Thursday, 15 April 2021

B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours?

Welcome to week two of ABC Blogging.  My co-host Desiree is sharing B is for Brickheadz and I will be sharing ideas on how to source books for your Homeschool.

Books have been an intrigal part of my life for nearly three decades and I'm always on the look out for a good bargain.  Over the years I've gathered a few go to places to purchase books.


For New Books 

  • Book Depository - I like shopping here because the price you see is inclusive of postage.  This simplifies my book purchases.
  • Amazon - I tend to only buy Kindle books via here.
  • Sonlight - I'm a huge fan and love that they stock beautiful and twaddle free literature.

Second-hand Books

  • AbeBooks - I find this portal good for comparing the cost of second hand books
  • eBay - I have purchased books here on the odd occasion when it was the only place I could find it.
  • Facebook - I joined a specific Homeschool Book Sale page (In Australia look for Homeschool Buy, Sell, Swap - Australia


When Out and About

  • Garage Sales
  • Community Sales
  • Second Hand Book Shops
  • Library Sale Tables
  • Opportunity Shops

Books Suggestions 


I asked my My homeschooling friends purchase their books here ...

 Where do you buy YOUR homeschooling Books from ?

I would love to hear what YOU have used to teach art in your homeschool.


Find the other posts here:

  1. A is for Art Lessons at Home
  2. B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours?


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Thursday, 8 April 2021

A is for Art Lessons at Home

 Welcome to week one of blogging through the alphabet.  Today is the letter A and I would like to talk about a rather cliche topic - Art in Your Homeschool and my co-host Desiree is sharing A is for Among Us.

ART is not my strong point and neither is getting out all the stuff that is needed to be creative.  My daughter loves to paint.  My first born loved drawing.  I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination.  Nathaniel's talents are more in the digital media using Cinema 4D but we still needed to do hands on art.

I discovered early in my homeschooling journey that I needed help. Intially that came through a co-op. We would pack a lunch and go over to the hall where the children participated in a group art class.

After we moved to Australia we had no co-op we could join.  This ment I needed to find a solution.  I approached a homeschool Mom who lived in the local area and arranged with her to team up.  She taught the children music (ie recorder) and I taught a weekly art session in my home. Being accountable through the weekly Virtual Fridge link up and to their family really helped keep me on track.  .

Tessellating Tile Art found in The Usborne ART Treasury on pages 84 -87.


Some Ideas to do Art from Home are...

Do not LIMIT your thinking of art to drawing.  Art is truly a multifacited medium.  It covers achitecture, the decor in your home to the classical ideas of sculpture and painting.   That is what makes it such a deep experiece to have in your homeschool because you are surrounded by art everywhere you go.

Use your community.  - Immersion is a wonderful way to experience and explore art.  Look in the news, do some google searches to see What's On ...  Here a few ideas to get you started

Modrian Inspired Art


Choose a famous artist

Book recommendations

here are a few of my favourites

Drawing Textbook sample lesson Thirteen
Drawing Textbook Lesson 13

If you have a student who wants to learn to draw I highly recommend you invest in the Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre.

For Natural History Illustration be sure to check out the FREE edX course: Drawing Nature, Science and Cultrue: Natural History Illustration 101.

Online Art Tutorial Programs we've used and enjoyed

  • ArtAchieve - There are five year levels available.  You are able to purchase single lessons of any project you would like to use in your homeschool.  The lessons are presented in different formats (PowerPoint or video) by John Hofland.  Every lesson has a comprehensive lesson plan available covering many aspects on the topic at hand. Be sure to try a FREE lesson with ArtAchieve: FREE Level I-Art Lesson I-2: The Czech Cat "There is no right or wrong way to draw. One drawing is not better than another.  It's just different - because the people who are drawing are different "- John (ArtAchieve)
  • See The Light -  We have loved using the video based lessons.  Each video contains three step by step lessons.  Lessons are in a step by step format and available as downloads or DVD.  You can request your free lesson from here. We have really enjoyed the Art Projects series and learnt so many great things from pop art (Repeated Sweets - Wayne Thiebaud Artist Study) to pointillism fruit.
  • A few years back we did a series of art pieces via the on line art lessons using Creating a Masterpiece. I really liked the way each lesson is broken up into shorter step by step lessons making it easy to accomplish really complex pieces over a number of days or weeks. You can try a free lesson over here.

 On Pinterest

Picture Study Resources

Chareen repeated sweets: cupcakes

 Art Resources on line

Homeschool Friends recommend these art programs

I would love to hear what YOU have used to teach art in your homeschool.



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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

 Earlier this year I read The Good Master by Kate Seredy. Nathaniel is working his way through Sonlight Curriculum and I discovered they had included the sequal The Singing Tree.

The Singing Tree

  • Format Paperback | 256 pages 
  • Dimensions 129 x 197 x 17mm | 193g 
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc 
  • Language English Edition 
  • ISBN10 0140345434 
  • ISBN13 9780140345438

From Book Depository"Life on the Hungarian plains is changing quickly for Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Father has given Jancsi permission to be in charge of his own herd, and Kate has begun to think about going to dances. Jancsi hardly even recognizes Kate when she appears at Peter and Mari's wedding wearing nearly as many petticoats as the older girls wear. And Jancsi himself, astride his prized horse, doesn't seem to Kate to be quite so boyish anymore. Then, when Hungary must send troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi's father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers, and German war orphans who take refuge there." 

My Thoughts - I loved reading about the growth of the characters and how Jancsi father still looked after the family through his letters even though he was conscripted to the war. 
I was deeply touched by how the family took in many many strangers from the Russian soldiers who helped keep the farm running to the german orphans who came to be fed as well as all the local families who came to the farm for a chance at physical and emotional healing. 

Kate Seredy takes you on a journey through how the war had an effect on every single facet of life from the animals in the wild, the residents on the farms to the store keepers and town residents even though there were no physical shots fired in their area. They lived with the ravages of war. The book is sprinkled with beautiful illustrations by the author.   
The Good Master was published in 1935 and it's sequel The Singing Tree was published in 1939.

What are some books you would recommend to read about this time period?


Chareen ♥

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