Summer Sketching

We are back to participating in Sketch Tuesday hosted by Barb McCoy over at Harmony Art Mom. We all took a break for the month of June, but the kids are drawing again and having fun!

First, we were given the task of sketching something to do with a bird…

 

LegoFan decided to sketch a feather. But it’s not just a feather – I love that he added the pieces of tape to show that he had added it to his collection. Even the tape has the jagged edges to make it look more realistic. Love it!

 

Diva’s favorite bird is a cardinal. She loves the male’s bright red color; and adores the male and female pairs we see frequently in our yard. I even like the fact that she added the sunglasses on the sun. She does a really good job at sketching, but she also has that whimsical side!
Next, we were given the assignment of something to do with a pond…

 

LegoFan was a little rushed this time. But, he did manage to sketch a frog and a lily pad.

As I mentioned, Diva really likes birds; and the Heron is another favorite. She and I looked them up online and found an outline of one with a description of their coloring. She sketched and colored this just by looking at the computer screen. It’s an amazing sketch!
I love that they are participating in this activity. It fits really well with our art plans for the upcoming year, as we will be focusing on the elements of drawing. I anticipate seeing changes in their Sketch Tuesday drawings as they progress through the year.

By the way, you do not have to home school or even be a child to participate. You can head to Barb’s site and submit your sketches each week – it’s fun! Why not give it a try?

Harmony Art Mom – Sketch Tuesday

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday… I have been watching Harmony Art Mom’s Sketch Tuesday program for a while now. I kept telling the kids we were going to start participating, but we never did. Until recently.

The idea is that each week Barb will post a simple idea for people to sketch. She collects the sketches and puts together a slideshow for everyone. It’s a great idea and a lot of fun. We dedicated a couple of sketch pads to Sketch Tuesday and began sketching. We’ve participated twice now and both Diva and LegoFan have enjoyed seeing their work in the slideshows.

The first time the topic was ‘something associated with the word athlete.’ Here’s what they did:

Diva drew four girls playing tennis.

LegoFan sketched Gold’s Gym.

This most recent week, we were to sketch ‘something that bends.’

LegoFan got creative and chose several things that bend.

Diva chose to sketch an arm.

Here’s a link to this week’s slide show. Check it out and join us – adults are welcome to sketch along with their children. Perhaps this summer I will pick up a sketch pad of my own and try a few.

First Day of Homeschool

Let’s try this again. I’m a little less stressed than I was last night (or early this morning) when I apparently deleted my entire post about our day. I still have no idea how I did it, but life goes on.

Our first day this year went very well. They enjoyed their new school supplies – personal dry erase board, notebooks, long floppy erasers, and a little gift. LegoFan got a box of erasers shaped like puzzle pieces (He loves the Autism Speaks logo!); and Diva got a mini notebook and pen, decorated with butterflies.

Then we had one of their favorite dishes for breakfast: French Toast! While I”m sure it has a bit too much sugar on it, I didn’t hear any complaints!

Then, before the academics began, we started both our year and the day with a little scripture. We decided that we would read one Psalm a day, in order, and the Proverb chapter that coordinated with the date. (We actually skipped #5 as I did not feel it was appropriate for young kids getting ready to start school!)

On to academics! For history we do <a href="Click here to visit RC History.” target=”_blank”>RC History and love it! I cannot say enough good things about this program. We have completed Volumes One and Two; and are currently working on Volume Three.  It’s great to know that all the living books suggested in the program have been pre-screened; so I’m not afraid to give either child any book on the list. We are working at the Grammar Stage now, but it’s set up so that we can spiral back through and delve deeper into history as the children get older.

This week, so far, they have done two map exercises. I don’t expect them to know how to fill everything in at this point so we talk about it and they fill in the important boundaries, names, rivers, etc. Then they get to color! We use Knowledge Quest’s Blackline Maps for the ancient world and the Americas.

We also learned a little bit about a couple of saints from the same time period. One was St. Anthony who is said to have been blessed by a visit from the Infant Jesus.

The second one was St. Hyacinth who was saving the Holy Eucharist from and invasion when he heard the Blessed Mother call out for him to save her statue as well. Apparently, this statue was much too heavy for him to carry, but it became miraculously weightless as he carried it out of the church. All were safe from the attack.

Science is Exploring Creation Through Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day. We’ve been through their Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1, and Zoology 2 courses as well. The kids enjoy the short lessons and activities; and I enjoy the fact that God and His creation are at the center of the program.

For Language Arts, Diva is finishing up with First Language Lessons of the Well-Trained Mind, Level 4; but since there is no Level 5, we had to find something else for LegoFan. What we found was Lingua Mater. We haven’t started it yet, so I’ll have to report on that a bit later.

Our spelling program is also amazing: All About Spelling. This program works great for LegoFan who had Asperger’s and ADHD; as it is a multi-sensory program. He gets to learn to spell words through magnetic tiles, color-coded cards, speaking, and writing. Diva likes all the different activities too. In fact, this program has eliminated many of the, “Mama, how do you spell…?” questions.

Math is Singapore Math. The spiral format, again, is great for LegoFan as he gets just the right amount of one topic and then moves on to another one. With each book, they delve deeper into the various skills.

We are also doing Art (Artistic Pursuits), Music (Classics For Kids – Free online course), Religion (Faith and Life), French (a free program from the BBC), Geography (using Holling C Holling’s books), and an introduction to Shakespeare. It’s a full year, but the kids and I are looking forward to it!

We found, and are following, a curriculum put together by Michele Quigley and Kathryn Faulkner called Mater Amabilis. I wish I would have found this curriculum earlier.

But back to our day… after the academics were complete, we had a dinner of the children’s choosing – pizza!

All in all, it was a very good beginning to our school year. After their prayers, they each told me that that they enjoyed their day; and that they were looking forward to more. That sounds like a first day of school success!

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