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For staying motivated with the arts/crafts, it helps me best to assign a day for each activity: modeling, painting, drawing, crafts, "paint" on the computer. That way I don't have to decide what we're doing, just which modeling materials to pull out. Seriously, I feel like this is a very good way to insure there's time for art every day.
We don't use any curriculum with our 5-year old, but I wanted to comment on the arts/crafts. I highly recommend making materials accessible to the kids.
DD is an only child and we are her Best Friends in the Entire World. She seriously would like to have us do every single activity in the world with her. But, one of the only things she just goes and does by herself, pretty much any time of day, is craft.
She is constantly drawing, gluing, painting, cutting, writing, creating something. I honestly think it's because we've always had materials at her level. We do happen to have a dedicated craft room, but she knows what materials are allowed outside of that room so she often has different activities going on in different rooms.
She's so self-motivated that it's pretty much useless for me to try to "show" her an art/craft activity. She loves it when I introduce her to new material or technique and then just let her run with them.
Ak Hippie mama Yamia DSD '03 DS '07 DS2 '09 & DS3 '12
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