As a followup to last week’s post about Block Scheduling, I would like to share some details from one of my favorite aspects to this type of schedule: Project Week! While it is absolutely possible to engage our families in fun and educational projects without block scheduling, I find that setting aside a block of time specifically for our kids to take off with their projects to be amazingly beneficial!
To give a glimpse of how projects enrich our homeschool, my kids have given me their permission to share some of their projects from the past week.
Three of the boys made Roman armor.
One of my daughters helped them out by making a cape.
My 10th grader wrote a skit about the animal trials in the middle ages, which was fascinating. Her siblings performed the skit with her – even the siblings in college helped out!
Some of the other kids gave short presentations sharing their projects as well.
After watching her older siblings present their projects, my four-year-old was inspired to “present” as well. Taking the role of lecturer, she took the stage and talked about some of her favorite toys. She is too cute for words. :)
The one and only downside of project week was having to let go of my internal neat freak. For creativity to flourish, we need to allow some mess, sometimes big mess. I gave the kids my kitchen table and let them clutter it up with craft supplies all week. But on the bright side, they tell me I’m “so chill” for letting them make a mess. Which sounds like a compliment, I think. Besides, it was only for a week, and so worth it to see them excitedly pouring themselves into their projects! My only role was shopping for the supplies they needed. The rest of the week, I worked on a few projects of my own, such as touching up paint, scrubbing stains out of carpets, and tackling a few decorating projects.
I love project week! Block scheduling, so far, has been awesome!