The Monk loves to draw. There are sketches and drawing and plans and what-have-you all over the house (and heaven forbid if you try to throw ANY of his drawings away!). So, as we continue our slow migration into the 3rd grade, I decided that I was going to go ahead and introduce him to some of the more famous artists. Thanks to Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler, I have found a really great unit on some of history's finest (which you can purchase from her store here). Although I am supplementing some of the lessons with a few tweaks and twists, I know that The Monk is going to enjoy learning about the artists within the unit. I am hoping to be able to follow this up with a trip downtown to the art museum so that we can really see what famous artists are capable of. He really liked talking about the "strangeness" of Pablo Picasso's work today and the bright colors and bold lines, so I'm hoping that he's going to be interested in exploring new techniques in his own drawings as we move forward (not that I don't mind his dragons, knights, Angry Birds Star Wars, and TMNT drawings, but it would be really cool to see him take on what he is seeing in our studies). I'll keep everyone posted as we move through this and show what The Monk is doing!
How it all started...
I was a public school teacher for 6 years in a very urban middle school for both 7th and 8th grade. As the red-tape got thicker and teaching became more of a business rather than a place to prepare young minds to enter into the world, I decided that if I was going to work that hard to give an education to someone, it should be my own son. So, my adventures in homeschooling has begun.
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