Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels

Blog, She Wrote: Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels

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Reasons to Take Chalk Pastels on Vacation

With everything else you need to prepare for vacationing not to mention you’ll be on vacation doing all sorts of fun things, why take the time and space to pack chalk pastels (or any other art supply) for Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels? Here are a few of our reasons:

  • Makes a great rainy day activity- Sometimes you get a wash out on vacation and bringing art supplies changes things up and keeps kids engaged when you can’t run around outdoors.
  • Feeds the creative soul in your midst- Rebecca hadn’t sat and created anything in a few days but was delighted to sit for an afternoon and paint. It was a balm to her vacation weary soul!
  • Provides a quiet activity when everyone needs some down time- At about the midway point in any vacation, tired kids begin to wilt. An art activity can slow the busiest person down so there is rest even for a little bit. My other go to for this is reading aloud- which we always bring on vacation!
  • Ensures a low cost way to enjoy your vacation environment- Some of us vacation on a tight budget leaving behind the attractions for something simpler. Make a memory by drawing your favorite spot while on vacation.
  • Add to Your Vacation Journal- Make a journal for your kids to have fun recording their favorite parts of vacation. Rebecca has one going for this trip to Maine and it’s been a lot of fun. You can include your memory making art in the journal and add some collages of brochure pictures.

Blog, She Wrote: Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels

Materials to Pack for Art Fun on Vacation

Whether you are flying or driving, save room for some art essentials. Our list includes:

  • Chalks- Since we flew to Maine, we packed a new package that was still nice and flat rather than our box with the smaller pieces.
  • Chalk Tutorials- We’ve been taking our Hodgepodge tutorials with us for years and whether we are camping or staying in a vacation house, they always come in handy.
  • Tablet- In our case our Kindle Fires so we can easily follow along with the pdf tutorials no matter where you are. This inexpensive tablet has been invaluable to us in our homeschool this year. If you don’t already have a tablet, this is a great investment without being too costly!
  • Drawing Paper- Rebecca likes to cut them into quarters making it easier to travel with and easy to fill space on when she draws.
  • Watercolor Paper-We like to travel with several media and watercolors are also easy to travel lightly with.
  • Watercolor Pencils- Much easier to be on the go with, watercolor pencils are fun to use on nature hikes and excursions. Then you can add the color later.
  • Drawing Pencils- Easy to carry on vacation if you have a sketcher in your family.
  • Sketch Pad- You can use any of these media in a sketch pad. Especially if you have one one meant for wet and dry media.

Blog, She Wrote: Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels

Rather than a sandy beach, Rebecca modified her beach to match the rocky shoreline here in Maine. That’s the beauty of chalk pastel tutorials, you can make them your own along the way.

I think one of her favorite parts of this painting was to outline the clouds in pink to indicate sunset. We always learn something new with each tutorial!

Blog, She Wrote: Summer Vacation Fun with Chalk Pastels

Just in time for summer traveling, Hodgepodge has released a new chalk pastel ebook! I downloaded it specifically for our trip to Maine and it has not disappointed. Rebecca spent an entire afternoon reading the book and making some chalk paintings.

Fill Your Sand Bucket with Art for All Ages!

If you are new to Southern Hodgepodge’s Chalk Pastels, you might be interested in a full bundle of books. These will provide you with a year of art curriculum which is guaranteed to be enjoyable even by your kids who don’t enjoy art. My 15yo loves to work with chalks and he finds art to be very effortful. It’s a forgiving medium and very pleasing to use.

From now through June 10, 2014 you can get $10 off. Just use the code: TCC614.

A Year of Art CurriculumSo, what are your vacation plans this summer? Be sure to put your art supplies, especially chalk pastels, on your packing list!

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Geography Quest: Operation Christmas Child Edition

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Operation Christmas Child Edition

It’s that time of year when Samartin’s Purse is gearing up for Operation Christmas Child collections. Does your family participate? We have for years and with the addition of some simple tracking options, I thought Operation Christmas Child would make a fun Geography Quest.

Map the Locations in the World Where OCC Boxes Are Sent

Pack an OCC Box & Pray over It and the Child Who Will Receive It.

  • Enjoy some Veggie Tales themed OCC materials- fun printouts for the kids and you can find the box labels here.
  • You can print coloring pages to send with your box. Our kids love to put their biographical information and address in hopes that maybe they’ll hear back from the child who receives the box. It hasn’t happened yet, but we keep trying!
  • How about some instructions on what goes into a box and how to pack it and make sure it gets shipped?
  • We pack a box for each of our children in the same age and gender categories as our children.
  • Pray over your boxes and the children who will receive them.

Other Ways to Be Involved

Map the Journey Your Box Took Once You Receive Notification

  • For a few years now, OCC has given everyone the option of paying online and printing labels which have a barcode on them. When those codes are scanned, OCC will track the box for you and you’ll receive an email after delivery on where your boxes were sent.
  • Map a possible journey your box took from your home to the country of destination.

Join me in sending a box of Hope to a child around the world and learn a little culture and geography at the same time. We still have time to fill boxes and make the collection week in mid-November. It’s easy to find a collection point near you. Thanks for another fun Hopscotch series!


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Student Portraits 2013-2014

Blog She Wrote: Student PortaitsFor the Student Portrait sharing day on the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop, I’m sharing a “portrait” of each of our students. Enjoy a “look” at who our kids are and where they are in life right now starting the 2013-2014 homeschool year.

Blog She Wrote: Student Portaits

E14 (almost 15)- 10th Grade

  • loves anything Star Wars and in particular LEGO Star Wars
  • is passionate about making his own LEGO Star Wars minifig customs- he started a blog showing how he does it, but he tells me that’s a lot of work and won’t be adding to it. We’ll see if I can convince him otherwise! BrikSmith Customs is his blog.
  • is a computation king- he is a numbers kid.
  • loves a good standardized test. I recently dropped him off on a summer night to take the PSAT practice test. He’d been doing work during the day and boy did I feel a little guilty about requiring the practice on a gorgeous summer night. Until I picked him up. He was jazzed. Ramped up because this kid loves a good test. More power to him.
  • Enjoys good literature- he loves to read, although he loves his favorites best and it’s not easy to get him to try something new
  • Loves to write- this is a new area we are pouring into because I realized how much of a word smart kid he is.
  • Blogs at Of Bows and Arrows, Swords and Spears- enjoy a peek into his writing world.
  • Wrote a novel with One Year Adventure Novel and adores the community of teens there. He is working hard to save money to attend next year’s summer conference.
  • Has a knack for languages and is currently learning Arabic and Biblical Greek
  • Loves technology- what 14yo male doesn’t? He’s pretty handy.
  • Enjoys video games- of course he does.

Blog She Wrote: Student PortaitsR13- 8th Grade

  • Is a creative girl from her very core
  • Loves to sew- as many of you know
  • Has a little business sewing custom designs for people who ask.
  • Loves yarn and creating with yarn
  • Has a blog and keeps it fairly current now- Miss Bliss
  • Loves to play- she is young at heart
  • Is great with younger kids and engaging them with activity
  • Is a sweet soul who loves her brothers
  • Loves her Kindle and reads a lot- she loves fiction and anything crafty
  • Has excellent spatial skills and can read and follow directions on “how tos” very well. I wish I had that super power.
  • Wants to be a fabric designer and make things with fabric

Blog She Wrote: Student PortaitsI11- 6th Grade

  • Is a boy adventurer- in spirit not always action!
  • Very cautious
  • Loves airplanes. Anything airplanes. All airplanes.
  • Joined the Academy of Model Aeronautics a few months ago- loves to go to local events
  • Flies his model airplane as often as he can
  • Enjoys his flight simulator
  • Reads, reads, reads- he loves stories of adventure and flight along with anything non-fiction on flight, model rocketry, and military planes and their campaigns.
  • Builds model planes and rockets in his workspace
  • Would love to design planes. Piloting is out because he is red/green colored blind. Unless, of course, his little brother invents something amazing to combat that problem.

Blog She Wrote: Student PortaitsJ8- 3rd Grade

  • Quintessential engineer- this boy has engineering coursing through his veins. If you’ve ever known and engineer, then you know what I’m talking about. He approaches everything in life by figuring out how it works and how he could make it better. He is going for the triple threat- chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineer. If anyone can do it, he could. Let’s see how his focus narrows down as he grows.
  • Loves all things science. ALL things.
  • Entomologist- he likes to collect bugs. Sometimes for pets. But also to pin. He has joined an entomology 4H club this year and is anxious to begin. We are currently collecting for pinning throughout the year. Serious business.
  • Tinkerer- loves to build and fiddle and figure out.
  • Fiercely Independent- the very fun combination of being very independent but sensitive. This kid will stake out his ground but does it so honestly much of the time that it’s easy to hurt his feelings.
  • Independent Learner- FIERCELY independent in his learning. If any of our kids could be that person from history who taught himself and became something great, this is the kid. He has a burning desire to learn because he has stuff in mind to do. He has just finished reading his C++ manual from cover to cover and has taught his dad things about that programming language from all his reading.
  • I have lots of stories of this kid doing and figuring out things. Here’s a video of his automatic toilet flusher made from LEGO NXT.

I hope you enjoyed a brief look at our students for the 2013-2014 homeschool year. Enjoy other student portraits from the 5th annual Not-Back-to-School Hop from iHN.


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