Today we turn our attention to using homeschooling projects as a tool to engage all your children. Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments or on the Facebook Group!
Following on from yesterday’s post about homeschooling multiple children, project-based learning can be a way for all the family to learn together. It allows younger and older children to learn together without the format of worksheet after worksheet. It is a learning method that allows children to gain knowledge and understanding of real world topics, whilst appling skills used in mathematics, science, art, literacy and social subjects. Project-based learning is usually led by the children, encouraging them to take ownership of their learning and removes the struggle of direct instruction from parents.
To start with, a focused open-ended question that captures your children’s engagement is needed to drive learning forward. Children will then see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts and apply skills to answer this question. They will need to ask questions, use resources and develop answers by using skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity on this learning journey. Along their route of exploration; products could be made, artwork created, bridges built, apps designed, experiments performed and information researched, collated and discussed. Finally allow your children to present their findings and review the inital question to see if it’s been answered.
So, here’s our question of the day!
How can you tackle the problem of plastic pollution at home?
Today (8th June 2020) is World Oceans Day and the theme is Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. World Oceans Day highlights the importance of oceans and helps us think about what we can do to protect them to create a better future.
The oceans are the heart of the planet. Covering two-thirds of the earth’s surface it produces 70% of the oxygen we breathe and regulates the Earth’s climate; absorbing carbon dioxide and balancing the carbon cycle. It is home to the greatest abundance of life on this planet, including the smallest organisms like plankton and the world’s largest living structure – the Great Barrier Reef.
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. It has been predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. This plastic ends up in the food chain as animals mistake plastic for food. Animals also get trapped in our plastic pollution. Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds die because of plastics each year. Over time, plastic waste slowly degrades and breaks down into tiny micro-fragments, effecting the Earth’s temperature and ecosystems across the world.
“Many of us ask what can I, as one person, do, but history shows us that everything good and bad starts because somebody does something or does not do something.”Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
The future of life on Earth is dependent on future generations and their awareness to protect what we have and start restoring. It is our responsibility as parents to help our children understand the deep and vast oceanic world and how our actions at home can help conserve natural resources and protect wildlife.
“We know that when we protect our oceans we’re protecting our future.”US President Bill Clinton
So if you haven’t started already, there is no better day to start your journey into protecting our home!