Over the years, I have seen many parents of often quirky, definitely “out of the box” thinkers struggle to get their kiddos invested in their own learning. One way to engage our gifted and twice exceptional kiddos at their own level is through project-based learning. Project-based learning helps students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to genuinely engaging and complex topics. It can give our gifted or 2e kids opportunities to pursue those “deep dives” into subject matter they love and afford them more flexibility and accountability in how they show their understanding and mastery.
Listen today as we speak with our friend Cindy West of Our Journey Westward (and No Sweat Nature Study Live) about how she has used project-based learning to interest and excite in her homeschool, and her recommendations on how to get started on the path to this form of learning in your own home.
Links and Resources from Today’s Show:
- Sponsor: College For All (Use the code CODE250 for RLL listeners, making the cost $250 per month for the life of enrollment!)
- Our Journey Westward website
- Cindy West on Instagram
- Our Journey Westward on Facebook
- Masterclass on Project-Based Learning at Our Journey Westward
- All of Cindy West’s Homeschool Masterclasses
- No Sweat Nature Study Live Membership
- Project-Based Learning at Our Journey Westward
- Project-Based Learning Project List
- Project-Based Learning Ideas
- Project-Based Learning: Show What You Know
- Project-Based Learning: Real Life
- RLL #67: Ideas for Nurturing Our Kids’ Strengths
- Child-led Learning at Raising Lifelong Learners
- RLL #12: What About Relaxed and Interest-Led Homeschooling for Gifted Kids? A Listener Question
- Let’s Talk About Your Gifted Kids’ Learning Style
- The Checklist: A Homeschool Curriculum Guide by Cindy Downes
- Examples of grading rubrics (from University of Wisconsin/Stout)
- Nurturing Higher Order-Thinking Skills (Blooms Taxonomy)
- Why Logic and Critical Thinking Matter in the Homeschool
- Cultivating Creative Thinking
- RLL #34: Ginny Kochis | Cultivating Creative Thinkers
- The Best Critical Thinking Games for Your Homeschool
- Homeschool Hacks: How to Incorporate Critical Thinking Skills in your Curriculum
- How to Plan a Student-Led High School Course
- RLL #23: Mahayla West: Trusting Your Kids
- RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler
- Facebook Live: Empowering Your Kids Through Homeschool Buy-In
- The Learner’s Lab | A Raising Lifelong Learners Community
- Great Homeschool Conventions
- Prufrock Press (gifted education resources)
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