Homeschool Art Class, Printables

The Element of Form with Free Printable

Until I got to college I can honestly say my knowledge of the element of form consisted of making little cubes and those clever bubble letters that looked vaguely thee dimensional.  I know for certain I could not have told what really qualified something to be a “form” as opposed to a shape.

Although the element of form may seem a little tricky it's really simple.  A shape is flat.  A form takes up space in the room. Form has volume.

Although the element of form may seem a little tricky it’s really simple.  A shape is flat.  A form takes up space in the room. Form is three dimensional and has volume.

The real fun begins when students are old enough to understand the bigger concept; that the “idea” of form can be drawn on a two dimensional paper.

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Homeschool Evaluatiuon Preparation, Encouragement, and Printables

Last year this time I was just beginning to think about wrapping up our first homeschool year.  Here in the state of Ohio we must notify the state each year of our intent to homeschool.  At the end of said year we can either choose a homeschool evaluation or  have our student take a standardized test.  I chose to have my four kid’s work evaluated by a local licensed teacher and here’s how that went down. (Hint, there’s a lot of hand wringing and pukey stomach stuff involved.)

Homeschool evaluation- scary right? We ended our first year as homeschoolers with an assessment by a local teacher. Here's how that went down!

Homeschool evaluations shouldn’t leave you feeling nauseous.

I’m not here to tell you how to organize for having your kiddos work looked at by someone else.  (Although I DO love organizing & have some fun printables you might want to use if you’re the kinda’ person who calms themselves by organizing!!)  I’m here to be your cheerleader!  You can do this!  Yay you!

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Homemade Harmonica

This homemade harmonica is a blast if you don’t mind a little background noise. Even if you do, they are such a hoot they are worth making!  Open the back door and kick your kiddos outside to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

This homemade harmonica is a blast if you don't mind a little background noise. And if you do kick the kids and the harmonicas outside! They are a hoot!

I used to teach art in the public schools.  As a homeschool mama I am all over including the creative arts in our days.  Well, the visual side of the creative arts anyways.  We look at art, talk about art, make art.  But music???  Ummm, we do listen to it.  Does that count? When it comes to music my biggest talent is turning on Pandora.

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Tissue Paper Art a Process Art Activity with Unlimited Possibility

Tissue paper art, or painting with tissue paper is a favorite activity of mine, mostly because activity transcends age.  It can be done by the littlest artists or it can grow into part of a more sophisticated process for an older artists.

Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth them down and colors bleed together. Tissue paper art is relaxing and transcends age

And, relaxing…… something about this soothes my nerves.  Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth hem down and colors bleed together.

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Homeschool Art Class, Printables

Elements of Art for Kids with free printable book

For kids learning the elements of art is kind of like learning their ABC’s.  The elements are simple little ideas, pieces that work together to make something bigger.  Teaching the elements of art for kids doesn’t need to be intimidating.

The elements of art for kids are building blocks to making and talking about great art! Use this free printable book to outline the concepts step by step!

Talk about art, look at art, make art, use art words.   Doing these things when your kids are little will allow your kids to grow into adults than can express themselves creatively and appreciate the artwork of others.   Teaching these basic building blocks of art is a great place to start!

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The Element of Value in Art an Intro and free printable

The concept of value in art has many possible definitions.  For most kids the idea of value in art may bring to mind a valuable painting they saw in a museum or maybe even a good deal on a new set of paints.

The element of value in art is all about the lightness or darkness of a color; be it black or any other color. Value is an easy concept to teach and learn!

But the element of value is really all about the lightness or darkness of a color; be it black or any other color.

The elements of art and principles of designs are building blocks of any art education!

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Family Life, Homeschool

Books about Homeschoolers for Middle & High School Students

My memories of middle school and high school basically subsist of trying not to draw attention to myself. While I was figuring out what was going on around me my go to strategy was to fly under the radar. Who wants to be different?  (It wasn’t me.)

Everyone wants to fit in somewhere.That's why I set out to find  books about homeschoolers as characters appropriate for your middle and high school student!

I think that’s somewhat of a universal experience for kids as they mature.  Everyone wants to fit in somewhere.  That’s why I set out to find some books about homeschoolers as main characters that would be appropriate for older kids; specifically middle school and high schoolers.

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Books Featuring Homeschoolers for Elementary Students

When we first started homeschooling and people asked which school my four kids attended I would kind of mumble the words “We’re homeschoolers”  under my breath.  Saying they didn’t go to school and sit in a classroom all day just seemed weird.  Two years later and I’ve come to adore the label of “weird homeschooler.”  As proud as I am of our families educational choices it is nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read.  I set out on a mission to uncover some children’s books that feature homeschoolers.

I set out on a mission to uncover children's books featuring homeschoolers. It's nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read.

Reading books featuring homeschoolers make my little homeschoolers feel connected!

Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream all the time and I was shocked at the amount of books I was able to find that feature homeschoolers as characters.

How homeschool is portrayed in these books varies as wildly as homeschool does in real life.  I love that.  Homeschool looks different in every family!

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