This is not a sponsored post. My friend over at Ben and Me just happens to have some awesome resources all in one spot for homeschoolers. The top one, the free books for Kindle for kids is an *amazing* list full of some seriously great classic books for children.
So today we moved out our second born. Our beautiful nineteen year old has found a place of her own. How did those 19 years go so quickly? It is amazing and bittersweet. I am so proud of the woman she has become, but it is hard to say goodbye to the girl we have known. I am so glad that God is sovereign over all. I am so glad that He loves my girl more than any paltry love I can offer her. I am so terribly grateful for all of it - the heartache, the joy, the peace, the fear, the sadness, and the unbelievable love.
I have used many of her resources, and genuinely love her lapbooks. This is one of her more thorough ones, that is just packed with awesome educational and crafting opportunities for your students. As a reviewer for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was sent a digital download of the whole "Lap-Pak." You won't believe what you have access to for only $18.95! After downloading and extracting onto my computer, all I needed to do was click, "Start." The whole program loaded before my eyes. Because I have used her products over many years, I am familiar with how they work, but she has simplified and streamlined her newest offering. Included, are two audio recordings of the text provided in booklet format, read by Jaron Pak. He has a perfect reading voice that is highly enjoyable to listen to. The 24-page booklet itself is thorough and covers the following subjects in detail:
Elections in the United States of America The Different Forms of Goverment (The Rule of One, The Rule of a Few, The Rule of Many, and Anarchy) Governments of the People in History (Athens, Rome, England) America: A New Creation from Old Roots The Three Branches of Government Suffrage Qualifications to Vote The Election Process Running for Office and Political Parties Caucuses and Primaries Running a Presidential Campaign The Electoral College and more!
This is written for students in grades 3-8, and anyone within that age range (and beyond) will certainly walk away with a solid understanding of the American election process after listening to or reading the informative booklet. Because we are in the midst of an election, this could not come at a better time!
So the meat of the program is found in the booklet, but just how do you help your students to really grasp it? That's where the Lap-Pak comes in! Never put together a lapbook before? Never fear, you'll have no trouble because photographic step by step instructions are included, and they are very thorough. You and your students will put together 21 different projects that each reflect a different aspect of your election education. She even gives you a cover. All printables are in black and white and you can print on colored paper or white and design it yourself. We did both things. You will, of course, need a printer.
Some of my favorite projects included the three forms of government craft. As you scroll through the resource as it is open on your desktop, you will see this:
Notice the "PHOTO" button in the right corner. There is a full-color photograph of every single project found within so you don't have to wonder if you are doing it right. All of the grey-colored lines of text are clickable PDF files that will bring up the four different pages of the printable craft that your student will put together to form this:
It will go into your lapbook underneath another project called The American Experiment. Your completed full page will look like this:
As you can see, inside the branches of the government tree, it defines who is included in each branch, and a write-up about each one. You are even provided printable leaves - she thinks of everything! We decided to color ours in. Colored pencils and pens have played their role in this review too.
Here are some of the other projects that we particularly liked. Suffrage was a flip-up craft that explained the fight for the right to vote - not only for women, but former slaves too. The 15th and 19th Amendments are focused on here, and the inside includes a write-up that explains suffrage over the years.
I also really liked the Political Parties project. This book has a flip-open tab for six political parties that gives a brief explanation of the party's past and/or current ideas. The parties included are: Federalist, Democratic-Republican, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and the Green Parties.
We also enjoyed putting together the Statistics and Who do we vote for? projects. Inside the Statistics flip book, we learned how the elephant and the donkey came to be, and the statistics mentions the reliance on polls and a candidate's charisma.
The Who do we vote for? project is a rotating craft that defines the candidates we vote for (President, Vice President, Senators, and Representative), and what qualifications they must fill in order to run.
These are only a few of the projects found in this awesome Lap-Pak! I have left out a lot of other projects and a whole vocabulary glossary found inside that is beautifully decorated. I just don't have space to tell you about it all! We can't escape that this is an election year because it is all over the news. We homeschoolers are notorious (I prefer to think of us as smart!) for utilizing what is going on around us to facilitate our home learning. HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections is an unbelievably thorough and interesting way to take advantage of what is going on right now. Home School in the Woods has done it again!
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Luther fascinates me. He was such a complex man with deeply held beliefs and some serious human weaknesses. Danika Cooley writes about his fascinating life and his transformation into a child of God - in story format. She doesn't sidestep any of his weaknesses, but deals with them head-on. I really appreciated that. I appreciated the whole book!
Years ago, I read Roland Bainton's, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, and was captivated by him. I am always fascinated by the Reformation heroes because they were very literally laying their lives on the line for the truth of the gospel. Some of them went up in smoke for their beliefs. It is astonishing, really, in this day of casual coffee-house faith. It is very easy to be whatever you wish to be in the 21st century. It is very easy to believe what you want to, or not. No one has the power to burn you at the stake these days--at least here in America.
But many many men and women did burn in Luther's day. Many people gave their lives so they could believe on Christ and live.
They lived 1 Corinthians 9:25 - Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
So very many who stood up to a corrupt church inherited an imperishable wreath and the gain of eternal life with Christ. These men are giants to me - yet they were imperfect and sinful. These men were men. They were fallible. Danika Cooley understands that lest we put men like Luther upon a man-made throne, rather than the God who brought about salvation through His Savior-Son.
I will forever be grateful that God used Luther, and that through him and others, we have the truth of Scripture for ourselves. We can pick up the Bible any time of day and read it in our own language. We can know the truths of scripture for ourselves--know the God of the Universe through His letters to us.
This wonderful article popped into my Facebook feed tonight, and I read it in full. It looks to be the beginning of a series, and I hope to read it all. Not only do I love the writing of this young woman, the subject matter is something my heart needed to read. I have clipped only a little bit, and linked to the rest, so that you can read it in full. Don't miss it.
I have had the exciting honor of reviewing Year 1
and Year 2
of BiblioPlan for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I have used both with my family, and have been immensely blessed
by each year. The wealth of subjects we have studied has been broad and
thorough. BiblioPlan, Year Four: Modern American and World History begins with
The British Empire, U.S. Slavery and the Underground Railroad, and concludes
its 34 chapters with the modern wars in the Middle East, and President Barack
Obama. There is also a missionary focus throughout the main Companion book that
will focus on individuals who lived for Christ and endeavored to share the
gospel. This is an unabashedly Christian program, and you can see the love that
Rob and Julia Nalle have for their Lord throughout each resource in the
BiblioPlan Family Guide for Modern
The BiblioPlan Family Guide for Modern History is, like the others in the
series, the framework to the whole the program and is an invaluable resource.
It begins with an introduction and a “How to Use BiblioPlan” section that
defines and explains the whole program, and each individual part. I aim to do
something similar below to help you understand how BiblioPlan works. This is
the book that has detailed reading lists, directions, explanations for use,
schedules, mapwork suggestions, other history resource books (with page
numbers), writing ideas, and hands-on activity suggestions. This is a highly
valuable book and is truly the key to the whole of the program. The reading
lists are one of the best aspects of this book. Broken down into age/grade
range, the literature selections are detailed and complete. You will find
reading lists for grades K-2, 3-5, 5-8, 7-8+, high school, family read-alouds,
movie suggestions, hands-on activity books, audio resources, general books on
the time period, literature study guide options, and music of the time period. For
each recommendation, they give a good description of the resource. If there are
any possible concerns with a title, they are kindly noted. This is an
astonishing resource that includes daily schedules and book lists like you have
never seen. As someone who really loves to focus her study on history (with
historical fiction read-alouds and audio resources, etc.) this is an invaluable
treasure-house of book lists to help you choose the right ones! A hardcopy is
$42.95, and the e-book version is $34.95. It is entirely usable as an e-book as
its primary function is as a teacher resource. This book is worth its weight in
The BiblioPlan Companion, Year Four: Modern
American and World History
While the BiblioPlan Family Guide gives detailed page suggestions for each
weekly topic from other homeschool-friendly history books, this program is best
utilized when paired with The BiblioPlan Companion, Year Four. I have used a
lot of history resources over the span of my 16 years of homeschooling, and the
Companion is the most thorough and well-written spine available in the
homeschool market. This book is 568 pages long and covers 1850-2000 in a single
volume. It is a softcover book that follows a similar pattern of what is
covered in each chapter. The World History Focus with specific dates and
“Fascinating Facts” sections that flesh out subjects or individuals being
studied. There is a “Missionary Focus” section that concentrates on specific
individuals and brings to life the areas of the world, and areas of attention
these individuals lived for. There is also an “American History Focus” section
that, obviously, concentrates on what was happening in the U.S. at the same
time. Sometimes there is an “Amazing Americans” section too. Then there is a
“Geography Focus” that may be in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world. Also
included is a “Presidential Focus” with a concentration on the man in office
during the years that chapter covers.
So, for example, in Chapter 9 of the Companion, you will find all these things
discusses and explained:
American History Focus concentrates on Immigrating to America, the
Naturalization Act of 1790, European Immigration during 1820-1920 that
discusses the reasons various nationalities migrated to America, the Contract
Labor Law, and the Immigration Acts of 1917-1965. The Fascinating Facts for
this part of the chapter are: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and Ellis
Island. World History Focus for this chapter is Japan. This includes: “What Has
Gone Before” – or a brief overview of Japan’s history, Sakoku, Commodore
Matthew Perry’s Japan Expedition, the Meiji Restoration, the Boshin War,
Catching Up with the West, and German Influence on Japan. Fascinating Facts for
this section include: the Four Classes of Japanese Feudalism, the Satsuma
Rebellion, and Noh Masks. The Amazing American for this chapter is Jane Addams
and Hull House. The Missionary Focus discusses Kirishitans and Fumie. (This
section is not about a specific individual as some chapters are, but about specific
Christian movements and persecution in Japan at this time.) The Geography Focus
is on the state of Michigan.
So as you can see, each chapter covers a lot of ground! The physical copy for the
Companion is $89.95, and the e-book version is $42.95. This is a full-color
book filled with maps, photographs, drawings, flags, and various graphics. If
you have a large-screen reader, the e-book would be a great solution. If you
don’t, definitely invest in the physical book. I recommend the physical as it
is much easier to use with a family.
BiblioPlan Family Guide for Year Four
The third highly valuable component to this history program is BiblioPlan’s
Family Guide. It is an excellent way to facilitate discussion within your
homeschool, and an easy way to determine whether or not your children are
learning the material you wish them to learn. There are detailed questions and
discussion topics like:
·List some of the waves of immigrants that
arrived in the U.S. over the years from 1820-1920, and explain the different
reasons for each wave.
·Describe the racial quotas system that appeared
in the 1921 Emergency Quota Act and the Immigration Act of 1924. Explain the
mathematics behind these laws, as outlined in the Companion.
·Explain Japan’s unique belief about its
emperors. Ask your students: how would a belief like that affect a nation’s
loyalty to its rulers?
·Describe the tactic that the shoguns used
against the Kirishitans. Ask your students to put themselves in the
·Review Grover Cleveland’s life and presidency.
(. . .) in modern times, would it still be possible for charities and churches
to care for all of the poor’s needs?
This is also a great resource to use if you are using BiblioPlan
in a co-op setting. This book is filled with great questions to share and
discuss with a group of children. The hardcopy is $12.95, and the e-book is
$8.95. For a few extra dollars, I think
the physical book is certainly worth having.
BiblioPlan’s Cool Histories
BiblioPlan’s Cool History resources are available in e-book or physical
format for each developmental level: Littles (grades K-2), Middles (grades
2-6), Upper Middles (grades 6-8), and Advanced (grades 8-12). The Cool
Histories are an excellent tool to help your child write down what he is
learning to facilitate better discussion and retention of the awesome history
they are reading through the Companion.
Cool History for Littles: ModernHistory includes notebooking pages that
you can use in a variety of ways. There are maps, places for your student to
fill in names, dates, places, and events, areas for drawing or pasting photos
of important persons (presidents, missionaries, etc.) Some of the discussion
questions for this age range are:
1. How many visitors attended Britain’s
Great Exhibition in 1851?
2. What happened to
the Crystal Palace in 1936?
3. On the British
flag, the large red cross edged in white represents what patron saint?
4. The diagonal white
cross represents what patron saint?
Cool History for Middles: Modern History
also includes the same notebooking pages found in the Littles book. Some of the
discussion questions for this age range include:
1. How many different names for the Civil
War are listed in the Companion?
2. What did
abolitionist John Brown think would happen when he started his slave rebellion
at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia?
3. Seven states
decided they would no longer belong to the United States. They formed their own
country called ______________.
4. Which Southern fort
refused to surrender to the Confederate States of America?
Cool History for Upper Middles: Modern
History includes a higher level of questions that are more than fill-in-the-blank
types, and will include essay questions. Some examples include:
1. What was the Pax Britannica, and what
was its impact?
2. Why did Britain and
France join forces against Russia in the Crimean War?
3. Why was Sevastopol
such an important port?
4. What is the meaning
of these lines from Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to make
reply/Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do or die"?
5. List some “firsts”
from the Crimean War.
There are also "Bonus Questions/Activities". An example of one of
these would be: Why did President Millard
Fillmore turn down an Honorary Degree from Oxford University?
Cool History for Advanced: Modern
History has all sorts of good detailed questions for your student that
include short answer, fill-in-the-blank, long essay answer, and also offer
research questions too. Some of these types of questions include:
Fill in the Blank: 1. Queen Victoria reigned over the
British Empire for nearly ___________ years, from ___________to ___________ .
She became queen when she had just turned _________ years old.
Short Answer: 1. List and explain some of the
railroading terms the Underground Railroad used.
2. In what state was Harriet Tubman a slave? In what city did she live after
Short Essay: 1. List and describe the three
compromises that held the pro-slavery South and the anti-slavery North together
from 1787 - 1861.
2. How did the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act make the Underground Railroad’s job more
Research Essay: Do some research on Sati, the rite in
which Hindu widows burned themselves to death on their dead husbands’ funeral
pyres in order to display their grief. See if you can discover any other Hindu,
Muslim, Sikh or Jainist religious practices that the British might have
considered barbaric. Did the British have good reason to want to “Christianize”
India? Did they go about it in a good way? Why or why not?
I really like the Cool Histories. These are thorough and detailed and are an
excellent addition to the Companion. They round-out the whole study and give
you, as the teacher, a way to evaluate how much your children are learning.
They are well done and you will not be disappointed if you choose to use them.
I’d check over the level of questions for the year of BiblioPlan you are
considering and buy one to use for the closest age range. I tend to teach to my
oldest and modify for my younger children. This has served me well for a long
time and I recommend it here. It is easier to simplify (and cross off more
difficult questions) than it is to “spruce it up” for an older child.
Also available is a Cool History Classic: Modern History that is a simplified
version of the other Cool Histories that can be used as a family guide for
grades 1-6. The questions are just like those found in the Cool Histories, and
are geared towards multiple age/grade levels. Pricing varies for these
resources depending on the level. E-books will need to be printed and each
child will need one. Consider whether or not you will want to use these with
subsequent children of the same age and buy accordingly. The Cool History
copyright is perfect for families:
Families who purchase
these materials may make as many copies of the Cool History assignments, Maps,
Timelines or Coloring Books as they need for use WITHIN THEIR FAMILY ONLY.
BibloPlan offers Hands-On Maps for Middles (grades 2-8) and Advanced (grades
8-12). They do not have one for the Littles, and I can understand why. Small
hands have a hard time writing words like “Mediterranean,” let alone spell it!
All the maps are created by the authors and are black and white with
instructions on how to use them. They correspond to the lesson and will help
your child understand the geography of the area they are studying. For example,
Week 3b of Middles, your student will use a map of Africa. They will then do
1. Label and color the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Persian Gulf, Arabian
Sea, and Red Sea.
2. Using the map in the Companion, draw the Congo River and Nile River on your
3. Robert Moffett, a missionary from Africa, influenced David Livingstone to go
to Africa. Circle Kuruman in orange. This is where Moffett lived.
4. Draw a footprint over the Kalahari Desert. Livingstone was the first white
man to cross this desert.
5. Draw a lion at Mabotsa. This is where Livingstone encountered the lion.
6. Circle Victoria Falls in blue. Livingstone named Victoria Falls for
Britain's Queen Victoria.
The Advanced Maps have the same map, but ask the students to do more with the
map. I really like the Advanced Maps for middle and high schoolers. I use
geography books and the Companion, and some large floor maps and have the kids
find these things on their own. It is a great activity that really cements the
information. These are solid resources and worth the cost. They range from
$14.95 - $22.95, depending on e-book or physical format, and which one(s) you
BiblioPlan Timeline and Timeline Figures
BiblioPlan also created a Timeline and Timeline Figures for use with their
program. These are an inexpensive way to buy and create a timeline with your
family. For only $16.95 in e-book or $22.95 for the hardcopy, you can make a
complete timeline for the modern time period. I received the e-book and each
page has a timeline that spans the page. Different countries are highlighted in
different colors so you can create the timeline and follow that country’s
history. Included are full-color printable timeline figures that your student
will affix in the appropriate spot. These can be graphics of events, people,
photos, or drawings. There is no guesswork with this product and that is my
favorite part of the timeline! You are not going to glue something down in the
wrong spot and regret using glue (the very thing I have done with other
products!) Someone spent a lot of time finding these figures for our use and
this is a real treasure if you want to do a timeline with your children while
using BiblioPlan. If I was going to use this with more than one child, I would
definitely buy the e-book version so that I could print out the timeline as we
studied it and print as many as I wished for my children. You can also print
this out and create a wall timeline for the whole family to see and use.
Craft Book for Modern History and
Coloring Book for Modern History:
The Craft Book and the Coloring Book are extra resources to help you flesh out
each week with hands-on fun. These are available for purchase separately. The
Craft Book is $6.95 for the e-book and $11.95 for the physical book. The
Coloring Book is also $5.95 for the e-book and $8.95 for the physical book. I’d
definitely recommend the e-book format for both—especially the Craft Book. This
is color-coded with a different color per craft. It comes with a list of
supplies for each craft and written directions with a photo of the finished
product. This is a good beginning craft book. I’d love to see it revised with
step by step photographic instructions for the “less-than-crafty” among us. The
crafts are varied and interesting and your children are likely to enjoy them.
My children have enjoyed the ones we have done. The coloring book has simple
drawings that accompany the lesson. They are not going to “wow” you, but if you
need something easy to print off that coordinates with the lesson for your
little one, this is a good choice.
BiblioPlan, Year 4: Modern American and World History is just as excellent and thorough
a program as the previous two I have been happy to use and review. It is
thorough, easy to use, offers everything a homeschool family could possibly
want and more! This is a program your whole family will find interesting and
will be drawn into the time period. Rob and Julia Nalle have done their
homework, covered so very many people, places, and things, in order to create
these fantastic history programs for us. This was clearly a labor of love for
the homeschool community and that absolutely shows in the finished product.
Download the sample for BiblioPlan, Year Four,
and look at it up close. You may find this is just what you have been looking for!
When I read things like this, I nod my head. God's glory in the astonishing creation is all around us.
I mean the world is simply AMAZING!
I can't get enough of the miracles around me, and I get excited when we study the complexity of our world.
Job 12:7-10 asks...
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind."
In HIS hand is the LIFE of EVERY living thing. That's amazing. That's awesome. That's God! John 1:3 tells us:
"All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."
That's Jesus. All things.
I am grateful today for the beauty of the earth. For the glory of the Lord. For His promises that are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness to His people.
The kit includes the following list of quality real art supplies:
8 - 2.5 oz Tubes of Paint (red, green, brown, blue, purple, orange, yellow, and
2 instructional DVDs (Volume 1: Introduction: How to Begin; Volume 2: My First
9” x 12” Canvas Pad (10 sheets)
Palette Pad (40 sheets)
9” x 12” Sketch Pad (40 sheets)
6 Acrylic Brushes (various sizes)
HB Pencil Set (2-Pack)
Sta-Wet Painter’s Pal (a sturdy plastic painter’s palette with a sealable lid)
Ebony Pencil Set (2-Pack)
Magic Rub Eraser
Plastic Palette Knife (to mix your paint colors together)
Drawing Board (14” x 14” chipboard)
You begin with the obvious choice, Volume 1: How to Begin! Here, Jerry Yarnell
explains each and every items included in the set, and how it is used. This is
a brilliant video for those who really have had no quality art instruction or
experience, lack familiarity with art products and their specific uses, or for
those who need a refresher. I had no idea how to use some of the materials
included. (Kneaded erasers are strange and wonderful, and I did not have any
idea how valuable they could be in a sketch until I saw this video!) Once he
explains how all the products are used, he then sets up the paint palette with
all eight colors, and readies his canvas for use. The only thing you add is
paper towels! He then shows the viewer how to mix and blend the colors on the
palette, and how to properly clean your quality brushes. It is one thing to use
cheaply made brushes, it is another thing entirely to use these nice ones. You
will want to keep them in good condition after use. This is a 34 minute DVD and
is essential to understanding how to use this kit well.
Once you and your child understand how to use the art supplies correctly, have
the palette set up and ready to go, you are ready for the first lesson. You will
find this on Volume 2: My First Landscape. Total running time for the DVD is 37
minutes. Interestingly enough, and a little surprising to me, is that this DVD
does not begin with the landscape project! It begins with an entirely different
12 minute sketching lesson on how to draw an apple! Your child will learn the
importance of where the light is shining as you sketch, how to shade the apple,
and the apple’s shadow (the cast), how to use that kneading eraser in a sketch,
and how to finish the sketch. This is a perfect beginner art lesson. Then, he
moves on to the main event – painting a landscape. As the teacher, this was one
of the most delightful lessons I have ever seen. It was systematic, with step
by step instructions to the student. I tried this lesson with a group of six
children of both sexes to see what would happen. I wanted to see how much each
one would hear and incorporate into their finished artwork. The age range of
the participating children was 9-16. They watched the instructional video and
then completed the project from start to finish. I am not sure how Yarnell
School nailed the age range so well, but not one of the children had a hard
time following the 25 minute lesson. Each of them created a lovely landscape
with complex elements like a well-defined tree with leaves and a foreground of
flowers, and a detailed background design too.
Each of the children displayed
their own artistic strategies, and each painting was original to its designer.
It was a wonderfully positive experience for all of them.
Not included in the kit, but included by the company for review were three
other complete lesson DVDs for sale on their site. These include: Volume 3:
Apple, Volume 4: Rabbit, and Volume 5: Field of Flowers. Volume 3: Apple begins
with setting the background of your canvas. He spends a good deal of time
mixing the colors, and applying them in a manner children should really enjoy.
Then he utilizes the apple sketch your child drew in DVD 2 as a side by side
example to your artist, and lightly sketches the apple onto the painted
background. From there, the paint is added, blending and shading as he proceeds
through the lesson. Your student will essentially reproduce the apple in paint
onto the canvas, learning the techniques needed to create the completed
project. I especially enjoyed watching him create the leaf at the top of the
apple. There is a movement Yarnell does to create it that, if mastered, should
be useful for other artistic endeavors in your child’s painting future. I also
liked the end section where he teaches the student how to create the white
light reflection that rounds out the apple. There is a heavy focus on blending
the apple on the canvas, and creating a life-like finished product.
Volume 4: Rabbit is probably my favorite of all the DVDs they sent. Your artist
will create a painting from a photograph of a rabbit set up, side by side with
the canvas. As I watched this video (as a mom without any real artistic talent),
I thought, I could probably do this! Jerry Yarnell’s videos are encouraging
because even those of us without any natural talent can actually create
something that’s lovely. Again, this is a step by step video that begins with
mixing paints, and setting the background. This time, your artist will add
leaves and grasses along the way. Once the background is set, he shows you how
to sketch the outline of the rabbit. Once that is completed, the student fills
in the inside, adding different colors along with shading and outlining
details. The camera returns to the palette throughout to show which colors he
mixes to create the various colors used for the rabbit. Towards the end he
shows you how to create the specific details and outlines to finely detail the
finished artwork. This DVD is 35 minutes. It is quite possible to break this
longer class into more than one lesson. I can also see this DVD utilized with
photos of different animals. The same principles apply, and can really be used
over and over.
Volume 5: Field of Flowers is exactly what it sounds like! The DVD begins with
Jerry Yarnell setting up the canvas and the palette. He sets up, side by side,
the photograph of the field of flowers found in a magazine (you can choose
whichever one you wish, or use his). He then shows your student different brush
techniques for painting the background in various greens. Because the kit comes
with several brushes, he really utilizes these in this DVD, and explains their
use and shows how to use them in the best way for this project. Then your
student will add the flowers with different colors as well as different
brushes. I really like the focus on brush techniques in this DVD. It is quite
versatile and has many uses beyond the field of flowers. He ends the 34 minute
DVD by demonstrating a specific splatter technique done with a toothbrush. This
adds a complementary finishing touch that nothing else could replicate.
Paint This with Jerry Yarnell Fine Art Painting & Drawing Kit for Kids
retails for $149. The included DVDs, 1 and 2, along with the high quality art
supplies, are an excellent whole course that can be used repeatedly. There is
enough paint to replicate the lessons several times, expand upon them, and add
to them. While Jerry Yarnell demonstrates how to sketch an apple, the same
principles could certainly be used for other still life items. The same can be
said for the painting projects. The separate DVD lessons, sold separately for
$25 each, can follow a similar pattern. While watching the rabbit painting
project, I could imagine repeating it with each child’s favorite animal
photograph. Your student is only limited by their imagination. I appreciate the
genuine step by step instruction and careful demonstration by Jerry Yarnell. He
leaves nothing out so that even the most timid homeschooling parent will feel
comfortable using this resource with their children. This is highly
This beautiful girl is getting married very soon. We have had friends and family lovingly shower her with generous gifts to help her begin her life with her beloved. As her mama, it is overwhelming to me to see the love and kindness bestowed on this precious young woman - my firstborn. She has been blessed by two showers, from our church friends, and one from family. Both were amazing, and filled with love and blessing. How grateful we are for these people!
We share her presence here for about five more weeks. We have been diligently planning her wedding for seven months, and the time is almost here. Most of the details are done, and we are fine-tuning the ones that are left over. I am cherishing these last days. What began 21 years ago, with a plump and bright-eyed baby, delivered to a mama who had no idea what to do with her, is coming to its rightful ending. One ending is another beginning, and that's how this mama heart is viewing it. I have had my sad moments, knowing that my girl will no longer wake here, sleepy and in need of coffee. However, I know that our late-night conversations will turn into coffee dates or dinners as families. Change is not always bad, but now and then, it can be stretching.
If the season of being a day-to-day mother with my daughter has to end, I am grateful it is ending this way. I am grateful to God for bringing a man into her life who loves Jesus and loves our girl. I am grateful I have been able to be her day to day mama for 21 years. I am grateful for the friend my daughter has become to me. I am honored that God allowed me the privilege of being her mother. Seasons of life come and go, and we must change with them or be knocked down by them. I look forward to seeing what God does in their future, and am so very happy to have been a part of her past.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,