This week's art project for Sydney was a simple fall collage. A collage is a variety of materials glued together to form a picture or design. We used some leftover materials that I had around the house to add some different textures to her fall harvest picture.
Syd cut out small pieces of felt and glued them to the tree trunk to add rough-looking texture. She glued red pompoms (apples) to the tree.
She glued green yarn to the pumpkin vines to add a textured line, and glued raffia to the sheaf of grain.
She twisted green paper squares over the eraser end of a pencil, and glued the "leaves" onto the vine.
She added some "sparkle" to the sun using glitter, and outlined the section lines on the pumpkin with orange crayon, smudged the color toward the inside of the pumpkin, to make it stand out.
All in all this was a fall fun-filled collage.
Syd was excited about her art project this week. She worked on a textured toucan, which went well with her study of animals.
The supplies needed were minimal... a marker, watercolors, paintbrush, pencil, scissors, glue, templates from art book, and one movable eye.
It didn't take her long to get busy mixing primary/secondary colors using watercolors. She was painting one piece of the toucan a primary color, another piece a secondary color, folded each strip in half, and rubbed them together to blend the paint.
She cut the pieces out and glued them to the outline. Then she finished it off by drawing texture lines on wing, feet, and tail feathers.
Nothing to "squawk" about with this project. It was easy and fun and now it's all done!
Homework has become a daily part of Aaron's life. He spends between 20-30 minutes each night on homework in each individual subject. At first, it seemed to be a bit too much, too tedious and time consuming, but I am starting to understand the benefits of it.
In the "reading subjects" such as history, science and literature, homework is given for the purpose of preview of the material the teacher will teach the following day. There are usually a few pages assigned to read and then a few questions to answer. Aaron has to answer in a complete sentence so that it is clear what the question was, and also what the answer is. If the assignments are approached in this manner, every assignment becomes a great review sheet.
This preview of material helps to lay the foundation on which the teacher will build on in class the next day. It is an important part of the learning process, and if you try to bypass the homework, your child will not grasp the material as well as they should.
In the "skill subjects" such as English and math, homework is given for practice. After the concept was taught in class, students are assigned homework problems to "practice" and to further develop the "skill" taught.
Homework is beneficial and an important part of the learning process. It is important to check homework to keep students accountable for their learning.