Our Summer Updates and Some Artworks

Summer break has finally started for us. After completing our school year requirements last week, my kids and I are just enjoying what’s left of the hot summer days.

My son has been playing all day long, either  with his basketball or football  or toys, while spending some time doing his online Bible with Veritas Bible. He continually goes to his football training with Kaya FC Academy.

We have decided to let my daughter take a break from her ballet classes this summer. Aside from finishing her history lessons with Veritas Press Self-paced History , she has been working with her crochet and her paintbrushes. So far, here are her creations…

 

This is her first Acrylic painting.

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And her succeeding works.

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This is her first crochet creation.

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Since she is quite good with Rainbow Loom, she didn’t have a hard time learning crochet. She watches videos from YouTube and learns them on her own.

Our summer break didn’t go as planned. I originally wanted my daughter to attend ballet classes ad painting classes but due to schedule and financial reasons, we weren’t able to do so. But praise God, she is still able to work on her skills and develop her talent.

As for me, I have been decluttering the house. I started with our study room. I have sold old books which we no longer need, gave books to others, looked through my post card collections, sorted books on our shelves and portfolio works of the kids.

I will also look through more cabinets. I hope to clean up more parts of the house and eventually have the house repainted before school starts again.

I also have more time to read books and blogs which inspire me for our upcoming school year. Praying for direction and the changes we need to implement as we move our next school year to September.There is ample time to evaluate our curriculum choices and schedules.

I also have some time to write on my blog and think about where I want to go with The Mommy Journey.

 

I just love that summer break is finally here. We all need to recharge, regroup and refocus. Thank God for this time.

 

Art Video Project

As part of her 4th quarter art portfolio, I asked my daughter to create a video about her drawing and this is what she came up with.

Video was made using iMovie.

What do you think?

Oil Pastel Art Work

Wednesdays are art days for us. Just recently, my homeschoolers worked on oil pastel and these are their works!

This is Kyla’s finished work. I loved this! There is so much detail.

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This is  Toby’s work, a sibling portrait! It is cute and lovable :) isn’t it?

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Tempera Paint from Ma’am and Moms

During the homeschool conference a month ago, I was able to buy some tempera paints and roller brush from Ma’am and Moms!

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My daughter loves art and I believe that providing safe and non-toxic materials is important. It was a blessing to discover Ma’am and Moms. My children has been doing some art works over the past month and there are just so many ways you can use tempera paints, and best of all, it is safe for my children.

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I bought the basic colors which is red, blue and yellow and my kids have been mixing the colors to make different shades and colors. They have been unleashing their creativity through painting, hand paints, stamp designs and border designs. I’m not so worried because the paint can easily be removed from any surface!

I will definitely be buying some more  tempera paints for our Friday art sessions!

If you are interested, you can contact Ma’am and Moms FB page for more details.

Getting Your Kids Started Early in the Arts

Children who are allowed to express themselves and explore their creative side tend to do better in school, make more friends and have a better quality of life compared to those who are forced to live a structured life growing up. This means that parents should do their best to allow their kids to paint, draw or otherwise use their imagination as much as possible.

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(my son’s painting)

If your child is interested in the arts, you should nurture that passion as much as possible. Even if your child doesn’t become the next Picasso or write novels like Stephen King, you are allowing your children to explore their interests and find out for themselves what they are good at and what they may be interested in doing as a career after they are done with school. You can get your child started in theater by enrolling them in Standing Ovations children’s theater or any local performing arts group. 

Most importantly, you are allowing your children to have fun when they are allowed to take art classes with their friends or perform on stage for their friends and family. While they are having fun drawing or writing, they will also be learning history, verbal skills and how to solve problems as they develop their work. If children learn how to problem solve and think critically when they are younger, they will likely carry those skills over into adulthood.