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This book describes the project, LOLIPOP (Love of Learning Integrated into Projects, Opportunities for Service, & Play), which involved twenty-one homeschool families, including over fifty children between the ages of five and fourteen. It offered different projects (a.k.a. classes) in a wide range of topics that excited the students and parents and helped everyone involved fall in love with learning. Each six-week session offered three to four projects from which students could choose, including American Girls, Backyard Ballistics, Newspaper, Shakespeare, Jr. Engineers, Battles Against all Odds, Jr. Astronomers, Public Speaking & Debate, and many more! The primary goals were to foster a love of learning and confidence in every student, rather than focus on specific, academic content. Students & teachers met together once a week for engaging, hands-on projects, many of which the students continued at home during the week. Both children and parents were mentored in the Leadership Education model and bonded as a community. The result? Straight from the mouths of the families: Having access to a community of homeschooling families who desire a true liberal arts educational experience has been a tremendous support. ...because of this opportunity and the additional responsibility to teach multiple children, I pushed myself to go the extra mile with my own learning and the activities for the children. LOLIPOP has been a very real exercise in getting off the conveyor belt. Who knew it could be so much fun, and so empowering!
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Amy Edwards lives with her husband and three children in San Diego, CA. In 1991, She graduated from UC San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in English & American Literature, a minor in Sociology of Education and completed the Teacher Education Program for primary education. She went on to earn a M.A. in Education from George Wythe University. She has taught in public, private and homeschool classes since 1989, working with students in elementary school, high school, and college. She began homeschooling her own children in 2004 when her oldest daughter was scheduled to enter Kindergarten. She organizes and teaches classes for homeschool children in her community as well as conducts seminars for parents and teachers in the philosophy and methodologies of Leadership Education.
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