Serendipity is defined as “an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.” (Dictionary.com) This is a wonderful word to describe this year of homeschooling your Kindergartener. Some of the most powerful discoveries and “Ah-ha” moments occur by accident. As a homeschooling parent you will guide your child’s experiences with particular goals in mind, but be ready for the serendipity!
This assortment of art, math, and science activities will hopefully lead to serendipity. Five issues will provide an art experience connected to a particular artist, a math experience connected to the art experience, and a science experience connected to all of the prior. We won’t spend much time on the artist themselves, just for the time they lived and where they lived, but we will learn to recognize their artwork.
Each week for one month complete the following Observation Exercise. Observe the work of art and make a list of what your child sees. Guide your child into looking for the small details and making analogies (“This petal looks like a waterfall!”) Print neatly on a large sheet of paper you can post on the wall for your child to reference throughout the week. To have a little more fun with this later in the week, play I Spy with the painting using the element of the month (I spy a straight line,...dark blue,...an angle,...a rough texture,...) For the remaining weeks in the month choose one other piece of work by the same artist each week and complete the Observation Exercise.
You will also complete exercises in math and science that will spring forth from the artwork they are studying. These exercises will always take more than one day to complete so be prepared to take your time.
Cheers to finding joy and some refreshing moments of serendipity!