For Mamas, Homeschool April 19, 2017

Internet Safety and Our Kids-What We Use & Why

I have a love hate with technology for my children.  I see the potential for technology to literally teach them anything they want to know.  Technology can connect them to the world in a way that wasn’t possible to imagine when I was a super awkward cool 12 years old walking around with my Discman. With a little internet safety savvy that big wide world/technology connection can continue being a positive!

For Mamas, Homeschool April 17, 2017

Best Growth Mindset Books for Kids

A fixed mindset implies that you are born with a fixed amount of talent and intelligence.  Whatever you can do today is pretty much what you will able to do in the future.  Kinda’ depressing, am I right?  A growth mindset implies that most skills and knowledge can be learned over time through perseverance and practice.  Keep trying and you’ll get it!  This collection of growth mindset books  for kids help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

For Kids, Printmaking April 14, 2017

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.

Elements & Principles of Art, For Teachers, Printable Art Prompts April 3, 2017

Types of Shapes in Art- The Element of Shape with a Printable

Here’s the thing about the element of shape- kids draw shapes all the time.  Young children naturally draw in two dimensions.  There are some elements like form and space that can be little more daunting for a student of any age to really understand and illustrate.  But, shapes?  Exploring types of shapes in art can be enjoyed by even the youngest artist.

For Mamas, Homeschool March 22, 2017

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.)

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