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These free printables are what I use with my own kids and in the art classes that I teach! I hope you can put ’em to work too!

Homeschool, Printables

Year Round School- Why we Homeschool Through the Summer

When a stranger or acquaintance asks one of my kids if they are on summer break yet I can count on my kid to break out the puppy dog eyes.  They will most likely respond with a pitiful “We don’t get a summer break.  We’re homeschoolers.”  Ha.  Technically you could say we do year round school.

We do year round school at our house because it work for us. It provides some freedom to our school year and structure to our summer!

It’s true, we do not take the entire summer off.  But it’s not as rough as those little people would have you believe.  Once we get in our summer groove it’s easy stuff.  School is just a art of what they do each week, on their own time.

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Mom Life, Printables

Contentment for You, Your Kids, and Home with Free Printable Quotes

Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction.  That ought to be easy, right?  Life is mostly good in these parts.  In all honesty I am blessed beyond belief.  kids, husband, family, friends, home, vacation.  Life truly is good.

Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction.  That ought to be easy, right?  Life truly is good. Being content is easier said than done.

I blab constantly to my amazing, yet sometimes spoiled kids, about how great their lives are and how they should be more grateful, more content.  Easier said than done.

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Mom Life, Printables

Father’s Day Free Printables-Books for Dad’s and Other Special People

We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house.  We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts.  These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.

These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift. A version for dad's plus one for other special people!

When my husband and I met we were young; the first day of our first year of college.  There was never anyone else after that day.  It’s been “us” ever since.

We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty years later.

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Homeschool Art Class, Printables

Printable Artist Quotes about Creativity

I didn’t always consider myself to be an “artist.”  Although I get great joy from making things I’ve never felt like I had reached “real artist” status.  I’m not a suffering artist or a starving artist.  My artwork doesn’t have much of an underlying societal or intellectual meaning.  But I do like making my world and the world of those around me a little more pleasant, a little more beautiful.  Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

I liked art class in grade school and high school.  I was neat and good at following directions, which was basically what it takes to succeed at “art” in the school setting.  What I love about these artist quotes is they inspire us to go beyond the following of directions; beyond the making of a “craft.”  These artist quotes are there to encourage that little spark of an artist inside of you to take a risk and make something today!

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Homeschool Art Class, Printables

An Introduction to the Principles of Design for Kids

The principles of design can be a little abstract which can make them tricky to introduce to kids.  But once kids understand that these principles are just tools that artists use it all falls into place.

The principles of design are a bit abstract which can be tricky for kiddos. Once they view them as tools to organize the elements of art it gets easier!

When I say tools I don’t mean a specific medium or a type paintbrush.  In this case tools is more akin to “tricks.”  How an artist gets a viewer to look at a certain spot or gets the viewers eyes to move across an entire work of art is the “trick” in this case.  Many artists do this instinctively and without naming the process.  But knowledge is power.  Knowing the terminology and reasoning behind these principles is a good place to start in an art education!

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Homeschool Art Class, Printables

Best Series of Books about Artists

Those of you that frequent Kitchen table Classroom often know that teaching through books is kinda my thing.  Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

 Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

Finding books about artists has never been easier or more fun.  There are just so many quality options to choose from.  This list is specific to series of books.  Pick a series, any series.

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Homeschool Art Class, Printables

Adinkra Symbols- Exploring Printmaking and Patterning through Traditional African Textiles

An “adinkra” is a visual symbol.  This traditional African textile dates back to the 1800’s.  Adinkra symbols were once printed on fabric in a grid pattern using a carved gourd.  This special fabric was reserved for royalty or spiritual leaders.  Today adinkra cloth is widely available and commercially printed on fabric, t-shirts and jewelry for everyone to wear and enjoy.Follow along as we use ancient art & modern materials to have some fun, adinkra style! This graphic style translates perfectly to a printmaking lesson.

This graphic style translates well to a successful printmaking lesson for any age.  Follow along as we use this ancient art & modern materials to have some fun, adinkra style!

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Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Parents

Growth mindset is kind of a buzz word lately.  I’m all in when it comes to self help or anything that will inspire me to be a better version of myself.  This growth mindset idea really struck a nerve in me because it’s something I struggle with and I see popping up in my own kids.  These growth mindset quotes are just little snippets I like to remember to keep myself looking forward!

I love that what you know & what you can do can change at anytime!  This is exciting news, right? These growth mindset quotes are good reminders of just that

I’m not good at trying new things.  Let me rephrase that; I’m not good at trying new things in front of other people.  I love learning new things but I prefer time to process and practice them without an audience.  I hate being the center of attention and being at the center of an audience because I’m failing at something is something I try to avoid at all costs.

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