Category Archives: homeschooling

3 Reasons Why You Should Still Garden (even when you don’t really have time to do it well)

#1. Your garden going a bit wild leads to some pretty cool things.
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Abstract Drawing Lesson, Week 4

Designed for week 4 of the drawing unit for Classical Conversations, this lesson uses students’ faces–realistic or cartoonish representation–as inspiration. Continue reading

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18 Things I Didn’t Do This Summer (Is Summer Mom Guilt A Thing?)

Ever feel like fitting in the fun of summer is like playing a game of Tetris?
There’s never enough time! Everything you say yes to is an intrinsic no to something else. It’s just true.
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Upside-Down Drawing, Week 3

The biggest impediment to drawing is our assumptions. We often miss the actual size or shape of a line or area because we get stuck or intimidated about what we think it should look like. The idea behind having kids draw an  is … Continue reading

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Mirror-Image Drawing, Week 2, Classical Conversations, Native American

I don’t think anyone can learn to draw well without the foundational principles discovered in mirror image drawing. The longer I teach drawing, the more I am convinced this lesson is key. Continue reading

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Basic Shapes Drawing Lesson, Week 1, Classical Conversations

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to draw a Narnian centaur using the OiLs method, aimed at Masters level students (ages 10-11). Continue reading

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Making Your Homeschool Schedule (and the revelation of a circle graph)

Trying to chart our homeschool schedule just got too complicated on a linear grid. That was the sign–it wouldn’t work. I needed a new kind of schedule. Continue reading

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