Friday, January 6, 2012

Adding Art to Your Weekly Rhythm

One week down. Phew!  How many more to go?

Just kidding.  This week went pretty well as our first transition week of the second semester.  It's a good thing I planned a light first couple of weeks, because this week was derailed by all things birthday.  No worries, though.  We did enough review and form drawing and reading to count for "official" school days, and we got through our first week with zero school-related tears.  Mark that in the win column.

What we didn't do was art.  I'm bummed about it, but, like I said, birthday derailment.  And that's ok.  But generally, if something has to get shoved off the schedule, I don't like for it to be art.  Or at least not all of our art plans.  We now have weekly afternoon sessions for painting, drawing, and modeling (play dough for the little one, and beeswax for the older one).  I can't say that we still paint every week, but if we do at least one of those activities every week (and I mean an official drawing session, not just "Hey mom, look   at the Luke Skywalker I drew eating sushi," which happens regularly anyway), then I consider that a successful week.  And usually, we manage to get in two afternoons of art each week, which I'm pretty happy about.  Now I'm itching to get back into our art rhythms.  I never thought I'd say that, but it's so true.

The Homeschool ClassromIf you want to read about how we schedule our weekly art sessions and maybe pick up a few ways to include more art activities in the second half of your school year, you can read my post at The Homeschool Classroom:
Start the New Year with a Weekly Art Session

*** Complete side note - One of these days, I WILL change that fall header.  Holiday derailment became birthday derailment.  Eh, what can I say?  I still have two more months of winter to get it right . . . right?

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