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Why Your Child Needs an Art Space

Why Your Child Needs an Art Space

Art is one of the most important forms of self-expression for our children. As parents and educators, our hopes and goals for our children are that they grow up to be independent free thinkers, always curious, and looking for problems that they can solve. When they are younger, the best thing that we can do to support all of these traits is to create an open and inspiring art space in our homes or classrooms for our children to create in!   This is a series of posts designed to help you create an open-ended art space that will inspire your child to be creative, expressive, and to share their ideas and interests through visual art. PART 1- Why Your Child Needs an Art Space PART 2- How to Create an Art Space in Your Home or Classroom (coming soon) PART 3- Setting Up Invitations to Create (coming soon)   “Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” – Sydney Gurewitz Clemens   Aside from allowing your child the opportunity to be creative and to explore a variety of art mediums, an art space that is freely accessible to your child provides SO many incredible benefits! These benefits extend far beyond simply getting better at art.   Self-expression and creativity are of course obvious benefits and are exactly what we need in this world where we are facing more and more problems and will need people who have and can create solutions. Responsibility and self-regulation skills are boosted when children are able to choose their own materials, manage... read more
5 Ways to Prep for Spring, with Bonus Scavenger Hunt Printable!

5 Ways to Prep for Spring, with Bonus Scavenger Hunt Printable!

The sun is finally peeking out from behind the rain clouds here in Oregon, and that means that Spring is officially arriving (despite what the calendar tells us that it apparently arrived a few weeks ago). Not only is Spring a time for rejuvenation, finally spending some more time outside, longer days, and enjoying the blossoms everywhere, it is a wonderful time to get your home and your family prepared for all of the warm weather to come. If you spend a little bit of time now in early Spring thinking and planning ahead, you will breeze easily into late Spring, Summer, and even early Fall with wonderful learning spaces, a beautiful plan for outdoor exploration, and tons of fun to be had by all!   Here are five ways to use your Spring to prep for awesome outdoor time for the months ahead:   1. Explore how the world is changing. Spring brings some of the most dramatic changes to the natural landscape than any other season. Things suddenly bloom to life, the smell in the air changes, animals emerge from hiding, the sun stays out longer, etc.  Suddenly everything is fresh and new! The absolute best way for your child to see these changes is to get out there and LOOK! Explore in a big way – how are the trees starting to look different? And explore in small, micro ways – are there more birds and butterflies outside? Where are they going and what are they doing? Get your copy of this amazing new Springtime Nature Scavenger Hunt to make this exploration super fun and engaging!  ... read more
But what about…. SOCIALIZING them?

But what about…. SOCIALIZING them?

So often I get asked some form of this question: “I love the IDEA of homeschooling, but my biggest fear is socialization. How will my child learn to connect with others his/her age?”

It’s an age-old joke. Homeschooled kids are weird. Awkward. Don’t know how to fit into society.

So naturally it’s something that crosses every new homeschooling parent’s mind – what about social growth? How do I make sure my child knows how to talk to other kids? What about participating in events? How do I find local things for them to do…. So I CAN SOCIALIZE THEM.

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