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YuuMii Art Classes!

YuuMii WorkShop : Term 1

Finally, I have been providing art lessons for the local Home Ed Families, in particular, the Nurture Learning Gang! We are almost at the end of the first term, and we have covered 2-3 projects. 

The goals that I have had have been to loosely follow the AUS National Syllabus, make it our own and get as messy as possible. 

The lessons consist of two groups: Stage 1 (Fish and Sea Creatures) and Stage 2 (Insects and Dragons) children. These children were aged 6-12, this can be a challenge! Keeping the interest of the youngest and the oldest children is the hardest part. To do this, I keep to the general lesson plan and then tailor the lesson to suit the children that need encouragement.

Here are some of the images from the Term 1:

Creating our own Monsters, from Inspecting Insects, and Dissecting Dragons (St2) and Sea-Real Sea Creature parts (St1).

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Fish Press Gyotaku (St1)

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Ocean Life Print Making (St1)

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Dragon Story and Setting the Scene Sketches and Paintings

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Finally, lessons on Watercolours. This I taught to both Stage groups, which went better than expected! 

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I will post the final works from the term in my next post. These children were amazing! I had such fun working with them, showing them some new techniques.

theacademy:

Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. - John Cleese

theacademy:

Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. - John Cleese

Un-Life-Home-Project-Based Schooling?!

We are actually doing it!

The last few months (Well, really it’s been years!) we have been planning for this moment… To keep the children home, and out of the system. Technically, they are in the system, but we hope that this way they have a fighting chance at retaining their humour, creativity, curiosities and very unique sense of self.

I am madly prepping for the “interview” on Wednesday. Yes, I am nervous. Yes, I am overly prepared.  I have a gorgeous proposal, all of the curriculum guidlines met, and now organizing the childrens workspaces. 

The best part about this trip so far has been this morning, when my children announced their excitement and eagerness for our adventure to begin when they begged us to start “Right away!” and not in January, the new school year. Of course, this will happen. Learning should not have a start and end date!

We will have all our news posted here, the process and the time required to get things done.

Break it down:

Application: 1 hour, emailed

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/parents/home-schooling.html

Reply by phone: 3 days later

Phone call to arrange interview: 30 mins (while food shopping)

Proposal Document:  2-5 days

Curriculum Purchasing: $100 and an hour of digging to find “fun” books


 So, What do we call this? I really don’t like any of the conventional names for home schooling. I guess we will call it… The YuuMii School!