Showing posts with label homeschooling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homeschooling. Show all posts

Jul 1, 2015

The Best Tools for Learning Multiplication Facts

Whether their kids attend public school or homeschool, summer is a time many parents choose to have their children learn or practice math facts. And if your child struggles to learn "boring" math facts, I have three fantastic tools for you!


First, Our Story

My 9 year old daughter is a bright child...but when she thinks something is boring, it takes her for.ev.er to memorize or learn it. She's quick to understand how to do math problems, but memorizing math facts? It takes everything I have not to pull out all my hair trying to get her to memorize them. (In her defense, she comes by it honestly. I was the same way as a child.)

We took an extra year of homeschool to go over (and over and over and over and over...) addition and subtraction facts. So when it came time to learn multiplication facts, I wanted to explore more creative options. And boy, did it work! She's still memorizing some multiplication facts, but I have never seen her learn any math facts so quickly! She even thinks it's fun. (And trust me, "fun" is not a word she has ever associated with math facts before!)

Access to the Answers

First, I began by making sure my daughter knew how to skip count. Skip counting is an easy way to count in everyday life, but it also helps kids understand what multiplication is all about. The trouble was, some skip counting just didn't come easily to her. I'd tried using songs to teach her skip counting, but she had a lot of trouble memorizing those songs, too.

Then a friend gave me the Access to the Answers CD. It is skip counting set to music - but the important difference is that it uses songs my child already knew (like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Yankee Doodle"). Now she could focus on learning the numbers...and the learning came quickly and easily! (There was one song she didn't know: "Hurrah for the Red, White, and Blue;" it took her a bit longer to learn this one, but she did learn it.)

Incidentally, the CD doesn't teach 5s, 10s, or 11s, but most kids (including mine!) find these easy to memorize without music.

And when I told her that she now knew multiplication, you should have seen the excitement on her face! All that was left to do was memorize multiplication facts, since they are ultimately faster to use than skip counting, for most applications.

Unfortunately, the Access to the Answers CD isn't easy to find, but you can order it directly from the lady who makes them.

Times Tales

When I pulled out the Times Tales booklet and began reading the silly stories to my daughter, she laughed. Yeah, they are silly...and might even seem stupid on the surface. But they really work!

The Times Tales "kit" consists of a spiral booklet that explains the characters used in the stories, plus the stories themselves - which are memory triggers. There is also an instruction manual.

The characters in the stories are "disguised" numbers. For example, 3 is a butterfly; 7 is a school teacher; 4 is a chair; 8 is a snow woman ("Mrs. Snowman"). Each page features an illustration with these characters, plus a simple sentence or two to memorize. Once you child has memorized the easy stories, he knows what are considered the hardest math facts to memorize.

For example, one page shows Mrs. Snowman (the number 8) standing on a chair (the number 4), reaching for some items on a shelf. The text reads: "Mrs. Snowman stood on a chair to reach her 3 buttons and 2 mittens." In other words, 8 x 4 = 32.

I let my daughter recite the stories to me until I was sure she had them down pat, then we moved on to the flashcards, which use the characters in the stories, instead of real numbers. For example, the flashcard for 8 x 4 features Mrs. Snowman x a chair. I let her practice with the flashcards, plus the accompanying crossword puzzles and paper dice for a bit. Then I gave her an ordinary math facts worksheet. She loved the whole process, found it fun...and learned the multiplication facts EFFORTLESSLY.

My only complaint about Times Tales is that is doesn't teach all multiplication facts. It's such a great way to learn, I wish they'd expand the product! Incidentally, kids can also learn many division facts with Times Tales. I haven't done this yet with my daughter, but there are flash cards that come with the kit that simply ask the child what element is missing. For example, there is 32 / Mrs. Snowman. The child only has to recall the stories she's already learned to discover that 32  /8 = 4.


Medieval Math Battle

The final piece of the puzzle is always practice, practice, practice. Sure, my daughter does worksheets. But a much more fun way to practice math facts is with a game. We have tried about a gazillion of them. Some she likes less than worksheets. Others she likes enough to play a few times. But when I had her try Medieval Math Battle, I had to actually tell her to stop because she'd been playing too long. She's also consistently stayed interested in the game. (A winner!)

A bonus: This app lets your child practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You just set it to whichever type of math fact you want your child to practice. It's also really affordable. The app works on Kindle Fires, Android phones, or any device that can use an Android app.


NOTE: Some Christian parents may object to this game because it features magic potions and dragons.

May 15, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Paul Cezanne

"Apples and Oranges" is one of Cezanne's most famous paintings.
Paul Cezanne: b. January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France (find it on the globe) d.October 22, 1906 in Aix-en-Provence, France

Style: Post-impressionist

See some of Cezanne's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How are Cezanne's paintings different from other artists we've studied? How are they similar? What colors did Cezanne like to use? How did he use light and shape in his art? How do his paintings make you feel? Cezanne is well known for his paintings of objects, which are called "still life" art. Why do you think artists want to paint everyday objects? Read more about still life art here.

* Biography of Paul Cezanne
* Another Cezanne biography
* Coloring page: Still Life with Apples
* Coloring page: Ginger Jar
* Coloring page: Still Life with Curtain and Flowers
* Coloring page: The Blue Vase
* "Cezanne's Astonishing Apples" - a presentation by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Video: "Still Life with Apples and Peaches"
* Video: How to Paint a Pear
* Activity: Create a still life
* Activity: Apple still life
* Activity: Painted Pears
* Activity: Drawing still lifes


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Mar 27, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Georgia O'Keeffe

One of O'Keeffe's famous paintings is "Oriental Poppies."
Georgia O'Keeffe: b. November 15, 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (find it on the map) d. March 6, 1986 in Santa Fey, New Mexico (find it on the map)

Style: American modernism

See some of O'Keeffe's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What were some of O'Keeffe's favorite things to paint? She is best known for her paintings of flowers, but what else did she paint? How is O'Keeffe's work similar to other artists we've studied? How is her work different? How did O'Keeffe use color? Shapes? Shading? Did she like to see things upclose or from far away?

* Biography of O'Keeffe
* Fun Facts about O'Keeffe
* National Gallery of Art's .PDF on Georgia O'Keeffe
* Coloring pages of miscellaneous O'Keeffe paintings  (more here)
* Coloring page: "Lawrence Tree"
* Video: "My Name is Georgia" (picture book read aloud)
* Activity: Flowers in the style of O'Keeffe (see also)
* Activity: Use color like O'Keeffe
* Activity: 3D Poppies inspired by O'Keeffe
* Activity: Use a viewfinder to create an O'Keeffe inspired piece of artwork
* Activity: How to draw a Calla Lily
* More tips for creating O'Keeffe inspired art

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Mar 6, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas is best known for his paintings of dancers, including "The Dance Class."
Edgar Degas: b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. September 17, 1917 in Paris, France.

Style: Impressionist

See some of Degas' most famous paintings. You may also wish to view the artists' complete works here. (Degas painted some nudes; if desired, parents can search for images ahead of the lesson, and only share those they deem appropriate.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What were some of Degas favorite things to paint? The style of Degas' painting is called Impressionism, but Degas called himself a realist. What's the difference between the two and why do you think Degas felt this way about his work? What are some of your favorite Degas paintings - and why? How is Degas similar to other artists we've studied? How is his work different? Degas was also known for his sculptures; you can see some here.

* Biography of Degas
* Shorter biography of Edgar Degas
* Degas for Kids at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
* About Degas' Little Dancer, Age 14
* .PDF "Inside Scoop" from the National Gallery of Art, Washington (includes "Sculpt an Athlete" activity)
* Video: Dancers and Degas
* Coloring page: Dancer with Bouquet Curtsying
* Coloring page:  The Dancing Class
* Coloring pages (online): Various Degas Images
* Activity: Sculpt movement
* Activity: Sculpt a Dancer
* Activity: Coffee Filter Dancer (here's another variation)
* Activity: Watercolor a Ballerina
* Activity: How to Draw a Ballerina
* Activity: Make a moveable paper dancer
* Activity: Color, cut out, and play with ballerina paper dolls

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Feb 20, 2015

Farmer Boy Activities

My children and I took a little break from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series last summer and fall, but as soon as we picked up Farmer Boy, I remembered why it's my favorite in the series. My children and I can really identify with Almanzo and the things he learns working on his father's farm.

Here are some activities I came up with to go along with our reading:

* Do a popcorn and milk experiment

* Try an ice insulation experiment.

* Dye some clothing or fabric using natural dyes. 

* Look at the cost of things in Farmer Boy. Can you compare them with prices today? How much would Almanzo's $200 be in today's money? 

* Eat some apples 'n onions.

* Grow a milk fed pumpkin.

* Make some apple turnovers.

* Do some molasses candy pulling.

* What could you enter into your area's fair? Start now on that project. 

* Set up a rain barrel.

* Make some simple headcheese.

* Make a whistle from a blade of grass. (Also.)

* Whip up some watermelon rind preserves.

* Tap some trees and make syrup. (More tips for tapping non-Maple trees here.)

* Eat some birds' nest pudding.

* Make some easy apple vinegar. (Instead of chopping up whole apples, you may use apple peels and scraps.)

* Color some boy farmer pictures.

* Make some watermelon rind pickles or green tomato pickles.

* Watch a video of the Wilder farm.

* Eat some blueberry pudding.

* Make some Farmer Boy inspired doughnuts.

* Read and learn about the Declaration of Independence.

*  Consider using this free Farmer Boy unit study, including crafts. (Here's another.)

* Make a Farmer Boy lap book. (Or, try this one.)

 More:

Little House in the Big Woods Activities
Pancake Men (from Little House in the Big Woods)
Little House on the Prairie Activities
Little House on the Prairie Birthday Party
On the Banks of Plum Creek Activities 
Little Town on the Prairie Activities
Activities for The First Four Years
These Happy Golden Years Activities 
Farmer Boy Activities


Jan 30, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Grandma Moses

"Sugaring Off" is one of Grandma Moses' famous paintings.
Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson): b. September 7, 1860 in Greenwich, New York (find it on the map) d. December 13, 1961 in Hoosick Falls, New York (find it on the map) 

Style: Folk/Naive Art

See some of Grandma Moses' most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What sort of stories do Grandma Moses' paintings tell? Where do you think she got her inspiration? Do her paintings look realistic to you? Do they appear "flat" or three-dimensional? By looking at her paintings, do you think you can tell what Moses valued in life? How is her work different from other artists we've studied? How is it similar? How does her work make you feel? What makes Moses' work "folk art?" (For help with that last question, click here.)

* Biography of Grandma Moses
* Another bio of Moses
* Video: Grandma Moses
* Video: Women Artists: Grandma Moses
* Power Point: Grandma Moses
* Coloring page: Several Grandma Moses paintings, plus an image of the artist to color
* Coloring page: Harper's Ferry
* Activity: Moses was famous for seasonal paintings; choose a season (or use all four) to create a Moses-inspired landscape.
* Activity: Perspective in art
* Activity: A Moses-style landscape.

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Jan 23, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Grant Wood

American Gothic is far and away Wood's most famous painting.
Grant Wood: b. February 13, 1891 in Anamosa, Iowa (find it on the map) d. February 12, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa (find it on the map) 

Style: Realist/Regionalism

See some of Wood's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: When you look at American Gothic, what do you think the people in it are thinking? Why do you think Wood named the painting American Gothic? Looking at Wood's other works, what sort of paintings do you think he preferred creating? How does Wood use color? Texture? Shape? Shade and light? How do his paintings make you feel? How do you think the artist felt about farming? About the farmlands of America?

* Biography of Grant Wood
* Power point biography of Grant Wood
* The story behind American Gothic
* See a photo of the real life models for American Gothic
* Coloring page: American Gothic
* Famous paintings are often imitated; look for some American Gothic parodies (NOTE: You may wish to select a few you feel are appropriate for your child to view.)
* Video: Biography of Grant Wood
* Activity: Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood 
* Activity: Grant Wood style landscapes
* Activity: Wood was known for painting textures; rub a leaf, then try to duplicate the look with just colored pencils
* Activity: Wood-inspired collage


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.



Dec 31, 2014

Most Popular Posts - for 2014, and for all time!

The most popular post!
It's always fun for me to see which posts are most popular on this blog. (They are never - never! - the posts I imagine will most interest readers!) Oddly, what shows up as popular depends upon what source I look at; but studying stats from Blogger, Pinterest, and other top sources, it's easy to see which posts are all time favorites and favorites for the year. And since recent months have brought a great many more readers to Proverbs 31 Woman, I thought it would be fun to share these lists with you - especially since many of the posts are from years' past. It's a pretty eclectic list; enjoy!

(P.S. Want to see more popular posts from Proverbs 31 Woman? Check out the Pinterest page "Most Popular Posts at Proverbs 31 Woman.")

Top 5 Posts for 2014:

1. 52 Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

2. 10 Things I Learned During Our Tiny House Test Run

3. The Letter of the Week Series, especially Letter R

4. Free Art History Curriculum: Claude Monet

5. Walmart Savings Catcher: Hit or Miss?


Top 10 Most Popular Posts of All Time:

 1. How to Train Chickens  (it completely cracks me up that this is the most popular post among readers!)

2. 6 Ways to Teach Kids the Books of the Bible

3. Best Free Apron Patterns on the Net

4. How to Clean a REALLY Dirty Stove

5. Best Ideas for Upcycling Jeans

6. Canning Pickled Green Beans (Dilly Beans)

7. Harvesting and Making Your Own Chamomile Tea

8. How Much Money Can You Save Gardening & Homesteading

9. 52 Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

10. Easiest Fruits & Vegetables to Grow

Nov 21, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Mary Cassatt

One of Cassatt's most famous paintings is "The Child's Bath"
Mary Cassatt: b. May 22, 1844 in Allegheeny City, Pennsylvania (find it on the map) d. June 14, 1926 at Château de Beaufresne, near Paris (find it on the globe)

Style: Impressionist

See some of Cassatt's most famous paintings. (You may also view her complete works here.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Mary Cassatt is the first woman artist we've studied. Why do you think there are fewer famous women artists than there are men? What were some of Cassatt's favorite subjects? Why do you think she painted so many children? What do you feel when you look at Cassatt's paintings? What do you think the people in her paintings are feeling? What do you notice about Cassatt's use of brush strokes, color, and light?

* Biography of Mary Cassatt
* Another bio of Cassatt
* National Gallery of Art: Mary Cassatt
* Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, c. 1880, by Degas. (Degas and Cassatt were friends. What does Degas' pastel tell you about his thoughts on Cassatt?)
* Coloring page: The Boating Party (see also)
* Coloring page: Young Mother Sewing
* Coloring page: Susan on Balcony Holding a Dog
* Coloring page: The Family
* Video: Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist
* Video: The Boating Party
* Activity: Monoprinting (also called monotypes), like Cassatt (also here)
* Activity: Mary Cassatt hats
* Activity: Painting mothers and children


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Nov 7, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Thomas Gainsborough

One of Gainsborough's most famous paintings is "Blue Boy."
Thomas Gainsborough: b. May 14, 1727 in Sudbury, England (find it on the globe) d. August 2, 1788 in London, England (find it on the globe)

Style: Romanticism

See some of Gainsborough's most famous paintings. (You can also see most of Gainsborough's works here.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: If you had to guess, what would you say was Gainsborough's favorite thing to paint? (Answer: Landscapes.) How does he use color and light? Does his painting remind you of any other artists we've studied? Look closely at some of Gainsborough's portraits. What can you tell about the people he painted? What are they feeling? What kind of people are they?

* Biography of Thomas Gainsborough
* A shorter bio of Gainsborough
* Coloring page: Blue Boy (there's a more detailed version here)
* Coloring page: M Mm Andrews
* Interactive site: Learning about Landscapes
* Activity: Drawing a Landscape
* Activity: Choose Your Own Landscape
* Activity: Portrait Helps (use these blank faces to make your own portraits)
* Activity: Make an articulated manikin (useful in portraiture)
* Activity: Draw Emotion
* Video: Artists and their Self Portraits

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Oct 24, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Andy Warhol



Two of Andy Warhol's most famous works.
Andy Warhol: b. August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (find it on the map) d. February 22, 1987 in New York City, New York, USA (find it on the map)
Style: Modern, Pop

See some of Andy Warhol's most famous works here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What's the first thing you notice about Andy Warhol's work? How is his work different from other artists' we've studied? How is it similar? What do you think the artist was thinking and feeling while he worked? What do you think he wanted to say with his art? What sort of colors did he like to use? What kind of subjects did he prefer?

* Biography of Andy Warhol
* Another bio of Warhol
* Facts about Warhol
* Coloring page: Soup can * Coloring page: Einstein
* Coloring page: Warhol
* Check out a children's book illustrated by Warhol
* Activity: Create soup can labels
* Activity: Warhol-inspired resist art
* Activity: Warhol like portraits (see also)
* Activity: Warhol handprints
* Activity: Create a Warhol-like cat
* Video: Why is this art?
* App: Free Andy Warhol app for kids


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Oct 17, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: George Seurat

George Seurat's most famous painting is Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte.
George Seurat: b. December 2, 1859 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. March 29, 1891 (age 31) in Paris, France

Style: Pointillism, Neoimpressionist

See some of George Seurat's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask:  What's the first thing you notice about George Seurat's paintings? Do you see all the little dots he used? Look at them up close. Now look at the painting from far away. What do you notice about the dots? How is Seurat's work different from other artists' we've studied? How is it similar? What do you think the artist was thinking and feeling while he painted? How do his paintings make you feel? Be sure to take an especially good look at Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte; there are many details in this picture. Can you find the monkey? The solider? How many dogs and boats are there? Who looks relaxed? Who doesn't? What do you think the artist is trying to say about the many different people in the painting?

* Biography of George Seurat
* Longer bio of Seurat
* Coloring page: Sunday Afternoon detail
* Coloring page: Sunday Afternoon (see also; this, too)
* Coloring page: Bathers
* Video: Artregeous with Nate: George Seurat (part 2; part 3)
* Great art is often mimicked; see this muppet version of Sunday Afternoon
* Activity: Easy pointillism for kids
* Activity: Q-tip pointillism
* Activity: Sticker pointillism
* Activity: George Seurat online jig saw puzzle


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Oct 10, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Michelangelo

Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarotti): b. March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy (find it on the globe) d. February 18, 1564 in Rome, Italy (find it on the globe)
Michelangelo is most famous for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This part of that painting, known as The Creation of Adam, is probably the most recognized work of Michelangelo.
Style: Renaissance

See some of Michelangelo's famous paintings here; click here to view some of his other art.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Does Michelangelo's work remind you of any other artist we've studied? Why or why not? What kinds of stories does Michelangelo's art tell? Are they realistic or not? What kinds of colors and brush strokes and shapes does he use? How do his paintings make you feel? See if you can find out how big some of Michelangelo's paintings were.

* Biography of Michelangelo
* Longer bio of Michelangelo
* Fun facts about Michelangelo
* Coloring page: The Creation of Adam (also here)
* Coloring page: Delphes Sylphide
* Coloring page: Misc. Sistine Chapel images 
* Coloring page: head of David
* Video: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel (from Book of Virtues)
* Video: Dropping in on Renaissance Artists
* Video: The Sistine Chapel
* Activity: Paint on the "ceiling" like Michelangelo (see also)
* Activity: Make a sculpture from soap
* Activity: Make a fresco, like Michelangelo


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Oct 3, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Henri Matisse

One of Matisse's most famous painting is "Goldfish"
Henri Matisse: b. December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (find it on the globe) d. November 3, 1954 in Nice, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Fauve/Modern

See some of Matisse's most famous paintings here.  
NOTE: A lot of nudes come up in that Google search. If you'd prefer to pick and choose which Matisse paintings to show your children, be sure do this ahead of the lesson.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Matisse's work like the other artists you've studied? How is it different? How would you describe his use of color? Pattern? Shape? How do feel looking at his paintings?

* Biography of Henri Matisse
* Longer bio of Matisse
* Fun facts about Matisse
*Coloring page: Woman with a Hat
* Coloring page: Goldfish
* Coloring page: Madame Matisse
* Coloring page: La Musique
* Coloring page: Figure with Bouquet
* Inexpensive "Roll a Masterpiece" game
* Video: Matisse for Kids
* Video Matisse himself, making a paper cut out
* Video: Matisse for Children
* Activity: Make a collage inspired by Matisse
* Activity: Interior inspired by Matisse
* Activity: Drawing goldfish, like Matisse
* Activity: Creating your own Matisse-inspired "Goldfish"


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Sep 26, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Rembrandt

"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt van Rijn.
Rembrandt van Rijn: b. July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands (find it on the globe) d. October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, Netherlands (find it on the globe) (NOTE: Not sure how to pronounce Rembrandt's name? Click here to listen to his name being spoken.)

Style: Baroque (learn more about the Baroque period here)

See some of Rembrandt's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Rembrandt's work like the other artists you've studied? How is it different? What stories do Rembrandt's paintings tell? What techniques does he use to tell his stories? Does he use mostly dark or light colors? How does he use shadow and light? See if you can find this answer online or at the library: How large were most of Rembrandt's paintings? Also: Have you ever heard someone being called "a Rembrandt?" What does that mean?

* Biography of Rembrandt
* Longer bio of Rembrandt 
* Coloring page: "Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord Jesus"
* Coloring page: "Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph"
* Free brochure about Rembrandt
* Powerpoint lesson for kids on Rembrandt 
* Video: Rembrandt's story
* Lesson on one of Rembrandt's most famous works, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee"
* Activity: Use an Impasto technique, similar to Rembrandt's
* Activity: Rembrandt is famous for portraits; here's a simple how-to for kids on how to draw one

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Sep 19, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Pablo Picasso

"The Dream" is one of Picasso's most famous paintings.
NOTE: People either seem to love or loathe Picasso's paintings. But even if you hate Picasso's work, your child should be exposed to his paintings - in part because Picasso is important to art history; in part because he's part of the common vernacular ("I'm no Picasso..."); and in part because your child should have an opportunity to form an opinion about the artists' work. As a bonus, if you help your child study Picasso's work, you may find an actual appreciation for his work that you wouldn't otherwise have.


Pablo Picasso: b.October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain (find it on the globe) d.April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Cubism (learn more about cubism here)

See some of  Picasso's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Picasso's work like other artists you've studied? How is it different? How do you feel looking at Picasso's work? What shapes and colors do you often see in his work? Do brushstrokes play a significant role in his paintings? Why do you think Picasso painted this way? Be sure to check out some of Picasso's early work, which was painted in a realistic style.

* Biography of Picasso
* Longer biography of Picasso
* "Fun Facts about Pablo Picasso"
* Illustrated, brief bio of Picasso
* Coloring page: "Three Musicians"
* Coloring page: "Child with Dove"
* Coloring page: "Girl in Front of Mirror"
* Coloring page: "Girl on a Pillow"
* Coloring page: "Portrait of Jacqueline Roque"
* Coloring page: "The Dream"
* Activity: Understanding cubism and making a cubist portrait
* Activity: Picasso-inspired portraits
* Activity: Picassohead, an online activity
* Activity: 3-D Picasso-inspired toy
* Activity: Picasso-inspired collage
* Video: Grow and Know: Picasso
* Video: Miss Patty's Art Smart: Picasso 



Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Sep 12, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Claude Monet

Monet painted the bridge in his garden many times, over many seasons.
Claude Monet: b.November 14, 1840 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. December 5, 1926 in Giverny, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Impressionist (Learn more about impressionism here.)

See some of Claude Monet's paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Do you see any similarities between Monet's paintings and Van Gogh's or Da Vinci's? How is Monet's art different? How does Monet use color and shade to create a certain mood? How does Monet use brush strokes? Whose sunflowers painting came first: Monet's or Van Gogh's? How do Monet's paintings make you feel?

* Short biography of Claude Monet
* Longer biography of Monet
* Coloring page: "Water Lilies" (to print, right click and save to your computer, then print)
* Coloring page: "La Promenade"
* Coloring page: "Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies"
* Coloring page: "Sunflowers"
* Activity: Tape resist Monet-inspired painting
* Activity: Watercolor and oil Monet-inspired painting
* Activity: Create a 3D water lily
* Activity: Crayon resist Monet-inspired painting
* Video: Claude Monet for Kids
* Video: Linnea in Monet's Garden  (Netflix also carries this in DVD form; the movie is based on this book)
* Video: Footage of Monet's real gardens (also here)
* Video: Impressionist painting for kids: chalk pastels
* Video: Paint Like Monet: A Beginner's Guide

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.