Art Appreciation For Children

From the moment I began homeschooling, exposing my children to fine art has been a high priority. One of my fondest homeschooling memories was when we were visiting the Hillstead Museum, and one of my young children was able to point out a painting by Whistler. They could pick out his paintings because they had been exposed to pictures by him in our homeschool.

One of my favorite resources for teaching art to young children is simply using art postcards, to do various picture study activities. In the following video, I demonstrate how my young son and I use postcards from the Child Sized Masterpieces set (with instructions from Mommy It's A Renoir) to learn to identify different painters and to appreciate some of the world's finest art.



Please forgive any mispronunciation of artist's names. This video was very spur of the moment, and I definitely could have butchered some of their names.


Let me know if I can answer any questions about how we do art appreciation.


Narration For Evaluating Reading Comprehension

When we first began homeschooling, we purchased a reading curriculum. The curriculum featured a reading passage and then pages and pages of workbook exercises to evaluate the comprehension of what was read. This worked okay with my oldest child, who loved to write, but the next students were bored to tears by this work.

Around this time, I discovered the works of Charlotte Mason. Especially The Charlotte Mason Companion, by Karen Andreola. This book helped me to see that reading comprehension could be checked by having the child tell back in their own words what was read. This became a favorite  method for checking reading comprehension as well as a wonderful way of working on speaking and listening skills.


In this short video, my daughter and I demonstrate a few examples of how we do narration.

If you would like to know more about narration, check out this post from Simply Charlotte Mason.

My son and I are enjoying this project of making videos about homeschooling, but we would love some feedback. If you have any suggestions for how we could improve, or have a question that you would love answered in a video, would you leave a comment below?

Thanks for reading and watching!



Phonics Games for Early Readers

I recently wrote an article for the Wild and Free homeschool magazine where I talked about easy games to play to help early readers, especially busy readers who would rather be playing Legos than doing school work.

You can access the bundle at the link above; it is a great compilation of information for new homeschoolers, including articles on learning styles, handwriting instruction, and even a book club.

In order to further explain some of the games that I talk about in the bundle, my son and I made this short video. If you want to learn about the rest of the reading games, you can purchase the "Beginnings" issue from www.bewildandfree.org


Moviemaking is a passion for my son, so I am really excited that he can use his interest as a project. Pursuing personal interests is one of the great perks of homeschooling.