What Homeschooler's Need To Know About Project Based Learning (PBL) from the perspective of a classroom teacher working with homeschoolers.

Why PBL Benefits Homeschoolers

When I first started doing project-based learning, I saw it as a tool for teaching the 30+ students in my classroom in a more authentic way. I wanted to make connections to their home life, while showing them that the skills they’re learning in school have a real purpose.

It didn’t dawn on me that PBL could actually be used at home until some of my friends started homeschooling their older kids using some of the same projects that I used with my class.

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I’m a huge advocate of literacy within project-based learning. It provides a context for reading and discovering new information. The following books are books that I love to use for project-based learning! You can get more information on starting project-based learning in your classroom by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links,

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4 things you need to get started with project based learning

Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular because it’s an engaging and authentic learning experience for kids. If you’re new to project-based learning and looking to get started, check out the four things I think you absolutely have to have before you begin!

Don’t know a lot about project-based learning? Check out this blog post for information on the basics of project-based learning. 

A real-life problem or scenario

The hardest part when starting PBL is coming up with a real-life problem or scenario to base your PBL around.

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I’m always trying to sneak in discussions with my students about financial literacy. It’s grossly under-taught in school, even thought it’s the MOST important topic kids (and adults) can learn about!

Below are my recommendations for chapter books that include financial literacy topics. Work these into your regular ELA lessons or plan a financial literacy unit around them!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links,

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This post is sponsored by T. Rowe Price and Scholastic. I only share resources and ideas that I know will benefit my readers. The ideas and opinions are all my own.

Did you know that the month of April is National Financial Literacy Month? This is a great time of the year to work with your students on financial literacy! Whether or not your standards explicitly include financial literacy,

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What you should be doing the week before the state test

For years I dreaded the week before the state test. There were SO many standards students still needed to master before the test came, and I knew I didn’t have enough time. After a while I realized that putting that much stress on myself and on my students wasn’t helping anyone.

If you’re like me and know you need to make a change in how you handle the week before the state test,

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