Self Portrait

Today is our first day of MGT Art Studio and boy was it a success!!

X was immediately drawn to matching our daily job shapes to their correct spots on our poster. He was enthralled with the idea of earning his Fly Dollars which really helped keep him focused as we moved through lessons. He excitedly removed each shape as we finished that lesson and announced how many more “jobs” we had to do before he got paid. He listened so intently as we read Falco the Featherless Bird and learned about our first value: Discipline.

The highlight for me today was watching him create his self portrait. I arranged a large mirror in front of his table so he could look up for reference.

He’d study his face and then explain what he was drawing, why he chose that specific color and what shape he was using to represent the feature. This was the most self directed he’s ever been with a project and he is so proud of the outcome. I love seeing pride blossom in his young soul and, if I do say so myself, he did a pretty amazing job!

He also enjoyed our finger play for today. A fun little rhyme with hand motions about painting portraits. Often times it’s difficult to get him to participate in the songs and dances. Perhaps the confidence boost from his self portrait brought him out of his she’ll a little bit!

Lastly we worked on sizing from smallest to largest. X has been doing this successfully for quite a while, but I always love reviewing. So we discussed which continents were which, that we were learning about Europe this month, and which continent was North America. After I labeled the pieces of paper with the corresponding continents he decided to draw the land masses on them for me and did a little “writing” of his own.

This has been our most successful day of school yet, and that’s saying a lot because X loves school! We’really really digging the setup for this month and I LOVE that there is almost no setup for these awesome activities!

We can’t wait for more artistic fun tomorrow!

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.


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