Make Your Own Art Meme Language Arts Activity

As a longtime homeschooling mother of six, I love it when I can find ways to connect different subjects in a way that my kids also enjoy. When I came across this hilarious, surprising, and fun art by Joseph Ducreux, I knew I wanted to bring it to you in a way that both showcased the timeless sense of humor that it embodies, while also inviting you and your family to interact with it. So, Let’s Make a Meme!

To share this language arts activity with your kids, simply print out the art, fun fonts, and accessory pages, and get to work! Let the kids cut out the letters, frames, and emojis, and have fun arranging them and gluing them into place. You’ve got a golden opportunity here to combine art appreciation and language arts in a way that’s current and engaging for your kids, and will have the whole family laughing and having fun!

You can get our Let’s Make a Meme Language Arts Activity Pack FREE by signing up below:

$120 Grammar Galaxy Giveaway Feb 12-18!

If grammar gets groans at your house, you’ll love Grammar Galaxy. Using story to engage children in every aspect of language arts, Grammar Galaxy isn’t your typical English curriculum. In fact, moms tell author and homeschool mom, Melanie Wilson, that their children beg to do the lessons every day!

This week I’m hosting a fabulous giveaway from Grammar Galaxy Books. One fortunate winner will receive:

Grammar Galaxy Nebula (Volume 1 for 1st – 6th graders) in the winner’s choice of print or digital

Grammar Galaxy Protostar (Volume 2 for 3rd – 6th graders) in the winner’s choice of print or digital

Winner can be from anywhere in the world!  YES, even a non-US resident can win and choose the physical books!  Woot!

The value of this giveaway is $120!

What Your Child Will Learn in the Galaxy

Short, comical stories teach concepts in a memorable way. Students discover the havoc that ensues when the evil Gremlin tampers with the English language. Fiction books are labeled as nonfiction and begin coming to life. Rhyming poems and books are ruined when Word Harmony matches words that don’t rhyme. Classic books are relegated to a long-term care library and can’t be checked out.

The royal English children invite students to become fellow grammar guardians in order to save the galaxy from crises like these. Students or teachers read one of the mysteries. Vocabulary words are defined in the text. Discussion questions follow each lesson to check for understanding. Students then complete a corresponding mission in the mission manual that reinforces the concepts. Missions require a minimum of written work and typically include a game or activity to engage students.

Grammar Galaxy: Nebula, the first in a series of language arts texts for first to sixth graders, teaches:
*reading skill development
*literary concepts
*composition and
*public speaking

Grammar Galaxy: Protostar, the second in a series of language arts texts for first to sixth graders, teaches:

*literary concepts
*dictionary skills
*composition and

Grammar Galaxy is a great choice for homeschoolers, teachers, and parents:
*Who want their student to have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills
*Who want their student to spend less time doing seatwork and more time reading and writing
*Who have a student who is a beginning or reluctant reader (1st/2nd grade and up) or who has mastered Nebula skills (3rd grade and up)

Free for all!

Everyone who enters will be able to be guest guardians with a free, complete lesson from Nebula and Protostar.

Free Nebula and Protostar lessons

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering!

New! Celebrating Blacks in Art collection!

At first glance, it can easily seem that the arts has solely been the domain of white men, for white men, until the last hundred or fewer years. Thankfully, there is plenty of diversity within the history of the arts, if we are willing to seek it out.
This new collection includes 30 printable works of art featuring people of color, from a wide range of artists, from the 1400s to the 1800s. You’ll learn about prominent men and women that were active in the arts world, politics, and their communities, and enjoy a glimpse into various cultures and time periods that is interesting and diverse.
This month our subscribers can get this collection completely FREE!  Enter your email here and we will get you set up!


You may also enjoy this blog post and talk I did about Why Black History Should Matter to Homeschoolers.

Big Giveaway from Music in Our Homeschool!

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Giveaway of 4 Online Music Courses

Who would love to do some self-paced online courses for music appreciation with your kids? I’d love to share about some from Gena Mayo of Music in Our Homeschool. She has 4 courses that will teach your kids about composers, styles, and musical concepts, while at the same time being so much fun! Check out the free preview lessons at the bottom of each course page.


Each course comes with lifetime access and is self-paced, so students can do it independently.  My middle and high schoolers are current working through the musicals course and the 20th century music appreciation course.  We love it!


This week we are having an awesome giveaway where one lucky person will win lifetime access to all four courses, since Gena has decided to partner with us in a giveaway. This is almost a $200 value!



Here are descriptions of the 4 courses:

15-Minute Music Lessons for Elem Students

15-Minute Music Lessons for Elementary

  • Lessons to read
  • Videos to watch
  • Printables
  • Complete each lesson in 15 minutes.
  • More material is included if you’d like to expand the time or the days on a particular lesson.
  • Some of the lessons include the harp, Patriotic music, and a cappella singing, Handel’s Messiah, and birds in classical music.

Intro to Musicals self-paced online music course for elementary students

Intro to Musicals for Elementary

  • Ten lessons on ten different musicals.
  • Read about the story and background.
  • Watch video clips.
  • Work on one printable per lesson.
  • Take an online quiz.
  • Explore links to outside sites with other materials to enrich your study.
  • The ten musicals are Annie, Seussical, Cats, James and the Giant Peach, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz.

Music Appreciation Middle Ages thru Classical Eras self-paced online music course

Middle Ages Thru Classical Period Music Appreciation for High School

  • Semester course
  • 18 lessons
  • All videos and printables included
  • Use for high school credit
  • Appropriate for K-12th grades
  • Some of the composers and styles include Josquin Desprez, motets, concertos, Bach, Handel, orchestra, harpsichord, Mozart, opera, and Beethoven, and much more.

20th Century Music Appreciation Course for High School Students

20th Century Music Appreciation for High School

  • Full-year course
  • 36 lessons
  • All videos and printables included
  • Use for high school credit
  • Appropriate for K-12th grades
  • Some of the composers and styles included are John Phillip Sousa, Ragtime, Big Band, Opera, Puccini, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, Jazz, Folk Music, Film Music, John Williams, John Cage, serialism, Schoenberg, and more!



New! Peter Paul Rubens Fine Art Pages

Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter in the 1600s. I just love his work, both because of the wide range of subject matter and styles that he did so well, but also because of the beauty and warmth that come through so many of his works, particularly those featuring his family. So often old time portraits can seem stoic and severe, and to me Rubens shares devotion and chemistry in relationships that seem very much in tune with a way people of the 21st century can appreciate and relate to!
This collection features 19 printable works of art in this collection, ranging from Biblical themes, ancient Greece, royalty and wealth, genre works, and many beautiful portraits featuring his family. You will love this collection!

I’m giving it away FREE in January to our Subscriber Perks Members!  (which is also free to join)  Click here to get started with your free art today!

You can also watch my little show and tell about this collection here!

Attend a Great Homeschool Convention in 2017!

Are you wanting to be educated, encouraged, and equipped in your homeschool journey?  Then you will want to attend one of the Great Homeschool Conventions in 2017!


Great Homeschool Conventions

The 2017 dates and locations are:

TEXAS Homeschool Convention, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – February 23-25, 2017

SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC, March 16-18, 2017

MIDWEST Homeschool Convention, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – 22, 2017

CALIFORNIA Homeschool Convention, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA, June 15 – 17, 2017

This year, GHC will feature more than 230 speaking sessions, led by a world-class featured speaker roster which also includes a number of highly-focused special tracks.

Special Tracks

  • Janice Campbell will be sharing her wisdom and years of experience as a seasoned homeschooler in the Homeschool 101 track structured to guide beginning homeschooling families and those just considering homeschooling.
  • Our College Track, sponsored by Cedarville University, will address theme Life Beyond High School: How to pay for and go through the process of choosing the right college.

Workshop Sessions

In addition to these focused tracks, we also have a host of other speaking sessions covering how-to’s and tips of teaching math, language arts, science, writing, foreign language, and more. Check out our posted workshop preview which is only a sample of what is to come.

Moms will benefit from sessions encouraging them to continue their homeschooling journey, despite the obstacles and stresses that may be involved.

Children will have the option to enjoy a conference of their own! Hosted by Giant Cow Ministries, your children will love this high-energy, Biblical-based children’s conference.

Exhibit Hall

huge exhibit hall will be available for you to explore all the best curriculum and homeschooling resources available under one roof. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes! Many of the curriculum authors will be present to answer your questions and help you decide which curriculum best fits your child’s learning style. There is no better way to make that all-important curriculum decision than to have “hands-on” access to every possible resource, right before your eyes.

Special Events

As each day winds down after a full schedule of presentations and shopping, you will have the opportunity to spend valuable time with your family and enjoy the evenings at our special events.

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy Live! 13 Million Albums Sold….Largest Selling Comedian of all Time! Coming to the Texas Homeschool Convention.

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and best-selling author of more than 26 books. In 2014, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond them to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.

Holocaust Survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher

Coming to Texas!

Holocaust survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher will give an account of her time spent in a concentration camp beginning as a 7-year-old child. She spent the worst years of her life surviving as best she could with her family in the cruelest of conditions. Her story helps us to “Never Forget.” Dr. Auerbacher is living history that you and your children may never have the opportunity to witness again.

Andrew Peterson

Coming to all four 2017 GHC events!

Christian homeschooling dad and musician Andrew Peterson will perform on Thursday evening and lead a very special workshop session on Friday morning! As a musician in Nashville, he has “been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments.” Join us for an evening enjoying Andrew’s music, as well as his special Friday morning session!

Nick Vujicic

Coming to Texas and California events!

We are very honored to also welcome Nick Vujicic! Born without arms or legs, Nick has chosen to be “better instead of bitter.” He will deliver an inspirational and compelling testimony about his determination to enjoy the life and purpose God has given him.

Michael Franzese

Coming to all four 2017 events!

Michael Franzese, former mobster with the feared Colombo crime family, will give his testimony as a born-again Christian. This session is described by past listeners as “…open and honest…fresh and unique. Audiences are captivated by stories of his personal experiences in organized crime and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye-opening revelations.”

Mike Berenstain

Coming to the MidWest event!

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

Bob Smiley

Coming to the SouthEast, MidWest, and California events!

Many moons ago—before the invention of Ritalin or the Internet—a young, broke college student named Roberto Antonio Smiley (Bob) signed up for a stand-up competition at his Student Union Building. The prize money was $500, which was nearly 5 months rent for the “efficiency” closet Smiley was living in at the time. Though he had never stepped on a stage, and the only prior laughs he had gotten were due to his colossal leprechaun ears, he went for the gold. When he arrived, his only competition was a grown man wearing an oversized sombrero with no act…so…he won the money and the tender hearts of his fellow students. The rest is history.

John Crist

Coming to the MidWest event!

John Crist continues to gain momentum as one of America’s young rising stars of comedy. Crist’s style of edgy but clean comedy keeps him on the road for a whirlwind schedule of over 250 live shows per year.

When asked how he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “Shoot, I grew up in the south. My dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. Coming from a background like that, how do you not write jokes?!”

FREE Gifts to all that register:

As an additional benefit, those who register for the convention receive the following:

  • free Andrew Peterson album download (8 songs, a $7.99 value!)
  • Free streaming access ($59 value) to all twelve episodes of “Ancient History” as well as “The Gospels” (episode 1) from our friends at DriveThru History. (Don’t wait though—the free access to these awesome history episodes is available only until October 1, 2017.)
  • free download of The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers e-book by Mike Berenstain (a $1.99 value) E-book offer is from the publisher, Zondervan.
  • A free download of  Focus on the Family audio recording: Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom ($9.99 value)
  • A free download of Adventures in Odyssey episode of Amazing Grace ($1.99 value)


Don’t forget to book your accommodations! Partnering hotels offer great rates to convention attendees, but our reserved blocks of hotel rooms sell out quickly, so be sure to book early. Find a hotel here.

As you can see, this coming year is going to be better than ever. We strive to educate by presenting speakers who are professionals in their field and who can better prepare you for the journey, aspire to encourage you as you connect with like-minded, grace-filled families, and endeavor to equip you with comprehensive curriculum choices in the largest homeschool curriculum halls in the country.

Our mission is to help you and your children’s homeschooling journey so that it may be more successful and less stressful in your God-given right to home-educate your children.

Invite your friends and family to a homeschooling event like none other!! Early-bird discounts are on-sale now.

Here’s what others are saying:

I was so overwhelmed as this is my first year homeschooling. I walked away with a greater sense of confidence and direction.

My husband got the encouragement he needed to be a part of our homeschool experience.

The quality and variety of speakers is what sets this convention apart from others.

Definitely the place to go to get answers to any questions you may have about curriculum.
—Nikki G

Go! It’s worth every minute and every penny!
—Melissa T

Great Homeschool Conventions is very thankful for their sponsors: World News Group, World Vision, Focus on the Family/Adventures in Odyssey, National Center for Life and Liberty, and Cedarville University!

This giveaway has ended.  The winner is Leesa.  Congratulations!


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