Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Another great week

Yes, it has been another great week. (Okay,except for the wind, cold and snow!) While we have not started school before 8am again, we have worked hard and steady.

Awhile back I signed Thomas up for a ceramics class. It is the only art class for kids in our local community education program. I knew this class was out there, but never signed him up before because I was sexist and thought it was too girlish.

Once again, I was wrong. I admit it. Thomas loved the class and made these cute dolphins. The instructor called me the night before class to give me directions to her studio/house. We ended up chatting on the phone for over a half hour. She was so nice, she had "retired" from scouts right as I had joined up, so I was following in her footsteps. She was incredibly warm and friendly and we had many things in common.

She was great with kids. The kids were all smiling and happy to be there. They loved free reign to create what they wanted. Apparently Thomas was the only one to register for this class through the CER. The other five kids there just show up every Tuesday. She invited Thomas to do the same and he was thrilled. Two of the girls in the class were former classmates of Thomas. I only recognized one of the girls. The other girl looked about 14 and was a goth. Black clothes and black fingernails. I didn't notice if she was wearing makeup. When Thomas told me who she was, I was shocked. I don't mind kids expressing themselves, but it surprised me that she was only 11 and a goth already.
Thomas has many plans for future projects. He's doing a unit study on the Titanic right now and so when he goes to class next week, he plans on painting the Titanic on a dinner plate. He wants to make presents for his Grandma, his Grandpa and his dad for Father's day. I had to remind him that Mother's Day was fast approaching, too.
While this was not the art class I was looking for, I am a happy mom because he's happy. And that's what it's all about.
Now I'm just hoping that a cute boy who Thomas has known since preschool will get his grades up so he can join the train club. The boy, his dad and brother all visited the train club last night and the dad said that if the boy would get his grades up in school, he could join.


wisteria said...

Sounds like a wonderful class and a good reminder of why you homeschool.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

N. also loves art and is quite good at it.

I love the sculpture Thomas did! Wow!

Angela, MotherCrone said...

That is great, and I am glad Thomas is enjoying it so much. I find that the broader variety of classes and such that they try outside the home always brings something positive back to our learning. The dolphin is lovely!

momof3feistykids said...

The dolphin sculpture is amazing! I love reading about Thomas' creativity and love of learning. Great things are happening in your house!

Gherkin Pickle said...

That is wonderful. Makes me want to pull the ceramics we have stored out and let the picklets work on them. Thanks for the inspiration.