Tips For Implementing Meaningful Project Based Learning Units at Home

During this time of uncertainty, it's so important for our children to continue their normal routine. We don't know when our children will return to the classroom. In fact, they may not even return this year. In this post I'm going to provide you with some Engaging Project Based Learning Units you can do at home. This information is good for parents and teachers. During this critical time, we all have different needs. Please let me know how I can help you through my resources. I will also continue to share resources I come across that you can use at home. 

Tips for implementing meaningful pbl at home

Because most parents will have to guide their children through the process, it's important to keep the project simple and not one that will drag on for a long time.

Here are a few tips for implementing project based learning at home:

  1. Select a project that appeals to your child's interests.
  2. You don't need to know everything about the project. This is the perfect time for parents to learn along with their kids.
  3. Break the project into small bits. This is not a time for children to become overwhelmed or frustrated. 
  4. Select projects that can be completed inside or outside in your backyard. 
  5. Select projects that integrate different subject areas.
  6. Your children can work on the project as a family. Your children can collaborate with siblings, friends, relatives, and online experts.
  7. Ask your child questions throughout the project. Encourage them to ask you questions and record in a journal. Reflecting on the project deepens their own learning.
  8. It's fine to be flexible. Your children may take the project into a different direction. That's okay! Allow your child to have voice and choice during the project.

pbl with family

Ideas for fun spring projects to do with your family:

  1. End of the Year Camping Theme - Turn your living room into a camp ground. Students can go outside to explore during this unit. The focus of this project is for younger students.
  2. Plan a Fantasy Vacation - This project is great for distance Learning. Students use Google Slides to plan the vacation of their dreams.
  3. Open a Food Truck - Your children can research foods from other countries and design and build their own food truck. 
  4. Design a Mini-Golf Course - Your children can grab their dads' golf clubs and design their very own mini-golf course. This can be done in a shoe box or in your back yard.
  5. Open a Summer Camp - Your children can plan their own summer camp which includes activities, food, budgeting. 
  6. Honey Bees Research  - This digital project is set up for younger learners. For older learners, click HERE.
  7. National Parks - Students plan to visit a favorite national park.
  8. National Landmarks - Students research a favorite landmark/historic location.

During this time of uncertainty, it's important for our students to continue learning. In this post, parents and teachers can learn tips in implementing project based learning at home. #pbl #coronavirus #projectbasedlearning

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