Monday, January 30, 2012

Dream Posters

Our homeschool group got together a couple of weeks ago and made Dream Posters. I got the idea out of an article written in Homeschool Educators magazine. The purpose of children making a dream poster is to help us parents understand where their interests really lie. It was fascinating to see what everyone came up with. I reserved the room at our local library and asked each participating family to bring around a dozen magazines of all kinds. We made a pile in the middle of the room. Each child brought a poster board, adhesive and some scissors. For an hour and a half, they clipped out pictures and glued them on to their boards. The center of the board was reserved for the things they like or want to do someday the most, then the least important things radiating out from the center. Parents are not supposed to help clip pics because we are not to influence what they come up with. So we mostly sat around and talked or helped the little ones.


Busily working...

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Here is Josiah's finished product, well kind of. The beauty of a dream poster is that you can add and remove all you want if you use removable tape. I was not surprised to see Josiah's poster consisting mostly of soldiers, with animals he wants to hunt surrounding it. However, I saw a picture of a woman kissing a dolphin and someone feeding a baby squirrel from a bottle, so I know he cares about animals, too. Hailey's poster had a mom with a baby (no surprise), but what did surprise me was she had a lot pictures about fishing on hers. That made her dad happy, LOL! 

I encouraged all the kids to go home and put the dream poster in their room. They can change it as they change. I normally hate crafts, so this was a stretch for me, but even this was simple enough that I felt comfortable doing it. I thought the clean up would be awful, but it went really well and I never even had to use the library's vacuum cleaner because everybody did such a thorough job of picking up, yay! Cause I HATE vacuuming! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week. 

God Bless, Jackie

7 comments:

Patty said...

What an interesting way to get a peek into your child's interest. Looks like they had fun.

OurLilFullFam said...

That is a really cool idea for sure. We might have to copy that here!

Stephanie

RaD said...

Sounds like an awesome idea. Wishing I had the magazines for it but I don't subscribe to much.

I'm sure somewhere Bethany's would have music and Elisha's would have basketball (for the moment).

Jenn said...

What a great idea! Looks like the kids had lots of fun.

Catherine said...

What a great activity, Jackie. The kids look so satisfied, so occupied by 'putting themselves out there'. I love it!

Jill said...

This is a truly wonderful activity that I have used in my teachings in classrooms before. It is also a wonderful things for adults as well :-) They did a wonderful job! Have a great week!

Blessings,
Jill

Camille said...

What a GREAT idea my friend! What a fun way to peek into the minds of our young ones! :)

Love to you!
Camille

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