Wednesday, December 17, 2008

the arts

Taking time to appreciate the arts improves the mood in my home. I don't know where we would be without it.

My husband and I have extremely different tastes in music and the only artist we can agree on(which ends up being the only thing we listen to while driving together) is good ole Jack Johnson. However in the past six months I have found two children’s albums that every person in the family enjoys.

Elizabeth Mitchell has put out three records You Are My Flower, You Are My Sunshine and You Are My Little Bird. Everyone of them contains songs that have hints of folk music, reggae music, American blues, gospel, drum music and many more styles.

Baby Mine might be the most beautiful album on the planet. It has a collection of artists that have re-made classic lullabies. Here is where it is available for purchase and download.

For the past six months I have been teaching my daughter about an artist and accompanying it with an applicable art project. I had the author Mary Ann Kohl contact me a couple months ago who then sent me a copy of her book, Great American Artists for Kids. Now tons of my work has been cut out because I take almost all of our lessons from this book.

Pride (the good kind :) )
Whatever my daughters create I always try to instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in them. Their favorite place to hang their “masterpieces” is of course on the fridge for everyone to see many times a day.

Lindee Shoppe sells these adorable handmade marble magnets that are perfect to help showcase your children's art.

A fridge only holds so much so we have three different inspiration wires downstairs in the playroom where we hang up all of our beautiful creations. When it gets to full I scan or take a good picture of the “masterpiece” and add it to a book I am making from blurb. That way we can keep a record of all of their pieces of art in a neat little book instead of my home becoming over-run.


  1. Don't forget the wonderful, talented, and very "listenable" Dan Zanes and Friends! That is our favorite family music...I love to hear my two-year-old sing along with it. His new album, Nueva York, has great Latin influence with his traditional folk sounds. I would recommend it to anyone.

  2. Love love love Elizabeth Mitchell. We were lucky enough to hear her play at the Woodstock Public Library this summer and it was so sweet.

  3. OMG I love Elizabeth Mitchell, the Three Little Birds albumn is the best!! Don't forget Father goose, a good friend of Dan Zanes, his Jamaican style is awesome!


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