Authentic learning...REAL learning...the kind that lasts, the kind that sticks...only comes when a child is completely engaged in the learning process.
Can this type of learning happen with a worksheet or a flashcard? You bet. But, it happens more easily and most often with a hands-on approach to learning. It happens when all five senses are put to work; when the child can see relevance in the presented material. It happens when the black and white facts of a page are applied to real life.
It's easy to see that a project-based learning approach to education swings the learning door wide open. And with the help of many online resources designed to encourage hands-on learning by providing challenging projects and knowledgable mentors, the opportunities for authentic learning are limitless!
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Designed to be an online skills camp complete with badges and a community of fellow campers, DIY.org is a fantastic site for curious kids. There are hundreds of project challenges in dozens of skill areas. A child can explore his/her passion at great depth OR dapple in many new areas of interest to learn new skills.
Digital badges can be earned in the following areas:
- App devolopment
- Backyard farming
- Circuit making
- Fashion design
- Film making
- Home building
- Web designing
- AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
Offered by the folks at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Schoolhouse Teachers offers online classes in core subjects with a more traditional approach of learning as well as electives that are more project-oriented.
The budding artist will bloom with these seasonal art workshops by Alisha Gratehouse of Flourish. These 2 or 4-week eCourses are offered via a password protected site and can be accessed to fit your schedule.
This online showcase of hundreds of project ideas is home to a community of DIYers who enjoy sharing the instructions to their latest projects. While some are experts in their fields, most are just life-long learners trying, failing, and succeeding...and sharing the results. Please be aware that while this is a very helpful site, it is not necessarily designed specifically for kids and should be used at parent's discretion.
The title of this site is a bit misleading as it sounds like it is a site specifically for kids to navigate on their own. It is actually a DIY blog for parents that is packed with kid-friendly projects for families to do together.
With over 900 video oriented classes, Craftsy is the premier, online resource for learning the basics of a new handwork skill or taking the next steps of improvement or mastery in a previously-learned craft.
Current class offerings include basic and mastery levels in the following:
- cake decorating
- food and cooking
- jewelry making
- paper crafting
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For more resources for the homeschool mom, be sure to visit iHomeschool Network.