Incorporating Art into Homeschooling (3/13/13, Ep28)

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Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast, Episode #28, Incorporating Art Into HomeschoolingIn this episode the moms announce the Pandia Press Giveaway winner, chat about The Amazing Race, and incorporating art into homeschooling.

Links in this episode:

Passport Templates for the Amazing Race

Our Facebook group: Homeschooling With the Amazing Race

Country Report for Amazing Race is ready for review!  To get your copy: Tell your friends about Savvy Homeschool Moms on Twitter, Facebook and/or real life, and then email me about it at tina(at) (The first 20 people)

The moms talk about Homeschooling with the Amazing Race in episode 19

Meal Planning Boot Camp for Plan to Eat

Games mentioned: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Risk, Totally Tut, DungeonQuest, Busytown, Clue, Pathfinder

Please post your family board game recommendations in the comments! (Especially ones that even grownups can enjoy, with their kids.)

Books in this Episode:

The Measly Middle Ages by Terry Deary from the Horrible Histories series

The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine (author of Ella Enchanted)

 Keeping Pets series

US Army Helicopters by Carrie A. Braulick

Battlefield Support by Geoff Cornish

Fighter Planes by Jeffery Zuehlke

Rattlesnakes by Joanne Mattern

Fill It Up by Gail Gibbons

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Naunerle Farr into a comic book format

Orange Trees of Versailles by Annie Pietri

Magyk by Angie Sage

Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky

Muse Magazine

The Man in the Iron Mask by Naunerle Farr

Dingoes at Dinnertime and Buffaloes Before Breakfast  by Mary Pope Osborne

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Clay by Colby Rodowsky

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Links in this Episode:

Free-Loan Teaching Resources from NGA — NOTE: This page has been taken down and I’ve linked to the archived page…I’ve since touched base with the Affiliate Loan Coordinator at the NGA, Lily Abt, and she gave me this info:

Now educators can browse teaching packets here:

Browse videos here:

And borrow any print materials for their use using this form:

Some other great resources for materials can be found here:

Please note: I kept talking about how you can check out “CDs” when I meant “DVDs”, doh! –Tina

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing it Best

The Benefits of Art in High School

Art Influences Learning

Journals that have space for drawing

Draw Write Now: My Drawing and Handwriting Book

3 Ways to Incorporate Art into your Homeschool Curriculum

Art activity Books by MaryAnn Kohl:

Discovering Great Artists
Great American Artists for Kids
Science Arts: Discovering Science through Art Experiences
Math Arts: Exploring Math Through Art for 3 to 6 year olds
Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids
List of creative narration ideas on

Art Influences Learning

This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at

11 Responses

  1. Elly

    Dominion is a fun strategy game, best for adults or maybe older kids. There’s also an app version, for times when you can’t find real life opponents!

  2. Arial

    I have a great game recommendation for you Tina! It’s called Forbidden Island. It’s for 2-4 players and runs about $15 at Amazon. It’s a cooperative family game. You all play against the game itself. The basic premise is that an island is built out of tiles and there’s 4 treasures. You’re trying to get the treasures as a team and then fly out to win the game. Meanwhile, each round cards come up which start to sink the game tiles. So you’re trying to keep the island afloat long enough to get the treasure and scoot. What I love about this game is that it’s cooperative, great for adults and kids, and plays well with two people. My husband and I usually play together, but it’s worked great with our adult friends too. Also, you can make it harder/easier each time you play so it’s always an appropriate challenge for whoever’s playing. Definitely check it out! If you end up liking cooperative play, there are more advanced versions where you cure global diseases (Pandemic) or save people as a team of firefighters (Flash Point).

  3. aili

    Bienfang has notebooks they call Notesketch with a blank space for drawing and lines that are similar to college ruled beneath. I found them at a local stationary store.

  4. Becky

    I have a game recommendation for you. Spot it! It’s a great game and can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. My 4 year old is able to play (with a little help), and it’s entertaining for the grown-ups too. We’ve enjoyed it. We also got Sketch it! It’s also fun but the minimum age is probably around 6 or 7. It’s a drawing game.

  5. Marci

    Sleeping Queens is a fun card game that my kids like and I don’t mind playing. It says ages 8+ but my daughter was 4 when we got it and was able to play.

  6. Chinonyerem

    Thanks for another great podcast Ladies. Bi-weekly is great! I can only imagine the work it takes to put a podcast together. I was relieved you didn’t switch to monthly!

    Beckie, you mentioned you didn’t have MS Word and I wondered if you know about Open Office? It’s free to download and is compatible with all .doc (and other MS office) files. Also, I love Satori Smiles blog! She hasn’t been updated regularly in a while but it’s a great resource.

    Also, a neat resource I found is The World’s Greatest Artists Unit Studies ( which was free. We really enjoy it (it is built around Mike Venezia’s book and my kids like the comic style art). Another drawing resource I found for my 5 year old who wanted to draw dinosaurs is the Kids Can Draw Series. I borrowed some from the library initially and eventually bought them for a couple of buck on Amazon.

    Thanks again!

  7. Angela

    Was wondering if there is a link to the meal planning site you all were talking about?

    RE Games we like Qwirkle, Yatzee, Scrabble Slam, Spot It, Uno and Dominion. They also like checkers and chess.

  8. January W

    Have you seen the TED Talk with Sir Ken Robinson? He gave a talk about the importance of creativity in education. He asks why dance is not taught/practiced every day in school like math. We value logic and right brain activities over creativity. e talks about the importance of creativity for our future. It is a delightful talk:
    So, I want to thank you for adding art an music to your topics! You guvs so many wonderful ideas and resources that I feel confident n adding the to our days.

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