One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is having the ability to be able to take a break when you know you or your kiddos need one. It has taken me almost 4 years to get to the point where I don’t give myself too much of a hard time when we don’t do school as “scheduled”. Personally I work best off of a plan and don’t like to stray far from it. In homeschooling I am trying very hard to grasp that learning is not a hard and fast thing.
We school year round, so we always take the entire month of December off. At the beginning of November we were just wrapping up our Art Appreciation study, and it was “time” to move on to our Impressionist study.
There were a couple things that kept me from starting it though.
1. We were only 3 weeks away from break.
2. I wanted to give my kiddos the opportunity to be creative and create art themselves.
3. I hoped to see some of what they had learned in the Art Appreciation study within their own works of art.
I was thrilled to see the amazing things they created for their Abstract Art pieces. It was very exciting to watch them create art out of items from nature.
After that creation, they spent the last 2 weeks using one medium each week to create their works of art.
I truly loved seeing their creativity in the art pieces they designed. From hidden pictures, to a manger scene, they were thrilled at having the opportunity to use their imagination and stories they love to create works of art.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine and “plan” that we forget our children need the chance to create, not only with their imaginations, but also using the things we have taught them so far.
When was the last time you let your kiddos create something without following a plan?