I have to admit, my initial thoughts on projects, especially after viewing the videos, was that the child thinks up his own idea(s) and then builds upon it, with very little input from me/someone. And the projects have to be computer related. But after reading some replies here, I realised that it isn’t so much the child doing everything on their own and with technology (research, planning, creating). Not just computer-based, but creative in general. Also different levels for different aged kids of course, and some kids of the same age are more “able” to work independently or handle their own projects, than others.
As I mentioned in reply to another post, my oldest son does tend to create his own “projects” in the sense that he creates Minecraft/Zoo Tycoon biomes/areas about animals that we’ve learned about. My youngest isn’t at all interested in doing this, but he “tours” his brother’s biomes, with Oldest telling him about everything. He is very much an auditory learner. Keep his hands busy with anything while he listens to what you say, and he does not just remember what you said, but has great comprehension on the topic.
I am currently working on a History-Science-project for next year. Where we learn more about our country’s history, and as we “tour” the country from area to area (marking off on a map, according to the timeline), we learn about different plants/biomes, animals and geography subjects (meteors in eons past, volcanoes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, different rocks, etc. specific to our country and those areas). With my oldest I already know that he will relish the chance to use the 3D puzzles I’ve printed/bought to go with some of the topics, he’ll create Minecraft biomes without my asking, he’ll “go on”, but how do I engage my youngest in such activities? The closest he got to doing his own “project” was when he watched some historical videos with my husband, then built a Lego scene of one of the battles. And he did the same with a battle scene from one of his computer games. And he likes the microscope we bought. Ok, this leads me to ask him to create some of the battle scenes, build hills, mountains, rivers with Lego/blocks, insert horses, cavalry, and when we learn about animals, he can lead with “research” under the microscope.
When you do projects with kids, can they each work on their own point of interest within the broader topic of the project, and then tell the other about it? Does it have to be computer/technology related? How can I bring in technology/Scratch/something else?