Summer can be a trying time for parents. This summer, immediately following a spring of mandated at-home learning, promises to be no better. To help, learning providers are stepping forward with education resources to make the summer productive for kids, bearable for parents.
One of the latest to do so is PBLWorks, the brand name for the Buck Institute for Education, which is releasing a new eBook around project based learning (PBL). The book, called “This Teachable Moment,” will feature 21 projects to, “help families keep children engaged in learning this summer.”
The announcement of the eBook highlights the need for help children who may, “have fallen behind in learning” during the Covid-19 pandemic with an eye on, “how they might catch up.”
“This Teachable Moment,” the announcement says, was authored by PBLWorks CEO Bob Lenz and Curriculum and Program Manager Laureen Adams and, “provides an intro to Project Based Learning.” The release continues:
The 21 easily-implemented, “follow-the-recipe” PBL projects informed by educational research and designed for children of all ages and abilities. Using the projects as a roadmap, parents can create a simple summer routine that engages children and keeps their curiosity and love of learning alive.”
The eBook, can be downloaded at: https://www.pblworks.org/ebook-parent-portal
To kick off the book and kick-start PBL for the summer, PBLWorks will offer two, free, 45-minute webinars with the book authors. Those are set for:
● Wednesday, 11 a.m. Pacific Time on June 23, 2020
● Thursday, 2 p.m. Pacific Time on June 24, 2020
To register, visit: https://www.pblworks.org/for-families/webinar-teachable-moment
“Many teachers already know that Project Based Learning is a powerful educational approach to keeping students engaged in their learning,” Lenz said in the release. “Now, we’re bringing these same ideas directly to families. This eBook is much more than a reading list, a workbook, or an online tutoring program. The projects inside will engage kids because the work they’re doing is interesting, meaningful, and fun.”
Also according to the release, example projects include: creating a cooking show focused on family recipes and the history behind them, enlisting the community in protecting the local environment for the future, or brainstorming a whole new reality–a world that supports the dreams they have for their lives.