❡ February 5th Update: Color Our Collections Week is underway! The 2024 coloring booklets have begun to appear online and they feature everything from marine animals to medieval art to tropical flowers and more! New booklets will continue be added all through the week of 5–9 February, so be sure to keep checking and download them all! 🎨
Calling all homeschool artists, scribblers, painters, colorists, daubers, and illuminators: the week of 5–9 February 2024 (Monday–Friday) is Color Our Collections Week! This is one of the best homeschool art opportunities you can participate in all year. It’s free, it’s suitable for all ages, and you can make it last for months.
Color Our Collections Week is a fun, educational, international project that was started by the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine, and it now involves more than a hundred major libraries and museums around the world. These institutions scan historic black-and-white images from their collections of rare books and assemble them into small coloring booklets that you and your students can print and illuminate as you see fit.
The new coloring booklets for 2024 will begin appearing on Monday, February 5th, on the Color Our Collections website. As of this writing, the booklets for 2023 are also still online and you can download them as well:
These wonderful free printables include everything from science to Shakespeare, architecture to medieval art, natural history to engineering, and much more.
There are enough pages available that you could download a year’s worth of coloring opportunities for your young artists. And they are not only fun, they are full of educational value as well. Don’t miss this opportunity for creativity and learning.
What illuminating discoveries have you and your students been making in your homeschool this Orion Term? 😊
❡ Explore more: You can use this annual event for much more than just coloring. Each booklet comes from a specific library or museum. Look up their websites, pay them an online visit, locate them in your world atlas, and more. Expand your students’ appreciation for the whole universe of learning. 🏛
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 📖
❡ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website has links to several wonderful online library collections that we like to explore. Why not sit yourself down at a large screen for a while (rather than a phone) and give them a browse. 🖥
❡ When in doubt, go to the library: This is one of our regular Homeschool Books & Libraries posts. Add your name to our weekly mailing list and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 📫
❡ Homeschool calendars: We have a whole collection of free, printable, educational homeschool calendars and planners available on our main River Houses calendar page. They will help you create a light and easy structure for your homeschool year. Give them a try today! 🗓
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❡ Join us! The aim of the River Houses project is to create a network of friendly local homeschool support groups — local chapters that we call “Houses.” Our first at-large chapter, Headwaters House, is now forming and is open to homeschoolers everywhere. Find out how to become one of our founding members on the Headwaters House membership page. 🏡