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Entertaining the Artist

    My oldest daughter has long said that she desires to be an artist when she grows up. She specifically wants to be a painter, but to use all sorts of mediums. Lately, she has discovered writing and asked if she could be an author. When I told her she could be both, she had glitter in her eyes with the possibilities and excitement. While we are trying to education in a Classical Christian Education manner in our homeschool, I often am trying to find ways to bring in art to let her work her artistic muscles and pursue her dreams. Art is a broad and important part of life, and fostering artistic expression in kids sets them on a positive path, whether it’s hobbyist, professional, as an outlet or pure aesthetic expression. The common thread is that it is creative, expressive, it can inspire us, and lead to. . .

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Favorite Homeschool Resources

What a year of resources! I have found 2015 to be a very neat year for learning about new curricula and homeschool resources. *This post contains affiliate links that help bless the Creative Madness Mama family. This year I have discovered that I have a spirited child in my second daughter and in going forward I will have to tailor things toward her in a bit of a different way than we did for AppleBlossom. As for AppleBlossom, she is six-years-old and a good way through her second-grade curriculum. We have been deeply studying Ancient Egypt and the first portion of Old Testament. We’ve been also focusing on grammar and cursive. 2015-2016 Curriculum Choices We discovered a bit that is particularly challenging is that now she notices that her little sister is balking at the idea of school working and now she is trying to push things off as well. We’ve. . .

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7 FREE Learning Resources for the holidays!

The Little Fir Tree

I haven’t started decorating for the holidays yet. Personally it’s too soon! But as a book blogger, I’ve had Christmas themed books on my mind since early September! and thus I’ve been thinking about ways to tweak our homeschool curricula with a little Christmas flair when the time comes. One of my favorite resources for go-to printables with no color and no hassel is Moffatt Girls packs. I need to buy the next level! You can find her stuff on TeachersPayTeachers. Guaranteed every year, I’ll probably tell you that I’m most excited about the books. The children’s books that is. Each year we put our Halloween/Leaves/Fall/Pumpkin/Thanksgiving books away in a box. Another box hosts our Christmas/Winter/New Years holiday themed books. When it is time to get out this box, all the memories come flooding back. In a perfect world, all my books would be out all the time. However, I. . .

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Teach Kids to Thank Community Leaders

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Show your gratitude for Community Helpers

FiremanSamRescueontheWaterOur church from where we lived before was an interesting group of people. More often than not, there were mamas with children in tow, but daddy wasn’t there. At first glance you’d think he might not be the church going type, but once you got to know these families we discovered those daddys were anything but. They were heroes. A larger portion of our congregation was made up of Firemen! These firefighters spent their weekend on guard protecting our community and keeping everyone safe from harm.

Fireman Sam is a fun example!

HIT Entertainment has a great set of Rescue Friends for your youngest to watch too!

 

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The Pros & Cons of Cursive Handwriting

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During our first grade year we started cursive with the guidance of New American Cursive through Memoria Press First Grade Classical Core Lesson Plans and we did a bit more with our experience in Logic of English Foundations. My daughter loves cursive and is always asking to write more and perfect her skills. This year we are continuing with more NAC2 and a bit of Classically Cursive through Veritas Press. Now that the Princess is ready to ‘start’ writing, we’ve gone back and forth between a combination of cursive and manuscript. I’m not sure if I’m of the opinion of cursive first or not, but I’m definitely of the opinion of cursive early!

Pros and cons of cursive - Educents Blog

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Free Lessons for Kids about Ancient Egypt!

This year we are studying Ancient Egypt with Veritas Press Self-Paced Old Testament & Ancient Egypt with additional reading from Wayfarers Ancients, Story of the World, and Mystery of History. There are lots of treasures I have found to enhance our study such as Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport Ancient Egypt and here is another in the form of a mini-unit study from Educents all about King Tut!

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