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Free Pre-K Pack: April Showers Theme and More

Our Little Monkeys is offering a really cute pre-k pack titled April Showers. The pack includes 35 pages geared for kids ages 3-5. Some younger kids are able to complete the pages with or without help, and I am sure some older kids would love to help “teach” the younger ones how to complete things as needed. What a great way to teach team work, responsibility, and leadership….besides, it just makes the older ones feel special.

Two Teaching Mommies has some links for goodies about ,Flowers , pattern blocks, art, and memory verse help.

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February Fun–Freebies

Thought I would post a few neat freebies for February fun.

Funnix is offering their beginning reading program for free until February 16th. After February 16, the price goes to $38.00.

                   

 

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Geometry in Art–Free Download

If your child is studying geometry and enjoys art, then they might like this free download, Geometry in Art. It was put together by Hilton Andrade de Mello.  Hilton Andrade de Mello is a graduate of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from which he received his electrical/electronics engineering degree, and his Nuclear Engineering degree, both in 1962.

This book shows how geometric forms have been and continue to be used in the Arts and in Architecture, and how they appear in Nature.

The download is 114 pages. The last two pages contain links for the artwork, artists, miscellaneous, museums, cultural centers, encyclopedias, and geometry software.

 

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Something Old-something new

One of my most favorite things to do is find something funky at a yard sale and repurpose it. It’s kind of like going on a treasure hunt. I like to redo ordinary things, too, like take an old piece of furniture or an ugly piece of furniture and repaint it or turn it into something it wasn’t meant for. It’s fun to take a piece of jewelry and turn it into something very unlike jewelry. I love it when you take a rustic old ladder and use it for shelving and showing off vintage glassware in the living room. The possibilities are endless for turning something old into something new.

Take a look at this colander turned light fixture.

I discovered a neat blog today, My Cottage Charm. This gal does a wonderful job of repurposing items and building new things. I really love her work. She has one post on painting brass candlesticks and I’ve been meaning on getting around to that forever. I bought the candlesticks at an estate sale way back in February. Maybe that’s what I’ll do next week.

Check out this simple mason jar flower vase at another blog I like–Simply Staci.

Art and artsy things are fun to me. Growing up, I loved to do arts and crafts, anything from sand art to rock tumbling. I remember making my grandmother a tiny little bottle of colored water when I was about 8 I guess. When she died, I found the bottle. She had kept it all those years. Now I have it, somewhere! I love beautiful paintings, too. My Mom and I took painting lessons when I was a freshman in college. It was so fun.

It’s really easy to incorporate all this into your homeschooling curriculum. Think of it as life skills or art class. Oh the fun you and your kids will have as you all learn new things such as painting techniques, the color wheel and warm and cool colors, measurement, reading skills (you have to read directions sometime), telling time (you have to know how long to wait between paint applications), saving money and consumerism (shopping at thrift stores and yard sales are a great way to teach about saving money)… You can introduce artists and play art games. Even science can be learned. Take a look at the plantings below.

 

Leave a comment about something you have repurposed. I would love to read about it.

 

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Stimulating Art

Perhaps you have a budding artist at your home. My daughter loves to sketch. She took lessons in art at our local co-op school and fell in love with sketching. She consistently improves because she takes time to practice almost daily. While she knows much about art, I still like to encourage her to broaden her artistic horizons by learning about art history as well as various art techniques. Studies have shown many benefits to dabbling in art. It  improves other academic areas, and is very important in helping the brain reach its full potential. Many folks who suffer from stress or traumatic experiences are participating in art therapy. Art is truly a universal language.

One easy way to encourage your child to learn more about art is by playing online art games. Most are free and certainly capture the child’s interest. There are also several art programs or art games available online for little to no cost. A few minutes exploring art games via a search engine will turn up more leads than you can imagine.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2010 in Helpful

 

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The Benefit of Playing Online Art Games

As homeschool parents, we often focus the majority of our attention on making sure the basics of schooling are being met. Art is sometimes left out or added as a perk. It should be counted as an equal to math and language. Many important skills are taught through art. Art lessons don’t have to be just learning about artists or just learning about the color wheel. Almost all academic subjects can be taught with art. For example, the pre-k student can practice fine motor control while coloring, or learn to communicate through the use of symbols by making art. History can be explored as the student learns about a particular art style or time period. Angles, symmetry, color… naturally emerge as the student focuses on architecture.

A neat way to include art in your curricula is using online art games. When students play these educational games and watch informative animations and videos, they absorb all the learning subconsciously. More importantly, it helps them understand the concepts instead of just memorizing pieces of information. A big perk is that it is also a fun way to relax and stimulate your child’s brain. Getting your kids involved with online coloring games will help stimulate their thinking process and heighten their knowledge of colors, hand to eye coordination, and so much more. Kids are also able to express their feelings and ideas more through drawing and expressing ideas through coloring. For playing these games, one needs to use their brain. Hence the reasoning skill and analytical power of a child can improve a lot if he is allowed to play these games.

We, as parents, have the responsibility to help our kids choose the right kind of online games and content. The basic criteria being ease of use, educational value, and entertainment factor. Experiment with online art games and put my theories to the test.

 

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