We survived the holidays- a really busy time. Bit of a let down because we do SO many crafts and projects beginning about November and I miss all the planning and creating and fun. We really got in to stencil theorems- This was an out standing project for kids as well as the not so creative- as the results are just spectacular. It is just fabulous and so fun! Few people have ever heard if this technique of painting. Another homeschooler showed us about 2 years ago and my daughter is just the right age (8) to get “hooked” with me. The site that had the most – and nicest in my opinion- selection was http://www.crafterscornerinc.com/ , the owner, Rosemary is just a dream to deal with- very helpful- an expert in her craft. She is featured on several television shows as well. The initial cost was more than I thought- the theorem kits are an investment but you can use over and over again. Great for thank-you cards. We worked on Bird Seed stencil theorem and Sleigh Ride. My daughter also did up several “Ballet” on canvas board to do as gifts. Other supplies needed where stencil brushes which doesn;t sound expensive- but you basically need a brush for each colour of paint. I got them for great price about a dollar each but when I have the money I will invest in some higher quality ones. After the kits themselves the most expensive thing was the paints. Initially I was going to use small tubes of oil paint- but I was bit worried about toxicity and ease of use. My problems were solved when I discovered that most people use an oil paint stick- the most popular brand being Shiva paint sticks. They are like giant crayons and a dream to work with. I also found a low toxic cleaner/thinner that was orange based. One stencil took about an hour and a bit. We were overjoyed with the results. I am working on a series of different stencil as paintings- one for each season. You can also get quite fancy and do them on wooden furniture and fabric.
The debate in homeschooling families- and particularly unschooling families- is endless. Invariably many of my unschooling yahoo lists will come round to this topic about once every 3 months. I find in general most families that I talk with make up a set of rules then find evidence that backs up their own theories- really this is what we all do when it comes to our own ideas and beliefs. I never read an article on the pros of ferberizing your baby with out wanting to scream. Anything I read about the pros of a family bed I am smug with my “rightness”. Same with the TV issue. I am a big believer in freedom of thought [Read more…]