El Greco Biography for Kids
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El Greco Biography for Kids

Hello, my name is Doménikos Theotokópoulos. But people call me El Greco. It is Spanish for “the Greek.”  I was born on the Greek island of Crete. You know where Crete is in the Mediterranean Sea, right? I studied painting as a young man at a monastery so my first artistic influences were creating Byzantine style religious icons, which are pictures of saints in churches. These paintings look kind of flat and lacked expression. Later, I went to Italy to study and learned to draw the human figure like Giotto so that my people were three-dimensional. Then I studied Renaissance…

Michelangelo Buonarroti Biography for Kids
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Michelangelo Buonarroti Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni! Most people just call me by my first name. Have any of you ever heard of me? I should think so! I am considered by many people to be the greatest artist who ever lived! I was born near and grew up in Firenze, Italia, or as you say, Florence, Italy, which is the center of Renaissance. People at this time were interested in architecture, painting, poetry and sculpture – and of course, I am good at all of these! I grew up with a family of stonecutters, since my parents couldn’t…

Albrecht Dürer Biography for Kids
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Albrecht Dürer Biography for Kids

Guten morgen! I am Albrecht Dürer.  I grew up in Nuremburg, Germany during the Renaissance era, a time when many people were coming up with new ideas and inventions. My father was a goldsmith, so I learned from him how to use gold in jewelry and sculptures and how to engrave. More than goldsmith work, I loved to draw and paint so I became an apprentice to Michael Wolgemut. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Venice, Italy and study art. Then I returned to Nuremberg, and I opened my own workshop and was able to draw and work…

Fra Angelico Biography for Kids
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Fra Angelico Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Fra Angelico, an Italian Renaissance artist who lived from 1400 to 1455. My name may be a bit confusing – I was named Guido by my parents, but then I became a Catholic monk, or friar, and changed my name to Giovanni, which is Italian for John. So I am Fra Giovanni or Brother John. And then some began to call me angelic, so now I am known as the angelic friar or Fra Angelico. You can call me Fra Angelico. Let me tell you about my work as an artist. I lived in the 1400s, and…

Lorenzo Ghiberti Biography for Kids
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Lorenzo Ghiberti Biography for Kids

Ciao! I am Lorenzo Ghiberti! I was born and grew up near Firenze, Italia, but I guess you say it Florence, Italy. My father was a goldsmith, so I received my training in goldsmithing.  In 1401, I won a competition to design a new bronze door for the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence. Can you believe that my life work was creating beautiful sculptures on a door of a baptistery, the place where they baptize believers? Really, I spent most of life on this project.  You see, after I won the competition to create the doors, I spent years…

Giotto di Bondone Biography for Kids
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Giotto di Bondone Biography for Kids

Ciao! Hello! My name is Giotto di Bondone, but you can just call me Giotto, (pronounced Zhot-toe) for most people only use my first name. Let me tell you my story. I was born near Firenze, Italia – but I guess you say, Florence, Italy. Florence was known as a fine city for the arts soon after I lived, but when Rome fell to barbarians in 476 AD, they destroyed all of the art of the Roman Empire. It took awhile for art to come back into style. It mostly came through the Catholic Church … … in paintings and…

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom
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How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom

It’s almost Mother’s Day, so check out the Mother’s Day Giveaway at the end of the article! Is it possible to thrive as a homeschool mom? I always wanted to be a mom. With six younger siblings, I usually had a baby or toddler around to play with until I was a teenager. I would play dolls and dress them up, play school, and even pretended to be Mary Poppins. What could be better than being a mom with my children all day? There were a number of things I didn’t understand about mothering and homeschooling though, obviously. For one…

Generations Homeschool Curriculum Review
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Generations Homeschool Curriculum Review

For years, I have been part of Classical Conversations and used the resources suggested by Classical Conversations even when I left the community. This year, we decided to try something different. With a focus on discipleship, not merely academics, Generations Homeschool Curriculum caught my attention. In fact, they advertise themselves as Christian Discipleship Curriculum. With the spiritual battle in our world for our children’s hearts, academics is just not enough nor should academics be our end goal. It is up to God to change our children’s hearts, but should we not take every opportunity to teach them about Christ and…

How to Recover from Homeschool Burnout

How to Recover from Homeschool Burnout

Are you experiencing homeschool burnout? It is a real problem. While a lot of homeschool moms (and public school moms too for that matter) may feel a real lull in the school year in January and February and wish schooling could be done for the year, homeschool burnout is a deeper issue. If you are an exhausted homeschooling mom, here are tips for how to recover from homeschool burnout so you can thrive, not just survive! My Road to Homeschool Burnout A few years ago, I had been homeschooling for eight years – one on my own and seven involved…

First Day of School Supply Treasure Hunt
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First Day of School Supply Treasure Hunt

Starting up the school year should be an exciting time! As homeschool moms, we can set the tone of having a good attitude and a delight in learning so our children also fall in love with learning. When my children were little and just starting kindergarten and pre-school, I wanted them to have a pleasurable experience with the idea of education. While learning requires a lot of work, it also can and should be enjoyable for especially young students. To get my children excited, I made a treasure hunt for them on the first day of school to find their…

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