It can be a bit challenging; balancing projects with the work that I would like to see the girl’s accomplish. I have learned to give the girls enough time and space to work on their projects, because when the energy flows, it usually spills over into the other areas of their learning as well.
Lilah’s LCC blog is doing really well! Not that we judge success by views but... there seems to be something here that people are interested in reading about! So Lilah spent some time brainstorming ideas on what to blog about in between LCC meetings. What will make her readers return to her site? What else does she want to say? How can we incorporate her friends into the blogging process?
Brainstorming opens up the channels of creativity. She knew she had to write right away! Once her blog post was complete and published, she was moved to do more writing, this time a creative piece of fiction that she is giving to her little cousin as a Christmas present.
The flip side of this is that once Lilah enters the “creativity zone” I can have a very hard time refocusing her on more mundane subjects like math and science......However, creativity is catchy. Her sister saw how successful the blog is and it inspired her to begin a new blog based only on weather, her passion. She wants to explore an opportunity to share her writing with a larger blogging community as well. Her blog is still under construction but will be unveiled soon.
I swear it is because I gave her two full hours this morning to work on her project that when it came time to do math and science I heard comments like “can I just write 6x+7x=13x instead of using labels?” and “can I do just one more chapter?” . That is pretty awesome. Everything I asked, she completed. Grace even took extra care in her math work. Using graph paper she lined up her equations and printed in her best handwriting. “This is so pretty mom!” Only Grace thinks that math equations are “pretty”. Love it.
Project based, interest led, talent led....there are so many different names for what you can call this. I like to think of it as life learning.
Know what you like, like what you do, do what you like well.