Monday, March 30, 2015

Number Line Secret Code


Number lines. They show up a lot in your kid's homework, don't they? Earlier, I talked about what their purpose is and why your kids are using them so much. Now, we're going to have a little fun with the number line. This is a great way to get a little extra math practice at home. You're kids will love it and if they're anything like mine, they'll want to do this over and over. After all, what kid doesn't like a secret code? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Clay African Baskets: Exploring Angola Through Art


Our fifth stop in our journey around the world through art was Angola. Angola is located in south-western Africa. (You can see it on a map here.) The Portuguese began exploring and settling in Angola in the 1400's. Angola was a Portuguese colony until it gained independence in 1975 following almost 15 years of warfare. Angola still faces extreme poverty and social problems today. 

Despite a lack of books about Angola, we were able to find many resources on the web. We found a culture that was rich in art. We found beautiful wood carvings, like this intricately carved chair. We also found amazing baskets. (See some examples here.) All of these examples show how an everyday object can be made beautiful. We took our inspiration from those baskets to create our Angola art project.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Watercolor Easter Eggs


I only have a few Easter decorations and, unfortunately, I have no idea where they are. Luckily, I've got two girls that are always willing to make new decorations for me. I set up a simple art invitation for the girls one day and now I have two beautiful Easter garlands.

Disclosure: CraftProjectIdeas.com provided us with the awesome watercolors for this project. All ideas are my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Math Homework 101: Using a Number Line


Okay parents, it's time to chat. I've heard from so many people both online and in real life and they are all frustrated with their kids' math homework. How are we supposed to help them if we have no idea how to help?

Like it or not, our kids are learning math differently from the way we did. Contrary to a lot of Facebook memes and viral posts, it's not an inferior way. It's not. You're just going to have to trust me on this for awhile. In fact, I'll be honest with you, I believe the way I was taught is inferior. My kids will have the advantage when it comes to math. 

I've taken the time to figure out these new methods of math, and I'm here to help. I've read all the worksheets, asked questions, and did my own homework. I've learned to really like this stuff! I hear your frustrations, though, and I want to help. You want to be able to help your child with their homework and I'm going to help you do that.

Disclaimer: If you're a long time reader, you already know this. But, if you're new here, I want to make sure you know that I'm not a teacher. But, I have done my homework (pardon the pun). I'm talking to you as parent to parent. I want to help you help your kids!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Puff Paint Ski Mountains: Exploring Andorra Through Art


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Quick geography pop quiz: who can tell me, without looking at a map, where Andorra is located? I've got a passion for geography, so I knew a bit about where it was located. But, once I started researching, I could find very little information about Andorra beyond a map. No books, no other projects, only information from travel sites. And that, my friends, is one reason why we are doing this project. We want to learn about all corners of the world and not just the most popular countries. I'll admit that I struggled with the planning for Andorra for awhile. I didn't have a book to read to the kids and I had a very hard time coming up iwth an idea for an art project?