One of my daughters, who is 7, has Lea Clark as her bestie American Girl Doll. The other one, who is 5, has a Truly Me Doll, who she named “Laura of the Rings.” Laura of the Rings happens to look just like Tenney Grant, except Tenney has hands that can hold a guitar, and Laura of the Rings just has regular American Girl Doll hands. My five year old begged for Tenney, but we decided that we could just get some of Tenney’s clothes, her dog, and the much-coveted guitar, and that Laura of the Rings would just go by Tenney as her stage name.
My kids recently informed me that I would be playing dolls with them a lot more often. I was ok with this.
I don’t think my kids have ever seen a real music video, but whatever, they know they involve horses and beaches and moving spotlights.
So, Lea invited Tenney to dance in Lea’s homemade rainforest house, which we made from a couple of cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and a wrapping paper tube. And a glue gun, which only Mom was allowed to touch. They had a rockin’ dance party in Lea’s rainforest house. Lea installed a blacklight in her rainforest house, because why wouldn’t you? It makes the pink-painted wrapping paper pole that supports Lea’s loft bed/pet loft turn a really awesome shade of florescent pink. It was another perfect opportunity for a music video.
She invited her bestie Lea Clark to come with her. They practiced speaking and reading Chinese together before their trip. Then they played Chinese games. Tenney decided the best way to document her trip was…you guessed it…another music video.
I’ve been informed that Tenney’s got a concert planned for somewhere in France, so I’d better get prepared.
Do you think I could keep this going for long enough to work it into some high school credit? Ok, maybe they’re a little young…
Today, at age 5 and 7, it’s dolls, but in a few years they might want to make videos about anything. My 10 year old son was the one who planned the lighting for the videos. I think he got the idea from reading Making YouTube Videos: Star in Your Own Video! (Dummies Junior). He’s been interested in making some model train videos.
One of the primary reasons I homeschool is because the public school environment was not meeting my oldest child’s academic needs. Even with our focus on academics, one of the best advantages of homeschooling is that my children have time to spend exploring their interests and being creative. I don’t think there is any other educational environment that can match the advantages that homeschool allows us.
I’ve seen over the years that allowing creativity and developing internal motivation are vital to personal achievement. I would love to hear about your children’s favorite hobbies and how they add to your homeschool.