Arts, Charlotte Mason, History, Unit Studies

Edgar Degas Artist Study and Free Activities!

When I was a little girl, I loved the ballet. I took classes when my family’s budget would allow, and when that wasn’t possible, I listened to music from performances and looked at pictures of dancers every chance I got. Edgar Degas’ renditions of dancers were among my early favorites! I didn’t really understand everything that went into them, but I loved looking at his dancers. They were graceful, beautiful, flowy, and strong…but they were also real. He somehow managed to capture both the fantasy of the ballet and the reality of the dancer’s lives. How he did this is really an interesting story!

Arts, History, Homeschool, Unit Studies

Artist Study and Free Activities: Claude Monet (+ Free Art Study Cards!)

As you can probably tell by this month’s series, I love art. Studying artists and their work is fascinating, and I find it difficult to reel myself in. There are just so many incredible things to write about! One of my favorites, though, is the subject of today’s study: Claude Monet.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup for the Stove Top or Instant Pot

Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Instant Pot or Stove Top!

I can’t help it…fall is the perfect time for soup! The weather is turning crisp, sweaters are coming out, and potato soup bubbling away on the stove (or the Instant Pot!) is so comforting. And the best part? There are so many amazing options? Seriously…just about any dish can be made into a warm, satisfying… Continue reading Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Instant Pot or Stove Top!

Arts, History, Homeschool, Unit Studies

Artist Study and Free Activities: Carolus Linnaeus

I have so much fun coordinating art projects with other areas of study. History, literature, math, and science all lend themselves so well to art! (Ok, it’s probably the other way around, but still.) That’s why I like the new craze about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). I don’t generally go for fads, especially in education, but this one leaves room for so many great studies.

Arts, Homeschool, Unit Studies

Artist Study and Free Activities: Rembrandt van Rijn

Something that fascinates me about studying artists is the pure drive that they have. The source of that drive is different for each artist, and it comes about at different points in their lives, but they all have it. And the amazing thing is, it comes out in all different ways. Even when they’re working with the same mediums or the same style – or even side by side! – the work of the great masters is intensely personal. You can see the artist in their work. Today’s artist, Rembrandt van Rijn, is a perfect example of this.

Homeschool, Parenting

Filling In the Gaps: Homeschooling Special Needs Kids

Moms of special needs kids - gifted, 2E (twice exceptional), and special needs - get to hear it all. "Aren't you just handicapping him?" "If you give her accommodations, she'll never be able to do it on her own!" And the one we tell ourselves, time and time again: "What will people think?"

Arts, History, Homeschool, Teaching

Artist Study and Free Activities: Michelangelo

When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it? Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”

Arts, History, Homeschool, Teaching

Artist Study and Free Activities: Jan van Eyck

Growing up, I was always frustrated with my art classes…I could never get my pieces to look like my teacher said they “should.” Sometime around junior high, I somehow decided that I’m just not good at art and stopped taking classes. It wasn’t until I started homeschooling my son that I found out just how much fun art studies can be! One of the best ways to really get a feel for art and its place in history, in culture, is to study the artist behind the works. Today’s artist is one of my favorites, Jan van Eyck!

Devotional, Parenting

Devotional Thoughts: To Glorify God’s Name

“Lord, we show our trust in your by obeying your laws; our heart's desire is to glorify your name.” ~Isaiah 26:8, NLT I came across this verse a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. When I see verses like this, written by the heroes of the faith, I get the feeling that they were written in a scene like something out of a classic movie. A bold, gray-haired, authoritative man speaks with power as the music swells. Clouds roll in the background and waves crash along a shore. (Not sure why this is always in my mind, since Israel isn’t known for its shoreline, but stay with me.) Although this scene evokes emotion, it also makes me feel like the glory of God is something that is totally removed from life as I know it. This verse speaks the opposite. Glorifying God is the essence of life as I know it. That’s kind of mind-blowing, if you think about it.