Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
I want to say a special thank
you to those of you who kept me in prayer during these last
few weeks. My Dad went home to be with the Lord on November
10th. I went to Delaware to attend the funeral and to help
with clearing out my childhood home. Thankfully, I have a
brother who lives nearby who will finish the process. I am
now back home and getting ready for the holidays.
good news is that my dad got saved two months previous at
the age of 88! We had been praying a LONG time for this. Now
I know that when I get to heaven, my mom AND my dad will be
there to meet me. Thank you Jesus!
hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter and have a wonderful
holiday season celebrating the birth of Jesus. I know I will!
Homeschool Newsletter, December 2004 (Oklahoma Edition)
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
Tips - Art
Resources for Teaching Art
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
Christmas Shopping List. For those of you who like to take
advantage of Christmas to buy your children educational toys,
I have created a list of recommendations. You can access it
Making the Most of Extracurricular Activities - an article
about how to change your teen's extracurricular activities
into credit courses: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/ExtraCArticle.html
Oklahoma History Book Recommendation: Up From the
Ashes by Hannibal Johnson. This 32 page, colorful picture
book tells the story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot from the
viewpoint of a child. Excellent! ISBN 1571683852.
Oklahoma Theme Writing Paper. Available in thick
or thin lines. Print in color or black and white. You can
print these from my Free Forms page: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
For those of you who have purchased The
Checklist, you may not realize it, but there is a checklist
for Oklahoma History in the back of the book on page
184. I put it there so that purchasers who live out of state
could easily remove it from their copy of the book.
Tips for Art Class:
get so busy with your major subjects that you leave out art.
You never know when you might be raising the next Michelangelo
or Frederic Remington. During our homeschooling years, I kept
a special container of art supplies available to the children
at all times. When they were “bored,” they were
directed to the art box. Art is an important part of any curriculum,
especially for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner. For
the visual learners, you would be wise to incorporate art
into your other subjects as much as possible. Here are some
ideas of what to keep in your art box:
kinds of paper both white and colored
old magazines to cut up
else you can think of
some art projects you can do during the holidays:
Christmas Advent Calendar: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/christmas/ccrafts19.htm
Twelve Days of Christmas (coloring pages): http://www.kidsturncentral.com/coloring/12dayscolor.htm
Christmas Crafts: http://daniellesplace.com/html/christmas.html#
forms are available free to Oklahoma Homeschool subscribers
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- Excerpt from The Checklist. Use this form to keep
track of your child's art and art history progress from K-12th
your teens who are interested in art, here are some ideas:
Curriculum recommendations: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/artcurrRec.html
Check out local resources for art classes. If you are concerned
about what kind of subjects they will teach your child to
paint or draw, be sure to ask to see samples of the projects
they will be doing.
Don't forget to use the computer. My son loved art and the
computer. I bought Adobe
Photoshop and Adobe
Illustrator for him when he was twelve. These are programs
that are used by the professionals in the industry, so they
are expensive programs. However, he learned to use these programs
on his own by studying the manuals and playing with the software.
(If you need help, try
Classroom in a Book: Photoshop and Classroom
in a Book: Illustrator.). I let him do this during school
time when his other work was done. Then he used what he learned
to create free posters, newsletters, logos, tape covers, and
more for nonprofits ministries in the area. This not only
benefited the ministries he did the projects for, but this
is one of the reasons he now owns his own computer graphics
business and is doing quite well (much better than his dad!).
If you want a better deal on these two products, purchase
Have them read biographies of famous artists in the field
in which they are interested. For interested, if they are
interested in painting, have them read Michelangelo:
Master of the Italian Renaissance, Benjamin
West: The Boy Who Loved to Draw, or other famous painters.
If they are interested in cartooning, have them read about
Walt Disney (Walt
Disney, An American Original).
Have them do a project on the art history and write a paper
about some topic that interests them. Your child can earn
high school credit for his art work if you add an academic
component. For more information on changing activities into
high school credit, check out this page: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/ExtraCArticle.htm
Resources for Teaching Art:
Famous Paintings for Students. Read about the artists, view
their work, and then take a quiz to see what you learned.
Free lesson plans on color theory for Jr/Sr high: http://www.colormatters.com/colortheory.html
Free lesson in art history for elementary students: http://www.kinderart.com/arthistory/
Ideas for painting for elementary: http://www.bigeyedowl.co.uk/painting-activities.htm.
Art Pintura - Art Detective. Play a game while learning art
Mike Kistler's Drawing Lessons. Mike sells an excellent drawing
course for kids. I recommend it for kids who like to draw.
Click on 'drawing lessons' for some free lessons.
Portrait Investigation. Use paintings to find out about historical
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you seen The Checklist? It's a record keeper, a planning guide,
and a K-12 Scope and Sequence created for Christian Home Educators: