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All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

  Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so […]

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

How to Teach Art to Children is another incredible resource from Evan-Moor! I am consistently so impressed by the quality of the educational resources that Evan-Moor produces, and this book is no exception! If you are a homeschooler or a parent that is looking for a way to introduce the elements of art to children, then this would be an amazing resource for you. How to Teach Art to Children not only introduces the 7 elements of art to children, but it gives them a chance to put these elements into practice! You will also be given a chance to learn all about famous artists and how they use the 7 elements of art. Absolutely amazing! There is so much awesomeness I want to share with you so let’s jump right in!

How to Teach Art to Children

Before we jump straight into sharing all about what is in each section of the book, I want to share with you some of the key features that How to Teach Art to Children has that makes it a home run in my book!

  1. Multiple Ages– As a mama that is homeschooling 3 kiddos at 3 different age levels, it is so incredible to find a resource that I can use with all of them! This book includes so many wonderful art projects that I can adapt for each age level or ability level of my kiddos.
  2. Book List– Be still my book-loving heart. Evan-Moor has included a list of books and background information on each artist that is presented. THIS.IS.GOLD. We always attempt to tie in books when learning about any subject, so when the leg-work is already done for me I am thrilled.
  3. Bonus E-Book– I was so ecstatic to see that when you purchase How to Teach Art to Children that you will also receive a free E-Book. This is a downloadable PDF that features full-color pieces of artwork that you can print and display for your kids! Such an incredible addition!

Part 1: Learning About the Elements of Art

Part 1 of How to Teach Art to Children is dedicated to learning the 7 elements of art. If you are like me and can’t remember what the 7 elements are, they are line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space! Each of these elements is introduced with a definition followed by several hands-on art projects to demonstrate the element. Each project will include a materials list and step by step instructions on how to complete the project. I love that the majority of the materials being used are everyday things that I already have on hand! It makes it so nice to be able to plan out a project without always having to run to the store! Don’t worry if art is not your area of expertise, these projects are extremely user-friendly and are things that anyone can do!

Part 2: Using the Elements of Art

Part 2 of How to Teach Art to Children is dedicated to learning about famous artists and how they put the 7 elements to use in their artwork. This is my favorite part of the book! You will see art from artists such as Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keefe as well as art from such cultures as Ancient Egpyt, Chinese Bookmakers, and Medieval Architects!

Each section will have a brief introduction to the artist or culture followed by a reading list of suggested books! This just makes my bibliophile heart go pitter-patter! I always love to incorporate books into every topic we learn about, so to have the research done for me is incredible! This is such a time-saver and makes reserving books from the library in advance a breeze!

You will also have a materials list as well as step by step instructions with photographs on how to complete the project. This book is written in such a user-friendly way that even a parent who might not be too confident in the area of art will have no problem teaching their children!

BONUS- I am so excited about the bonus resource e-book! This allows you to have beautiful printables at your fingertips! The bonus e-book gives you access to beautiful, full-color photographs that you can print out as you study each artist and piece of artwork in Part 2! These are wonderful high-quality images that will really help your child visualize the elements of art that the artist used! They make beautiful additions to your homeschool room as well!!

 

For More Information…

The Evan-Moor website is a fantastic resource for more information on all of their books. There is a complete flip through of all of the pages in How to Teach Art to Children right here.

If you would like to see a flip through of the book and hear my review, I have just uploaded a video to my IGTV channel! I would love for you to come and take a peek!!

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B0ynq01BF3d/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

I am always on the lookout for amazing new resource books to add to our homeschool library. I was thrilled when Quarto Kids sent me 2 samples of new books they have coming out this fall. They are incredible!!! Quarto consistently knocks it out of […]

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to […]

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

We are just at the beginning of our astronomy and space unit! The kids have been looking forward to this unit for months! I have spent so much time collecting resources, books, supplies, and organizing activities and I can’t wait to share it all with you!! I am hoping to have lots of posts with ideas for books, projects, and supplies! This post is going to be ALL about the amazing out of this world books to add to your unit! As you well know by now, all of our units are super book heavy…we just can’t get enough! So, let’s get to it!

Out of this World Space Books

Narrowing down this list was nearly impossible…but I limited myself to just sharing my top 6…and I didn’t even include my very favorite books from Usborne Books & More…which could fill an entire blog post in itself…actually…it probably will! Anyway…on with it!

1.) Planetarium

Not to be dramatic…but you need this book. If you are a fan of Botanicum or Animalium…this is the newest installment from Big Picture Press. It is just gorgeous and so packed full of information. I can’t recommend these books enough. Awesome resources to use again and again.

 2.) Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

If you plan to cover constellations YOU.NEED.THIS.BOOK. I have only had this book for 3 days and it is incredible. Not all books will contain all 88 constellations, but this one does. Not only does it show you the constellations but it also explains to you how they came to be named, the brightest star in the constellation, and where and when to see it. I think my favorite thing about this book (aside from the fact that it smells fab) is that it breaks the constellations down into the “ancient” constellations and the more modern ones. So well organized and just gorgeous.

3.) A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky

I have had this book forever and have only recently opened it. It is incredible. I loved the way it was organized so much that I planned much of our unit based on this book. It is so beautiful but it also explains things in such an easy way that it is easy for kids to understand! It also comes with glow in the dark star stickers and a cool star finder!

 

4.) What We See in the Stars

This one can best be described as Gor-Geous. It is such a wonderful combination of science and myth. It is packed with so much goodness. I ordered this one before even seeing it in person because I had a feeling it would be a keeper and it absolutely IS!

 

5.) G is for Galaxy: An Out of this World Alphabet

No Homeschool by the Beach unit would be complete without an alphabet book from Sleeping Bear Press. These are my go-to books for creating homeschool units. I wrote about my obsession with them here. G is for Galaxy is another home run. It is packed with information and in usual alphabet book fashion has gorgeous illustrations and tons of facts! S is for Saturn, T is for Telescope, and J is for Jupiter are just a few of the pages you will find. Absolutely awesome book!

 

6.) Star Stories: Constellation Tales from Around the World

I literally just got this book this week! I was supposed to have it yesterday on it’s release day but my friends at Amazon were a little late getting it here…not pleased my friends! Anyway, it was worth the wait. This book is GORGEOUS! Star Stories is FULL of the tales and mythology surrounding the constellations. You will read about stories from Ancient Greece, China, India, North America, Egypt, and the South Pacific. We are starting this book this afternoon. I read the first few stories and it is awesome. The illustrations are SO lovely and the stories are ones both you and your kiddos will love!

 

As I mentioned above, this is just the tip of the iceberg of awesome books. I have created an Amazon list with several more…and if you love Usborne Books & More…I am hoping to get a list up with those amazing books as well!

To view my Amazon list click here.

 

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new […]

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop   Friends, have I got a wonderful new book for you. Teachers, homeschool families, parents…this is a book you are going to want to read with your kiddos. Summer, is a new release […]

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

Children have an amazing gift of imagination. Have you ever listened to your children play and been completely amazed at some of the things they think up? 5 Cherries is a celebration of that imagination!  I was immediately drawn to this book because of the gorgeous illustrations on the cover. I soon learned that the book itself was not only filled with lovely artwork but also a beautiful story!

5 Cherries is a book that was originally written in Italian! Author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini has written several books, but this is the first one to be published in the U.S.  I am so glad that it was because I believe it is such a gem. I referred to this book as a “celebration of imagination” and it is just that. This is a book that parents and teachers will want to read to their kids to show them what a powerful tool the imagination is!

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is the story of 2 siblings. Their mother gives them each 5 cherries. One child can’t believe he has received so few…5 is not enough! The other child receives her 5 cherries and she can see oh so much more. We are then taken on a journey that shows the power of imagination. Surely there isn’t very much you can do with 5 cherries…right? Oh but there is…especially when imagination is involved! Maybe you will make a bouquet out of your cherries, maybe you can use them as lipstick to make your face look pretty, or perhaps you can balance them on your nose! There is no end to the possibilities if you only use your imagination.

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

 

5 Cherries is such a heartwarming book. Children and parents will absolutely love the illustrations…they are so special and different from any book I have seen! The brightly colored cherries stand out against the crisp white of the pages! I absolutely loved that it shows that there is no limitation to your imagination. My kids loved the book and definitely had a couple of laughs at some of the uses for the cherries! Something else that we noticed was that the children look nearly identical. The only real differences are in the shoes and the fact that one has a red bow and the other a blue. As the story goes on it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which child is which…by the end, there are no bows or shoes. Just a world full of imagination.

 

Book Info

As I mentioned above, the book is written and illustrated by Vittoria Facchini. It was translated into English by Anna Celada. 5 Cherries was published by Enchanted Lion Books in 2017. You can find 5 Cherries on the Enchanted Lion Books website here on or Amazon here. A very big thank you to Enchanted Lion Books for sending me this beautiful book to review and share!

To check out another of my favorite beautiful books, head to this post!

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

Spring has sprung…or in the case of Florida…spring has high-tailed it out of here and made way for summer! Spring always makes me think of gardens, flowers, and BEES! The kids and I have never done an in-depth study of bees, so I thought now […]