Preschool Art Murals

Have you ever made a mural with a group of kids? Do you remember making them when you were young? It never occurred to me that it could work in your home, where you have a smaller number of children than a traditional school classroom, but it works. I did it with my kids a number of times when they were preschool age. Since they are twins it was pretty easy to work with them as they were used to taking turns and working together. But I think it works with all siblings if you can find a way to make it fun. I discoveredRead More →

Ever wish you had markers

My daughter loves to draw with markers My daughter sat down last night to draw and color. This was a night just like any other in our home. My daughter sits on her bed at night and sketches and draws. But the difference is that last night she used the Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc that came in the mail yesterday for us to review. These markers are guaranteed to not dry out if the cap is left off, for seven days! The great people at The Pencil Grip gave us the opportunity to try out these new markers, and boyRead More →

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017 This is our Top 11 Pick Post of all the terrific new homeschool products we used this past year. My kiddos and I spent the year trying out more than 40 products designed for homeschooling families.  We were so blessed to be a part of a crew – The Homeschool Review Crew – who get the opportunity to try loads of products at home and then write reviews. My kids and I are also so grateful to the wonderful companies who allowed us to use fantastic products! We explored traditional curricula, online art classes, books, and even someRead More →

Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review

A review of the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. I was excited to get the opportunity to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. with its neon and ‘metalix’ colors. This package gives you all the tools you need to have wonderful art sessions with the whole family. The Thin Stix are perfect for youngsters but even teenagers and adults can use them with fantastic results. What comes in a package of Thin Stix Creativity Pack will surprise you. The Thin Stix Creativity Pack comes with 24 different Thin Stix in 12 classic, 6 neon, and 6Read More →

Finding My Way to Zendoodle Calm

A Review of Zendoodle Calm By Felicity French and Lauren Farnsworth Zendoodle Calm is a fantastic new kind of coloring book for adults. You color designs with doodles, not solid color. This makes coloring more of a meditative activity, and thus the name, Zendoodle Calm. Coloring with doodles is a lot like the pattern shading that Albrecht Durer made commonplace in his famous rhinoceros woodcutting in 1515. I actually tried an art project with my kids once to recreate their own versions of that Durer rhinoceros, but it was a disaster. The kids were too young for the concentration required to make the detailed patternsRead More →

My daughter loves to draw and paint. Ever since she was old enough to hold a crayon in her fist, she has been creating art. For her it is a way to express joy and sorrow. The other day, she drew a chicken as a birthday present. In our house drawings and paintings make the best presents! The bit that really struck me about this chicken is how happy she is! And that means that my daughter is happy as well. And that is a wonderful present for anyone in the family! Stop by and see all the wonderful art at the Virtual Refrigerator BlogRead More →

​The Cat and The Green Army Men – A Homeschooling Parable The Parable We had a birthday recently in our house, which is always a cause for decorations and chocolate cake. This time I decorated the table with little plastic green army men and plastic chickens, for reasons that could only make sense if you knew my kids. Strangely, my kids never got to play with the green army men. Our little orange cat decided that in fact those green army men were for him. God only knows what goes through the mind of our cat and why molded green plastic toys are on hisRead More →

Can You Guess The Character? My kids enjoy drawing and movies and stories. So this week for the virtual fridge, my daughter gave me a pencil drawing she did of a favorite movie character. My daughter loves this movie. Well, actually we all do. We have watched it so many, many times that I could probably recite all the lines and describe all the action in one long monologue. (Oh, if only you could get paid to do that!) Stop by and see all the wonderful art at the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop! (and thanks! to Homeschool Coffee Break and Every Bed of Roses forRead More →