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Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

Last summer I hosted an art and math class for middle school girls. I was inspired by the work of Jo Boaler, Lang Chen, Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero in their paper Seeing as Understanding the Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. In the paper they present evidence from brain research to… Continue reading Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

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Tips for Visiting Art Museums with Kids

     I know it is not easy to visit art museums with kids, especially young kids.  We visit natural history and science museums a lot more often than art museums but I love art and have wanted to instill an appreciation for not only making art at home but also for looking at art.… Continue reading Tips for Visiting Art Museums with Kids

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Prehistoric Art

     In my last post Learning About Art, I wrote a summary about our study of western art in preparation for visiting museums in Europe.  Before sharing my thoughts on visiting museums with kids and looking at Modern art, it would be helpful to see how we studied each art period or artist.  … Continue reading Prehistoric Art

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Learning About Art

     We spent three weeks this summer exploring Europe with the kids.  Before our trip, the kids and I spent about two weeks studying the artist and art works we would see during our trip.   The time we devoted to our art study was well worth it. The kids were able to identify art works… Continue reading Learning About Art

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Summer Days and Learning at Home

When school gets out, the kids and I spend the first week or two of summer vacation unscheduled.  There are no camps, classes, or planned activities for the day.  We hardly even leave the house during the day. I need these couple weeks to slow down and recharge as well.  It is during these slow… Continue reading Summer Days and Learning at Home