Project week or weeks is our kids’ favorite time of our HomesCooling quarter. Most of the time, as we are completing the theoretical lessons (via discussions, reading, watching or videos), some projects are already being conceived in our kids’ excited minds! Why do projects? Having witnessed and experienced 13 years of HomesCooling, I’ve come to that relieving conclusion that our children learn most experientially. As mentioned in an earlier post, fun is crucial in unlocking the learning door. In addition, when the child is able to teach the lesson back, demonstrate it or find ways to apply in real life settings, then we know learning had indeed taken place.
There are projects which may take the whole quarter to finish but there are those that can be done in one to two weeks. Younger children will prefer those that can be done in a faster amount of time since they are in that stage that may have lesser patience and greater need for gratification in a lesser amount of time. There are however projects that can be done in stages and even take a year to finish.
As a multilevel HomesCooling family, I’ve also seen solo and group projects. I don’t think I need to explain why group projects are more fun and enjoyable. There was a time however when I only had one student in eldest, Vince. I guess you could say it wasn’t totally done on his own because I was his partner and so it was still fun in that way. Oh I still remember those days with Vince when our small plastic animals, sea or land, would find its way to all sorts of media: real sand, play sand, water, colored water, gelatin! Those photos have to be scanned since we weren’t using a digital camera then ( oh dear, a vintage HomesCooling moment there!)
What I love about group projects among siblings are the following:
1) The amazing bonding ( Can you imagine the fun? Can you imagine siblings teaching each other, trying to resolve conflicts ? )
2) The priceless value of helping one another
3) How learning is reinforced in all levels. As the project is being done, I maximize the time by reviewing the lessons and each child is able to hear each other’s lessons (it’s a lecture in disguise!)
4) Learning patience, cooperation, humility, leadership, being a follower, etc
5) Having “tangible” memories , a product that can serve as memorial stones of the learning and the experience
6) Project materials can focus on recyclable and inexpensive materials
7) Less load on the teacher ( Hope the kids don’t get to read this part.)
As I tried to unearth HomesCool photos and interviewed the children, here are some of the BEST projects so far. “So far” because some are still hidden in photos in some unreachable folder or in unscanned photos. I plan to make a separate post for each project in detail, with more photos. So here goes:
1. Gino’s Sari-Sari Store
2. Gino and Raya’s Giant Car
3. The Edible Cell ( Inspired by HomeCooled Josh Buizon and teacher Felichi Buizon)
4. The Giant Art Attack in our Hallway ( years long project with the help of Painting Teacher Ms. Esther Mercurio)
5. The Giant World Map
6. Roman Colosseum
7. Raya’s Store
8. Family Belen /Nativity Scene
9. Gino’s Viking Ship
10. Energy Poster
11. Solar System 2015
12. A Radio Program in Tagalog
I hope this helps you include more projects in your HomesCooling day and experience its benefits. Don’t forget to take photos so you can chronicle your journey. I’ll try to make one post for each project so I can explain in detail. And when I am able to secure more photos of other projects, I will just make updates. If you’d like to share your thoughts about this post, please leave a comment.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.