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If you don’t want to wait, get 20 people together and I’ll run a class just for you! E-mail me for more information.
We are now offering a PBH Master Class with an extra co-op/classroom module. E-mail me for more information.
The class lasts six weeks and costs $100.
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- if you want your class materials to be sent to a different e-mail (than your paypal e-mail)
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If you accidentally bungle something up, please e-mail me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can cheerfully fix it.
It’s fine if you are going to be out of town at some point; the class is self-paced and the forum will stay up in perpetuity. Any other questions? E-mail me!
In this six-week class, we drill down deeper into the core ideas of mentoring and self-directed learning and help you put those ideas into immediate practice.
Each week you’ll receive new material I’ve written specifically for this course along with simple assignments. Class discussions are held in a private forum on this site. We’ll be experimenting with making small but impactful changes. We’ll focus not only on learning how to mentor our children, but on how to apply the same principles to our own lives.
I will be giving reading assignments, so please purchase a copy of the book before class begins or borrow a copy from your library or a friend. We will not be reading the book straight through, so if possible, please do that before class begins.
This class is not only for homeschoolers — it is for any parent or teacher who is interested in supporting children’s interests and helping them become active thinkers, learners, makers, and doers.
If you do homeschool, it doesn’t matter what approach you follow — PBH works with every type of homeschooling as well as unschooling. Everyone is welcome.
This is a community-based class. You’ll have the opportunity to make some like-minded friends who have the same goals and values for learning and supporting children. The private forum we talk about each week’s focus and share questions, ideas, and issues will remain after the class ends so you can stay in touch with your cohort and keep learning together and supporting one another in the future.
The six focus areas of this class will be:
• Documenting & journaling
• Uncovering interests & choosing topics
• Maximizing your environment
• Building the making habit
• Defining your family culture
• Leveling up: How to maximize every learning experience
There is no session schedule you must adhere to for this class. The materials will be e-mailed to you regularly across the six weeks, but you can read them and access the forum whenever it works best for you. If you are traveling during that time, you can resume when you return and work your way through the materials at your own pace. The forum and extra resources will stay available after the last class date so you can continue to review the information and get online feedback, support, and encouragement.
Testimonials from prior students:
After rereading the last two emails, I have to tell you how remarkable this class is. My growth is measured in leaps and bounds already. I am in the midst of completely evolving our home education. Life learning has ever been my goal. Thank you for the tools. — Stephanie
We have been using the methods and techniques of Project Based Homeschooling for five years. I have read countless posts on Lori’s blog, pored over her book with highlighter in hand, and exchanged many lengthy emails sharing and ironing out the details of our journey. Still, when she announced the Project Based Homeschooling Master Class I jumped at the chance to learn even more. And I have! The class has provided me with not only access to Lori and her thoughts on a whole new level, but also a great cohort of classmates with which to share, bounce ideas off, and garner support from. It has been the push I needed to take our Project Based Homeschooling to a whole new level. Whether just starting out or a veteran of project based work there is so much to be gained in taking this course. — Dawn Suzette
I cannot recommend Lori Pickert’s PBH master class highly enough. The emails, exercises and community discussion have done so much to illuminate what we’re doing right and what we can do better as a family of learners. Lori, through her common sense and insightful support, has helped guide us on our homeschooling path for several years now. Her master class has solidified the work we have done over the years to build our family culture and homeschooling approach. She and the other people in the class are there to help you through frustration, offer suggestions when needed, and celebrate successes. Whether you’re beginning a project-based homeschooling adventure or just need to flex your muscles a bit, this class builds you up and helps you be more mindful in that work. I’m sad it’s ending soon (and plan to just crash the next class and not leave ever). — Sarah
To think I was nervous before starting this class! It has been wonderful to be part of such a supportive group of people, to be able to talk about what is hard and what isn't working and not feel judged. To share what is working. I think so many people in the home school community right now (just before the new school year starts) are feeling full of doubts and questions about which direction they should go in (I know I question myself at least 100 times a week about whether I am doing the right thing), and it is great to have this class under my belt to remind myself that I am headed the way I want to go. — Nicky
This class has been life-changing for me. While there is still a long way to go in terms of living by my values and establishing those tiny habits to reach big goals, I feel like there is a tangible system in place now, one that is sensible and doable. And if I get off track, I can return to journaling and reflection, tweak our environment, participate in the forum, re-read your book (which by now is coffee-stained, dog-eared, and extensively notated!), or rethink my big rocks. There are so many directions a homeschooler can go these days, but PBH is the only one that feels like it can truly grow with the child and last a lifetime (IMHO). Thank you, thank you for offering this class. It has been such a rich experience. — Jane A
Lori Pickert’s PBH Master Class is potentially life-changing. Potentially, because PBH looks different for every individual and family. Potentially, because you have to do the hard work and thinking for yourself. Fortunately, through class content and a supportive private class forum, Lori shows participants how to take all of that potential and turn it into a way of life for everyone in your family.
Lori’s wealth of experience and knack for positive problem-solving, combined with the supportive atmosphere of the class forum alone, are worth the price of the class. If getting started with project-based learning on your own seems intimidating, you will learn how even small shifts in your daily routine, perspective, or way of thinking can begin to move your household towards self-motivated in-depth learning that feels right and makes sense. I will continue to turn to the class resources and ideology again and again in the years to come. As I finish up the class, I feel like I’m just taking the first few steps on a wonderful adventure, but instead of feeling overwhelmed, I know I have the basic tools I need to keep me on the right path. Thanks to the Project-Based Homeschooling Master Class, I’m seeing the potential of project-based learning become reality, not just for my children and family, but for myself as well. — Wendy
I have a 20yo who’s in college and a 14yo who has been in school for a year now, so I don’t seem to be the target population for a course called Project Based Homeschooling. And yet: if one truly believes in lifelong learning and in translatable skills, taking any class with Lori makes all kinds of sense. I love the regular reminders to focus on what’s important, to document, review and share. The encouragement in the forum from Lori and other class members has kept lessons alive and relevant. I’m gaining useful habits not only for my family, but also for community groups I’m involved in and my own productivity. I’d take it again in a heartbeat and would encourage anyone even considering the class to just leap in — it’s absolutely worth doing. — Suzie
The PBH class offered do-able actions, information, and support for going deeper into the concepts and practice of project-based learning. More importantly, I found myself experiencing a shift in the way I see and participate in the world. This course has given me renewed inspiration for my work as a learning mentor and I feel ready and excited to embrace our second year of homeschooling. One of the greatest gifts of this course was a new way of thinking about my own making — a welcome surprise from a homeschooling course! — zisforzen
The impact of the Project-Based Homeschooling Master Class is already clearly visible in my home, in my family’s routines, and how I’m thinking about learning and our family values around it. Not only have I been inspired by the ideas presented, but I have been supported by Lori and the community she skillfully builds to make concrete plans and put them into action. She has a true gift for taking what seems abstract and making it concrete and doable for every participant. The class has helped me to create habits that work for us, rather than against us. Not only am I excited about the ways she has opened our family up to learning, my children are, too! — Jen
I came into this thinking it would change my style of teaching, but it did more than that, it changed my approach to life. — Lisa
When I first read Project-Based Homeschooling a year ago, it felt like it contained the missing piece to a puzzle I’ve been trying to assemble most of my life. What had been absent from my homeschooling experience as a child was exactly this: the treatment of my work (play) as a sequence of projects that develop through iterations, mentoring, and collaboration.
I was excited to apply PBH concepts to my child’s life. Some of the book’s suggestions I began right away, such as setting up a project space. Other ideas, like narrowing down, were implemented gradually. There were weeks — even months — in which it seemed my steps toward a project-based orientation were so very tiny; however, with Lori’s assurances, I knew that at some point I’d be able to look back and see I’d covered real distance.
I enrolled in the Master Class to delve deeper and receive more mentoring. I had worked on a little bit of this and a little bit of that, now it was time to revisit and strengthen practices I’d been inspired to start. PBH is an ongoing process, not something you read a book about once and then are done with. The class can help move you from reading, thinking, and talking about PBH to actively doing it. Or if you’re more like me, it can help you get *more* out of what you’re already doing. Lori selected a handful of areas for us to work on all together; this helped me get from a surface-level practice of PBH to a more substatiative, rooted practice of PBH. In keeping with PBH principles, Lori breaks “homework” down into such small steps that by just following along, we’ve made significant and desirable strides in our project work here. And whether you are stymied or having success, Lori is right there, checking in and replying to all participants with compassion and resources.
I learned from athletics that whatever I think I can do on my own, I can do even better with a good coach. Add in some supportive teammates and that makes for a really good time. That’s what this class is like! — Hsofia
I can finally say I am doing PBH. And I couldn’t before this class. Lori’s responsiveness to our individual questions and concerns is amazing — I really appreciated how she personalized the class for me and everyone else. So much more to learn, but I feel a real sense of progress. I’ve identified/fed a deep interest for the first time, created workspaces that work (for now), routinely make with my kids, and journal and reflect more consistently than ever before. I also know where I need to work more — creating more time for my work, and finding ways to involve our community in what we’re doing. I am out of the haze. — Aarti