Mission #1 Homeschool Recon: Restocking Rations
So I know….starting with Art is kinda sillly,
It’s not exactly the core of our curriculum,
but we’re still waiting for some of our resources to show up,
and I figured I’d share with you what we’ve been up to lately.
Now, you know that this is The Crafty Classroom,
and that we use a whole lot of art alongside our lessons,
but we’ve really yet to have much formal Art instruction
And I hate to see things like this:
Makes me sad.
Sissy is unhappy with her drawings often, almost embarrassed,
and no matter how much I say they are wonderful,
she compares them to the originals and becomes frustrated with the differences.
It was starting to become a bit frustrating for me too.
So you can imagine how excited I was when
this instructional Art book was placed into my hands:
I can’t take credit for finding this title, as this book came recommended by Sissy’s new teacher.
more on that soon…
but let me just say we are in LOVE
with our new Homeschool Co-Op
But back to the book~
Here are some of the things I’m quite fond of already:
The book is geared toward the parent/teacher and
you can easily read the days lesson as you are presenting it to the children.
The book is geared toward multiple ability levels.
This is perfect for homeschoolers!
There are different expansions suggested for higher levels,
so you can easily have your 5 year old and 8 year old exploring
the same concepts with minimal confusion.
Lessons are short, don’t require much prep, and there is a finished project
The book recommend starting with a warm up,
and then moving to the lesson.
Most of these lessons rely on listening skills,
(which is fantastic for my children…. as some of you know)
Here we did the same lesson twice,
and the kids ended up with much different results:
Sissy’s Birds are on the left, and Bubba’s birds are on the right
Already within ten minutes I see improvement!
But most importantly, what I love about this book is that my children are now asking…
“What are we doing for art TONIGHT Mom?”
Yeah, you read that right….TONIGHT.
Art class is held nightly around here, ever since Monkey got ahold of a green marker:
And my table still looks like this today, no matter how much bleach I scrub with.
Someone care to Enlighten me here?
Pssst: Art History is Next, Stay Tuned!