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<< asked if I was interested in giving private =
I have a lot of ideas and inspirations, but =
little else. I would appreciate any advice, direction or information =
that you all could give me. Have any of you ever done this before, and =
if so what is the good, the bad, and the ugly?
I taught 21 homeschooled children ranging in age from elementary to high
school senior for 3 years. It was a wonderful opportunity for individualized
attention and extra tailored projects and lessons. It enabled me to stay home
with my then-toddlers, earn money throughout my last pregnancy and I actually
breastfed my newborn (totally unbeknownst to any student!) under my smock
during lessons if the need arose. Imagine trying THAT at a school!
Anyway...I divided the kids into three groups (early elem., intermed.,
advanced) and "advanced" one or two as I saw fit. This allowed for small
groups (particularly important with the little ones who need more hands on
with small motor skills) AND interaction (i.e., group critiques) with the
elders. I miss it a bit, now, as large classes can get overwhelming on some
days when you really want to work with individuals. I also miss the
"attitude" that was practically always positive and receptive. Don't believe
I ever heard "I don't care!" or "I don't have to do it" at any time. Most of
us know that discipline problems can ruin the best of lessons as well as
infect others with negativity. The only "ugly" I can think of is that you are
a bit more subject to "teaching what the parents want" which can be a
challenge to some, especially if you have a prepared curriculum that may not
jive with what your students' parents feel "teaching Art" is! I wish you
well! I can give you some of my lessons, if you need.