We homeschooled for several years. I enjoyed the time it gave me with my children, and the flexibility it allowed while teaching.
I now teach MS English (7th/8th grades) and K-12 art. I am not required to teach K & 1, but this year my goal was to work classes for them into my schedule. Success!
As I pin ideas onto my Pinterest boards, I usually think to myself, "I wonder if my homeschooling friends ever check my boards to see what I've got up my sleeve?" (Of course, I have so many things pinned I'll not ever be able to teach/do them all.) I know there are not many of you (friends that HS), but y'all! seriously! Please check out my boards, cuz here's the thing...
I know you have tons to accomplish in a day, and you may just want to chuck the whole art thing out the window along with the mess it makes. However, kids really like to make stuff, and to feel arsty, and artisitc. So don't chuck it. There is so much you can do at home that is pretty much spelled out for you.
My 3rd grade class, aka The Most Fabulous Art Class in the World, sings, hums, and makes all sorts of happy little sounds as they work. They are in the zone. And if I were completely honest, this is probably one of the top 3 reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE to teach Elementary Art. Watching them create is just about the funnest thing ever.
Just think! You could listen to your own little or medium sized one/ones do the same. I challenge you to try one project. One.
DeepSpaceSparkle All I can say is GO HERE NOW. The End.
Painted Paper Phenomenal! She is doing an entire Georgia O'Keefe themed unit right now, and the paintings these children are making are incredible.
Incredible Art Deptartment Lots of lessons for older students.
If you are in the mood to create your own lessons, pick ANY children's picture book your kids LOVE, and that has beautiful illustrations and try to mimic the illustrator's style. I make lots of lessons like these, and my students really enjoy them. We get to READ, study the illos, and then try it out.
Art supplies are super easy to find at Blick. Patty's blog, DeepSpaceSparkle has links to the supplies she likes to use. Hobby Lobby and Walmart are good picks, too, for supplies.