The Best YouTube Art Channels for Kids

Art Appreciation, Drawing, For Teachers, Resources & Supplies June 4, 2018

YouTube for art? You bet!  My own kids have introduced me to the wonders of using YouTube to find out how to do something.  Art is no different.  Check out these favorite YouTube art channels! 

Self Portraits for Kids- A Colorful Lesson in Drawing

Drawing, For Kids April 16, 2018

These self portraits for kids are a sweet and colorful introduction to what a self portrait really is.  A few guided drawing tips along with a bright, beautiful tissue paper background makes this art lesson a winner for any age.

Growth Mindset Resources -Complete Collection of Printables

For Teachers, Printable Art Prompts, Resources & Supplies April 9, 2018

Growth mindset is a buzzword in parenting and education circles these days, and with good reason.  Use this huge collection of free growth mindset resources to see what all of the buzz is about and how it can benefit your kids- and you!

Air Dry Clay- An Easy DIY Recipe

For Kids, Three Dimensions March 19, 2018

You know the ingredients your kiddos like to stockpile for making slime?  Those same ingredients can be made into an awesome, silky smooth white air dry clay.  

Fabric Printing (Permanently) with Crayons and Sandpaper

For Kids, Printmaking July 10, 2017

My kids love wearable art.  Making it is fun and telling everyone they made it themselves is even better!  This fabric printing method is especially do-able because it doesn’t require any specialty fabric paints or markers, just plain old crayons.

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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