Henri Rousseau’s The Dream is a fun painting to discuss with children. See how I integrated this book into our curriculum and watch my kids and I discuss this painting together. Then, download the PowerPoint and list of printable discussion questions to use with your students!
Moving Beyond the Page
As you may know, I homeschool my 4 and 6 year olds. For the last few months, we have been using the curriculum Moving Beyond the Page. I LOVE this curriculum so far with its focus on unit studies and quality children’s books, and it fits with the way I teach very nicely.
I have decided to pair an artwork with each week’s unit in the Moving Beyond the Page’s Age 4-5 Curriculum to add more art to my kids’ education.
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This week I paired our unit on What do you do with a tail like this? by Steve Jenkins with Henri Rousseau’s The Dream. I decided to record our conversation to model to you how you might talk about art with your own kids! Enjoy this video, and then use the discussion questions and PowerPoint download with your own kiddos.
Henri Rousseau, The Dream, 1910
This painting is such a treat for kids. I know my kids are naturally drawn to artworks with animals and stories, so this one is a great artwork to discuss.
I know many of you will not be too agreeable with the nudity in the painting, but as I said in my most recent interview, the human body is not a dirty thing, and we can talk about it responsibly with our children. I think this is a great painting to show you how I would address the subject with my own kids in regards to this painting. Watch the video to see how I handle this subject with my 4 and 6 year olds.