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Art in History: A Brain-Based Art History Project

Are you looking for aways to bring history to life in your homeschool? Here's a super-fun way to do it: combine art and history!
Art in History: A Brain-Based Art History Project

In our family, art and history are favorite subjects. A few months ago, I decided I want to teach a new subject, art history, to the girls. I even considered writing an art history curriculum, but who has time for that? Not this mama.

The Challenge
Quite frankly, even if I'd written a curriculum, or even just lesson plans, I would never have come up with a creative activity. I'm too left-brained for that. For my kids, who are right-brained learners, that's the pitfall of my homeschool. 

They love creative, hands-on activities and I am sorely lacking in the creative ability to dream up those activities. Thanks goodness for bloggers, curriculum writers and Pinterest! 

Imagine how delighted I was to learn about a company that provided art history projects! 

Composer Studies for Young Scholars

I'm participating in the Autumn 2013 Hopscotch series at iHomeschool Network. My topic of choice is composer studies. I will be creating 10 posts related to teaching children about composers and music. 
A 10-day series covering many aspects of teaching homeschool studients of all ages. Lots of resources!

Composer studies are a favorite in our household. Since our early days of learning the Charlotte Mason method, the idea of children learning about composers and classical music has appealed to me as a mother and educator.

You needn't be a Charlotte Mason homeschoolers to teach these subjects. Including the arts in your homeschool can be of great benefit to your children.

Spring Break Week 1: Takin' It Easy

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week... 

Our first week of Spring Break was uneventful. I went on a cleaning binge and noted a hundred things that need to be done outside. I've been doing a lot of planning ahead and writing. 


In our homeschool this week... 


We're are on Spring Break.  

Lorelai has been playing around on doing math and learning about artists. Alexis has spent her time drawing because that's what she does. 

A Week of Big Steps

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

We've been taking some "big steps" around here. I've made some changes; Alexis made strides in math. Progress!

In my life this week...

I came to some big decisions. I keep hearing "Simplify, simplify, simplify" in my mind. I took down all websites and blogs which are no longer serving me well. This included my southern cooking blog (never had the time), my natural mothering blog (my focus is no longer on homebirthing, cloth diapering or breastfeeding), my green cleaning website (I'm shutting down the business due to lack of business). 

So here I am. I feel a sense of loss. Nine years of those businesses shut down in a matter of seconds. Hard to believe. Sometimes, this is the type of thing we must do. I also feel a great weight.. a pressure to keep up with the marketing on those.. lifted off of me. Now I can redirect that time and focus to the two blogs I care about most. This homeschool blog and Life on My Planet. Yes. This will be better. 

Wrapping Up Our School Year

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

I've spent a lot of time working/writing. Pretty boring, right? 


In our homeschool this week...

We're at the end of Week 10 of Term III.  
The girls took another online science class. You'll be hearing more about this in a couple of weeks. They really enjoyed it. I'm about to sign Lorelai up for a couple of other online things. We are about to begin our Animal Signs study using the unit study from NaturExplorers. We've studied a bit on this topic in the past, and are pretty good at identifying tracks while hiking. It should be fun to learn a bit more. 

The girls spent a good amount of time being artsy-craftsy this week. Photo below.

A Wrap-Up of Our Week

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 In my life this week...

There has been nothing interesting. Well, nothing except having to pass up a possible $2000/week account. Long story. It's painful to think I had to pass that up. I'll move on to more positive things now.

Positive: Switched meds for one of the girls (we use natural meds). She started them today. I should see a difference tomorrow. She had to go a few days without any at all and let me tell you.. it was not pleasant. Now I have to do the re-evaluation for the other child to see what improvements we can make in her meds as well.

Homeschool Mother's Journal #38: Camping and a Song

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
It has been pretty ordinary. Just your run-of-the-mill mom stuff. I did get out of the house on Wednesday. That was nice. I haven't been able to leave the house much since Lee Anne started her new job. She uses my van which leaves me stranded. Most of the time it's not an issue. On Wednesday she got a ride to work and I was able to take the kitty to be neutered, get the girls' eye exams done and take them out to lunch. It was a fun day!

In our homeschool this week...
We're at the end of Week 14 of Term III.  Having taken our "break month" in February, we're using March to finish up our year. We are gearing up for brand new material and it's very tempting to just run ahead and 'get to it'. But patience is a virtue and we're working hard on completely our 2011-12 year. 

Sharing My Daughters' Artwork

As I've mentioned in previous posts, Alexis loves to draw. Lorelai doesn't particularly "love" it but she does it with Alexis in order to spend time with her. A few months ago, I wanted to share with you Lorelai's first attempt at anime (it was a more humorous moment when she showed it to everyone.. even she was cracking up) and then her second attempt (much improved). Unfortunately, with the move, I can't locate that first oh-so-funny drawing. Suffice it to say, that she drew a tongue sticking out of a person's face and it looked more like a buck-toothed hillbilly. 

Today, I am sharing with you several of their drawings. The photos won't be all that great because I am using my android (not exactly photography quality!) because the real camera has dead batteries and I'm impatient. 

Are the Arts Important in Education?

As schools systematically do away with music and art courses, one has to wonder, "Are the arts important in education?" 

Two girls painting

Visit any Charlotte Mason-related website or blog and you're certain to come across information about the arts. Artist studies, art studies, art lessons, composers and their compositions abound on these sites.

In fact, it's not only Charlotte Mason educators who believe that the arts are an important part of education.

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