Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting Ready For Home Schooling

It's time to put "socialization" on hold and let education get the focus this year.

I have watched my daughter get grades in public school that are less than worthy of bragging about. The schools always claim it is the parents fault if a student does not do well.
Well, if it is my fault than I guess there is only one thing for me to do and that is to remove her from public school and home school her.

One of the biggest cuts our public schools have made is to the arts.
They want the students to excel in Math and Science and yet they remove a critical piece in the development of the student's mind.
When creativity is absent in education the rest suffers.
Playing a musical instrument has been shown to increase math scores.

Many problem solving skills are developed through the arts.
Students are sorely lacking in problem solving skills as I have witnessed in my daughter and her peers this past year. I would have thought that schools would have made some improvements in this area since I was in school and unfortunately that is not the case.

What good is socialization if you can not teach them how to resolve problems in a mature manner?

So at any rate. This year she is mine to teach. She will be getting her basics through an online school and I will be teaching her; the Arts, Music, Home Economics, Shop, Woodworking and Alternative Energy.
I might even find some other things to teach her as well.

I went to the craft store and bought her her first decent paint set.
5 canvases
Acrylic paints
Oil paints
A set of 10 assorted paint brushes
and 10 other assorted paint brushes

I have plenty of other supplies already in my sets that she can use including pallets, an airbrush, a wash bin for brushes and things like Acrylic Mediums and Oil thinners and dryers.

We also have things for wood-burning, pottery, paper mache and more.

I will share her art classes here as they come up.

Thank you for stopping by.
Dee Dee


  1. Awesome! Welcome to the club ;-) The arts are also a focus of our curriculum, although at ages 4 and 6, they are more crafts than "true" art, but the brain synapses are still firing away and connecting the way they need to. Most of our core subjects taught are through THROUGH home ec or art. No need to artificially segment learning when it is all integrated in real life, I've long believed!

  2. When you are ready to start teaching them more of the fine arts, let me know and I can help you with that. I taught 3rd graders art for the year that Amy was in 3rd grade. It was so much fun and the students loved it!
    I can do a post on that if you would like.