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Thanks for coming back another day of our month of Scholé Everyday! If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it. Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.
Today my encouragement to you is to:
Put a Piece of Art up in Your Home
I was struck when I heard Dr. Perrin talk about contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. One thing he said is that in order to encourage your kids to do this, you have to place good, true, and beautiful things in front of them! Makes sense, doesn't it? He said that if your kids are bored, it just means that they are not contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. Brilliant! So, let's get started and give our kids something to contemplate!
When I first thought of bringing art into my home, my first thought was that it would be expensive and that would be difficult because I am pretty cheap. (Dr. Perrin also talked about how sometimes it is worth spending money on things that will enrich our souls even though they don't have any real tangible worth.) You might be thinking the same thing, so I wanted to share some ideas with you for how you can get art in your home pretty cheaply.
- Buy poster prints of fine art and frame them. I recently bought about 6 of them for just a few dollars each. The frame was the most expensive part, but you might have one at home already. Here is one that I have up in my home right now: Van Gough Turquoise Almond Branches in Bloom
- Go to a bookstore (preferably a used bookstore, well, or amazon now that I think of it) and look for large books of art. Find one filled with big pictures, cut them out and frame them! I have this big Norman Rockwell book from my parents, and I recently found an O'Keefe book in the used section of Barnes and Noble.
- Calendars! I've started to see calendars in the stores again. Look for a fine arts one, or one of one specific artist's work, and cut out the pictures. (Here's an example of one from Renoir.) These may not be huge, but you could put them in a smaller frame to sit on an end table or at your child's school table. Then switch out the picture each week.
Do you have fine art up in your home? What are you tips for encouraging your kids to contemplate beautiful things? This is not something that comes naturally to me, but like I mentioned, I've spent a few dollars on some prints, and I'm hoping that will be a good start! My hope is to change the pictures up about every month, so my family will have a variety of artists to admire throughout this year.
If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you! Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post. I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year! Contact me and let me know how you are doing!