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Spring and Summer through the Zoomy Handheld Microscope

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Combine your kids’ natural sense of curiosity and the warmer months and all that comes with them, and there are an awful lot of things to look at under the microscope! Look what we found this Spring and Summer in our

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Homeschool 7th Grade – What Worked, What Didn’t Work

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Another year of homeschool is over – we made it through! But what about next year?… Like last year, we’ve been looking at what worked and what didn’t work during our son’s 7th grade homeschool year. Most of our challenges were similar to the previous year’s – Ryan’s ADHD,

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Zoomy Handheld Microscope – Peak into another World

Dandelion? or Sea Anenome?

We bought a really cool microscope recently for Ryan’s homeschooling called a Zoomy Handheld Microscope. It plugs into your computer’s USB port and comes with a viewing application so you view what you’re looking at on your computer monitor. You can also record pictures or movies

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Homeschool 6th Grade – What Worked, What Didn’t Work

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Our homeschool year has ended and before we delve into 7th grade choices, looking at what worked and what didn’t work during our son’s 6th grade year seems necessary. Since this was our first year of homeschooling on our own and I didn’t really

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Kids Art Show

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The school year came to an end so quickly, before I knew it there were only 4 weeks to plan the kids’ art show for our little homeschool class!… We decided to reserve the library auditorium – plenty of space, chairs and

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Fun with Paint Chips: A Homeschool Art Project

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A big box of full-page paint chips was donated to our little school recently and I have been trying to figure out what we could do with it. So I decided to make it a Paint Chip Art Project Day.

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Texture with Acrylics: A Homeschool Art Lesson

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Texture is the last element of Art we are studying this year… The look and feel of a surface… Since we’ve mostly been painting I decided we would focus on creating texture with paint. Last week we practiced watercolor texture

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Watercolor Texture Techniques: A Homeschool Art Lesson

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Texture is the last Element of Art we are studying… Texture is the look and feel of a surface… Since we’ve mostly been painting this school year I decided we would practice watercolor texture techniques this week and next week

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Form and Tin Can Robots: Homeschool Art Lessons

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If you can’t tell, we have been studying the Elements of Art. This week we experimented with Form. We started out talking about what a form is (a 3-dimensional Shape, a Shape inflated with air like a balloon) and what

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Shapes, Cut Paper and Skyscrapers: Homeschool Art Lessons

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In March we studied another element of art: Shape. We discussed the types of shapes – geometric (precise and regular shapes like squares, triangles, and rectangles) and biomorphic  which means life-form (shapes found in nature, rounded and irregular, things that

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