Spotlight on Five! ~ Music & Arts

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Teaching the arts offers a lot of room for flexibility. Different styles, genres, mediums, and periods combine to form an endless array of possibilities. Some kids fall into their artistic pursuits and interests naturally, gravitating toward something that just pulls them. Others need more help finding their niche. The companies below offer interesting options to look into for both eager and reluctant students alike.


Music & Arts

When Music & Arts opened its doors in 1952, we offered printed music, music lessons, dance lessons, and art supplies. The store began as a community arts and music center based out of founder Ben O’Brien’s family home, focusing on school and family music education. Ben decided shortly after opening his business that he wanted to focus on music to better serve his customers – a decision that remains intact to this day. Music & Arts is now the nation’s largest instrumental music dealer and lesson provider.
Music & Arts offers CUSTOMIZED LESSONS by hand-selected instructors to fit all levels, ages and genres of music.
We offer a FAMILY FRIENDLY environment where students are encouraged to learn in their own way with a professional instructor. ALL MATERIALS YOU NEED right outside your lesson studio or shop our selection of over 50,000 products online.
To ensure only the HIGHEST QUALITY instruction available, instructors go through an extensive interview process, including background checks.
Learn more about why Music & Arts is the nation’s largest music lesson provider at
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“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” –Plato
Why use handbells in your homeschool curriculum?
  • Develops individual music skills while encouraging teamwork
  • Combines all ways of learning: auditory, kinetic, visual
  • Stimulates the brain and strengthens memory
  • Enhances gross coordination skills
  • Improves communication
  • Musicians score higher on tests of mental acuity than those with less or no musical study (2014 study of children aged 6 to 18 by the University of Vermont College of Medicine)
  • Cost effective for collaborating families
  • Satisfies state fine arts requirements
  • It’s FUN!
Visit our website or call Malmark for more inspiration on how you can incorporate handbells or Choirchimes? into your homeschooling experience.
We will walk with you to inspire and guide your adventure into the rewarding world of handbells.
Martha Alford, Director of Sales (800) HANDBEL


Visual Manna

“The Christian is the one whose imagination should soar beyond the stars.” – Francis Schaeffer
Do you have high school and middle school students gifted in art wanting advanced art training and mentorship including optional AP credit?
Do you need art projects that reinforce core subjects such as math, English and science specially geared to your visual and kinesthetic learners?
Visit us at to sample complimentary art lessons and explore our many offerings!
Go to and check out my Art Intensives and Advanced Art Intensives. On their site go to: “Intensives” – “View Intensives” – then scroll down search for Teacher “Jeffus (Adv Art Workshop), Sharon” then submit.
Are you interested in using murals as ministry, graphic art programs, or working on optional AP credit while working at a free camp for inner city children in Ironton, MO? Here is a free presentation where I discuss murals and introduce you to our upcoming offerings! We even have a horses and art camp coming in October. Advanced art students receive training in the elements and principles of art while learning graphic art and how to teach and mentor others in what they have learned.
Email me at for questions.


The Arts makes teaching the arts as simple as Point. Click. Teach. Take a look at the art, drama, speech, and music classes we offer your family:
  • Art Techniques with Brenda Ellis
  • Drawing with Realism
  • Everyday Easels
  • Studio Art for Teens
Drama and Speech
  • How to Write and Produce a Play
  • In the Limelight
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Simply Shakespeare
  • Guitar Lessons
  • If It Isn’t Baroque…The History of Western Music
  • Music Theory I & II
  • Music/Voice
  • Beginning Violin Lessons
Not a member yet? Try for thirty days for only $1. Keep it and pay just $12.95/month and lock in that rate for as long as you keep your membership, no matter how many new classes and features we add. For a complete listing of all of our resources, visit our Site Content page or take a tour of the site on our Start Here page. Co-op and small group pricing are available.
One membership to serves your entire family, regardless of how many children you are homeschooling or their ages. There are no per-child fees or additional fees for textbooks, and courses are not live, so you can start them at any time.
By the way, there are over 115 classes for members covering preschool through high school. Use as much as you want – and download all the achievement certificates, too.


The Old Schoolhouse? 

For those who love to draw, paint, or mold clay into masterful works of art, this unit study eBook for kids 3rd grade or older is just for them! Your child wants to be an artist? Enjoy this study with them and learn what it takes to become an artist in today’s world.

The Old Schoolhouse? is excited for children as they enjoy this creative WannaBe Series title:


When I Grow Up, I Want to Be . . . an Artist


Over half off! Priced at only $4


Math seems so straightforward, doesn't it? Numbers, patterns, formulas, and procedures all so clearly laid out with rules for each problem that just have to be learned and followed. Easy. Until you have a child and a math program that aren't a good match for each other and then the whole thing changes! If you are looking for a new fit, or even just need to shake things up a little and add some excitement to your math day, take a look at these great offers.



Math-U-See is a complete K-12 math curriculum that uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach math concepts. We "Build Understanding" in students with a multi-sensory, mastery-based approach suitable for all levels and learning styles. 

Our curriculum is organized into levels, not grades, so that students can be placed and proceed according to individual ability. When students demonstrate mastery of a concept, they are ready to move on to the next concept. Math-U-See is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. 

The Math-U-See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches through multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. 

Our new online placement tools help you place your students accurately in the Math-U-See curriculum, with immediate feedback. More than just right and wrong, these assessments are a combination of written assessment and an "interview" in which you, the parent, can determine how well your student understands the concepts. 

Visit our website to learn more about our curriculum, see demonstration videos, and take the new online placement tests. 



Engage your child with
ALEKS®, the online math program that personalizes every lesson, every day, to build mathematics proficiency and confidence. For your child who needs additional review or is ready to move ahead,
ALEKS uses adaptive technology to deliver self-paced instruction targeted to each child's learning needs.

ALEKS is a complete home curriculum math solution:

  • 24/7 online access on computers and tablets
  • Immediate feedback and detailed explanations for every problem
  • Built-in progress assessments
  • Full course library spanning grades 3-12
  • One-stop Master Account to monitor progress
Learn more about ALEKS for Homeschooling.



At Educents, our mission is to provide affordable education by giving you the BEST discounts on educational materials. Our customers LOVE the Life of Fred Math books and so do we! Find out how to incorporate Life of Fred into your homeschooling, and at the best price on the Internet!

Use Educents to discover innovative and fun math resources for your homeschool today!


Take a look at the variety of fun learning opportunities available to your entire family with just one membership to For example: 

This is a complete, ten-month pre-algebra course with written instruction and daily worksheets.

Fractions with Vivian Owens
A fun, twelve-week fraction workshop focusing on understanding the basics of fractions using a visual and hands-on approach.

Elementary Math
A video series by Dr. Peter Price designed to help parents understand how to teach elementary math concepts.

A supplemental, fourteen-week course perfect for review of trigonometry facts with veteran teacher Martha Candler.

Everyday Games
These games from Teresa Evans are low-prep printables that deliver tons of fun. Teresa shares a new game every weekday, alternating weeks between elementary reading/phonics and math.

Plus we have fun Daily Math and Algebra for Kids worksheets for practicing and reviewing important skills!

For a complete listing of all of our resources, visit our Site Content page or take a tour of the site on our Start Here page. Co-op and small group pricing are available. 

We make teaching math as easy as 
Point. Click. Teach.


Have you seen the Fraction Workshop by Vivian Owens? This brand new class joins the more than 100 classes already on This is a fun, twelve-week fraction workshop focusing on understanding the basics of fractions using a visual and hands- on approach. Designed for students of any age who need a boost understanding fractions, this workshop will illustrate fractions using concrete objects-balls, vegetables, popsicle sticks, and more. Over the course of twelve weeks, students will learn: 
  • What a fraction is 
  • The terms associated with fractions 
  • How to multiply and divide fractions 
  • How to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators 
  • How to apply their knowledge of fractions to word problems and the real world 
Try for thirty days for only $1. Keep it and pay just $12.95 a month and lock in that rate for as long as you keep your membership, no matter how many new classes and features we add. 

One membership to serves your entire family, regardless of how many children you are homeschooling or their ages. There are no per-child fees, and courses are not live so you can start them any time. 



"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).