Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fox Project & What's Up Next

Last month, my nine year old finished her fox encyclopedia project.  I'm ridiculously proud of her.


If you want the full rundown on what she did and how I mentored her through that project, you can read all about it on Project-Based Kids:  PBH Kids: Fox Encyclopedia, by Ella, age 9


Since you now know my thoughts on finishing projects, you can bet we aren't anywhere near finished with foxes.  Far from it.

But she finished the encyclopedia, which was a huge accomplishment.  The interest in foxes remains, and she might decide to take that interest somewhere new in the future, but we're going to put our time, energy, and funding in a different direction.  I'm not sure where yet.  We've discussed a few things, and we made a plan to spend our first week of school (next week) setting up a new project notebook for her and brainstorming together.  We're tackling 18th century world history this fall.  History, science, art, music . . . fully immersing ourselves in it.  One idea has been to get some art and architecture books from that period and recreate things in Minecraft, since she is already recreating houses she sees in books.  She loves the idea.

Also, she's becoming more guarded with sharing her work.  I had a great photo of a fox scene she made with modeling clay a couple of weeks ago, but she denied permission to post it.  I have to respect that.  So, as we move forward, I will probably have less to share about her projects.

I'm not sure what the five year old will want to do.  I need to do a much better job of journaling.  So far she is definitely showing interest in contemporary dance, vocabulary (thanks to Fancy Nancy), learning to read, and about a million other things.  She told me last night she wants to know how eyeballs work.  Ok, then.  The tricky part is finding a project that we can both carry for the long haul.

But that's what the next few weeks are for.
Paying attention.
Documenting.
Planning together.





6 comments:

  1. “But that's what the next few weeks are for.
    Paying attention.
    Documenting.
    Planning together.”

    <3

    “One idea has been to get some art and architecture books from that period and recreate things in Minecraft, since she is already recreating houses she sees in books. She loves the idea.”

    love this idea! so many cool minecraft projects on pbh kids. tons of people telling me it’s gotten their kids interested in architecture & even engineering (building bridges, etc.). :)

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    1. Oh, bridges! So cool. Minecraft: the architecture gateway drug. They should let me write all their tag lines. :)

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  2. what a great idea to blend history and architecture and mine craft!

    my 10yo fox loving boy says he loves her drawing of the fox :)

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    1. I will pass along the compliment. :)
      She has some adorable comic book and manga style fox drawings, but she won't share them on here. *pout*

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