Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Series: Cubism with MGT!

We are back from family camp, but the kiddos are off once again to water camp. This summer is officially "The Summer of Camps." If I had to do it again I would not be this busy. Honestly, we have become a society of moms who put their kids in a million activities because we think that it will better them. I don't know if that's the case. Perhaps the camps have bettered them this summer (four weeks of camps in total, although two were just partial weeks) but since I have volunteered full-time at two of them, I feel very, very tired. My prayer is that God works this out for the good for all of us and that I will somehow manage to regain my stamina this summer. We have about four weeks left of summer and I am going to try my hardest to stay away from planned activities. 

I am just beat. I do know that my children have learned so much and have built wonderful memories that will last forever, I hope. However, I did make Tiny B promise at family camp last week that she would never, ever forget our time there and she said that she couldn't promise that. Ha! Kids are sometimes too honest! 

I want to share a Mother Goose Time art project with you, since art is what I am focusing on for the month. We studied Picasso and Cubism. 

I found several cubism images online and showed the kids. It is a very difficult concept to teach to a three and six year-old, and they didn't fully understand it, but I know that's not the point of the project. At this age, an introduction to concepts is enough, and building on the concept through the years is what really enabled them to understand. In my explanation, I use words such as "shapes" and "might not look like a real person" to describe cubism. 

I put all of the shapes and eyeballs on the table and they chose what they wanted to use and had a lot of fun creating their cubism picture! This is a picture of my son's work. I almost want to frame it and put it in their room because it is so cute! 

Now, I am off to enjoy the beach by myself while my kids are at water camp. By myself. Now that alone makes this camp time worth it. I fully believe that a rested mama makes for happier children. For the next four weeks, I'm going to do my absolute best to rest and do things that will help me so that when school time comes around, I'm ready to dive in and homeschool with a rested and excited heart. 

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