Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time for 8th Grade Art

Studying, learning, growing, maturing... all of these are part of the 8th grade year. Yet, establishing a sense of what is good and fine in the world around them is also a part of growing up. I love art, not only drawing art, but also studying art. By introducing our students to fine art, we are giving them a way to understand and determine what is quality and beautiful in the world of art.

Have you ever noticed that some people just have that gift of being able to see quality... they find it when they shop for clothing, or when they buy a car, or a home... I am not talking about spending millions of dollars... I am talking about knowing quality and beauty when you see it. Not everyone has that gift. Yet, teaching and training our children in the fine arts does establish this sense of quality, understanding of design, and balance. It is training the "other side" of the person... or what I like to call training the "whole man."

Art education is not just an elective. This subject can actually make the difference in a students achievement, and even his/her testing abilities. Art education is important!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Let's Get up and Get Fit!

What do you think about exercise? For... against... not sayin'? Exercise is important...even more so in our day and age. With all of the fast food, easy fix boxed foods, and preservatives our children are ingesting more "fake" foods than ever. Couple that with all the computer use, video games, and cable tv... and we have a monster on our hands.

Our children need to be taught that exercise should be a part of their daily lives, whether they are homeschooling or not. They should see us doing it regularly, and they will emulate our example. Your middle school student needs a healthy amount of exercise each day, even if it is only a walk. The typical 8th graders muscles are growing rapidly, and thus needs to be stretched and worked. Not to mention the fact that at this age, habits are forming that will become part of their daily lives.

Get up and Get fit... make exercise a daily habit!