Doing Projects at Home

IEL Resource(s)

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach for Preschoolers

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Helping Preschoolers Represent What They Learn

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Including Every Child

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Phase 1—Choosing a Topic to Investigate

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Phase 1—Getting Started

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Phase 2—Getting Ready for Fieldwork

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Phase 2—Doing Fieldwork

IEL Tip Sheet: Project Approach: Phase 3—Concluding the Project

Online Resource(s)

Project Approach in Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Theory, structure, and examples of the Project Approach are included on this Web site.

Early Childhood Research & Practice, Volume 2, Number 1 (Special Section on the Project Approach)
Each issue of this online journal includes a project description.

Project-Based and Experiential Learning in After-School Programming
This report from Harvard discusses how and what children should be taught in after school hours. It also includes information about effective practices and challenges related to after school learning strategies.

The Project Approach
This article from Eric Digest explains the benefits of using projects to help children learn. It also discusses some activities and everyday objects that caregivers can use to create projects for children.

Crafts for Kids
This page on the PBS website provides many ideas for projects to do with children that encourage scientific thinking.

Helping Your Child Learn Science
This booklet created by the U.S. Department of Education describes many activities that families can do with their children to promote scientific thinking. The projects listed in this booklet utilize materials found in the home and can be embedded in family routines.

Science Concepts Young Children Learn through Water Play
Children can learn many scientific concepts through projects focused on water. Many ideas for using water are discussed in this journal article by Dimensions of Early Childhood.

Art is a Valuable Experience for Young Children
This article found on the Cooperative Extension website discusses the benefits of using art with infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children. There are suggestions for art projects that be done with very young children.

Parent Tips- Project Based Learning at Home
Edmentum Blog provides tips for parents to do meaningful projects with their children at home.

Additional Resource(s)

Teaching Your Child to Love Learning: A Guide to Doing Projects at Home
Author(s): Helm, Judy Harris; Berg, Stacy; Scranton, Pam
Publication Date: 2004
Availability: New York: Teachers College Press

Teaching Parents to Do Projects at Home: A Tool Kit for Parent Educators
Author(s): Helm, Judy Harris; Berg, Stacy; Scranton, Pam; Wilson, Rebecca
Publication Date: 2005
Availability: New York: Teachers College Press

Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years (2016), Authors: Judy Harris Helm & Lilian G. Katz

Teaching Your Child to Love Learning: A Guide to Doing Projects at Home (2004), Authors: Judy Harris Helm, Stacy Berg, & Pam Scranton

Teaching Parents to Do Projects at Home: A Tool Kit for Parent Educators (2005), Authors: Judy Harris Helm, Stacy Berg, Pam Scranton, & Rebecca Wilson


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