The Illustrated ELements- Elements of Art Posters and Printable Bundle

Elements & Principles of Art, For Teachers March 4, 2018

The elements of art are kinda’ a big in deal in my art teacher-y opinion.  They are the basics, the bread and butter of making and talking about art.  Use these elements of art posters and huge bundle of other resources to get started ASAP!

Nine Creative Watercolor Techniques to Add Interest and Fun for Artists of Any Age

For Kids, Painting August 17, 2017

Watercolor paints are some of the most accessible art materials out there.  Any dollar store or grocery store carries them.  Clean up is minimal.  Two wins, right?  What if I told you I have nine watercolor techniques for your kiddos to try that will bring new life to that tray of dried up watercolor paints?

Tissue Paper Art a Process Art Activity with Unlimited Possibility

For Kids, Painting March 15, 2017

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.

For Kids, Printmaking November 15, 2016

Marker Prints-A Super Easy Art Project with Impressive Results

Marker prints are one of those projects that would make an innocent bystander think that you, the teacher, really know what you’re doing.  Don’t worry- no technical skill or extensive knowledge required.  Marker prints are easy and the kids think they are magical.  Chances are you have everything you need to do these with your child, they require little prep work and the results are awesome!!

For Mamas, Homeschool October 26, 2016

The Unexpected Benefits of Homeschooling

When that letter of intent to homeschool got sent off via registered mail my husband and I had many reasons for pulling our four kids out of the public school system.  Like many new homeschoolers we left the system to escape Common Core and testing that has spiraled out of control, but mostly to reclaim our little family and to help our kids to become more independent thinkers.  As new homeschoolers we  looked forward to many freedoms, both academic and personal.  But there have been a few unexpected benefits of homeschooling that snuck up on us that we’re enjoying just the same!

For Kids, Painting October 20, 2016

Color Mixing on Coffee Filters

Primary colors are one of the first art concepts I like to introduce young kids to in art.  First, because they are a basic building block for understanding how to make all kinds of things.  And second, because mixing colors is kind of magical.   Color mixing on coffee filters is a fun introduction to what happens when those primary colors mix together!

For Mamas, Homeschool October 17, 2016

Are you Smart Enough to Homeschool?

Once upon a time I remember discussing a friend of a friend that was a homeschooler.  How presumptuous that they think they know everything their children need to be taught.  They know ALL the math, science, reading etc.?  They can give their child every experience they need to become a successful adult?  No one person can know it all. 

For Mamas, Homeschool October 12, 2016

Our Homeschool Room Makeover & Why We Ditched the Kitchen Table

Our first year of homeschooling was last year.  While I invested way too much money and research on curricula (way, way too much) I only bought a few storage boxes and a rolling cart to store books on.  I set up on a corner of the kitchen table and that’s where  we did school, hence “The Kitchen Table Classroom.”  This year a homeschool room was a priority.  We needed a new space that allowed quiet and focus.

 

For Mamas, Homeschool September 30, 2016

Benefits of Cursive Handwriting & Why I Gave Up Teaching It

 

I have pretty cursive handwriting, at least when I choose to.  All those loop and swirls are satisfying to me as I drag my pen across a page.  When we pulled our children from the public school system I was sure I would teach them to have legible, if not beautiful, handwriting.  Cursive handwriting is a skill I want my kids to have. Or should I say, wanted them to have?

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