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How to Easily Bring Life to Your Teen's Artist Studies

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know we're big on art in thi...

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know we're big on art in this family. I appreciate it; my kids create it.

Therefore, I'm always sharing art resources. 

Today I want to tell you about this AWESOME art course my kids are taking. Specifically, Lorelai will be taking it, but if Alexis wants to, she can. Alexis is finished with high school, and as the creator of this course said, Alexis "...could probably teach this course." But being an artist, she is always looking to learn more.

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Introducing Mixing with the Masters

While I love artist and art studies conducted in the Charlotte Mason style, Mixing with the Masters adds a new dimension to learning. Kids love learning through hands-on activities. 

Since my kids have dyslexia and dysgraphia, they appreciate hands-on learning. They much prefer it to reading and writing. (Of course, they still have to do those things, but you get what I'm saying.)

By adding hands on activities to your child's learning, you're stimulating different parts of the brain. By allowing them to create art, you're bringing their art lessons to life!

So what's so great about this art course?

Children will still learn about six artists - about their lives, art styles, techniques, mediums, and genres. But - and this is the fun part - Your children will create a work of art! 


With this program, you'll be able to
  • ignite a love, even passion, for the old masters and their works
  • encourage kids and teens to actively engage in the art process and have FUN doing so
  • inspire them to utilize and further develop their own natural creativity

About Mixing with the Masters Art Course

This course is designed for ages 8 to adult. The lessons include:
  • A short biographaphical video on each artist
  • Printable PDF study guides
  • A weekly student “challenge”
  • Printable patterns and templates
  • Inspirational quotes by each artist
  • Suggested books, videos, and websites for further learning
  • Private Facebook group in which to share students’ works of art

The artists your child will study are:
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Claude Monet
  • Vincent van Gogh (our FAVORITE!)
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Georgia O'Keefe

Your child will experiment with the following art forms:
  • Sketching & charcoal drawing
  • Acrylic painting techniques, such as:
  • Fresco
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Impasto
  • Alla Prima
  • Gradient
  • Watercolor painting
  • Pastel painting
  • Wax resist
  • Collage art
  • And MORE!
Register today! Classes begin August 1st, 2016.

Pricing: 
  • Early registration price = $48 for entire Volume One;
    or $10 per individual artist
  • Regular price (after July 31st) = $60 for entire Volume One;
    or $12 per individual artist

Complete your registration today and I'll see you in the Facebook group! 

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10 Cheap Summer Fun Ideas

Want to entertain the kids this summer without breaking the bank?  Today I'm sharing 10 fa...

Want to entertain the kids without breaking the bank? Take a look at these ten cheap summer fun ideas!

Want to entertain the kids this summer without breaking the bank? 

Today I'm sharing 10 favorite cheap summer fun ideas to keep the kids busy all summer long so you can avoid the dreaded "I'm bored" all day long!

4 Ways for High School Kids to Earn Money This Summer

If you've got high school kids sitting around with summer boredom, you might be wondering ho...

Teens love having a little spending money. Here are a few ways your high school child can make some extra spending money this summer.

If you've got high school kids sitting around with summer boredom, you might be wondering how you can help get them entertained and moving.
Furthermore, if they're of driving age or want to buy some things for themselves, you might be wondering how to help your high school kids earn money on their own this summer.
There are lots of great ways for high school kids to earn money and in this post, we'll cover some of the best ways to do that!

How I'm Using Listening Therapy to Help My Kids with Processing Disorders

My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees.  Both have ...


My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees. 
  • Both have dyslexia and dysgraphia. 
  • One has dyscalculia. Both of sensory processing disorder. 
  • One has auditory processing disorder. 
  • Both have bipolar disorder, although they have different types.
Most of these are processing disorders.

A few months ago, I learned about ILS. I was pretty excited to learn there was help available for the processing disorders.


Using Home Therapy for Kids with Processing Disorders

I just started using a home therapy program for my daughters and I'm pretty excited about ...

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I just started using a home therapy program for my daughters and I'm pretty excited about it.

My daughters have a variety of processing issues.

  • Alexis (age 17): dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, sensory processing, Asperger's
  • Lorelai (age 13): dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder
With all these challenges, I jumped at the chance to use this home therapy program.

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Using Home Therapy with Kids Who Have Processing Disorders

{Disclosure: I have received this product free of charge. I was compensated for my time and, as always, all opinions are my own.}


What is iLS?

It's great to have a therapy available, but having a therapy I can do in the comfort of my own home is exciting! So what's this program?

It's called the Total Focus Home Program from iLS.


iLs is medication-free and uses movement and activities in lieu of on-screen programs. The program is an integrated listing system (iLS), a sound and movement therapy for people living with special needs, including 

  • dyslexia
  • autism
  • apraxia
  • dysgraphia
  • auditory processing disorder
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Down’s syndrome
  • and sensory processing disorder.
The iLS should be used two to five times per week for 20-50 minutes per session. Using a headset, iPod Touch, and other equipment, children integrate sound with body movement.

The special headset contains a bone conduction piece which sends sound through the bones themselves. Pretty cool!


By combining sound with balance and coordination exercises, various parts of the brain are being exercised and retrained. In this way, the program improves communication and processing, cognitive skills, as well as memory and concentration.


Does home therapy really work?

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iLs has been used at some of the top clinics in the world to address learning difficulties and autism, and it is now available for home use. While I'm not using it for autism, that's a terrific statement of success.

Clients who have used the at-home program have reported substantial improvement in attention and sensory issues.


I was quite impressed by the feedback the program has received. In particular, in liked this client testimonial:



"Together, with occupational therapy and iLs, their sensory issues have almost disappeared. The anxiety and emotions that used to take over lives has subsided."
Anxieties and sensory issues are such a huge thing in my home. In fact, anxieties tend to increase the SPD symptoms, so I'm all for anything that will help anxieties!

We've only just begun using the program and will be using it for three months. I'm hoping to see improvement in my kids processing issues (language, auditory, and sensory).

If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out the science behind iLS. 


If you're interested, contact the company. I had to call them to discuss the fact that my kids have bipolar disorder. The coach I spoke with was helpful, answering all of my concerns.



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