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Under the Home

by Mary Ann Kelley

Under the Home offers studio art, art history, music, mathematics, reading, writing, prose, and poetry for grades K-1 as well as science, geography, and history for grade 1. They will be adding grades 2-5 over the years 2017 & 2018. As of January 2017 the price is $30/year.

Zeezok’s ‘The Great Musicians’ Series

by Mary Ann Kelley

This series tells the life story of several musicians in a story format, including examples of their compositions. There are study guides to go with each book, ad well as accompanying CDs that combine 2 composers on each CD. In addition, the website includes downloadable lap books for use with each story. Composers include Bach, Continue reading »

Notgrass

by Mary Ann Kelley

Notgrass offers curriculum for K-12 in Economics, Literature, Government, US History, World History, Bible, Art, and Unit Studies. The format of the lessons varies with age and topic, but all are bible-based and include clear student instructions with reading and activities. Samples and reviews of each resource are available on the Notgrass website.

The Usborne Art Treasury

by Mary Ann Kelley

Features 22 well-known artists, illustrations of famous works,and detailed directions how to create art in their styles.

Come Look With Me by Gladys Blizzard

by Mary Ann Kelley

A series of books in beginning art appreciation. Students look at art paintings by masters with a critical eye, guided by well thought out questions about the use of color, motion, size, line etc.

Beethoven’s Wig

by Mary Ann Kelley

A 4 CD series, these CDs help with the recognition and identification of well known classical music through the clever use of silly words.

Mark Kistler’s Art Resources

by Mary Ann Kelley

Mark Kistler teaches students to draw in 3-D through the use of humor and creative illustrations. The directions are easy to follow. Mr. Kistler has an award winning PBS show called the Imagination Station that also teaches students to draw in 3-D.

Masterpiece Art Instruction

by Mary Ann Kelley

Masterpiece Art Instruction offers step-by-step lessons on CD or by download. The Masterpiece Online Academy offers online courses in drawing, color theory, pastel, art careers, with more classes on the horizon. Get video and printable instruction plus optional teacher critiques and grading.

Artistic Pursuits

by Mary Ann Kelley

ARTistic Pursuits is a comprehensive art program designed to involve the student in the creative process while developing observational skills. A variety of fun applications teach both the expressive and technical aspects of art while allowing children to make choices about what and how they will draw, paint, and sculpt. Assignments work within the stages Continue reading »

Little Acorn Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

Little Acorn Learning publishes Waldorf-inspired themed months for the Pre-K aged child.

A Little Garden Flower

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Little Garden Flower is a Waldorf curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade.

BJU Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

BJU Press offers both curriculum for purchase and a distance learning solution. The texts cover all core subjects with a Christian worldview, critical thinking, and hands-on learning.

A Beka

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Beka provides a complete line of traditional Christian educational materials that have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy.

The Father’s Books

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Father’s Books education materials are developed with a Biblical worldview and are designed to produce measurable growth in skills and subject comprehension. The textbooks and workbooks also support a whole-brain learning experience so that students develop balanced skills. Additionally, each textbook or workbook meets standard education requirements to give students the best academic quality.

ALICE “I Feel So Me Now” Theater

by Mary Ann Kelley

ALICE “I Feel So Me Now” Theater materials provide complete step by step instructions for putting on a musical based on Alice in Wonderland. Also included is all musical accompaniment for the production and a miniature theater version which uses paper dolls and printed backdrops. The package contains 3 DVDs that range from 40–64 minutes Continue reading »

Rod and Staff

by Mary Ann Kelley

Rod & Staff curriculum is designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses many illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life. The various courses are comprised of texts, workbooks, and teacher guides. The science text is written from the perspective that evolution is “logically Continue reading »

Jim Weiss Storytelling CDs

by Mary Ann Kelley

Jim Weiss is a storyteller specializing in classics, wisdom stories, history, and folk tales. He brings characters and stories to life in a way that makes him one of the most popular storytellers among homeschoolers. All story sets are available on CD and some are available as mp3 downloads. Great for children of all ages.

Greenleaf Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Greenleaf Press materials include resources for parents and children on Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, & Modern History, Literature & Art. The curricula are designed for teaching history chronologically and focus on biographies of famous individuals. The publisher describes the course materials as “guaranteed 100% twaddle-free.” The course materials are exclusively books, and can be purchased Continue reading »

Child-size Masterpieces

by Mary Ann Kelley

Child-size Masterpieces is a curriculum collection of postcard-size reproductions of artwork designed to introduce art to young children, ages 3-6. Each level contains an instructional book and DVD, 36 postcard-size reproductions of art to be cut out and used for matching the art to the artist. Books move through increasing levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate Continue reading »

Legacy Learning Systems

by Mary Ann Kelley

Legacy Learning Systems are home instruction courses for learning piano, guitar and painting. Each course is made up of 3-5 CDs, a 100+ page workbook, 12-20 DVDs (the number of DVDs depends on the course), and access to a Members Only web site. The home-school program can be used with younger students-age 7-9. Additional Learn Continue reading »