Elements of Art: Value

This week we focused on Value. I was a bit unsure of how this would go over with my little ones, they surprised me, however, with how well they grasped it. I showed them a value scale from dark to light with black to white and then let them experiment with watercolors. c has better fine motor skill than e, so he could easily make a decent value scale with the paint. Then we tried it with crayons too. For a project we cut out flower petals and made flowers out of the value scales we made with the watercolor and crayon. A great project that covered a couple mediums as well as cutting and gluing.

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I Luv Workboxes

Early into our school year a friend asked how things were going with a 2, 4 and 5 year old. As I sat back and reflected on it for a minute I realized with a grateful spirit that I could say on a scale of 1 to 10, a good solid 7! I attribute the success to a system I stumbled upon in my summer research called Workboxes. Now there is a lady who came up with this system and she wrote a whole book on it. I have not read it. When I stumbled upon this way of organizing the school day I was mainly interested in what I could do for little h to keep her busy while the other two worked. I also wanted some planned play ideas for e and little h that would be more intentional than “go play in your room while I teach your brother how to read…and do it...

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Color Wheel Fun and some Texture too

For weeks four and five we covered the color wheel and texture. I wasn’t too ambitious with projects as there was too much going on in other areas…but we did somehow manage to mix up our primary colors to make the secondary colors. The boys loved this, what kid doesn’t like to have free reign to mix up paint? I just saw an idea for making a project for the color wheel here…but instead I am modifying it for our Value lesson. It is always exciting when a child connects something they learn in school outside of school. The Museum and Gallery here in downtown Greenville offers a “Homeschool Fridays” monthly event. It is just $3 a child for two hours of learning about...

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2010-2011 School Year

Preface: This is a lengthy post about the curriculum(s) I am using for my kids this year. You may find this very interesting, or more than likely, you might rather skip this post! I know I enjoy reading what others are doing, but if homeschooling isn’t your thing I don’t blame you for moving right along. For the last two years I have spent hours upon hours researching homeschool methods and curriculums so that when the time came I would have a grasp on what would be best for our family. When it all came down to it, I liked the classical method best. I read most of the Well Trained Mind and A Charlotte Mason Companion.  I think I tend to combine both methods in my style of schooling. Each of these books can give you step by step instructions on...

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Grace

Recently the Lord has led us (as a family) to a difficult decision that we prayed and wrestled over for some time. It was a decision we made out of obedience and we have been shown, once again, that while following Him bears fruit, it also frequently brings pain. It is in this time that He has chosen to pour out upon our hearts such wonderful refreshment. Like dry, thirsty lands we have soaked up the rich Word and our souls have been filled to overflowing. Grace. The wonderful grace of Jesus! Personally, I feel that I am understanding in new ways, beyond anything I could have ever hoped or imagined, the sweet grace of God. Truly, this grace comes from the gospel that must wash our hearts afresh each and every day. In my 20ish years of knowing the love of my Father...

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