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

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!)


Are you ready for Giveaway Wednesday?

This month, we’ve got an amazing giveaway sponsored by Math Mammoth!

Math Mammoth carries an amazing range of homeschool math materials, ranging from full curriculums to supplemental materials. If you’d like to check them out, you can do so here.

In this giveaway, Math Mammoth is offering a digital download (PDF version) of the Light Blue Series, which is a complete math curriculum for grades 1-7. In this pack, you’ll find:

– two student worktexts per grade

– chapter tests and end-of-year test

– additional cumulative reviews

– answer keys

– worksheet maker (one for each grade)

– geometric and fraction cutouts

– Soft-Pak bonus software

This bundle retails for $175.00.

It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions upon entering. Entering the giveaway signs you up for the following newsletters: Math Mammoth, Books by Corine, Hess Un-Academy, Making Room 4 One More, In All You Do, Homeschool on the Range, Simple Living Creative Learning, The Art Kit, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, Beyond the Stick Figure, Homeschooling Dietitian Mom, Simple Living Mama, They Call Me Blessed, and Peace Creek on the Prairie.

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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?

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.

colorful drawing with red, green, brown, and black

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.

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??

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It’s time again for Freebie Friday!

This month, I’ve got a bunch of great resources from some amazing homeschool bloggers to share with you – over $100 worth! This is my way of saying “thank you!” for being part of my online community. I really am thankful that you’re here, and I hope these resources are a blessing to you!

You’ll want to grab these quickly, though – they’re only free for 3 days, February 21-23. After that, they go back to full price!

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life has an amazing timeline notebook to share with you. The Timeline Notebook contains a total of 131 printable timeline pages, a printable cover, and printable spine. It covers 5000 BC to the present time. 

Dana from The Art Kit has a fun way for your kids to learn their shapes! Her 2D Winter Shape Cards can be used in a lot of great ways.

Fractions can be hard to learn, so why not make it fun? This Fun Fraction Worksheet pack by Stacey at Simple Living, Creative Learning is not only great for those just starting out with fractions, but is also great for those who need more practice or need to review their fractions. 

Poetry Teatime ~ Springtime Edition from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate makes it easy to teach poetry to your kids and inspire them to write creatively. 

This Little House activity pack from Sara at Heart and Soul Homeschooling was designed as companion activities for two of the My First Little House books: Summertime in the Big Woods and A Little House Birthday. Activities include reading comprehension questions, geography, copywork, grammar, seasons, and spelling. 

Study Ancient Egypt with this fun cross-curricular pack from Yvie at Homeschool on the Range! This unit contains writing prompts, real-world math activities, and art projects. It also covers essay writing and building activities! Special section on writing hieroglyphs. 

It’s never too early to start learning World Geography! This Ireland Unit Study from Annette at In All You Do covers the alphabet and geography and includes fact files and notebooking pages. 

The Importance of Good Nutrition Bundle from Debbie at Homeschooling Dietitian Mom includes the first three products in my Importance of Good Nutrition Series: Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains. Fun activities include color and label by number, create or find a recipe and cook it, and more. 

Physical clutter in our homes leads to more stress in our daily lives, not to mention a loss of time as we have to constantly clean, organize, or sort through that clutter to find things. Want to start taking your house back? Then join Abby at Making Room 4 One More as she helps you simplify the decluttering process and make measurable progress in one area this week. This workshop is all about quick wins. 

Learn to recognize some of the most commonly foraged plants and herbs in North America and right on your doorstep in a fun Wild Plants pack from Sarita at An Off-Grid Life! Your children ages 6+ will love these beautiful wild plant diagrams to label and color. There’s room for notes as well in this 18-page pack!

Do your kids love making slime? Heather from Mom for All Seasons has a science unit they’ll love! The Science of Slime activity pack is loaded with interactive and educational fun for your kids. 

Clarissa from Clarissa R. West makes organizing your day easier with her Ultimate MomLife Journal and Planner Printable Pack! You’ll find 40+ different pages for managing your homeschooling, homemaking, and/or working mom life! 

Share with your child how much you are praying for them with this sweet book from Corine at Books by Corine! This Kindle ebook is filled with prayers based on the Bible. Parents everywhere will resonate with this eternally important message! (Please note this freebie applies to the Kindle ebook format.)

Are you looking for a way to teach your child the alphabet with real pictures? The ABC printable pack from Joanie at Simple Living Mama includes cards with real pictures to delight your child while he learns his letter names and sounds. 

Help your student easily keep track of weekly assignments, plan projects, books read this year and more with the Homeschool Student Planner from Rachel at Faith, Hope, and Joy. 

Pen and ink is an enchanting medium. It’s the same style used in classic Winnie the Pooh stories. In this mini course from Sally at Beyond the Stick Figure, you will learn how to use simple sharpie markers to create a landscape masterpiece. We will also cover types of watercolor paints, how to paint with watercolors, and the rule of thirds.

Your kids will have fun practicing their addition facts with the St. Patrick’s Day Math Games pack from Life Beyond the Lesson Plan. You’ll find game ideas, a game board, flash cards for 1 through 9, and more! 

I hope you and your kids enjoy these resources!

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.

A Special Treat

How about a special treat for your homeschool this February? Check out the giveaway and special offer below.

20% Off Any Grapevine Bible Study

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 Now for the Giveaway

If you’re looking for a fun, effective way to help your kids dig into scripture, you’ll love this month’s giveaway! The Old Testament Super Bundle from Grapevine Studies will equip you to bring your kids through the Old Testament with confidence.

Included in this set you’ll find the following:

  • Master Teacher Old Testament Book
  • Old Testament Flash Cards
  • Wall Timeline
  • Student Ebooks: Early Elementary Traceable, Early Elementary, Elementary, and Middle School.

This bundle retails for $155.95.

It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions upon entering. Entering the giveaway signs you up for the following newsletters: Heart and Soul Homeschooling, The Art Kit, In All You Do, Homeschool on the Range, Homeschooling Dietitian Mom, Making Room 4 One More, Simple Living Mama, Clarissa R. West, My Joy-Filled Life, Peace Creek on the Prairie, Hide the Chocolate, Hess Un-Academy, The Fervent Mama, Faith & Good Works, and Beyond the Stick Figure.

Enter in the form below! Each entry increases your odds of winning, and you’re sure to find some new bloggers to follow. This giveaway ends at midnight CST on February 23, 2020.

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How to Make Handmade Christmas Cards

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Christmas is coming very quickly. The days are flying by and I am sure that you are knee-deep in preparations.  Have you purchased cards to send to your friends and family? Do you remember the last time you received real mail in your mailbox? Not bills, flyers, junk mail, or coupons….actual letters and cards sent just to you! A personal letter or Christmas card is a true gift.

Why Send Christmas Cards this Year?

In the modern age of emails, text messages, and social media, we have lost the thrill of receiving something addressed just to us. Also, we all have so much stuff. I know that I am trying very hard to purge in the new year. Instead of buying a gift, why not send your loved ones something truly unique and special this year? Imagine how people will feel with handmade cards written out in your own handwriting! Yes, I said handmade Christmas cards.  Please take a deep breath. It is much easier than you think and your loved ones will be thrilled! You are an art genius, remember!

handmade watercolor cards

This is the perfect homeschool Advent project because the whole family can join in. The end product is stunning and everyone will be amazed at what they created.  I have done this project with children as young as 5 years old, and as old at 95. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, your child just has to love the end result. That is the beauty of art! Plus, you can count it as art, handwriting, and language art lessons for the day. Let your children practice their Christmas card making. Then they can come up with a lovely note to write inside. Take a day away from the usual lessons and do something magical with your children. You will all be so thankful that you did.

If you would love to learn how to make the Christmas card pictured above, visit my step by step tutorial on Life of a Homeschool Mom.

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

21st Century Creativity

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.

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.


Now for a giveaway:

This Christmas season, I wanted to do something to bless and thank you for being part of my online community. I really am thankful for you!

As my way of saying thank you, I’ve come together with several of my homeschool blogger friends to offer an incredible giveaway worth over $1400!*

That’s right – over $1400 worth of homeschool resources and other goodies! We’re working with some of the top homeschool companies around. All you have to do is enter below! The giveaway period is December 4 through 12 AM CST, December 22.

Because we want to be a blessing to all of our readers, everyone who enters will receive a digital swag bag full of discounts and resources from several of your favorite homeschool blogs. Enjoy!

It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions upon entering. Entering the giveaway signs you up for the following newsletters: In All You Do, Life Beyond the Lesson Plan, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, Homeschool on the Range, Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland, Yellow House Book Rental, My Joy-Filled Life, Clarissa R. West, The Multi-Taskin’ Mom, Faith & Good Works, The Fervent Mama, Simple Living Creative Learning, Peace Creek on the Prairie, Brookdale House, The Art Kit, Making Room 4 One More, Sound Foundation Homeschool, Beyond the Stick Figure, Many Seasons of Motherhood, Everyday Graces Homeschool, Apologia, All About Learning Press, Sonlight, Media Angels, The Adventurous Mailbox, BJ’s Homeschool, Truthquest History,, Abby Banks, and iWrite Bible.

Enter in the form below! Each entry increases your odds of winning, and you’re sure to find some new bloggers and companies to follow!

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Apologia – What We Believe Series, worth $125
All About Learning Press – Gift Card for $100
Sonlight – Book package including the following titles: A Christmas Carol, The Gift of the Magi, The Light at Tern Rock, The Family Under the Bridge, The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Year Down Yonder. Package is worth $75.93.

Grapevine Bible Studies – Old Testament Master Teacher Book & Zondervan Compact Bible Dictionary, worth $76
Peace Creek Crafts ‘N Designs – $30 eGift Card
MT Designs Boutique – $30 Gift Card
Media Angels, Inc. – Creation Bundle, worth $69
The Adventurous Mailbox – Premium Digital Package, worth $64
BJ’s Homeschool – Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition & Gift card to Barnes and Noble worth $18

Everyday Graces Homeschool – The Homeschool Garden Morning Time membership worth $222
TruthQuest History – American History for Young Students III (1865-2000), worth $30
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks – Choice of Products from Store, worth $50
The Wolfe Pack – Holiday Fact and Fun Packs Bundle, worth $46 – You ARE an Artist Clubhouse annual membership, worth $200
The Fervent Mama – Handwriting Curriculum
Abby Banks – Podcast Launch for Teens, worth $57
Yellow House Book Rental – three Life of Fred Elementary or Intermediate Series math books (5-month rental)
Beyond the Stick Figure – Intro to Drawing Course, worth $45

Sound Foundations Homeschool – Happy Homeschool Secrets, worth $37
The Art Kit – 5 Printables worth $30
In All You Do – Northern European Geography study. worth $40
The Multi Taskin Mom – $30 Shop Credit
iWrite Bible – Old Testament Scripture Writing Devotional, worth $30

There’s More!

In addition, all entrants will receive a Digital Swag Bag at the end of the Giveaway that includes:
Peace Creek on the Prairie – 35% off coupon
All About Learning Press – FREE downloadable reading and spelling activity pack
The Fervent Mama – 30% off coupon
4 One More – 30% off Podcast Launch for Teens
The Art Kit – 30% off coupon
Life Beyond the Lesson Plan – 30% off coupon
Everyday Graces Homeschool – 10% off coupon
Beyond the Stick Figure – 25% off coupon
In All You Do – 30% off coupon

We hope this giveaway is a blessing to you!


Black Friday Deal Not to be Missed!

Did you know that most adults wish they could draw and paint?

Are you one of them?

Give your children the gift of an art education that will keep giving for the rest of their life.

Being a homeschool mom is tough, the last thing you need is another thing to do. Much less, have to teach a subject that you feel completely inadequate in. What if you could give your children the art skills they need and want, easily, and without any prep work? Imagine your children actively creating and gaining life-changing confidence in their skills! You can do this with the Ultimate Bundle.

Why buy the Ultimate Bundle by Beyond the Stick Figure?

Beyond the Stick Figure is a 36-week art curriculum built for busy moms like you! It is packed with weekly technique lessons, daily practice lessons, short targeted exercises, and heaps of fun. Students will compile over 20 unique projects over the five units: drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and 3D sculpture design. This course is geared toward kids 5-95, with easy to follow instructions and differentiated projects. It is the perfect way to introduce your entire family to the world of art.

Unlike most of the art programs out there, Beyond the Stick Figure is not just a collection of projects, but a course in art techniques. These core techniques will give your child the confidence and ability to independently create masterpieces. With built-in practice sessions, children will be encouraged to practice and improve their skills.

Wait there’s more!

The Ultimate Bundle also includes three additional introductory courses AND 12 mini-project courses. A new one added each month.

It’s like the only art curriculum you will ever need. No need to buy something new next year or even the year after. You get lifetime access to them all.

That’s a gift that really keeps on giving!

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Need some more reasons to buy the Ultimate Bundle?

Beyond the Stick Figure is loved by homeschool families around the world. Here’s what some of our fans have to say.


“Up until now, we have used a variety of curricula, books, and online lessons for art.  They have been fun and we have learned lots, but I always felt that there were basic skills and concepts the boys were missing.  Beyond the Stick Figure is great because it starts with the basics and builds upon them so children have well-rounded drawing skills.”

Randi, Peanut Butter Fish Lessons


Overall, we enjoyed Beyond the Stick Figure‘s drawing course. I feel my kids are finally getting a good art education. Ms. Stansfield has done a nice job creating an art program that makes life a little easier for homeschool families. Best of all, my kids love it!”

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Beyond the Stick Figure makes art truly open-and-go.  I enjoy knowing what to teach for art and not guessing what to teach next.  I’m looking forward to continuing this program with my children this coming year knowing that I have art covered.”

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“(Our son with) Hyperfocus on special interest, will lose interest if you under challenge him, executive function, motor skill planning, hyperactive, dysgraphia (struggle to write due to low muscle tone) are but a few challenges we face. He is also a kineticvisualaudio learner.  He has to move, see, hear while doing in order to learn! So, you can imagine that we look for programs that can really accommodate his needs, yet not underestimate him.  We found it!  Beyond the Stick Figure Art Course!”

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Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for private art lessons, or wracking your brain attempting to teach another hard to use art curriculum because you feel you should. Just click play and dive into the world of Beyond the Stick Figure–Easy to use, open and go, incremental art courses for the whole family. (ages 5-95)

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*Beyond the Stick Figure Full Year Art Curriculum–180 days of amazing art lessons in drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and 3D design ($360 value)

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Learn to Draw this Christmas

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Do you think you can draw?

That is the question whether it is no blood of the soul? No, sorry, this is an art post, not a Shakespeare one! But if I pose that question to you, you might have set your heart fluttering a bit because you know, I can’t draw, she’s going to ask me to draw something. I’m not going to ask you to draw anything yet. But I want you to think about that question and how you would answer if we were together.

And you would probably elaborate on the fact that you can’t draw by telling me that you can draw a stick figure. You have no artistic skill. You’re not gifted, you know, talented. You can’t draw on paint.

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Child Art Genius at Work

Now, if I ask a small child that question, the answer would be the absolute opposite. there be a resounding yes, of course, I can draw. Why are you asking me that question? You’ve seen my magnificent pieces. I show them to you every week. You know that I do stuff at home after class and I bring it in. I like to show you all the stuff that mom puts on the fridge and, and I’m really excited about art and I’m brilliant at it. I’m absolutely magnificent at it, actually.

Where do that enthusiasm and confidence go? Because it somewhere disappears between childhood and adulthood. And why is that? Why are small children filled with confidence and enthusiasm, and adults have none? Absolutely none.
So I’m here to answer that question, and also to stop that disappearance from happening.  I am the homeschool and have eight children. There’s only have two left in my little homeschool now, but at one time there were eight and I did survive. I’m also a trained artist. Homeschooling is hard work. Who has time for complicated lessons?

“Wish I Could Draw”

You probably wish you could draw. You’ve spent most of your life wishing you had the talent to be an artist, just for your own enjoyment. So, you are completely overwhelmed by the thought of teaching your own children how to draw. You know that they would love to learn, but where do you begin?

Now, imagine your home filled with enthusiastic budding artists that keep creating day after day for the rest of their lives.  In fact, the love and confidence to create don’t have to disappear. It’s a shame that most people lose that enthusiasm for art and being creative. They go through their life, not painting and drawing anymore. We are born artists who were born loving art and we lose it. Wouldn’t it be exciting if we didn’t lose it? So are you ready to find out how not to lose that excitement, enthusiasm for art in your home?

Easily Learn to Draw

Give your family, and yourself, the gift of learning to draw this Christmas. Our Art Camp will change the way you see the world. You will learn to see it as an artist and draw what you see. Art Camp is a fantastic way to learn basic drawing techniques and concepts. It is built for students age 5-95! You can spend your Christmas break creating together–beautiful drawing and happy memories. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the whole family!

 Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop

Speaking of stocking stuffers, give a gift that keeps on giving this year! Twelve bloggers have come together to share their best products with you. Each of these was crafted with love to bless your homeschool! All virtual products will supply a beautiful gift certificate for you to gift or stuff into a stocking. Happy Shopping!

game programming courseHave a teen who lives to play video games? Get them engaged in learning with Fundafunda Academy’s Introduction to Game Programming. This is a self-paced class for grades 5 – 12 that introduces students to game programming. They will learn about game design, how to create game graphics and some basic computer logic. They will also program an interactive greeting card.








podcast for teens

Some teens love to talk, maybe your teen needs her own podcast! Does your homeschool teen need an elective credit on their transcript but feels uninspired by the options? Would your techie high schooler like to pursue their passions while completing coursework? Then the Podcast Launch for Teens by Abby Banks is for YOU! Save $15 with coupon code MERRY






Celebrate Christmas

Keep the Christmas spirit going with playful fun! These practical activity plans are perfect to embrace the holiday season with your kids! They’re simple enough that they fit in easily to your already hectic schedule.

There are four weeks of activities already planned out for you, so there’s no need to go looking for something to do with the kids, it’s all right there. And there’s details and photos if you need it. Make this Christmas season your child’s very best ever with Celebrate from The Activity Room!



cooking science for kidsCook up some fun with Cooking By Level by Raising Human Beans! A Level Based Cookbook, that teaches your kids how to cook simple meals! From helping out- to cooking full meals by themselves!!

Volume 1- Easy Food Volume

2- Tea Time Volume

3- Pancakes Volume

4- Christmas (coming soon!)




Art Camp


Seven lessons, six projects, tons of fun!!! This mini-course is perfect for Christmas break or weekly lessons this winter.

Unlike most art programs, Beyond the Stick Figure courses are not just a collection of projects, but a course in art techniques. These core techniques will give your child the confidence and ability to independently create masterpieces. Have an Art Camp with your family! Just click open, and go.





Spanish Animals

Younger kids will have fun exploring the ocean and learning Spanish as they go. The Spanish Ocean Animals Printables Workbook by Spanish4Kiddos includes four worksheets for children to practice Spanish terms of ocean life. Children practice handwriting, fine-motor skills, and reading. Common core and NGSS aligned. Grade Level: K








Teen Girl Fun Bundle

PERFECT FOR THE CRAFTY TEEN OR PRE-TEEN GIRL IN YOUR LIFE, AND JUST IN TIME for Christmas! Bookmarks and cards make awesome gifts for Christmas and other occasions. And since they are designed to be printed, cut out and decorated:

The Super Bundle of Bookmarks and Cute Cards would be a perfect gift for a girl in your life who loves to create do-it-yourself crafts!









Charlotte Mason Music


Fill your year with music! “A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons” by Music in Our Homeschool is an online course that provides you with a gentle way to do music in your homeschool. Each month you’ll focus on two things: Composer Study and either a Folk Song or a Hymn. Use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFER to get $10 off! (Coupon code expires 1/15/20.)

piano lessons at home

Your child will enjoy making his own music with Joyfulnotes Piano for Beginners. Engaging piano lessons delivered right to you for an amazingly affordable price. Now, your child can learn the joy of playing the piano anytime and anywhere. Designed for children age 5-8

Let’s Not Forget Mom

Homeschool Moms Want You to KnowGet an inside look into homeschooling with Sound Foundations Homeschool’s Homeschool Moms Want You to Know! This Amazon bestseller is written by real homeschool moms for moms just like you. See what homeschooling looks like, get the information you need, and walk away renewed with inspiration. A must-read for every prospective and new homeschool mom!







Homeschool High School
Do you wonder how you will Survive Homeschool High School? This informative guide will take the worry and stress out of homeschooling high school. Lisa Nehring, veteran homeschooler (27 years and counting) has also worked as an Admissions Counselor for a private graduate school and as an Academic Adviser for homeschooling students from around the world. She understands the world of homeschooling as well as the world of higher academics, what it takes to get into competitive colleges and programs, as well as how to manage students who are uniquely or gifted or disabled. Lisa has written hundreds of homeschool Transcripts and counseled many homeschool high-schoolers and their parents to success!





Take Courage

Take Courage, Moms!

Be encouraged and inspired by our 30-day quote journal just for you.

This 64-page journal will take your quiet prayer time to a whole new level.

Go deeper with Take Courage by Homeschool in Florida journal prompts and beautiful writing space.






How to Talk about Your Child’s Art

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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, 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. 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.

Oh, and I want to share this amazing giveaway that Beyond the Stick Figure is co-sponsoring!

If you’re looking for a fun way to help your kids gain a love and understanding for science, look no further! This month, we are teaming up with Apologia to give away a science curriculum of the winner’s choice. That’s right – if you win, you get to choose your science curriculum package and level!

To enter, just fill out the entry card below. You can pick and choose which entry options you complete, and along the way, you’ll find some fantastic new homeschool bloggers to follow!

In addition, by entering you will also receive a Digital Swag Bag valued at over $20 – so everyone who enters gets free curriculum resources! You can find the details of the Swag Bag below the entry.

It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions upon entering. Entering this giveaway signs you up for the following email newsletters: In All You Do, My Joy-Filled Life, The Art Kit, Making Room 4 One More, Faith & Good Works, Simple Living, Creative Learning, Yellow House Book Rental, Clarissa R. West, Peace Creek on the Prairie, and Brookdale House if you aren’t already subscribed. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is drawn. Giveaway ends November 17, 2019 at 12 AM CST.

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Swag Bag Details:

All entrants will receive the Swag Bag (valued at over $20) within 24 hours of the giveaway closing.

Your kids will have fun practicing their number skills with fun themed playdough mats and other goodies from The Art Kit!

Learn all about the anatomy of different animals with an Animal Anatomy Notebooking Set from Simple Living, Creative Learning!

Thankful for Homeschooling Giveaway!

thankful for homeschooling

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There was a time when I could not have imagined having 8 children. Yes, I am a mum of 8! And yes, they are all mine, I have a TV, and I know what causes it. I also never dreamed I would be homeschooling. Somehow God let our life just fall into place and the unexpected became just what I always wanted.

I Am Thankful for Homeschooling

Over my long (very. very long) homeschool career, I have become more and more thankful for homeschooling. I joke about how many years I have been slogging away as a homeschool mum, teaching countless lessons of math and phonics. But, honestly, those years have flown by. There was this tiny little window when my babies were, well babies, and then whoosh, they all grew up and started to leave.

It is through homeschooling that I started to teach art in the first place. I saw the sad state of arts education and realized we were teaching our children about art in completely the wrong way. I never planned to be a teacher, but homeschooling made me one. Once I started teaching, I just couldn’t stop!

Thankful for Homeschooling

We Are Family

Family is very important to me, in case you couldn’t figure that out from the fact that I have 8 children! I can’t imagine not having my children with me for all those years. Homeschooling wasn’t always easy. But, I know that they learned what they had to, and learned to be amazing people. They grew to be great friends. Even with all but two of my little ones out of the house, we all keep in touch every day. We are close knit, and I know that is because we had the blessing of homeschool.

My adult children are incredibly successful and I am so proud of the people they have become. Most of all, they are kind. That was my great wish, to raise kind, helpful children. I cared about that much more than them getting into Harvard or becoming doctors and lawyers. But, you know what, homeschooling works and I can prove it, because it wasn’t just about the lessons. It was us all being together, and learning to love and serve.

Why are you thankful for homeschooling?

Be sure to enter our giveaway for an Introduction to Art Bundle (worth almost $90)

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Paint perfect pumpkins this Fall

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Are you decorating for autumn? You can easily create awe-inspiring pumpkins in just four steps with this engaging class for the whole family. Artsy Painting Pumpkins is designed for moms looking to learn something new or families who want to paint. It will teach you simple painting techniques that will create a truly enchanting pumpkin in a wide array of colors. These pumpkins are perfect for table decorations, gifts, or outdoor displays.

Everyone enjoys being able to say, “I made that!” However, you may think you have no talent to create something beautiful. You are wrong. This mini course is a perfect first step in learning to paint. The techniques you use can be transferred to other projects. Each video step guides you through exactly what to do, while leaving room for your own creative spirit.

Check out this offer now!
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Are you worried that you can’t paint or aren’t talented? Beyond the Stick Figure’s courses are designed for everyone age 5-95. We believe that everyone is an art genius, they just need to be taught art techniques and have a chance to practice. If you can draw a stick figure, you can do this class. Impress your friends and family with your gorgeous, creative pumpkins even if you have never painted before. Or have a fun, family afternoon making memories and beautiful pumpkins.

Course includes:

  • Detailed materials list, including possible substitutes
  • Step by step video instructions
  • Ability to ask questions through commenting and email

Grab this magical course for only $5 for the next week. Course returns to regular price, soon! So get some pumpkins, and grab your paint brushes. See you in the course.