August’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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It’s hard to believe August is upon us. Does summer go by super fast at your house, too?  I’m sure the summers were longer when I was a kid!  I remember the summer days being filled with reading, hiking in the woods, climbing waterfalls, swimming in the creek or the neighborhood pool, playing cards, yakking with friends, picnicking with family, going to the outdoor movie theater, picking flowers, working in the garden, and more.  Now we always seem to be on the go! Our summer is  mostly filled with preparing for and going to horse shows and our county/state fair.  August means wind down time for us–getting ready to start school again.

Even if your summer has been crazy busy and you’re gearing up for school again too, there is still time to sneak in a few more fun, summertime activities with the children!  Our August calendar has lots of great ideas to help you have fun with the last full month of summer!  And, because August is American Artists Appreciation month, be on the look-out for special posts on the blog about American artists.

Until next time, hug your kids and make the days count!

Tea Time with Mozart

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Our Tea Time post today is written by Mary of Homegrown Learners. Be sure to stop by her blog for more learning with music fun!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the great composers from the Classical Music Era. He was born in 1756 in Austria and was already composing by the time he was just FIVE years old!

Mozart’s father was very involved in his son’s life, and took he and his sister (Nannerl) on a tour through Europe when Mozart was just a young boy. He played for many famous people and royalty. Upon meeting Marie Antoinette the young Mozart proclaimed he would “marry her one day”.

This never happened, but Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (“Wolfie”) did grow up to be one of the most accomplished composers and keyboard players in all of Europe during that time.  He died at the very young age of 35, but left behind over 600 compositions, and has gone down in history as one of the greatest composers of all time.

Books to Read:

  • Mozart, the Wonder Boy, by Opal Wheeler – a wonderful story about Mozart’s childhood – some versions come with an accompanying CD



  • During your day, play a Mozart Pandora station, or listen to this Mozart playlist .

Tea Time Snack:

Why not listen to Mozart while you are enjoying some Star Cookies?  You can also play the music while you are baking these wonderful treats!

If you are looking for something less time consuming, Skor Bars are also a wonderful treat!


Our Guest Writer:
Mary is a lifelong musician and loves teaching children music history and appreciation. She has written a music appreciation curriculum for children: SQUILT. She also blogs at Homegrown Learners about homeschooling her 12 year old daughter and 8 year old son.

Show & Tell ~ My Father’s Dragon

We LOVE being able to show off families that are using Homeschool Share in their homeschools! I, personally, love finding new-to-me bloggers who are writing posts about how they use it in their home! So, I am excited to share with you a post from These Temporary Tents when her family used the lapbook to go along with My Father’s Dragon!

If you haven’t read My Father’s Dragon, you are missing out! Such a great chapter book read aloud! Speaking of which, I read it a few years ago with my girls and I think my son would love it. We need to read it again! My Father’s Dragon is about a young boy, Elmer, who runs away to an island to rescue a baby dragon. It is also a Newberry Honor book!

Thank you so much, Aadel, for sharing your lapbooks with us! We are honored to share your child’s work here on the HSS blog!! They did such a great job and we love to see them!

Tea Time with Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas Bio Information

Edgar Degas was born July 19, 1834 in Paris.  His family was wealthy and his father shared his love of art with young Edgar, who eventually decided to pursue art as his career.  Degas began by painting portraits and historical scenes, but he began to spend time with a group of artists that we now know as the Impressionists, and he started painting pictures of everyday scenes and people in natural poses.  His art often featured dancers.  Degas became very successful and sold many of his paintings and pastels.  Along with Mary Cassatt, he tried printmaking, too.  As he got older, Degas began to lose his sight and he moved to working on small wax figures.   Edgar Degas died September 27, 1917.

Edgar Degas Book Basket

Edgar Degas: Paintings that Dance:  This book is written in the style of a child’s project and is very engaging for elementary-aged readers.

Degas and the Little Dancer:  The most famous sculpture Degas made was the Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.  This is the story behind the sculpture.

What Makes a Degas a Degas?:  If you’re studying Degas with older students, this is a great resource.  I used it with my eight year old son, but we just used the pages that went along with the specific works we were studying.

Dancing with Degas:  If you want to include your littlest children, this book from the Mini Masters series is a wonderful addition to your tea time!

Edgar Degas Activity Ideas

Discovering Great Artists:  MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga have included two separate projects to help your child learn about Degas in this fabulous resource book.

Anholt’s Artists Activities Book:  When we studied Degas we chose to try the sculpture activity from the Anholt book.  The book explains how in 2002, scientists took and x-ray of the Little Dancer and discovered that Degas has used all kinds of odds and ends to build the frame!  This book includes project ideas for each of the books in Anholt’s artist series as well as “Chat About Art” sections.

The beginning of our sculptures!

Dream Draw Create has a great idea for using chalk pastels to make these ballet dancers.

If you’re making an Artist Notebook, you can use this Degas notebooking page!

Edgar Degas Notebooking Page Free Printable from the Homeschool Share Blog