Curriculum Review: Literary Adventures

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When I was approached to review Literary Adventures’ House and Pooh Corner Online Book Club, I could not help but say, “Yes!”

I have a special little place in my heart for Winnie the Pooh, the Hundred Acre Wood, and the gorgeous pen and ink illustrations of the original series. Maybe it’s because I grew up just outside Winnie the Pooh’s magical land. The Hundred Acre Wood was a part of my childhood in a very real way. I think that is why I love pen and ink so much.

What I Like about Literary Adventures House at Pooh Corner Online Book Club

So, aside from the fact that I love Winnie the Pooh, there were many aspects of this book club that I enjoyed. First, I like how it is more of a unit study that a book club, However, it still has that club atmosphere and community connection. It really is different than anything I have seen in all my years of homeschooling.

Every chapter includes activities and related topics to learn about. I like how outdoor adventures and nature study tie into the literature experience. Covering more than one subject at a time is a great time saver and help to homeschooling moms.

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What Makes this Different than other Book Clubs or

Literary Guides

Literary guides focus mostly on the literature and language arts. There are usually vocabulary words to learn, questions to answer, and maybe some grammar to study. Literary Adventures includes vocabulary and reading guides, however it goes far beyond that. Every section has “Rabbit Trails,” “Magic Dust,” and “Outdoor Adventures for the children to complete. The Rabbit Trails lead you into learning about specific topics related to each chapter, such as bears, breakfast, and bouncing animals. (Not every topic starts with the letter b, those just caught my fancy and sounded so eloquent together, lol.)

Then there are Magic Dust sections feature crafts and activities that not only teach but entertain. I really enjoyed the adorable “Play a Game of Pooh Sticks.” That brought back memories. The crafts were very sweet as well, such as making a den for a hibernating animal. Lastly, there are Outdoor Adventures which get the kids out into nature.

How to Use Literary Adventures Book Clubs

First, these book clubs are so well laid out that it is very easy to use. The materials and suggested books are listed at the beginning, however it is very versatile. You can really use this however it fits best into your homeschool. I think the best way to do this is as a unit study and count it as literature, nature study, and science. It would truly lend itself to including more subjects and can easily be used as a jumping off point.

Conversely, these could be a sweet little addition to literary studies. It can simply encompass language arts for the year or a short term. Really, the possibilities are endless. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it ends with a party. A sweet little party based on the book. Just remember to include some good tea! Pooh would have had proper tea. 🙂

Join Literary Adventures for Your Next Unit Study

The House at Pooh Corner is just one in an ever growing line of Literary Adventures. There are so many options and genres of books. The adventures are all very reasonably priced. There is something for various ages and even several poetry studies.

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Creativity and STEM

 

Sometimes it seems like STEM is what makes the world go around. There is a huge push to focus on sciences and make all education technology based. We can’t deny the importance of STEM in the 21st century. Technology is part of our culture and way of life. However, that doesn’t mean that creativity should be out the window. In a race to get ahead in the high tech world, we are short changing our children of important skills. Here are just a few of the reasons why an arts education is critical to 21st century achievement. Creativity and STEM are more interconnected than you might think.

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Creativity and STEM Soft Skills

Year after year, employers are asked what they want most in a new employee. Even though technology has been rapidly changing, skills like coding and robotics don’t ever seem to make the list. Instead, what employers want most are the soft skills. These include thinking outside the box, problem solving, and the ability to adapt. All these skills and more are provided through an arts education. Stretching ourselves creatively builds brain power for tackling more complex problems and ideas. STEM and the arts work best together, not in competition with each other.

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Understanding Aesthetics

Have you ever stood inside a Gothic cathedral or wound your way through a medieval castle? Even if you haven’t, you have probably thought about it. What is it that draws us to these antiquities? They seem juxtaposed to our modern world. It all comes down to one word: aesthetics! Builders of the past understood the desire for beauty and creativity in the world. We treasure these marvels not just because they are old or important, but because they ignite our soul.

In an effort to improve science, math, and technology skills, the arts have been pushed out of most educational models. If they are there, it is usually as a footnote or a frivolous extra. Think of what the world would be without any beauty or art. Does anyone want to live in such a drab, cold, and ugly place? Our scientists, engineers, and architects need art!

Confidence

Confident adults are successful adults. Confidence and boldness are what get things done. The arts supply confidence because there is no right or wrong. Students are allowed to express themselves and experiment. They can try this and change that. The bets artists keep experimenting and refining until they are happy with the results. This builds confidence in their work and themselves.

In addition, what would the arts be without exhibits and performances? Not every piece of art will make it to a museum, however art is definitely created to be displayed, whether that is in the Louvre or your kitchen refrigerator. We make art to share it. It’s not something to be hidden away in a notebook or locked in a vault. Performance and exhibitions build internal confidence and the ability to step out and be seen/heard.

 

What Does Creativity Have to do with Education in the 21st Century?

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What is creativity?

So creativity is a little hard to define because it’s been used so many different ways. In the 21st century, many of the things that we consider creative or creativity are kind of like prepackaged ideas or activities and aren’t really thinking
outside the box.  For instance, crafting is creative, but buying little packets of premade crafts and putting them together is not necessarily creative.

We also think that creativity can only be constrained to the arts. So, you can only be creative if you’re painting or you’re drawing or sculpting. In fact, you already possess a creative genius and you can be creative with anything. Creativity really is the creation of an idea that it’s something new that you have come up with and then channel into the world through your God-given talents and passions.

 

Who Can Be Creative?

Anyone can be creative in their own talents and gifts.  A gardener can be creative or
cook or baker.  Restaurants putting those gorgeous flowers on your plate or beautifully setting a table are creative. Even a mechanic can be creative.  You may not want your mechanic to be creative while changing your oil, but they can design something new. How else would we come up with new vehicles and modes of production?

Elon Musk probably was highly creative. The Wright brothers were creative because they were thinking outside the box and came up with something that didn’t exist before. So, yes you can be creative in the sciences, too. We all want to find a cure for cancer, that will require serious creativity!

Creativity in the 21st Century

“But science and math are the way of the future. Aren’t the arts just a waste of time in the 21st century?”

Definitely, not!

Much of the thinking in schools is let’s cut those off programs: music programs, visual art, theater, etc. They think they’re a waste of time, because we need to have more time for academics That’s what’s going to get people ahead! We all want to improve our education. We want to improve our standing in the world in literacy, science, and math. So schools are cutting out art thinking that they’re going to improve education. They will use the time to teach people more about science and math, which will improve our future.

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Now, homeschoolers are guilty of this as well. We may not be worried about our ranking in the world as far as science and math. However, we want our children to succeed. We fall victim of wanting to “keep up.” So, we need to realize that you need art for science and math.

I mean, there’s so much math in music, there’s so much science in art and all of the creative disciplines that they need to work together not against each other. Who’s to say that science is more important than the arts? Who makes those decisions? We need both of them.

21st century creativity

 

What do the Arts do For Us?

Do we need the arts? We do and if anything, we need it more now. Without the arts, we’ve lost our culture. We lose our history, we lose the things that bond this together, our ways of expressing each other. If we just teach children to be engineers, so they can build like the best buildings that can withstand the biggest earthquakes, but we don’t teach them about art. Our whole world is going to be ugly, and we’re going to have no entertainment, no cultural legacy. There will be no books to read or poems to memorize! The arts have to be part of STEM. Our scientists need art and our artists need science. The arts could be the key to unlocking your scientist’s genius. None of your children may have fine arts careers, but that does not mean they should not be artists.

Where are the Arts in the 21st Century?

In the 21st century, we have so much marketing that goes on, as opposed to like, if you go back several centuries where people just made their own things. Now that we go to stores for everything, we have advertising, we have the packaging, we have billboards, and you know the signs on the side of trucks, all of that is designed by artists. Artists are so very needed in the 21st century. Anything that is within our homes and our lives has an artist attached to it somewhere, even furniture or vehicles, the buildings that we go to and live in.

So yes, arts are very important in the 21st century. They are never a waste of time and they are not just a frivolous thing to do on the side, like an extra. They really are a part of education, that applies to your life. Because if you said to somebody, live for a day without anything that an artist creates, they wouldn’t be wearing clothes. They wouldn’t be opening a package because it’s designed by an artist. They wouldn’t be sitting in a chair that was designed by an industrial designer or enjoy some tea from a teapot.

Pick up your mug, yes, your cup, everything. It’s designed by artists that most people think that an artist is someone that just paints and draws. But that’s not the actual case. So many art jobs out there that have really very little to do with literal painting and drawing. Our world needs the arts, it is vital to our future and way of life.

 

 

Meet Homeschool on the Range

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Friends are special, especially in the blogging world. We love to support out blogger friends and share their special offers and freebies with our subscribers, because we love our subscribers, too! So, it was very special to sit down with Yvie Field learn more about how she serves the homeschool community with her big heart. Let’s all meet Homeschool on the Range.

 Could you tell us a little bit about you and you family?

After six years of living full-time as roadschoolers, we settled into some acreage in middle America and are enjoying a simple life!  We homeschool our teenage boys using a combination of Charlotte Mason and unit studies methods, and still love reading aloud together as a family everyday!

I have been a board certified high school counselor for nearly 20 years, and have a passion for helping other homeschool moms.  I’ve worked in elementary, middle, and high schools in both a teaching and counseling capacity, and have homeschooled both ends of the special needs spectrum…so ask me anything!  At our non-profit, The Homeschool House, we help new homeschoolers find their footing and get the materials they need.  We even do a Homeschool Consultation!

Meet Homeschool on the Range!

What is your blog’s name and what is it about?

Homeschool On the Range is a play on words from ‘Home on the Range,’ and it’s about living simply out here in rural America…homemaking, homeschooling, and homesteading are our three basic pillars. 

Why did you start this blog?

I actually started another blog about six years ago when our family was roadschool full-time as a way to show family and friends where we were and what we were learning / doing.  It unexpectedly grew to have quite a following!  When we moved back home last year, I decided to keep up the blogging, but morph into something more appropriate to our circumstances, which include homesteading and schooling upper grades kids.  There is considerably less out there for homeschooling moms of older kids, and so I want to reach those folks.

What is your favorite part of homeschooling?

I’m going to come right out and say it….I like sleeping in!  But seriously, the flexibility that homeschooling affords us allows the kids to jump down rabbit holes when they want to explore something further, let’s us take lots of field trips, gives us a chance to be a family (rather than people going in separate directions from the same house), and let’s us get extra sleep when we need it…..all good things!

What is your biggest challenge?

Trying to do it all….like every other working mom, I try to be the chief, cook, and bottle washer around the house, homeschool the kids, run a non-profit (with some friends), and run a small business….all at the same time!  Fortunately, there is chocolate.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new homeschool mom what would it be?

I would recommend that she step back, let the kids learn (or re-learn, if deschooling) the JOY of learning, and find a groove that works for their family.  Every family is different…what works for us is not going to look the same as what works for you.  Also, don’t spend a lot of money on the first curriculum you see….because you’ll probably change your mind five or six times!

How do you add creativity to your homeschool?

We do a lot of hands-on projects.  Today (as I write this), we’re reading a book together called The Winged Watchman.  It’s about WW2 in Holland, and so the boys are using craft sticks to build a miniature working windmill.  These are the kinds of projects that we like to include a few times each week, as well as larger projects.  For example, they are building some fairly large projects for shop class that have taken all semester!

What products do you offer and where can we find them?

We are currently creating novel studies and products for middle and high school students – such as the Homeschool to College Success program.  We host these, along with our older products for elementary school (lots of Lego-themed things!) at  http://OKBookShack.org/shop.

Anything else that you would like to share? 

For promo week, we are offering your readers a 20% off discount to the Cottage Shoppe with code WELCOME (through 5/20 – Consultation excluded). 

Thank you so much, Yvie! We really enjoyed getting to meet Homeschool on the Range.

 

Tips for Homeschooling Large Families

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Homeschooling can be tons of fun, but also tons of work. This is especially true when you have a large family. There are only so many hours in a day and you only have two hands. Making sure everyone has done all their work, and checked all the boxes can leave your head spinning. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. It can actually be fun. Here are some tips for homeschooling large families.

How to Fit in All the Classes for Large Families

One of the challenges of big families is fitting everything in. When you look at homeschooling as traditional school at home, it is impossible to do with multiple children. Every child has several subjects that you have to teach him. However, that is not how homeschooling really works.

Moms are the teachers some of the time, but they are mostly the facilitators of education. So, homeschool moms help keep the day moving and make sure everyone is completing their work. However, they do not have to teach every lesson. Coming up with a system and being creativity can make all the difference.

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Teaching Multiple Ages at Once

One secret for teaching multiple ages is to teach multiple ages at once. Find subjects that everyone can do together such as art, history, science (for younger students), and literature. So, gather your children and dive into one subject all together. Give younger students an easier version of any work included. Then older students can do more advanced work. For example, if learning about a particular point in history, younger students can draw a picture of what they learned. On the other hand, older students can write a paragraph about it. This works really well, makes days shorter and is more manageable for mom.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Online course
  • Interactive textbooks that come with DVDs, CDs, or computer programs
  • Co-ops and community classes at libraries, etc
  • Combine subjects such as history and literature or math and science
  • Unit Studies that combine all subjects into one set of lessons
  • Audiobooks
  • Educational Games

Setting Realistic Expectations in Your Homeschool

Now, one thing you need to realize is that your home will never be the same! Your children are home all day learning, playing, eating–homeschool children are always hungry! Plus, you have so much to manage at home between the family, home, and possibly a part time job or business. Life is busy, but that is good. Do not expect your home to look like a magazine all day long. Set a realistic expectation for home maintenance and get the kids involved to help you with cleaning.

Also, be realistic about learning expectations. Sometimes we think we have to just keep doing more to be successful in homeschooling. We do not! Just because you could homeschool 10 hours per day, six days per week, does not mean you should. Focus on the subjects that are most important, round out your schedule with short lessons in other subjects you want to teach, and be done. Less is more in many cases.

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Thrifty Find and Budgeting for Homeschool Supplies

So, we all know that having multiple children usually means buying multiples of the same items. When you look in a homeschool catalog, you might be horrified at how much it can cost to teach your children at home. However, like I said above, less is more. Finding curriculum that the whole family can use over and over, again is an investment. Buying throw away items over and over is not.

Also, there are thrifty ways to save money on homeschooling. Such as:

  • Bundle sales
  • Discounts
  • Group buys
  • Avoiding consumable products as much as possible
  • Using the library
  • Downloads as opposed to hard-covered textbooks
  • Online resources

 

 

How to Talk about Your Child’s Art

Okay, moms, this is for you. Before your child starts learning art, I want you to realize that what you say and do with your children is extremely important as to how this will work in the long run, because you are their primary teacher. If you say negative things about your child’s art, then you’re the one responsible for ruining that little genius that we’re trying to teach. This includes telling them that their work is wrong, or they should do it in a different way.

 

So, what do you do?

Encourage them to get rid of any negative thoughts about how they are doing things. Just encourage them. I have been a homeschool mom and teaching in the homeschool environment long enough to know that there are moms out there that want their children to be the best at everything. They want their children’s work to be better than everybody else’s. And they will try and help them to make it so.

I have parents helping in my classes that will be putting their input a little too much into the children’s work or telling their children in my class to not do it this way or that. Mom, don’t do art with your child this way.

Let them make what they want, in a way that is within the parameters of the project. What we’re teaching them are art techniques. So, if my students want to end up with something that’s not exactly what my picture is, that’s fine.  Remember that it’s their work. What your child thinks of the finished product is the most important part. Art is about the artist being satisfied with his art, not about what anyone else thinks. (Including Grandma, Auntie Nora, and your homeschool mom friend down the street.)

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What to Say about Your Child’s Art

So just speak words of life into your children, just encourage and nurture. Let them follow along with a project and see what happens. They will get really jazzed about art and they will want to just keep doing it outside of the actual lessons. That’s what you want because how do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice, practice, practice, practice. How do you get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? You practice, practice, practice, practice. The more they practice, the more their work will blossom.

I have seen this happen so many times. One of my children went through an art program at a technical high school.  She was immersed in art, drawing and painting for half of her day.  Her work just skyrocketed and including her technical skills. It was fabulous to see. She has since gone into an art career.

 

A Life of Loving Art

So, your child might not necessarily want to go into an art career, but what we want is for them to love art. We want them to be able to paint and draw, and enjoy it! For them to have fun without any negative feelings about art for the rest of their life. Even if they never become a professional artist, they will have a life filled with the love of art.  Remember, speak positive words over your child’s art. Do not try and stop them from creating something to criticize it.  It’s going to be very tough for you, I know. You can do this mom! Remember positive, positive, positive.

 

Can You Draw? Art Skills vs Talent

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-Can you draw?

-No, I’m not talented! Asking can you draw is like asking if I have a million dollars in my back pocket.

Does that sound familiar? Most adults think that they have no artistic talent. They were raised to believe they will never be able to create anything beautiful. However, everyone has the capability to be an artist. We are all born with the desire and ability to be creative. Over the years, though, we have been conditioned that only those with talent can draw or paint or just make anything that is beautiful

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What if I have no talent?

It is true that there are those born with amazing talent. Leonardo DaVinci could draw a perfect circle. A perfect circle by hand! That is astounding. He was incredibly gifted and had talents that go far beyond art and drawing. Does that mean that only the Davincis of our day should learn art? No!

When you learned to read, did only the talented children learn? No! If you learned how to play an instrument, were lessons only available to the talented children? No! Yes, some children will read better, and there are wildly talented musicians. However, talent has nothing to do with learning.

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How should art be taught?

Art has been pushed further and further out of our educations. It’s seen as an extra. Maybe if you have talent, you will receive decent instruction. For the most part, true art instruction exists only at art school or in specialized programs. Even then, the students there have a natural aptitude, so the foundational principles are often skipped.

So how should one learn art? The same way you learned to read! Art instruction is based in skills. Everyone should receive instruction in basic skills. This is the missing link between those who are artists and those who think they have no talent. Those you did not learn how to draw, how to break objects into shapes, etc will never be able to draw realistically.

When you learned to read, you learned step by step. After you mastered a concept, you moved onto the next one. You practiced and practiced. There were plenty of times that you made mistakes. Little by little, though, you learned to read. Now, you can read without even thinking about it. That is how art should be taught, to every child! (And every adult if you never learned!)

 

 

How to become a Successful Art Teacher

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How Does a Professional Artist become a Successful Art Teacher?

So how does an artist get into the arena of teaching because when I went to art school I had no interest in, in teaching at all. Never thought I would become a successful art teacher. I went to school to enter an actual art school, to learn a subject I was absolutely passionate about. But that all changed when I was in the throes of young motherhood. We started homeschooling and I had four children under five.  I was drowning in dishes, laundry, phonics, and diapers. I was a little overwhelmed. That’s an understatement.

So, I signed up for a fine arts program thinking, “This is great, I can have a day out. I can alleviate some of that stress of some of these extra subjects that I have to teach.”

As a homeschool mom, when you first start, you are learning how to not only juggle life, but get all these different subjects in your children’s heads. So, I was thrilled to have a day where somebody else taught history, art, and math. The co-op covered all the subjects that I was just too tired at the time to actually teach really well.

How to Destroy an Art Genius at Age 6

That was until the art teacher rocked my world. My oldest daughter’s art teacher took her painting, held it up in front of the class and said, “This class is not how you draw a cloud.” My daughter was mortified. But probably not as mortified as I was, not only did she ruin my child’s love of art, I had paid her to do it.  Still to this day, my daughter won’t paint or draw unless we’re playing Pictionary. That’s when I started realizing that there had to be a better way. I didn’t think that was right to teach children like that.

A New Method for Teaching Art is Born

This pushed me to think about how one learns to create art.  Art is a subject that should be taught incrementally, but often isn’t. Like phonics and piano, you need to learn in little steps and practice, practice, practice. The way you get to the Louvre is the same way you get to Carnegie Hall. So, I realized that every child is an art genius, she just needs to be taught the skills to succeed.

Also, there is no right or wrong in art. What matters most is the artist’s personal opinion. Sure there will be pieces that you don’t particularly like once you are finished. However, those are opportunities to try again, or take a different direction. Empowering children to feel proud of their work, to have the skills and techniques to really excel, and doing lessons bit by bit revolutionized art for my students. Whether they are five or ninety-five, there is still that great passion to create and the joy of learning how.

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A Very Creative Mother’s Day

Creativity is never in short supply in my home.  However, this year, we seem to need an extra dose of creativity to make Mother’s Day special. Homeschool moms work extra hard all year long. Even though we are used to homeschooling, running a homeschool during a crisis is difficult. In addition, many of our Mother’s Day traditions are not available this year, or difficult to come by. Even so, we need to celebrate mothers and all that they do for their families. Mothering is not just about having kids and keeping them feed and clothed. Honestly, that is a full time job in and of itself. However, mothers are building the future. The are very, very important people. So, let’s look at some ways to be very creative this Mother’s Day

Why be Creative this Mother’s Day

Life has been very different, but the role of moms hasn’t changed at all. Mothers make a difference every day in our life! So, while your favorite restaurant may be closed, and you can’t gather with friends, Mother’s Day is still coming soon. So, how can your be creative this Mother’s Day? You can be creative in your planning, gifts, meals, and celebration. There are always ways to make mom feel special. Besides, she will be delighted with the thought much more than the actual gift. Remember how excited she always is when little ones pick dandelions for her! Therefore, put on your thinking caps and give Mom an amazing day!

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Creative Supplies for Mother’s Day

One thing that we have heard about from friends and subscribers is the difficulty in getting supplies. Stores may be closed. Mail is running slower than usual. How can we create amazing art without piles of supplies? Well, I keep a stockpile of art supplies next to my toilet paper, rice, and beans–but, that’s another story! However, beautiful art does not necessarily require mountains of supplies. In fact, so much can be done with a few, high quality items. Oh, and this is where creativity comes in! There are supplies that you have that you don’t even realize. Sometimes, you just need to experiment. What happens when I mix these two paints? How can I use these markers to make a special effect. It may be difficult to get new supplies, but that should not stop your creativity. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house and see what items you already have to create gifts, cards, and decorations.

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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Hint, it’s not diamonds or a new car. Well, I wouldn’t mind diamonds and a new car but, that’s not on my actual wish list. Mom wants her family to show that they appreciate her. She needs to know what all the sacrifices she makes, the long hours, the endless work means something. Fancy chocolates, big bouquets, and a dinner out at a posh restaurant are always good. But, really, it is the time with family that mom will remember. The simple cards, the notes of love…those are what she treasures in her heart.  And it will mean the world to her if you use some extra creativity to make her feel special. So, don’t concentrate on what you can’t do, think about what you can. You can still make little gifts and cards. In addition, staying home for dinner doesn’t mean mom has to cook…hint, hint! Just take some moments to let your mother ( or wife, dads we need your help!) catch her breath, and relish the time with her family. Tell her that you love her, and present her with your little masterpieces. Perhaps let her sleep in or take a long bath uninterrupted—yes that means no fingers under the door.  These are the ways to make this Mother’s Day unforgettable no matter what circumstance you are going through right now.

Why Not a Giveaway for Mom?

I’m glad you asked! Maybe you can’t go shopping this year, but you could enter to win a sweet prize for mom. Today I am super excited to be helping my friend Felice Gerwitz from Vintage Homeschool Moms celebrate her 400th Podcast Episode on Vintage Homeschool Moms!! Together several of us have come together to help her celebrate by giving away ONE $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Let me share a bit about my friend Felice. Felice began homeschooling in 1986 when her two children were little and she thought it might be temporary. In fact, her husband told her to try it for six months and if homeschooling didn’t work, to put the kids in school. Well, she started her journey and her two kids thrived. Later when her family increased…by three more children, she continued on and successfully completed thirty-two years in 2018 graduating her last of five children. Mentoring homeschool moms is a passion! Felice has lots of homeschool experience to share with you. Be sure to check out Vintage Homeschool Moms and prepare to be inspired, encouraged, and supported in your homeschool journey.

For more encouragement, you can find Felice here too:

Media Angels
The Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network
The Ultimate Christian Podcast Network


 

 

 

Why All Children Should Learn to Draw

Learning to draw is something most adults wish they could do. However, so few have been given the opportunity. They are hungry for self expression. In fact, “learn to draw” and “how to draw” are very popular Internet searches. Why do people want to know how to draw? Can only talented people learn to draw? Let’s explore why all children should learn to draw!

How to Learn to Draw

Children are busy learning so much. We teach them math, reading, history, and science. We want to ensure that they are well-rounded. Moreover, education is a top priority for homeschool families. However, have you thought about how important drawing is? We sometimes think, arts education is only for talented students. Or we think we will get to that later, when they are more ready.

In fact, the best time to learn to draw is right now. Children are sponges. There is no time like the present. The best way for your child to learn to draw is to start learning basic skills today. Then, keep practicing skills tomorrow and the day after. Learning to draw requires practice, just like anything else.

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Why Do Kids Stop Drawing?

If you watch little children with art supplies, they just can’t get enough. They dive in and create with reckless abandon. Art is like play and every four year old knows he is a true artist. However, something happens and older children just stop drawing, doodling, and painting. Even children that loved art very much, abandon it. Why?

Well, little children see the world imaginatively. They create what they can and it can be anything. Every drawing has a story. So, they are proud of themselves for getting that story out. However, at some point, they realize that their creative interpretation is not realistic. At this point, one of two things happens. First, the child gets frustrated and gives up. On the other hand, adults often tell the child he isn’t talented, so he gives up.

 

 

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Give Kids the Gift of Drawing

The way to keep kids drawing, is to teach them how to draw. There are two philosophies that hamper growing accomplished artists. The first is that children need to be mature and past that point of seeing the world realistically in order to learn to draw. The second is that only talented people can learn to draw.

These are both untrue. In fact, the best way to raise competent artists is to teach children how to draw realistically long before they see the world that way. Secondly, everyone is born with the ability to create. Some people are born artists with amazing talent, like Michaelangelo. However, like anything, we can learn how to perfect our abilities. We do not teach reading to only the gifted readers. Or can you imagine only teaching piano to the future composers? That is foolish. Nurturing your child’s ability to draw now, will give him a lifetime of joy. Don’t you wish you had learned to draw as a young child??