I try to keep homeschool simple in the spirit of Charlotte Mason. But Sprite and I have so many ideas, and we are interested in so many things. We want to do it all. Of course, that’s impossible, so we must pick and choose.
One of the ways I am able to include sketching into our homeschool day is directly related to using a literature-rich curriculum. I still read aloud to Sprite quite a bit. This is an area where I part with CM somewhat. She felt that children should read for themselves once able to do so. Of course, I require Sprite to read independently. But some wonderful books are beyond her comfortable reading level. Those are the ones I read to her.
During those reading times, what does Sprite do besides listen? Most often she draws, sketches, or does some sort of craft — origami, walnut shell crafts, etc. I don’t usually require anything particular from her while I read aloud. The choice is hers.
Personally, I cannot draw or paint and concentrate on a audio book. In fact, I find it most distracting when my classmates carry on conversations during my Chinese watercolor lessons. But Sprite has no trouble with accessing the creative side of her brain while she engages in verbal activities.
My answer to finding time for sketching is to use read-aloud time. As I read aloud to her, she works on art. This is homeschool multi-tasking at its best. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2010 calendar has provided lots of interesting subjects to copy (pictured). I’ve already received my 2011 copy.