This project began as an off-shoot of the blog I wrote from 2009-2012, “Yo-Yo Reggio”. The original aim of blogging for me, was to document my own learning journey, as I integrated some of the ideas of Reggio-Emilia inspired preschool systems into our family life. Reggio-inspired systems still resonate with me, both personally and professionally, but I’m also interested in project based learning (or project approach), expeditionary learning, homeschooling, and unschooling. Bringing these ideas into the home isn’t rocket science, but it does take time for reflection and figuring out which ideas are realistic within the day to day rhythms of a busy family.
The FLIP project is a chance for our family to go more in-depth with some overarching themes that we’re interested in. Before making the year-long outline, we spent time talking about some of the big ideas that mattered to us as a family, that we’d want to learn more about. I took that list and arranged it in a way that I think will make sense with the seasons and our schedules. We may end up changing the themes as we go, but it’s nice to have a general roadmap to guide our inquiry. We hope that some of the big ideas will be projects that others are interested in too, so that we can share this learning journey.
I’ve posted our year-long roadmap, in case any other bloggers, photographers, or authors would be interested in writing a guest column or hosting some type of give-away that relates to the monthly theme. If this is something you’re interested in, please e-mail me at projectflip180 at gmail dot com. I’m aiming to blog as many days as possible each month, and will plan the month of posts about one month in advance, so if you have a guest post idea, send me your query and I’ll fit it in! I’m fine with writers and bloggers cross-posting, and of course would include links and credits back to your own blog.
Thanks for checking in with the FLIP project!