Inviting Your Child to Create

If you’ve been following along with our art space series, then by now you’ve determined why your children really need an art space in the home, and some super simple tips and steps to getting one set up and introducing the right materials at the right time. In this final post in our series, I want to introduce “Invitations to Create,” which are meant to inspire your child to expand their artistic and creative abilities in a variety of ways!

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.

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Designing Your Homeschooling Art Space

If we want our children to be creative, open-minded,problem solvers, and freely themselves, the best way that we can do that is to provide them with an environment in their space where they can freely access materials to create at any point. This post will give you pointers into setting up an art studio in your home (if you’re in a classroom, the info is the same, just on a larger scale). Make sure to check out the post about Why Your Child Needs an Art Space to understand the incredible benefits of doing this – it’s some serious motivation to make this happen! Setting up an art space in your home might seem overwhelming if this is something you haven’t done before, but if you follow some of these guidelines, this will help make it seem a bit easier and get you started on creating this wonderful free art space for your kids to enjoy.

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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! “Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” – Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

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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?

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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Adapting the Environment for Interest-Led Learning

One of the most important pieces of interest-led learning is often left out of the process of developing learning experiences in the classroom/home – adapting the environment.

Once you’ve determined an interest that your group has, and you’ve figured out their background knowledge so you have a good foundational place to start with new learning experiences, you naturally want to start researching ideas for activities to explore that interest. But before you head to Pinterest or start exploring teacher blogs for ideas, you need to bring your attention back to your own environment first!

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Tips for Your Three Most Common Winter Struggles

Winter is a season that, when we’re not in it, makes us think of beautiful snowy landscapes, happy kids playing in the cold with red noses, Christmas lights, cookies, and love….. Buuuut when it actually rolls around, we often find ourselves struggling with the desire to bundle up and go outside, determine what to say yes/no to doing to have the “Best Christmas EVER,” and deal with the dreaded cabin fever.

I reached out to my Facebook Group audience to find out what they find themselves struggling with the most in the winter months, and I’m answering with some tips to the top 3 responses….

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Holiday Gifts for Everyone!

Happy December First!!

We’ve officially entered my FAVORITE month and time of the year, and I can’t wait to spread holiday cheer to everyone around me!

I wanted to start with you, my beloved friends! So, I have some holiday gifts that are completely free and ready for you to open up and enjoy with your kids and for yourself.

Ready? Here are three gifts that I hope you can use to make your holiday season the best one yet. After all, life is so short… make every second count.

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