Monday, August 26, 2013

White House

Brianna's recent project was the White House.  She learned about the different rooms, who has lived there, and several other things.  I am really enjoying seeing their interests although still having trouble motivating them to work on their projects sometimes.  Here is what she built.

Brianna needs a deadline or she will never finish because although she enjoys things, she is a procrastinator and will not finish projects unless there is an incentive most of the time.  The book Project Based Homeschooling recommends not using deadlines but she just wasn't working on it.  She starts several things but has a hard time finishing.  I must admit I am the same way.  I'd love suggestions about this if anyone has any.  Thanks to a friend for the project idea.  I am really enjoying seeing what they come up with.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jamestown project

For his project, Sam wanted to build Jamestown.  We visited Jamestown in late May just before my cousin's wedding in Virginia.   He started in a plastic bin and realized that was too small so he changed to a big box lined with a trash bag.  He used parts of oatmeal containers for the bulwarks (rounded parts) and Popsicle sticks for the rest.  We bought the Jamestown Toob at Michaels.  They have tubes of plastic figures for all sorts of things.  We also have the Powhatan Indian set which he put outside the fort area like they were at Jamestown although in 1607 they were actually miles apart.  He left the cartons open for chimneys.  Some milk cartons are also chicken coups.  He even made a hole in one of the bulwarks for a cannon or gun as they had in Jamestown.