This was truly a child-led, independent learning, just-like-the-book-explains it, project for Hannah!! Reading Project-Based Homeschooling has really encouraged me and helped me to know that Hannah is learning SO much as she works on these little projects. Instead of thinking she is just “crafty” or “artistic” I now understand that while she is those things, these projects are SO much more than that for her!!
As we started Swimming Creatures this year for science, the very first week, our lesson barely *mentioned* that there are layers to the ocean – and that different animals live in these different layers. Well, that’s all it took…Hannah was intrigued. 🙂
The next week in our science time we made whale origami, and Hannah ran with it…she made all kinds of creatures in origami for her project.
She needed to know which creatures lived on which level of the sea, and she looked in our science book for that.
For the origami instructions, I allowed her to google “origami crab,” etc. She looked for all of them and found ones that were simple enough for her to complete!
She also let me know that she needed “that clear stuff that you use in the kitchen” for her project. 🙂 We were out of saran wrap…so I got more for her. This was to make her project clear and see-through so you could see the layers.
She was so proud of this project. And I think she loved that I was so proud of it, too. I showed it off to grandparents and friends when they came over.
She did a great job on this…it took probably the better part of a month for her to finish. And she learned SO much in the process!!