Raising chickens and the art of project-based learning

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Contributor Amida is currently obsessed with chickens and often blogs about them at Journey Into Unschooling

This summer, I decided to ditch the school work and focus on a more natural learning style, allowing our interest to dictate which topics we would explore. For my three-year-old, it was the different structures at the playground and figuring out daredevil ways to get the most play out of them. My teenage son had a newfound interest in knives and began his personal research on the various types and their pros and cons.

For me, it all boiled down to chickens.

Project-based learning is something I’ve always believed in and aspire to integrate in our home learning environment.

For years, I’ve dreamt of the perfect summer project. The opportunity finally came when we met a couple of chicks facing eviction from the community garden, where they had set up residence without permission.

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Benefits of working out with teens

 

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The following is a post by Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

An unexpected development has occurred this summer. After years of being slightly-interested bystanders of my running, my kids have decided that they want to join me. That excites me because not only do I recognize the health benefits for them, but I can also see a great many benefits of working out with teens.

I need to offer the caveat that, at the time of this writing, we’re only in the planning stages of running together. We’ve got one more summer camp to complete first. That being said, one of my kids has already joined me for a run and all are enthusiastic about starting.

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How to plan a simple & intentional summer

 

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Written by contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

Intentional summer.

This phrase doesn’t exactly send a thrill of excitement up our spines, does it?

When summer comes often the last thing we want to do is think.  We work so hard during the school year, slowly losing steam around mid-May, then army-crawl to the finish-line, slowly petering out in early June. We’re just so tired all we want to do is relax.

But while summer is a great time to relax, it’s equally a great time to learn. And with a little careful planning you can carve out a simple, restful, and educational summer, all while “not doing school.”

Here are a few fun ideas to get us started:

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“Homeschool” – “school” = HOME

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“There is no place like home.”
~ L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

Home. What comes to mind when I mention the word?

For many of us the stereotype of home (and if we’re fortunate, our own experience of it from childhood) brings up certain images:

  • cozy
  • warm
  • unconditional love
  • support when we need it
  • all of our needs met

What about the word school? What comes to mind when you hear it mentioned?
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How to ROCK the last few weeks of your homeschool year

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The following is a post by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

In our family, we have tried many school year schedules.

We’ve tried summers off, summers on, occasional month long breaks and once, a 6-week-on-one-week-off rotation that I never successfully kept track of, meaning that often it was more like 8.5 weeks on, followed by 1.5 weeks of too many DVDs (them) and too many novels (me).

And so please know, that I am not suggesting that you change your school schedule in any way. If you have found something that works, and doesn’t leave your family with a mess of library fines, then carry on!

But, if you follow a more traditional school year, the end is near, my friends. And that’s something fun to celebrate!

And so, I recommend the following to make the last few weeks of homeschooling, you know, ROCK:

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