Beautiful Coloring: A Timberdoodle Product Review

My girls love being creative, and they love art.  While they do a lot of free hand drawing and painting, I thought it would be fun to have them do something a bit more structured.  Enter Timberdoodle’s Beautiful Coloring book, part of their 4th grade curriculum.

About Beautiful Coloring

Beautiful Coloring is a fun coloring book.  Since it is for middle elementary children, it is simpler than most adult coloring books out there (as is to be expected).  However, it’s more than a coloring book as it also teaches children about the color wheel.  In fact, the chapters of the book are

  • Color Wheel
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink & Purple

Each chapter has a variety of pictures to color.  Typically, two boxes are given, each with a different design.  Then the child should practice each design.  (They have two separate blank boxes to do this.)  Finally, the child uses the technique to color a picture.

After that type of page, there is at least a page with two different pictures the child can color as they would like. Each chapter focuses on different colors and techniques including warm colors, complementary colors, primary colors, dots, fur effects, scale effects, etc.

Our Experience with Beautiful Coloring

I chose this review for PB & J Girl (3rd grade), but Cuddle Bug (2nd grade) wanted to use it, too.  The girls agreed to share the book.  I do think it was too advanced for Cuddle Bug.  Rather than following the designs suggested in the book, she just colored it like a normal coloring book using the color recommendations on each page.

My Thoughts

I really appreciated not only the color wheel and complementary colors lessons in the book, but also the many different design patterns that were taught.

I have enjoyed adult coloring, but sometimes I get tired of just coloring and shading a picture.  This book offers techniques that go well beyond that.  I’ve learned something along side my girls and will be trying these techniques when I color my next picture.

Meanwhile, even though this review is over, my girls are still coloring in this book, which I think is the highest endorsement.  This is a fun book for a budding artist.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.


Reason #1 Why I Love Homeschooling: Flexible Schedule

This year, we seriously considered putting Bookworm in school.  We visited three schools this summer and finally decided on a local charter school.  I was extremely nervous because I wasn’t sure it was the right choice, and he absolutely did not want to go.  In the end, we decided just days before school started not to send him.

While we (briefly) thought we were sending him to school, I realized one of the things I would miss most about homeschooling all of my children is the flexible schedule.

Flexible Yearly Calendar

Since we’ve homeschooled, we’ve been able to tag along to conferences that my husband went to in Boston and Washington D.C.  Recently, my husband had to go to L.A., and we were able to go with him (which wouldn’t have been possible if Bookworm did go to school because school had already started.)

During our quick trip to L.A., we were able to go to the Japanese American National Museum and San Juan Capistrano Mission, and take a trip to the ocean.  (More on those adventures coming later.)

We homeschool year round, so it’s not a big deal to take off time whenever we are going to travel.  This fall, we’ll hopefully take a  trip to Michigan.  Since my schedule and the kids’ schedule is flexible, we only need to work around my husband’s schedule.

Flexible Daily Schedule

We also get to enjoy a flexible daily schedule.  Two of my kids are morning people and are up between 5 and 6 a.m.  These two do their best work early in the morning.  One of my children is not a morning person.  She sleeps until 6:30 when I wake her.  If she had her way, she’d probably sleep until 8 a.m.  Then, she lounges in bed for 30 minutes until breakfast.  She’s not ready to do formal school work until at least 10 a.m., and that’s okay.  I work with the morning kids first, and then I work with her later in the day.

In addition, we can do our schooling any time during the day.  If Bookworm wants to go ride his bike and it’s going to be over 100 degrees, he can ride in the morning and then hole up to do his school work in the afternoon in the air conditioned house.

There are many reasons why I love homeschooling, but a flexible schedule is definitely reason #1.

If you homeschool, what is your favorite reason why?


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