When I get out the art big picture basket she grabs her art book, sharpens her pencils and gets herself ready for our reading lessons. While I read, she draws. For one hour each day she works on her sketches. And now at the age of 15 they are looking very professional.
She is keen for the read aloud time because it is a relaxing part in her day where she listens with leisure and works on her art.
My Art Big Picture Basket
My art big picture basket does have some art resources – this year it’s The Country Diary of and Edwardian Lady
and Nancy Tichbournes’s Water Colour World.
but mostly it is the time I give her that encourages her to practise.
Planning Art into Your Week
Over the years we have consistently added art work into our homeschool lessons with:
- picture study – here’s an art book list
- nature journals
- notebooks were own art work is encouraged
- group art lessons with homeschooling friends usually one term per year
- gallery visits.
All of my children have enjoyed illustrating some of their narrations.
Even as young students they found drawing a picture was a great way to express what they were learning on paper.
But are they listening?
You can check their comprehension through narrations and questions about what is going on. In fact my daughter and son both say they find it easier to listen when they are doing something.
The Big Picture Basket
This basket holds more than just books; it’s another year’s worth of living literature for my youngest daughter.
It doesn’t seem to matter if I’m planning for kindy or high school – its all the same and it always starts with a basket of books. Turning that big picture basket into a workable, achievable homeschool plan is the next challenge.
This last week of my homeschool holidays I am going to do a blog series and show you how this big picture basket shapes a solid homeschool plan.
- Monday was about English
- Tuesday was Science
- Wednesday Humanities and Social Science
- Today: Art
- Friday: Character
PS. If your wondering about math – It’s more of a tweet than a post. I use a textbook!
Look out tomorrow for my what’s in my big picture basket for the health – physical and spiritual!