Quick! What’s my favorite way to homeschool? If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know the answer to that is: great books and hands-on projects. It’s easy to find great books from the board book stage all the way through high school, but as kids get older, it can become harder to find meaningful, age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Hands-on Education for Older Students
That’s were Art in History comes in. Art is History offers beautiful replicas of historic pieces from throughout history, from Ancient Egypt all the way through World War I. What’s great is that each piece is a historically accurate replica suitable for (and interesting to) students all the way through high school.
Each project is designed for students in grades 3-12. While I’m sure that younger students would enjoy the projects, it was nice to find something that my middle and high school aged kids didn’t find “babyish.”
I was originally going to have Brianna (age 18) complete the project we reviewed, a World War I Wilson Presidential Plate. However, because she was so busy with other projects, I enlisted Megan’s (age 12) help. The project really appealed to her artistic side, but she did ask for my help in adding the gold trim. We both decided that neither of us has steady enough hands to be a real artist!
So, while a younger student will enjoy the projects as much as an older one, they are definitely challenging enough to allow an older student to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work. Each replica is so well done that the finished product will likely be one that you or your student will want to display.
I wish our homeschool group was still doing our annual Around the World Day. These would have made great projects for our display table.
Each art kit comes with everything you need to complete the project: the unfinished replica (it’s already been fired), quality paint, brushes and sponges. We even used the paper in which our plate was wrapped to cover the table when we were painting!
Interdisciplinary Studies for History and Art
Each Art in History project kit comes with a basic teacher’s guide download with an optional for-purchase teacher guide. We just used the basic download, which gave a nice overview of World War I, along with a brief history of the Wilson Presidential Plate. I seriously considered purchasing the more in-depth teacher guide since we were at kind of a lull between units with our regular curriculum. I like that you can have the option for a general overview or the more detailed lesson plans.
With the free download, you’ve got the overview, which means the art kits fit neatly into what you’re already learning or can provide a nice synopsis and history of the piece to fit in well as part of a bigger project (like a homeschool group social studies fair or a co-op activity). With the detailed guide, you could use the project as part of a longer unit study.
Quality Craft Kits
In addition to the art kits, Art in History also sells their craft paint, sealers, and sealer kits, as well. The paints are safe, odorless, non-toxic, and conform to national safety standards. The acrylic paints are packaged in 2 oz. bottles and can be used on bisque, wood, metal, plastic, and other general craft projects.
Each Art in History kit is $9.95 + shipping and includes everything needed for one student to complete a project. There are bulk order discounts if you’d like to use the projects in a homeschool co-op setting (or if you’re a classroom teacher…I know a few of you read for ideas).
Now through November 30, 2013, you can receive 10% all orders of $100 or more by using coupon code HOMESCHOOL10 at checkout.
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Art in History is also offering you a chance to win your choice of any one world history art project or U.S. history art project. Not only that, but the winner of the giveaway on my blog will go into a drawing with the winners of the giveaways on nine other blogs for a chance at a grand prize drawing. Each child in the grand prize winning family will receive one of each project from Art in History! That’s 34 projects – an approximately $390 value per child!
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Rules: This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. Prizes can be shipped only to U.S. or military addresses. Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 14. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org via RaffleCopter.
If you purchase an Art in History kit now, then win the giveaway, Art in History will refund your purchase price, including shipping.
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