So, we've had a birthday party post, and a cow post, let's have a school related post next. :)
This year we have homeschoolers in 11th, 3rd, 1st, K and pre-K grades. I'm using Artistic Pursuits mainly for my 3rd grader though his younger siblings often join in. And the Usborne Big Book of Playtime Activities (which are actually art activities...) for the youngest ones though the olders often join in.
My 11th grader is using this book, Exploring Art Media this year. Here is a stencil he created himself.
I've mentioned before that we school year round. I schedule blocks of school time for 4-6 weeks, followed by vacations that last from 1-5 weeks. It's during each vacation that I plan out all the lessons and art projects for the next block of school. This year my teen son is managing his time spent on art. I just made sure I ordered the supplies he'd need at the beginning of the school year. For all the youngers, we generally do one Artistic Pursuit lesson per week (Mondays), and 2 of the simple projects from the Usborne book (Wednesdays and Thursdays).
During lesson planning I tackle one subject at a time as I'm filling in my planner (I'm using Debra Bell's again this year. Love it! The main bonuses for me are how much space is given on each page for all the details I write, and that there is room for 6 students). So, as I'm filling in each day's art plan I also prep as much ahead as possible for that art lesson. This is super key for me- if I don't plan every little thing ahead for my schooling, it just doesn't get done! And then I file things here in my hanging file box under "art preps". This photo isn't so great but I'm holding a ziploc labeled Usborne pg. 12. When we get to the school day with "Usborne page 12" written in the planner, I'll go to my art preps file and grab that ziploc.
These little monster finger puppet guys were one of the crafts from the Usborne book. So I had cut out all the needed envelopes and lots of shapes from construction paper for the children to use to make their monster faces. Those were all in a labeled ziploc for me to grab the moment we needed them. Whew!
This happens to just be a coloring book page our 8 yr old colored with markers. It looks so pretty hanging in our sunny dining room window!
One of my teen son's art projects.
That ended up here on our bulletin board that happened to be full of his other recent coloring projects.
We have 4 bulletin boards on the living room wall. All the kids' best school work and art and cute drawings get shown off on them. I try to take everything down and file it all during our school vacations. Often that's what happens, other times I am forced to clear out the boards when they have become 6 papers thick under each pushpin and the wind of a child running past sends cute drawings flying in every direction. ;)
An example of bulletin board cuteness. This was drawn by Little Miss Farmgirl (age 3) the other day.
Do I at times look at scenes like this and want to hyperventilate over the messes being made? Why yes, yes I do. But I am very careful not to let it show to my children because I know this sort of creative play is important. Not to mention that they all love it.
This is something I had saved in my phone. I discovered this picture online and thought it would be great to copy it!
For very specific art projects, like for holidays, I rely on Pinterest and the Crafty Crow blog linked there in my sidebar. Here are some cute Halloween witches we did the other day. Mr Five Year Old's:
And how cute is the face Little Farmgirl drew on hers? :)
Another Halloween craft found on Pinterest.
And, completely and totally off topic, but did you notice the fantastically large and wonderful new dining table the children are doing their crafts on? ;) I am soooOOoo excited about that table. We had long outgrown our previous table. I had giant table envy when I watched the Duggar show episodes. LOL! And then, I found this enormous table at a thrift store for only $89! Okay so it's not Duggar sized, but it seats 8 large adults very comfortably, and many more small people. And it's sturdy! I was as excited as if it was Christmas.
And now, books and beds. Goodnight!