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Interest Based Learning Projects

One of my biggest goals when homeschooling is to allow our children to have as much ownership over their learning as possible. Our oldest has endless ideas about what she'd like to study next so we are going to focus that drive into student planned interest based project learning this year.

Focus students' interests in project based learning from Still Playing School

Our daughter will fill out this form to narrow her focus on any interests she would like to study. There is space for her to write about the topic, what she'd like to know, and how she plans to attain that information. I will be guiding her along the way and making suggestions as to all the resources available to us.

This form is adaptable to many ages and grade levels. Younger students could draw and label pictures to express their interests. Below, E wrote that she plans to find out how robins find worms by watching them and searching YouTube. I just love kid writing

I've made this project planner available for our email subscribers as a freebie! I will also be working on a follow up graphic organizer for kids to take notes and focus their research as they learn. All you need to do to have access to these printables is subscribe to our weekly emails where we will share our best ideas to keep your kids playfully learning and you will receive the link to this sheet and all of our other free printables!

Check out the rest of the back-to-school themed activities from the 2nd grade Blogging Team!

Melting Crayons Science Experiment from Creative Family Fun

Free Addition Facts Game from Life Over C’s

Number Ordering Activity 0-999 from Sallie Borrink Learning

FREE Back to School Noun Practice from Look! We’re Learning!

What I Love About School Art Project from Planet Smarty Pants

All About Me Flag Project from School Time Snippets

Getting to Know You Back to School Game from Preschool Powol Packets

FREE All About Me Worksheets (Lego style) from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Setting Up a Homework Station from Crafty kids at home

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  1. What a great idea! My 2nd grader is full of ideas to study, so we'll be doing this for sure!

  2. I love seeing your kiddos writing! It is always so encouraging to see my kiddo is on target =)

  3. Such a great way to get a child interested in exploring different topics!

  4. I *love* kid writing too! Thanks for sharing your printable...I think child-led learning is the best!!

  5. I love that you teach her to set clear goals and to think on how to accomplish them!

  6. I could see this being a great idea for any kid. It's a great way for them to set clear goals.

  7. This is a great idea and can work so many ways. Thank you! :-)