Simple Abstract Painting with Kids

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We are having a major cold front here in Ohio. This week the temps have stayed in the lower teens and even dropped into the negatives. Last night, we hit -18!

Typically, after school the kids would go straight outside. It is safe to say we have all been stuck IN the house. ALL WEEK. Everyone, including myself, are starting to suffer from cabin fever!

We are reading through TWO read alouds but even that can only go so far. I decided that we all needed something to do! Our first project was abstract painting.

I searched the internet for some ideas and then decided to just kind of wing it. We used a couple of different ideas and pulled it all into one.

We pulled out all of our acrylic paint and paint brushes. We used 11×14 poster board and colored a border around the edge.



Then we filled the inside with shapes. All different kinds of shapes. Various sizes.



We filled it in until all of the white was covered. We did have a couple spots that we painted white. It just looked better to actually be painted instead of left the off white-ish color of the poster board.

After the paint was dry we continued to add shapes of different colors and sizes. Lines. Squiggles. Dots. I told the kids to just BE CREATIVE!

At first, I was a little unsure of how they would turn out. But I LOVE the result!

Here is a close up of each one.





Taylor~ She decided to ditch the paint brush. I think her fingers worked nicely!

We hung these up in the school room/dining room. The kids want to make more to hang up in their rooms. I’m going to buy more paint to give us more color options and smaller brushes so we can make some of the details smaller.

I’m excited that this was such a hit with the kids! I have a few other projects up my sleeve. Hopefully they are as much fun  because I don’t see this weather changing anytime soon!

is a homeschooling momma for the last 9 years. Her and her husband, Brian, have been blessed with 4 little ones. Taylor is 15, Alyssa is 14 and Morgan and Carter are 11. (Yes, twins!) She has a love of photography, anything involved with homesteading, serving her family and gets weak in the knees for a cute pair of boots. You can find out more about her and the adventures that the family enjoy by visiting her blog, The Pebble Pond. She blogs about homeschooling, raising a daughter with a physical disability, going from being a city girl to a country girl, recipes, simple living and then takes pictures of it all.

Show~N~Tell {Teeth Unit}

Did you know that February is National Dental Health Month? Nope? Me, either. 🙂 But, as always, Homeschool Share even has something for THIS special day. Who knew?!?

Today I’m going to showcase a lovely lap book and unit study that Heidi, from Starts at Eight, completed with her daughter. It turned out wonderfully! If you read her posts from this unit study, you will see that they had a fabulous time learning all about teeth, complete with some experiments as well!

She split up this unit study into 3 parts on her blog: Teeth Unit ~ Week 1, Teeth Unit ~ Week 2, and Teeth Unit ~ Week 3






The unit study that Heidi used from Homeschool Share is this multi-book theme on teeth! Check it out if you’re hoping to teach your children more about their teeth and dental care this month! Thank you, Heidi, for letting us share your pictures and lap book with our readers!!

Show & Tell ~ France Lapbook

France Lapbook at

Recently, my daughter had an assignment in her geography class at our co-op. In December, each child was to choose a country to study and do a short report in class. Hannah chose France and opted, of her own free will, to do an entire lap book for this country when all that was required was a short 2-3 minute talk about her country! I love that she loved putting this lap book together and I love that she did it independently! Hannah is almost 12 years old and in 6th grade. The country lap books available at Homeschool Share are perfect!! {Take a peek here at everything that is available for the continent of Europe!!}

The Cover of France Lapbook

France Lapbook at

Inside France Lapbook

France Lapbook at

France Lapbook at

You will notice that we combined some of the lap book pieces from Christmas Around the World Unit Study & Lapbook {which is a fabulous study you should remember to do next Christmas!!} also because part of Hannah’s assignment was to share what Christmas was like in France! Hannah wore a crown because we decided to do a traditional King’s Cake like they did at Epiphany in France! Now, because we had programs, recitals and a full weekend before this was due, we took the easy way out and used refrigerated dough to make ours. 🙂 But, we hid Baby Jesus in the cake and it was still a great project, lap book and treat for her geography class!

Thanks to Homeschool Share Hannah had a fabulous presentation AND learned a LOT about the country of France!

Show & Tell ~ Ancient Egypt Lapbook

What is your approach to home education? Do you generally consider yourself a classical educator, a Charlotte Mason educator, or do you think Montessori is the way to go? I’m sort of eclectic in my approach. My son likes to immerse himself in an area of learning, so we generally spend a lot of time doing unit studies because this approach allows him to explore till his heart is content. We follow a Biblical chronological history study and incorporate literature and art in as well.

Last year we were engrossed in Ancient Egyptian history for several months. Yet, sometimes it is difficult to show what the child is learning when engrossed in a unit study that is so broad. That is why I often will log onto Homeschool Share to find a Lapbook for the area of study we are in.

Did you know that you can find free lapbooks for just about any topic on the Homeschool Share website? Let your mouse hover over the toolbar where it says “Lapbooking” Then click on the “Free Lapbooks” link. From there you can access a myriad of lapbooks, but if you have trouble finding just the right topic you can simply do a search of the Homeschool Share website using the google search bar just under the toolbar. In case you don’t find the topic you are looking for your can always download the free lapbook templates†and make your own.

I was happy to find this lapbook study on Ancient Egypt. By downloading and printing the material I was able to enhance my son’s study of Ancient Egypt by putting some of what he was learning into a lapbook. Lapbooks are designed to bring the learning out of the books and into the hands. By cutting out, decorating and then writing in bits of knowledge in the guided mini-books that get placed in the folder or lapbook, the child is demonstrating their own knowledge of a subject, yet in a hands-on approach. This allows them to take ownership of their own knowledge.

Here is a look at how we used this wonderful resource.

Here you can see the front of the lapbook. It is made using a simple folder. This front cover showcases his own artwork of Ancient Egypt as well as a pocket which contains his heiroglyph name. Pockets, matchbook covers, pop-up books, accordion books, and flap books and wheel books are all used in various ways allowing the student to write their knowledge facts inside. By giving your child one small item at a time, they are not overwhelmed and can focus their knowledge on one task at a time building their lap book as they go.

Here you can see that I chose mini books for the topics of Papyrus, The Nile River and Tutankhamun the Boy King. This Homeschool Share lap book is a part of a larger unit study, which is included in the download. For our study we were already involved in a separate unit study lesson, so I chose from this set of†lapbook templates†the items I wanted my child to focus on. There were several min-book options that I chose not to use.

Here you can see a simple “Shabtis” shutter book. I printed the foldable template onto yellow card stock. Then the template is cut out, folded and the center line cut. When the student lifts the question, they write their answer beneath, then the mini-book is placed inside the larger lapbook.

These two mini-books are simple yet fun for kids. The one on the left is a simple pop-up book, when the top cover is opened the pyramid and blazing sun pop-up. The student can then write a brief description about the Valley of the Kings, or pyramid building or various other fitting facts. The second one, to the right, is a wheel book, with a window cut out revealing various facts as the top sheet spins around. In this case the various occupations of the Ancient Egyptian Culture.

Here you see an accordion mini-book about How a Mummy is Made.

Regardless of your teaching method, lapbooks can be incorporated into your lessons. With lapbooks the student is only limited by their imagination. A teacher can offer very creative options for enhancing what the child is learning. Offering students a way to take ownership of their knowledge solidifies their learning in a way that will remain with them for years, if not a lifetime, to come.

~RenÈe Brown

RenÈe Brown is a wife of 21 years to her beloved, Michael. The live in central Ohio where they are homeschooling their son Jonathan who is their lifeís greatest blessing. RenÈe is passionate about nurturing family through Biblical guidance. She enjoys writing and reading books. She likes cooking for her family and friends and you will often find her with a tall glass of sweet iced tea or a hot cup of coffee. You can read more of her writing at her blog,Great Peace Academy.