Here’s this week’s practical tip ~
“Busy hands with listening ears” has helped my kids focus during read alouds in our homeschooling. I always planned hands-on activities for each theme so that my kids were quietly and constructively busy while I read aloud to them. But, while some projects were distracting, drawing, painting and coloring-in activities were very helpful.
Combining several children on the same core and covering the same Fine Arts is a wonderful way of streamlining and easing your homeschooling! We used my traced outlines of art masterpieces and painted them for art appreciation lessons and this was a wonderful opportunity for combining art with listening to classical music or our current read aloud.
Many first-time homeschool moms are often overwhelmed by the huge amount of reading they have with their children and fine arts is often neglected. So, why not plan a simple art activity for each week and let your children quietly create while you read aloud.
Each week try put out new art materials such as oil pastels, or glue and string, or some magazines and scissors, or puffy paints or glitter, so that your kids can experiment and enjoy a variety of art supplies (Look on my Art Page for many more art appreciation lessons and ideas.)
Often I encouraged my kids to illustrate the characters or current scene in the read aloud. These gorgeous illustrations often formed part of their narrations. After the chapter reading, my kids would dictate or write their narrations next to their pictures. My youngest is a visual learner and could often express her ideas far better in an illustration than with words!
Alternatively, small kiddies can play with playdough, felt boards, stacking, sorting, beading, or threading, while older kids who do not want to draw or paint can do handwork such as knitting, embroidery, hand sewing, or building puzzles, or making models.
Legos were a favorite, but it was sometimes difficult to prevent the noise of sorting through all the blocks and pieces. I would encourage them to pour out the pieces on a towel and spread them out first before I started to read aloud. We even used Legos for narrations!
Hope this encourages you in your homeschooling!