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Homeschool Study Unit - Art You Can Use - 11 Projects And A Parent Guide On How To Use Art As Extension Activity In All Academic Subjects

The Art You Can Use 188 page long Homestead Homeschool study unit is filled to the brim with projects parent and child can make together and use as either hands-on extension activities connected to all academic subjects or as homemade toys ... or both. 

Not only does this Homestead Homeschool art and learning resources guide teach you how to make 11 projects, it also details how each can be tied into your homeschool academic curriculum - as well as what skills each project will teach the children in the parent guide.

Visit The Homestead Homeschool section inside of the Dodrill Ranch ETSY shop to learn more about this hand-on art unit. The digital files can be immediately downloaded after purchase so you and your children can get busy having fun and learning together making the 11 included projects. The many variations each project offers will help you keep creating something new, different, and engaging again and again as the completed works are integrated into daily homeschooling lessons.

If you love the classic and sturdy Waldorf style of toys but simply cannot or do not want to pay the high price they fetch wherever they are sold - this Homestead Homeschool theme unit is for you. Even if you are not a talented artist, you and your children can make wonderful pieces that will be cherished and loved for generations to come. 

What's Inside The Homeschool Art You Can Use Theme Unit

1. Parent guide to using art effectively as a cross-subject learning tool

2. How To Make A Felt Board - And use it daily in all homeschool subjects

3. How To Make Waldorf bendy dolls or figures and use them in language arts and history lessons

4. How To Make Wood Peg People and use them in language arts and history lessons

5. How To Make a Fabric Folding House, Barn, or Storytime Structure for language arts and history lessons

6. How To Needle Felt Animals and Scenery - as well as Waldorf playscapes (playmats) and how to use them interactively in language arts, history, oral reports, and even science lessons

7. How To Dye Wool - a fun art, science, and mini-history lesson all rolled into one! 

8. How To Make A Wood Waldorf Village for dramatic play and language arts extension lessons

9. How To Make Waldorf Dolls for dramatic play - including bonus patterns

10. How To Make Clip It Cards for math and theme unit extension lessons

11. How To Make A Bead Math Kit for preschool and early elementary math and sorting lessons

12. How To Turn Building Blocks into spelling, reading, and math manipulatives

Art You Can Use Introduction Excerpt

Art activities are already probably a favored part of the homeschooling day at your house. Whether creative activity involves making your own Playdoh, doing some finger painting, or a more involved project for older children, spending time making something with your own two hands is not only a lot of fun, but sparks a sense of pride in the maker.

You AND your children can make a plethora of homeschooling hands-on manipulatives and learning resources together for use year after year during their lessons. If you have a toddler or preschooler who wants to help make a set of clip it boards or cut out felt pieces for a flannel board, they will not be perfectly shaped or designed - but they do not need to be for the joy of learning to take place - or a beaming with pride smile to quickly spread across your little one’s face. 

Teaching homesteading skills as part of the homeschooling art lessons will become the building blocks for honing those same vital abilities as the child ages. While I do adapt some learning resources and toy making for safety reasons when working with very young children, each still uses the real tools required to get the project or job done.

Why Hands-On Art Learning Projects Are Vital Parts Of The Homeschooling Process

Homesteading and homeschooling are not synonyms, but the two concepts sure fit together well. Even if you are not homeschooling, you can still make some simple, nearly free, and heirloom style learning supplies to help your little ones bolster their academic progress.

Teaching or reinforcing the building blocks of education can be daunting for someone who does not have a background in education. My daughter wanted to homeschool her children but was leerie about her qualifications to do so - and now she is so glad that she made the leap and took charge of her children's education.

Learning absolutely did not need to take place seated at a desk or using ditto sheets – that should be a rarity and not commonplace.

Children are not naturally inclined to sit still in a seat for hours on end quietly working and regurgitating information. They have to be conditioned to do so, and that can often be a frustrating endeavor – as well as an unnecessary one.

If you think back to a professional training you have attended I am sure you will recall how excruciating it was to mirror the sitting in a desk quietly scenario for even half a day.

These simple hands-on homemade learning supplies and activities are NOT designed for a child sitting still in a seat. They are geared to be engaging and interactive, and to make learning the intriguing and exciting adventure that it should be.

Our grandchildren have grown to love making their own toys to play with and give as gifts. A middle school age child or older will not enjoy playing with toys you will learn how to make in this unit, but teaching them how to make and not buy a wonderful toy is an experience they can take with them into adulthood when they have their own children and for now, can give their creations to younger family members, or donate to a church nursery, child care center, or the local EMS station so they comfort an injured child during a squad ride to the hospital.


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