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Mabel at Horsetail Falls by Jessica Poundstone

Mabel at Horsetail Falls by Jessica Poundstone

Another full week with visits from far flung family, but I wanted to let you know about two upcoming opportunities.

Alisha Gratehouse is having a 50% off sale on all her art courses.  

We have Springtime Splendor and Winter Wonderland.  These workshops opened up the world of mixed media art to me.  We love Alisha’s style and her gracious manner.  The videos are truly step by step, so kids can be successful even without an adult to work alongside.  But really?  Is there anything much better than working alongside?  Use the code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive the discount.

Carla Sonheim is hosting a week of (FREE!) Kids Art Studios.

Carla wrote the very excellent Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists.  You can head to her site to sign up.  There’s already a bonus video up!  This is going to be a wonderful addition to the last week of Index Card a Day 2015!


Wednesday (with Words)

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How do I show my girls I love them on a morning in June?  I pick them wild strawberries.

On a February afternoon we build snowmen and sit by the fire.

In March we make maple syrup.

We pick violets in May and go swimming in July.

On an August night we lay out blankets and watch meteor showers.

In November that great teacher the wood pile comes into our lives.

That’s just the beginning.  How do we show our children our love?

Each in our own way by a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants

by Robin Will Kimmerer

Wednesday with Words


Homeschooling Planning: 3rd Grade, 1st Grade, + a Toddler

We are just beginning to plan our homeschool for the next school year.  It feels like we’re a little late.  But we won’t be starting formal learning in earnest until after VBS at the end of August.  Till then, we’ve got berries to pick, pools to swim, another Shakespeare play, an exchange student from Japan, house guests from Australia, and books a’plenty.  There will be learning!

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This coming year we will be studying American History–because the toddler loves the presidents!  Yes, we let the toddler’s taste influence our course of study.  It’s also a great year to do American history because we’ll be electing a new president soon.  Today our copy of Volume 5 of Draw Write Now came in the mail all the way from Gloucester, England.  Put us in mind of Richard III!

I also spent some time today looking through online resources that I had saved, searching high and low for an almanac page that Mabel used during her 1st grade year.  The sheet is great, nearly painless writing practice.  And it helps everyone get a handle on weeks/months/dates.  There’s a place to record the temperature and time as well.  But I couldn’t find it anywhere!  Then I searched here on the blog using the word “rainbow” because I remembered that it featured pretty rainbow details.  Sure enough there it was!

sept-12-001.jpgHere’s a link to the sheets made by Homeschool Creations.  There’s even a version of the forms in cursive…which would have meant nothing to me a few years ago, but will come in handy for our cursive girl.  But the neatest surprise was the link to a post by Sarah from Amongst Lovely Things about pairing white board markers with sheets in page protectors!  It’s a fun way to add some color to worksheets and reuse practice sheets.  We also liked just using them as another place to draw.  So yeah, I come by my love for Amongst Lovely Things honestly!

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Yesterday a new review published at The Curriculum Choice about Bible memorization.  In it I mentioned that we write verses on the backs of our painted + drawn cards from Index Card a Day.  ICAD is still going strong through the end of the month.  Tammy has collected a great bunch of posts from people participating this year…and there’s a giveaway too at Curriculum Choice!

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I am going to monoprint a bunch of cards and then do line drawings on top.  Alma Stoller is painting magazine pages and publishing a new video everyday.  These videos are so inspiring!  I just love Alma’s mark-making + her intuitive color theory.

And one more art link: we just found out that Carla Sondheim is hosting a free series of six workshops during the last week of July.  We’ve never taken one of her classes, but we love her book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists.  All of the books in the Lab series are great!  Mabel even wrote a story about the girl on the cover of this book–that’s how evocative Carla’s images are.