This week we are learning about art from France. Specifically we talked about Monet’s Water Lily Pond painting.
For our art activity, we made our own paintings with bridges in it. Mother Goose Time sent a cut out of a bridge for the student’s to use in their art, as well as blue and green paper, and pink tissue paper. I told the girls that we were going to make our own pictures with a bridge. I asked, “What might you find behind the bridge? Under the bridge? Above the bridge?” My girls are getting very creative. And they love being creative. They added trees, water, flowers, and even clouds. They made sure the picture had different levels to it. The trees were behind the bridge. The water and flowers were under the bridge. The clouds were above the bridge.
In a different activity we did, I wanted the girls to help me make the French flag, which is made up of the colors blue, red, and white. My girls really wanted to make up their own flag for a new country. I said, “That’s fine, but let’s do this activity with the French flag first.” My older daughter said, “Come on, Mom! You’re always telling us to be creative and imagine how we want our art to be. We want our flag to be purple.” So, we talked about what the French flag looks like, and looked at several pictures. But, we drew our flag purple. I love that they want to be creative.
We played a lily pad game. My girls wrote their name on the lily pad. Then, we took turns jumping over them. This was a fun game to get us up and moving around. It was a little boring to do with only two people because we only had two lily pads. We just jumped back and forth between the two. To make it a little more interesting, my girls gathered up their baby dolls to join in on this game. They took turns helping the baby dolls jump between the names.
Since it’s summer, we don’t always have time to sit down and do a whole lesson in one big chunk of time. We will do an activity for 30 minutes, then go to dance class. Then we will come back and do another activity for 15 minutes, then go to swim lessons. I have loved how simple and easy the activities are that we do each day. The girls are getting one-on-one attention that they need and we are having a good time learning together. With that said, I don’t always do the activity the way it’s supposed to be done, because sometimes we only have 5 or 10 minutes before we have to move to the next activity.
For this next activity, I was supposed to fill up a tub of water and put nature item in it, like leaves, rocks, flowers, etc. And then, I throw the math manipulatives for the month, which are button counters, into the water. My girls play around in the water and find the buttons. As they find the buttons, they sort them on the cards either by color or shape. I know my girls would LOVE this. It sounds like so much fun. This is the “learning through play” kind of activity that I absolutely love and will always make time for. But, on this particular day that we did this lesson, we had about 10 minutes before our next activity and I didn’t think I would have time to do it the way I wanted. So, I dumped the buttons on the floor and just told my youngest daughter to sort them on the cards.
She did it and loved it. Sometimes, especially in the summer, we don’t have time for elaborate, long activities. But, we still want to teach something to our kids during the day. Keeping the activity simple is okay and still effective. My daughter loved this activity because she got to play with the buttons while she sorted. It was still playing to her. Plus, she thinks out loud. It is really fun to watch her walk herself through a process.
We have a few more days left in France before we move on to art from another country. We are loving every minute of our art studio filled summer.
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