China’s Liangzhu Culture

This week in the Serious Fun class our 3rd – 8th graders studied neolithic China’s Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300-2200 BC) and the early artifacts they produced. The Liangzhu culture is noted for two very interesting pieces of art made out of jade: the cong and the bi. A Bi is a jade disc with a… Read more »

ARTK12 Publishes Draw the USA

Draw the USA, Kristin Draeger’s new book, is now available at for 19.95. The book teaches your students how to draw the United States from memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each state as it connects to its neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw the country… Read more »

Mary Cassatt by the Biographical Bard

For my fourth and final book in the American Art History Series I have once again enlisted the help of that wacky wordsmith, the biographic bard, to give us the outline of the life of Mary Cassatt. This time he has set the story to the tune of Oh! Susanna. Take it away, Bard! Born… Read more »

ARTK12 in Fast Motion

The White Cloud by George Catlin This new video is a time lapse of what a student would do after completing the drawing of a project. The drawings are simple to complete with step-by-step instructions with a good starting point for students. Kristin has found that students (particularly, young students) often get frustrated because when… Read more »

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House At the end of my American Art History: Volume IV, we study two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s pieces of architecture, one of which is the Robie House, built in 1910 in Chicago near the University of Chicago. There are few children’s books on Wright, and really only one good one,… Read more »

The White House: Lego Architecture Series

In the third volume of my American Art series, I introduce James Hoban’s original drawing of the White House. Students learn about Hoban and the different architectural components of the White House, and complete a copy of Hoban’s drawing. Lego’s Architecture Series A fabulous accompaniment to this lesson is Lego’s White House in their Architecture… Read more »

Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books Video

Kristin spoke to a group of homeschool parents on February 5, 2013 about homeschooling with real books…not textbooks. Over twenty parents attended and many purchased her book, Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books. Watch the video of the event: Photos of the the event can be seen here.

Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books is Published

Kristin Draeger’s new book, Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books, has just been published and is available in both paperback ($14.95) and Kindle editions ($6.99). Over 1,500 Books for K – 8th Grade Serious Fun has an opening essay chronicling how Kristin used real books (not textbooks) to homeschool her son from Kindergarten through the… Read more »

Homeschooling with Real Books, Feb. 5, 6:00 – 7:30

I will be speaking at the Julian Charter School San Diego Learning Center on February 5th, 2013. Here’s my topic: Homeschooling Got You Down? Are you frustrated trying to teach school in a traditional way at home? Do your students have difficulty focusing and sitting still? Do you dread school time? Very early on I… Read more »

Dog’s Night by Meredith Hooper

Back in Print! A wonderful children’s book that highlights four famous works of art is now back in print. Dog’s Night, written by Meredith Hooper and illustrated by Allan Curless and Mark Burgess, is as entertaining as it is clever. Back Where Dogs Belong The plot involves four dogs in four works of art in… Read more »

Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College

After finishing the first volume of my American Art series, I recommend to my students here in San Diego that they go visit the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon (a suburb of San Diego, see map of museum location). Impressive Collection This museum has one of the most impressive… Read more »

A History of US by Joy Hakim

Textbooks that are both interesting and engaging are rare and I rarely recommend them, but if you absolutely need a textbook for American History, A History of US is the only choice. Written in a narrative style, A History of US tells the history of the United States, from prehistory to the present, thoroughly and… Read more »