What is missing from the public school classroom? Music and art! Sixth graders are often tossed about during the day- subject to subject- class to class. No time to just be for themselves....
My goal is 30 minutes- half of the days I read aloud- the other half I play classical music. At first they asked if I would play "their music" or read "this book". Standing firm- I told them to be truly educated they needed to hear the classics in literature and music. I believe that they do not have to be totally involved- just let it fall over them like a waterfall. Then, one day, when they are exposed again, they can say " I've heard that one before!"
And then there is the art. The mediums are conducive to my room- watercolor, crayons and colored pencil. The canvas is the all important "xerox paper" (please do not tell my fellow teachers that I "waste" this precious resource)! First, the pictures were their names (I give no guide). Now they are venturing into cartoons and landscapes. Sometimes there will be a chat or two - while I read or play the music- but often it is silent of chatter. Pretty amazing for 23 students - most diagnosed as ADHD.
Maybe, I will borrow a picture or two to share with you. What I cannot borrow is any more time from their day for the "frivolous things" of art and music! This is where being a homeschooler is a major advantage!
Should I do what my dad suggested long ago- get that silly admin license and open a school where the arts are where they belong? For those who value their time in art and music seem to value their knowledge in other places as well.