A month ago, I put out a survey to kind of get a feel for you all as sometimes it feels like I’m sending these posts out into the abyss. 🙂 Thank you for responding! Today I thought I might share some of the results and answer some questions and concerns that were mentioned in your answers.
So here were the questions and a few of the responses.
Do you currently homeschool?
This wasn’t much of a surprise considering 94.9% of my content is about homeschooling. 🙂 It always makes me glad when I hear that the site is helpful to homeschoolers, particularly Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. I’m pretty new on this journey myself having only been doing it for about three years now, but I like to share what we’re doing as I find it so helpful when others share what they’re doing also. I’m not particularly good at offering advice or breaking down Parents’ Review articles (I leave that to the experts!), but I hope that sharing the practical side of homeschooling is at least a little helpful.
What type of homeschooling philosophy/curriculum/program/etc. do you follow or use?
This was also not a surprise as the picture study aids primarily follow the Ambleside Online artist study rotation and that page also links to my site. A lot of you are making your own curricula, which I applaud! I hope to some day have the confidence in my own choices as well as the knowledge of good living books to do that as well!
How long have you been reading a humble place?
This one was purely for my own knowledge. I’ve had a blog for 21 years now and it’s gone through various phases, though mostly personal rather than as an informational website. Only in recent years have I started focusing more on one subject, so I was interested to see when the majority of you started reading.
Have you used the Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Curriculum? Have you used any of the Picture Study Aids?
This one was also (mostly) not a surprise. As not all families have a kindergartener, but most families do picture study, so the numbers looked around right to me. 🙂
Which picture study aid(s) have you used and were they helpful? Are there any changes you’d like to see?
So this is where we get a little more into the nitty gritty with individual responses. You were all very gracious and it did my heart good to read your kind comments! There were a few responses I wanted to address…
I’ve been using them since the beginning and all were super helpful. Just would like them a little earlier so I can get them printed before our terms start.
This has been requested more than onceI completely understand this! The last two years, I’ve gone into the summer with every intention of pounding out all three of the artists in the AO rotation for the following school year before September, and then neither year did it happen. Being a one-woman show with other responsibilities, I don’t have as much time as I’d like, but I do always hope to have them out in a timely fashion. In some cases, I’m able to get them out quickly, but in other cases, the research is more of a challenge, so when I’m able to put them out really depends on a lot of different factors.
My kids are young so I would like to see some living book suggestions for the younger ages.
I do try to include living book recommendations for all ages in each picture study aid (especially as mine are young as well!), but this is sometimes difficult to do as I like to review them first but am not able to get them all of them through my library or any other means. And for some artists, there just aren’t any. However, if anyone ever finds a good living book for a particular artist that I’ve covered, please let me know! I’d love to include those suggestions in the picture study aids!
…would love to have a few extra prints included for each artist.
This is also a goal! I’d love to include 8 images in each aid, but then there’s that timeliness thing again…. 🙂 Hopefully someday I’ll be able to do this.
They were a bit more than I needed at this point.
I’ve read this in a few different places also. I want to emphasize that these are not meant to be read to your students. These are meant for you to look through beforehand and have information available should any questions arise. If there is a story included with a piece, you definitely don’t have to read it to your students! Again, all of the information contained in the picture study aids is for you, the educator!
It would be nice to have the name and year of the print on each one, in a small font at the bottom.
If you look on the picture study resources page (which is the one linked to from the AO website), there is a link to PDFs of individual artworks only for the last two years of AO picture study artists. These include the name of the piece and the year. I will also start to include this information on the main artist pages as well!
Are there any artists you’d like to see be discussed in a picture study aid?
This was also for my own information as I like to see which artists families might be studying that either aren’t on the AO rotation, or won’t be scheduled for several years (though I do still plan to follow the AO rotation for those who requested that!). The most-requested artist was Claude Monet who I’ll actually be covering in our homeschool co-op this year which usually means a picture study aid will be offered shortly after that. 🙂 He was followed by Mary Cassatt which I also hope to do one of these days as I recently wrote an article about her for Common Place Quarterly and another request was for more female artists. Most of the requests were for impressionist painters (Degas, Renoir, Cezanne), a few for post-impressionists (van Gogh and Gauguin), and some older than these (Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Durer, Velázquez, Botticelli).
There were also LOTS of requests for more modern painters like Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, and others even later than these. While I would absolutely love to offer these, because of copyright reasons, I won’t be able to any time soon. In the United States, anything created prior to January 1, 1923 (or 95 years before this year) and in the European Union, anything created by someone who died before 1948 (or 70 years before this year) is public domain. I’m hesitant to cover art or artists after these dates as I don’t want to risk copyright violations!
Any other questions, comments, or suggestions go here!
Thank you for all the incredibly kind comments here – you all made my year with many of the things you said! I actually considered not writing as many school year planning posts this year as I felt like they might be too many, but quite a few of you said they’re helpful, so I’ll continue to post those. It was also neat to hear that the Junior Ranger and food posts are helpful! These are two areas that I also really care about, so I’d like to start offering more posts that cover these topics as well. I’m also glad to hear that most of you are happy with the new newsletter format which is something I’ve had fun putting together the last few months. 🙂
Thank you again to all who responded!