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  • Canada Colouring Sheets I wanted to share with you a few websites that have Canada focused colouring sheets. Great for studies of our country (like The Canadian Adventure!), celebrating Canada Day, or even just for fun. Crayola Props to Crayola for providing us with our own specific colouring sheets! Included in the collection are provincal sheets. These are terrific – summarizing the key features of each province: flag, map, bird, flower, etc. So cute! Others include a page for each of our past Prime Ministers – from John A. MacDonald to Stephen Harper – with a little summary for each. Also, the inevitable Maple Leaf, ...
  • Arts & Crafts The Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team Presents : ArtArt can be a challenging subject to teach, especially if you don’t feel like it is a skill you excel at. This month, The Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team shares their experiences teaching art and how to incorporate it into their every day learning. Alison – Homeschool Art Without a Curriculum Many homeschoolers feel under qualified in the art department. But with so many other subject areas and resources to buy, not many have the funds available to pour into a pre-packaged curriculum or private art classes for their children. But you can teach art in your homeschool using limited funds using a few ...
  • Art Lessons with CrayolaTeachers.ca Ted Harrison in an artist who lived in the Canadian territory of the Yukon. His art uses a lot of bright colours and lines. Spending some time looking at his work with my children, we made some interesting observations. Most of the painting feature a round sun somewhere in the sky and jagged lines running side to side in layers which really gives an affect of looking like  mountains, sunsets, or even the Northern Lights. Many of them have people or animals and simple houses and buildings. Here are some examples of his art. We decided to try to make our ...
  • Arts Alive Presented by the National Arts Centre, the website, ArtsAlive.ca brings educational resources for music, dance, and drama. Each section is divided up into many parts to help teach and explain elements of for each division of the arts: Music:  instrument lab parent and teacher resources about composers games & activities information about the NAC Orchestra and when it is on tour Theatre:  French & English Theatre Costuming and Design Interviews and Information about actors, directors, and playwrights Detailed Study Guides on various productions History of Theatre Seeing French Theatre in Canada Activities Great Plays Reading Lists Dance: Dance 101 Dance Appreciation Choreographer’s Toolbox Expert Advice Videos, Photos, and Interviews Virtual Dance Studio Detailed Study Guides In addition to all these resources, the site also has set ...
  • Art Tango While I was trying to figure out what exactly we would try for art this year, I stumbled across an art lesson plan website called Art Tango.  Offering a complete set of 30 lessons for each grade from Kindergarten to Grade 5, using tools that most people should be able to find either in their arts and craft box or at least easily at a supply store – the lessons cover elements of art like: colour theory lines patterns symmetry texture a variety of mediums: crayons, pencils, watercolour, oil pastels, etc. art appreciation and much more. Explaining the lesson in detail for the teacher to be able to lead students, ...
  • Art Before Breakfast {Book Review} Art Before BreakfastArt Before Breakfast is a book to designed to encourage the creativity of art by looking at the every day things around you and learning to take a few minutes to express what you see. This book is for people who don’t have time to read it. You don’t have a second to catch your breath. To smell the roses or the coffee. Your life is getting more and more full and crazy. Which is why you need to add one more thing to your to-do list: Make art. The book begins with an explanations of why it’s important to include even a few moments of art ...
  • Bayo Bundles Review bayo bundlesCanadian Mom, Riley, wanted to offer parents a way to create and learn with their children, without the stress and time needed to research and prep activities. So, she created Bayo Bundles – monthly subscription boxes for kids ages 5 – 10, full of everything you need to explore together. Designed for kids in the ages 3 to 7 year range, these kits dive into a topic and get kids learning by doing. We had the opportunity to give it a try. Our kit was all about colour. I did it with my 7 year old, who was thrilled to have ...
  • Mix It Up {Book Review} Renowned French author, Hervé Tullet, has released a fun new children’s book here in North America. This book is called Mix It Up!and is a hands-on kind of book that teaches kids all about colours. It starts with a little gray dot of paint in the middle of the page with the simple instruction to “tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.” Then you flip the page and see what you’ve done. (In this case, you’ve encouraged the arrival of several other colour dots of paint to start sneaking onto the page!) Each page has you do a task ...
  • CrayolaTeachers.ca CrayolaTeachers.caWhen you hear the name Crayola, you think of arts and crafts supplies: crayons, markers, paint, paper. But maybe you should also think of resources for teaching art. CrayolaTeachers.ca is specifically designed to support teachers help their students unleash their creativity through products, lesson plans, and other professional resources. Products Since Crayola is so well-known for its products, it’s no surprise that this site has plenty of options available for purchase. In addition to the typical packages of crayons and markers, you can also buy more unique sets, such as a box of all red crayons, or the classroom sets  – which consist of ...
  • Teach Your Kids About … Photography Pass a kid a camera and they love to take pictures of their world. Photography is a fun and exciting topic to teach your kids. Here are some resources to help them perfect their photo taking skills.   Lessons Photography Unit Study by Cindy Downes on How to Homeschool Today 31 Days to a Better Photo by My 3 Boybarians 13 Lessons To Teach Your Child About Digital Photography by Digital Photography School Teaching Kids Photography : Part 1 & Part 2 on Boost Your Photography Digital Camera Lesson Plan on BrainPop (some parts aren’t accessible without a membership) Learning Photography in your Homeschool for ...
  • Teach Your Kids About … the Orchestra Music comes in a variety of forms – including classical orchestral music. An orchestra consists of many different kinds of instruments using different methods to make noise. Here are some resources to help teach your kids about the orchestra. Lesson Plans Music Resources for Teachers by Arts Alive DSO Kids Lesson Plans by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Lesson Plans for Elementary Students by BrightHub Education Orchestra Study Guide with Lapbook by Wisdom & Righteousness ($4.99) Orchestra Lapbook by Homeschool Helper Orchestra Express Lapbook by A Journey Through Learning ($1) Websites The Instrument Lab by Arts Alive The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Game by Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures Musical Mysteries ...
  • HomeschoolPiano   What I reviewed: HomeschoolPiano – Complete Set of Books What is it? Homeschool Piano Lessons by HomeschoolPiano Who is it for? All Ages and Levels of piano – beginner up! How much is it? $299 for an unlimited, lifetime membership for up to 5 students that includes lessons and all extra bonuses (downloads, sheet music, and jam tracks) – or 3 monthly payments of $97.99 for the same. Where can I find it? http://homeschoolpiano.com/ Tell me more: HomeschoolPiano is an online series of video based piano lessons for beginners that teaches everything from the complete basics onward through 3 levels past that – developing skills in technique, rhythm, ear ...
  • Canada Doodles Book Canada DoodlesNew from Raincoast Books comes this fun new book called Canada Doodles, written by Canadian Author, Megan Radford and illustrated by Canadian artist Peter Cook …. just in time for Canada Day! Each of these pages is filled with the beginnings of a fun art doodle sheet that is based on something Canadian – travelling across the country east, west, and north. There’s pages to fill in things like the Northern Lights, drawing in the Atlantic salmon that you catch, adding the train along the Rocky Mountain track and some fireworks over the Parliament Buildings for Canada Day. Even though it’s a ...
  • The Children’s Book of Movies {DK Canada} childrens book of moviesMovies are like magic – transporting us to all kinds of amazing worlds and adventures. It all seems so real. DK Canada offers all sorts of great books about movies, including classic James Bond, Frozen, Star Wars, Avengers and other superheroes, the LEGO Movie, and more on sale. One of these books is a great learning tool about film: The Children’s Book of the Movies. This book walks its readers through the history of film in typical DK big pictures-fun facts style, with feature pages about popular directors, actors, and films. It’s easy to read the little tidbits and examine the pictures. Kids get a ...
  • Steve’s Music Room Looking for some music curriculum materials? Check out Steve’s Music Room. Steve, a Canadian music teacher from PEI, realized that there was a need for lesson plans for music teachers and so compiled all his lesson plans together to share. Units include: World Music Jazz Music The Orchestra Canadian Music The Beatles Recorder Rock Band Minimalist Orff Instruments Guitar Sight Singing Lessons vary from worksheets to detailed day-by-day lesson activities. There are links to videos, music tracks, powerpoint presentations, and sheet music relevant to the subjects. It’s a very handy tool when looking for music resources.
  • Artsy Startsy Artsy Startsy Spring SpecialAnyone who asks me about how to introduce teaching to their very young child will always hear me go on and on about the value of hands-on play. It’s one of the most vital, and most beneficial, methods of learning for young children. Which is why I’m excited to be introducing Artsy Startsy, a brand new arts based learning curriculum plan for toddlers and preschoolers. Designed by a Canadian mom with a passion for the arts, this curriculum is a fully seasonal program that covers: a weekly letter & number with traceable templates a classical composer – listen to a wide variety of ...
  • DK Canada: Arts & Crafts Books DK Canada is a great company. They have so many outstanding books for both kids and adults. This month, I’m excited to share with you some of their creative inspiration books – all about making stuff! My boys and I dug into the brand new Mommy & Me Craft book as soon as it arrived and I let them pick out a craft we could do together one day for fun. There were a lot of great ideas to choose from – knitting dolls, fish windsocks, jet packs, snow globes….. but we ended up picking Rock Painting.  What you need: Smooth Rocks (either ...
  • KinderBach KinderbachWhat I reviewed:The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner What is it? Early Music Lessons by KinderBach Who is it for? Geared for students ages 3 to 7 How much is it? $130/yr (Special Offer – currently only $95.88/year) Where can I find it?  http://kinderbach.com/ Tell me more:  KinderBach is a music lessons program designed to bring music to young children. It consists of 6 levels – each level consisting of 10 weeks of lessons. Each week has 4 lessons. Everything is packaged very nicely – you can work your way through the videos, print out the student worksheets, and follow along with the lesson map to see ...
  • Displaying Your Kids’ Art Projects 5 ways to display your child's artwork Is your fridge covered in art projects? trying to find a better way to showcase your child’s creativity without a mess? Check out these ideas. 1. Make an Art Gallery. 2. Make a Book. 3. On a Line, Rod, or Clip. 4. Reuse It. 5. Other Creative Ideas
  • Culture Days Culture Days | Fete de la CultureEach September since 2009, there is a weekend especially dedicated to the celebration of arts and culture.   What exactly are Culture Days? From the website: “Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.” Cities ...
  • Maple Tree Publications If you are looking for some Canadian content for your homeschool, check out Maple Tree Publications – a homeschool resources store run by homeschooling mom, Cori Dean. In her store you can find the series, Come Sit By Me, a Canadian version of the popular Five-In-A-Row program that follows a unit study approach through literature, designed for children ages 4-7. You can also find a series all about Canadian art appreciation and artists by the same author. Other products include Life of Fred math books for both elementary and secondary aged students, resource materials covering the Charlotte Mason method, journal prompt workbooks, ...
  • Homeschool Art Lessons If you were to ask me what one subject I haven’t really done with my kids in our homeschool, it would be easy to answer. Art. Although my inner self is an amazing artist, the creativity in my brain and heart hasn’t even gotten co-ordinated enough to come out in a tangible form. So, it’s one area I’m uncomfortable with. For a while, we tried going to a homeschool art class at the local art museum, and it was done very well, but it cost a lot – especially when it was for 3 kids. We just couldn’t afford to continue. I’m scared to ...