Archives for March 2016

Tea Time with Great Artists

Have you tried Tea Time yet?  Brew a hot pot of tea (or mix up some cold lemonade), light some candles, read some books together, eat a delicious snack, and then, if you are inspired, try an art activity. Tea Time can be a special memory making time in your homeschool.

Tea Time with Great Artists (would make a fabulous homeschool co-op class!) from Walking by the Way

Another way to incorporate Tea Time is to facilitate a class at your local co-op. If you don’t have co-op, find a few families and take turns hosting Tea Times. Once you try it, you will probably be hooked! It won’t be hard to start a Tea Time with Great Artists class because we already have ideas ready for you; check the artists list below to find biography information, book title suggestions, snack suggestions, and art project ideas.

Artists –

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564)

Raphael (1483-1520)

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)

John James Audubon 1785-1851

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Grandma Moses (1860 –1961)

Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944)

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986)

 Norman Rockwell (1894 –1978)

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976)

Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967)

Jackson Pollock (1912 –1956)

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997)

Andy Warhol (1928 –1987)

Enjoy learning about these amazing artists while at the same time inspiring yours!

Are They Interested?

Homeschool Learning Quote

Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he is not interested, it is like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating. – Katrina Gutleben

Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

We recently read Carol Ryrie Brink’s The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit.  If you haven’t read this sweet story before, you’re missing out! There’s humor, adventure, and mystery in this short chapter book and it’s a good read for the whole family.

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It’s also a great book to read for National Puppy Day on March 23rd–and a great time to cook up some yummy treats for the puppies in your family!

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This recipe comes from my friend (and fellow homeschooling mom!) Nancy, and our dog has liked them so much, so I’m thankful she shared this recipe with us!  I love that it uses ingredients I usually already have on hand.

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Just mix your flour, egg,…

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pumpkin, and peanut butter!

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Roll out the dough and cut out shapes–How cute is this set??  All that’s left is the baking.  Easy peasy!

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If you are talented like Nancy, you can melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate them, too!  Wouldn’t these make cute gifts?

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Hobo was so happy to get to be the official taste tester!

Here’s the full recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together well
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you want them
  4. Melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate treats

Your puppy will thank you!

Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango

Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango Fruit Trees

Cook with Books this month features The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte. We read the colorful story about Tico Tango who flies through the rainforest snatching bright, yummy fruits from his friends. The book lends itself to great discussion about asking for things and asking for forgiveness.

After reading the book, we started on our Fruit Tree Snack. If your child is able, he can help wash and prepare the fruit by chopping it into small pieces.

For each fruit tree, you will need:

1/2 banana
thick slice of cored pineapple
handful of toothpicks
3 other fruits (we used strawberries, kiwi, and mango), diced

To assemble the trees, simply place the banana half in the pineapple.

Using toothpicks, add fruits all over.

Fruit Tree Snack for The Parrot Tico Tango (Cook with Books)

So simple. So healthy!

You can find a complete unit study for The Parrot Tico Tango at Homeschool Share.

Cook with Books Pinterest Board

Mary Walker Wears the Pants

A Book Worth Reading Mary Walker Wears the Pants
March is Women’s History Month, so this month’s A Book Worth Reading selection is Mary Walker Wears the Pants by Cheryl Harness.

Mary Walker was not like most women of her time. Raised by her parents to think for herself, Mary wore pants, campaigned for equal rights, and in 1855, she became one of the first female physicians. Mary was also against slavery, so when the Civil War broke out in 1861, she went to Washington to see how she could help. She wanted to join the army as a surgeon, but that wasn’t allowed, so Dr. Walker worked as an unpaid volunteer at the hospital doing every kind of job from changing bandages to raising money. Eventually, she decided to go to the battlefield anyway, and worked her hardest to give the wounded soldiers the best care she could. In 1863, her persistence paid off, and she was finally officially named an assistant surgeon for the US Army, a first for both the army and women! No matter what side the soldiers were fighting for, Mary was willing to help them, and it has been speculated that she may have been a spy. In 1864, Mary was held as a prisoner of war and eventually exchanged for a Confederate officer. After the war, Dr. Mary Walker was given the Medal of Honor for her service to her country during the war.

Mary Walker’s story is a great example for readers of all ages of someone who followed their convictions, even when it was difficult. Many people laughed at her and she was even arrested, but she fought for her beliefs. At great risk to herself, she was willing to tend to all of the soldiers on the battlefield, even when her help wasn’t appreciated or condoned by those in charge. Mary Walker Wears the Pants will help your kids realize that some of the things we consider completely normal–wearing pants or going to a female doctor, for instance–are things that others had to work hard to make happen. Cheryl Harness has made Dr. Walker’s story easy to enjoy and appreciate and follows it up with an Author’s Note that tells about the rest of her life. If you’re looking for a good story about a strong woman, check out Mary Walker Wears the Pants!