Crafty Monday: Sea horses & Piano lessons

Hello friends and welcome to Crafty Monday. I should probably call this Homeschool Monday since I enjoy talking about teaching  just as much as showing crafts. But sometimes I show my own craft endeavors so for now I’ll keep this “Crafty Monday”. I hope you won’t mind my teacher talk ;).

Next week is our last week of Ocean activities. It’s hard to believe another month is almost over. I’m always learning vicariously through Michael. Michael has had VBS all week and at first I thought I was going to go crazy waiting for him to come home. Our van broke down so for the most part we’ve had to depend on others for rides. Thankfully homeschool is shorter during the summer so we could do VBS (in the morning) and still finish homeschool when he gets home. We school year round and take breaks here and there as we please.

seahorses

We’ve had a lovely time learning about seahorses this week. I checked out a scholastic book from the library called “Seahorses and Seadragons”. Michael read a chapter each day and I listened. We both learned a lot about the magnificent creatures. We also made a few seahorses.

First, we have the paper plate seahorse. I simply drew and outline of a seahorse  on a plate. Michael painted it with water colors. I cut it out and then Michael put glitter and eyes on it. This was a pinterest idea. Michael obviously had a haircut this week :). His Daddy is great for military haircuts which saves us money.

The pastel resists painting was a joint effort. I believe slightly older children can do this on their own easily. I got the idea from: http://kidsartists.blogspot.com/2009/08/seahorse.html

I took a white crayon and traced a seahorse outline on paper. Then I painted inside the lines with watercolor. Afterward, Michael used really watered down blue watercolor to paint over the seahorse and the sea. We completely forgot to add salt for effect. Oh well….if you try it please let me know how yours turns out.

We all live in a yellow submarine……well red actually 🙂 This was a fun craft that also reinforces shape knowledge.

Idea from: http://paintedpaperintheartroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/we-all-live-in-yellow-submarine-or-blue.html

We made ocean sugar cookies and decorated with sprinkles. I found fish cookie cutters at Walmart and I used a starfish sand mold that came with a bucket and pail. The crab and jellyfish shapes were done by hand.

We like to conclude our day with summer fun from our bucket list. This day we did chalk artwork on our trampoline. Michael decided to get a head start on July’s theme: planets. But I made an ocean scene.

Lastly, I’ve been pinteresting to find piano ideas. I’ve been teaching Michael piano for maybe two years. We’ve taken it super slow and though I know myself how to play piano….sometimes I have a hard time teaching it. Playing a musical instrument isn’t easy and it requires time management skills. I know it’s hard at first. Learning to read music is kind of like learning to read period. Also there are all these new words you have to learn and music theory and such. I’d say Piano was harder than the flute for me.

When I first learned how to play Flute in the 6th grade, I couldn’t play a note for 6 months. I was very discouraged and ready to quit. But my mom had just spent a lot of money on that flute and she encouraged me to keep trying and to practice more. By the end of eighth grade I was first chair. When I got to Highschool I made the top band at band camp. I fell in love with music and even considered becoming a band director at one point. I admittedly have neglected my flute and piano in my adult years. But I did play a flute solo for Christmas time at church. I haven’t played with the church orchestra lately because of my health but I hope to play more the better I get.

I found a few neat sites on Pinterest.

Here’s a man who started teaching his toddlers basic piano skills. I really wish I would’ve started out this way. Maybe I’ll incorporate some of these exercises for fun:

http://marioajero.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-start-piano-lessons-for-pre.html

This piano teacher has fun games and some are on the computer. I will be trying these ideas first thing:

http://pianodiscoveries.ca/index.html

Another great site. I love the penny game.

http://musicmattersblog.com/category/teaching-ideas/scales/

http://musicmattersblog.com/2009/04/30/time-for-some-pictures/

My other idea which some people discourage…….is a reward system. I know people say not to do it but rewards worked for teaching Michael to read. So I bought several things at the dollar store. Michael gets to pick something small if he makes it through piano without whining or giving up. If he tries his best and doesn’t whine all week then he can pick something big. Right now he’s going for the big water gun. So for now I’m trying to make piano fun but also instill practice skills. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to share. (Note: I think the reward system is working because Michael has been practicing a lot lately and he gets really excited about prizes.)

Well, God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Jump to Part 2 of Ocean Study:

http://amberdover.com/2012/06/18/crafty-monday-jellyfish-a-handprint-crab/

Jump to Part 4 of Ocean Study:

http://amberdover.com/2012/07/02/crafty-monday-octopus-starfish-last-of-the-ocean-crafts/

0 comments on “Crafty Monday: Sea horses & Piano lessons

  1. Arts & Crafts are so much fun. It’s to bad that I didn’t into it very much when I was a kid growing up. I will have to make sure that when I have children that they are able to partake in such activities.

    1. They sure are :). I went to public school as a kid and we didn’t do many crafts either. The neat thing about homeschool is I get to focus on Michael’s interests. He loves art (and so do I) so we make sure it’s apart of our curriculum. I don’t believe all children should be taught the same way because we’re all different. God bless and thank you for visiting 🙂

  2. I really love the chalk on the trampoline idea – gonna try that one for sure! Thanks for continuing to be a blessing with your inspirations and techniques.
    Hope you get to play/enjoy music again before too long.

    1. Thanks 🙂 I’m glad you can use the ideas. I find a lot of things on Pinterest. I appreciate the love and encouragement. God bless and I pray your father is doing well. Love in Christ, Amber D.

      1. Thanks Amber, yes he’s doing much better, thank you 🙂 I briefly looked at Pinterest but must have more of a browse for ideas. God bless – have a wonderful day/night walking in His love x

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