Through the generosity of American Girl their new Girl of The Year Lea Clark was given to us for review and we couldn’t be happier!
Teach Photography in Your Homeschool
Being a homeschool mom I like to turn even toys into a fun lesson. From what we gathered about Lea she visits Brazil and explores the Rainforest photographing the animals and nature she explores. My little has been begging me for months to teach her how to use my cameras so what better way to introduce some basic photography and nature appreciation than using Lea as inspiration? Before we headed outdoors we had a couple lessons including use the FREE PRINTABLE I am sharing with you!
Since my girl is still so young we kept it very simple with our lessons and her is what we covered…
Since this is also moms camera, and taking care of your things is always a good lesson this was first!
- Always ask moms permission before touching the camera.
- Camera may only be used with the neck strap.
- When not in use, camera is stored in the bag with lens caps to protect the body and lenses
PARTS OF THE CAMERA
- Mode Button
I created this simple printable that you may want to use as well, she is not writing so I had her name the parts and I handed her the correct word to glue down. My husband and I at a very young age decided we would teach children the correct names and explain in as plain of terms as possible anything they wanted to know about. We saw no reason to teach and then reteach with the correct names later- they catch on pretty quick and only minimal review is usually needed
Click the picture with the FREE PRINTABLE below to download/print. You can have your child cut off the labels and glue in the correct spots or they can use them as a word bank and write them for hand writing practice.
These are the simple and basic steps we covered in taking pictures.
- Hold the camera still
- Hold the camera level
- Choose your subject
So Lea Clark came to live with us. With a little girl almost 5 she is probably a bit on the young side for the older American Girl dolls. But once we got our first- her beloved Bitty Baby Selma we were both hooked. I love the backstory, the history, the beauty, and realism of the dolls to real little girls. They struggle, they overcome, they create, they have fun…. So we had the last 2 girl of the years and instantly fell in love when we saw Lea Clark debut. However, she is even more beautiful in person so let me introduce you …
Lea Clark – Girl of the Year 2016
Lea has beautiful tan skin, hazel eyes, and the most beautiful long hair that I would describe as a warm caramel with natural highlights and big soft curls. She is dressed in a very bright dress which online I was not that crazy about but it fits her and her story and I love it now! She also comes with sweet little sandals, a compass necklace, a pretty embroidered messenger bag that holds a good amount of items, and of course a book telling of her adventures.
We also got to check out Lea’s Accessory Set which includes a camera, hair braid headband, a passport, a wish bracelet, 4 animal photos, and a magazine about Sea Turtles. So very cute and they opened the door for many discussions on geography, animal science, and photography!
If you want to dig deeper into photography with your child here are a few books you might like!