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Art Lab for Kids (Grades 1-6)
This book is a good resource for a teacher who needs more art ideas. It is a well-thought-out collection of 52 creative adventures in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, and mixed media. The projects are diverse, offering a wide range of techniques that can be used by budding artists of all ages. For grades 1-6, 144 pages, paperback.
Called to Be a Soldier
This book tells the experiences of conscientious objectors in Canada during World War II. It details their lives in the camps where they performed alternative service instead of joining the army. Most of the boys were from Ontario, and they first served at the Montreal River Camp, clearing land for the Trans-Canada Highway. Later some were transferred to forestry camps in British Columbia to fight forest fires and plant trees. Copies of letters to and from government officials are included, as well as some letters from church leaders. Although the practices of the different faiths vary from what we practice, this book gives a good picture of what CO camp life was like. 519 pages; paperback; Vineyard Publications.
As a young Amish man in 1969, Ivan Weaver left for Alaska to become a hunting guide with the world-famous Pinnell & Talifson outfitters. For 2 1/2 years he lived “the Dream” in the wilds, guiding men as they hunted huge Kodiak brown bears. This book details many fine adventures of that life. But Ivan began to be troubled. “What is the meaning of life?” “Do I have a foundation?” he wondered. He finally decided he must return to his roots and his church. 243 pages; paper; Weaver.
How to Teach Art to Children (Grades 1-4)
This book has concise step-by-step directions for 96 simple art projects. A materials list is provided for each project. Lower and middle grade teachers will be able to get a lot of good ideas from this book. Students will make things out of construction paper, mix colors and paint, mold clay, create a collage, etc. For some of the projects, there is a black-and-white page provided to copy and use as part of the project. This book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is “Learning About the Elements of Art” and Part 2 is “Using the Elements of Art.” 160 pages, paperback, one per classroom.
In My Father’s House
This is the story of the early life of Corrie Ten Boom, before World War II and her work with sheltering Jews. Corrie was a timid girl when young. She grew up in a busy household with several siblings, a number of aunts, and her devoted father and mother. As she got older she reached out to others, helping form girls’ camps for activities and learning about the Lord. Later still, her family took in children who needed a home. Fast paced and alternately humorous and sobering, it makes for interesting reading. 197 pages; paperback; Lighthouse Trails Publishing.
The songs in this book were written over the past 60 years. Some have been previously published in Precious Promises and Fireside Songs while others are published here for the first time. Several songs are accompanied with the “story” behind their inspiration. (Additional background to some of these is in the book “Wide Open Road” by John R Toews.) Paperback.
Let’s Be Art Active – Ralph Friesen (Primary Grades)
This is a 3-ring binder full of ideas for art projects to do with lower grade students. There are 71 projects with an emphasis on making things rather than only painting or drawing. There is a nice section explaining how to do printmaking. Some projects have a materials list and step-by-step instructions and some follow an example and description format. Individual pages are easily removed for easy reference and later put back.