In an effort to build learning opportunities and share insight with as many children as we can stuff in a single blog spot and virtual classroom, I’ve developed some guided courses that you can pick up and facilitate on your own end…but the trade off is to share! It’s free, fun and a safe zone for learning on line for your kids. My inspiration is from my 8 year old son, Otto. If you read my blogs you know his name already, which by the way is ‘Toot’ inside out; he’s the first to spring that on new friendships. Toot is a kinesthetic learner, basically interpreted as one who bounces to glean information from a particular context and/or a set of criteria presented for the purposes of learning information. Since he can’t sit still in a classroom chair neatly poised in front of a desk, we take advantage of expeditionary learning experiences. And he loves the camera. And since his mum got a Mac with iPhoto and digital video making software, Toot can explore as a student and develop his own teaching tools for others. All the while, he’s learning outdoors, about relevant concepts, in real life, and applying his knowledge through technology. Did I mention he’s 8 years old?
Toot and I want to share our world with yours. For quick examples of expeditions last Spring and Summer (2011), check out these Youtube videos he created: seriously…stop and click…come back when you’re done.
Okay, simple stuff, Right! We are inviting you to part take in your area with our topic so we can all chat about what we learned. Our next Guided Journey is Basque Studies. While we are gathering and compiling information in Northern Nevada via journals, pictures, drawings, and videos we want others out there to do the same in their own area. I provide the Guided Syllabus with online resources and good reads and you gather up a group of interested kids, a camera, a few journals and pencils, water bottles if you got ’em, as some of our expeditions are trail hikes…or a snack while you view the hikes from our perspective. Here’s a very quick peek at the syllabus, of which is more detailed upon the start of our journey…but it gives you a hint as to where we are headed together: http://jargonsmith.com/Basque_Studies_Quick_Peek_Syllabus_.pdf
Please feel free to contact me for more information and with any questions regarding the process.
Happy Homeschooling and we hope you join us,
Mom, Educator at Home, addicted to blogging and Twitter!