Fine Arts

Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Free Homeschooling Curriculum Online

When my husband and I were first married, we planned how everything would work out for us financially. We would both work but live off of just one income until we started a family; then I would stay home with the children while he continued working. But things often don’t work out as we intend, and it was a real struggle to support ourselves with only

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Schooling Through the Summer

Every year, I have the best intentions of finishing up in a timely manner. Sometimes we start after Labor Day; other years we start in the middle of August. But no matter when we start the school year, we never finish by June. Unexpected life events seem to throw us off “the schedule” each time, no matter how prepared I am. So now, it’s part

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Telling Stories All Day Long – Interview with Jim Weiss

Interview with Jim Weiss Part 3:Telling Stories All Day Long If you’ve looked at Jim Weiss’ website, you’ll see there is a plethora of recorded stories to choose from. How exactly, then, is a parent to choose? I asked Jim for his suggestions, as who else would know better where to begin? Question: Jim, you have so many books and stories available on CD.

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Classical and Historical Stories with Jim Weiss

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Weiss, an international storyteller who has made a huge impact on homeschooling families for years. His recordings of classical and historical stories provide families with an easy way to introduce great literature to children of all ages. As Jim points out on his website, reading comprehension increases by leaps and bounds when a child hears a story

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More Than Painting

More Than Painting Throughout the summer and sometimes during the school year, I teach painting classes at our local arts and crafts store. In the classes, I show students how to create a certain picture using acrylic paints on canvas. We go step by step; I paint each part of the picture, and they follow along. Even though we’re all painting the same thing,

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Fun with English Idioms

There’s a website sponsoring an art contest this fall, and it’s all about English idioms! An idiom is a commonly-used phrase with a certain meaning that can’t be determined if you considered only the words themselves. For example, the idiom “It’s raining cats and dogs” means that it’s a downpour, not that cats and dogs are actually falling from the sky.  Another example is

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Teaching Art

Homeschooling offers advantages that traditional schooling cannot: flexible schedules, more time with family members to build relationships, and instruction tailored to each student’s needs. But homeschooling has its challenges as well, and one of those can be teaching art. If a parent doesn’t have a lot of background or experience, they might be at a loss about where to begin. Here are some ideas

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Kids’ Craft Sites

If you are homeschooling preschool or elementary-aged children, you’re probably doing a lot of activities to supplement the lessons. Subjects such as science and social studies especially lend themselves to creative ideas. If you are looking for a new craft idea for your children, try one of these sites: AllFreeCrafts.com This site features more than 1100 original crafts as well as homemade gift ideas.

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Homeschooling – Teaching the Fine Arts

As a homeschooler, you may be feeling the pressure of making sure your children are well-instructed in the core subjects of reading, math, history, and science. As you plan your school year, however, be sure not to overlook the fine arts. While subjects such as music, art, drama, and dance may seem to fall into the extracurricular category, incorporating them into your lessons can

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