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Reading Music

Listening to music is one of my son’s favorite pastimes.  The other day he asked me how music is made. So started a good conversation about notes.  And how reading music is a lot like reading books. I know a lot of people who can read music and its always seemed like a skill that can lead to new and wonderful things in the

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Sneaker Art

This weeks art project comes courtesy of my artistic brother who is a sneaker head. He collects all sorts of great sneakers, including canvas sneakers which he paints with his signature graffiti art.   By personalizing simple and inexpensive canvas sneakers, children can express themselves in a truly unique artistic way.   The design can incorporate any theme that is near and dear to

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Origami

We received an invite to go to a birthday party for the sister of a friend of my son. When we first arrived, it was announced that we would soon join in doing some origami. My sons groan could have been heard in China. The birthday girl promised it would be fun, he would see! Origami is the ancient Chinese art of paper folding

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Right-Brain

My son has inherited both his father’s and my right-brainy-ness. He is a creative soul who creates constantly, both literally and figuratively.  He loves to tell stories most of all, in which he’s the hero. He uses anything new he’s learned to fill his stories each time more magnificently than the last. The first and only parent- teacher conference I ever attended, the teacher

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Teaching Art

I teach art classes at our local co-op and occasionally from my home, so I’m always on the lookout for great lessons or new project ideas. If you are looking to incorporate art into your school day but lessons aren’t in your budget, there are several art curriculums available for home use. Here are a few of them: Draw Write Now by Marie Hablitzel

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Crafts for Christmas

It’s that time of year again — time to decorate the tree, wrap the presents, and bake lots of cookies. At our house, it’s also time to pull out the craft box!  While my younger children make crafts throughout the year, during the Christmas season we usually cut back a little on the schoolwork, leaving us all with more time to create! If your

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Fun in the Fall

Cooler weather, colorful leaves, apples and pumpkins — fall is my favorite time of year. It’s also a great time to get together with friends. To celebrate the season, consider organizing a fall festival for your children and other homeschooling families. You can host the festival at your own house, or ask a friend if you can use her yard. Your festival might include

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Incredible Art Lessons

I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can

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Making Music

The relaxed days of summer are a good time for children to try new things. If you’re child has an interest in learning a musical instrument, this might just be the season to start. Studies have linked listening to music (particularly Mozart’s compositions) and playing music to an increased ability in spatial reasoning, the type of reasoning used when working on math or drawing.

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