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Summer Art Projects

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, but bad weather can stop the kids from going outdoors. That’s when you need the art box!

I always kept an art box in the house when my children were young. However, the key to the effectiveness of the art box is that it is only usable when YOU say so. This is not an open box to be used any time. It’s special! (You can have other art supplies that are available anytime, but this is where you put the “good stuff!”

The “good stuff” could be special paper, paints, crayons, markers, and art brushes; as well as specially purchased art kits. Throw in special sequins, mosaics, and other decorative craft items; unique clay forms; or a wood-burning kit. The sky’s the limit. Just make sure this box is reserved for special occasions. Then, when the

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Using a Camera in Your Homeschool

Today, just about everyone has a digital camera or a mobile phone that takes pictures. Why not use this handy tool in your homeschool? Here are some ideas:

Field trips:

Take photos of animals at the zoo, aquarium, or natural history museum. Create a notebook with one photo per page. Have your students label the photo with the name of the animal, as well as write a short report that includes the animal’s classification, natural habitat, diet, and other facts of interest.

Take photos of historical sites. Have your students write a short report about the historical significance of the site or a biography of a famous person connected to the site. Include photos in the report. For younger children, create a matching game. Using a large poster board, paste photos on the board along

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Learning With the Movies - Review

Learning with the Movies
 by Beth Holland includes a listing of cinema movies and made-for-TV movies that will enrich any unit study or lesson plan.

The beauty 
of this guide is that all the movies are organized chronologically 
beginning with Bible Times and Ancient Egypt through 1900's. If you're
 doing a study on Rome, simply look through the section on Ancient Rome. 
In the Rome section, she has included Ben-Hur, Demetrius 
and the Gladiator, Fall of the Roman Empire, Julius Caesar, Jupiter's 
Darling, Quo Vadis?, The Robe, Sign of the Pagan (about Attila the 
Hun), and Spartacus. There is also some blank space for you to list 
additional movies as you find them.

She has also 
included movies related to the Music/Arts (example: The

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