain insight into your values and goals, you can use this free one-week class to jumpstart a great practice for this summer and beyond. This class is for you but we’ll also talk about how to inspire kids to journal and the best way to support and encourage them while letting them own the process and do it their own way. Sign up here!

Stay tuned for announcements of more classes as summer goes on! (To make sure you don’t miss anything, join our e-mail list!)

I give because I love. <3_<3
(If you want to give ME a present, please consider reviewing my book on Amazon! Other than a hug and a really big cake, that’s all I want. And I already have the cake.)
Read more about the free classes here — and keep checking back as we update!

Kindle matchbook: Project-Based Homeschooling

Published by Lori Pickert on March 10, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Photo by Kara Fleck! Thank you, Kara!

If you bought the paperback version of Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners from Amazon, you can now get the Kindle version for just $2.99. PBH on the go!


Part 2 of my interview at Mama of Letters

Published by Lori Pickert on March 6, 2013 at 07:47 AM

More deep questions about Project-Based Homeschooling at Shelli’s blog this morning — be sure to check it out.

Shelli: As I read your book, I could see that it’s very important for children to be able to present their findings to some kind of audience. While my six-year-old is happy to show his creations — for example, the model of the Titanic — to anyone who wants to see them, neither does he want to explain what he has learned about the Titanic, nor does he want to put it in book form, charts, puppet shows, or anything else. (And, yes, I have written his questions and progress in a journal, and I have asked him what else he would like to do, etc.) Is this just his age, and can I assume that as he gets older, he’ll want to go farther with his projects? Is the model of the Titanic enough because he has decided it’s enough? How do I encourage him to share his knowledge?

Click over to read my response!

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!

Interview on the Family Lab for Inquiry and Play

Published by Lori Pickert on October 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Elise interviewed me for her blog series on women who finish stuff:

One of my favorite things to create is community. When you articulate your vision, there are always other people who are looking for the same thing. You share the same values and priorities. So when you make something, whether it’s a physical product or an experience, you’re also making friends, community, a life.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Interview on Interest-Led Learning

Published by Lori Pickert on October 18, 2012 at 08:07 AM

Come check out part 1 of an interview Christina did with me about project-based homeschooling on her site, Interest-Led Learning.

Project-based homeschooling is about learning how to help children stay with one idea longer. They have their own interests, their own questions, their own fascinations. We just have to pay attention to those interests and help them find answers to their questions and make their ideas happen.

Children can keep having a lot of different interests — we don’t try to keep them from getting excited about new ideas. We simply focus on supporting one strong interest so they can dig a little deeper and stay with it a little longer. We create a learning life that allows them to return to that interest again and again, over weeks and even months, until they are satisfied.

In essence, we encourage them to keep having a rich variety of interests while using projects to show them how much you can do with an interest.

Come read the rest!

Project-Based Homeschooling book now on the Kindle

Published by Lori Pickert on September 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners is now available on the Kindle!

Getting the book formatted for the Kindle was no easy task, and I have been typesetting books since the dinosaur days of the desktop computer, so that’s really saying something.

Whatever doesn’t look quite right, just assume it’s the Kindle software’s fault. Because it is!

Now to conquer iBooks…

Ask your library to buy Project-Based Homeschooling!

Published by Lori Pickert on July 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM

Help us get the word out (literally!) by asking your local library to order a copy of Project-Based Homeschooling for their shelves.

Most libraries today have an online purchase-request form; you can probably search your library’s site and find it. Or, the next time you’re at the library, ask if you can recommend a book!

They should only need the following information:

Title: Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

Author: Lori Pickert

ISBN: 978-1475239065

Thanks for helping us share these ideas with more homeschoolers!