Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray - Art of the Ancients {TOS REVIEW}

 ARTistic Pursuits


We have used books from  ARTistic Pursuits Inc. before and Captain really wanted to try the new ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray - Art of the Ancients course even though he's really at the top of the age range.

This new course looks quite different from their other books. They were all softbound and had a ring bound edge. These are hardback thinner books with a DVD and Blu-Ray stored behind the front cover.



Captain decided on book two as we had the older version book one. Book two of this new series focuses on ancient art. There are two ways you can work through the series of art books. You can start with volume one and work in chronological order two through eight or start with volume one and skip around any volume focusing on the historical period you want to study.


There are some materials needed for some of the projects. There are kits you can buy for this book from various retailers. Or like me, you can visit your local craft store with a 40% coupon in hand every time you need more supplies!

 ARTistic Pursuits

There are eighteen lessons in this volume with six of them having a DVD lesson to go along with it.

Lesson 1 - Video #1 Soft Pastels
Lesson 2 - Art in Caves
Lesson 3 - Video #2 Clay : Slab Building
Lesson 4 - Art Underground
Lesson 5 - Art in Minoan Palaces
Lesson 6 - Art in Pyramids
Lesson 7 - Art in Egyptian Palaces
Lesson 8 - Art on City Walls
Lesson 9 - Art on Temples
Lesson 10 - Video #3 Clay: Pinch Method
Lesson 11 - Video #4 Clay: Pinch Pot
Lesson 12 - Art in Tombs
Lesson 13 - Video #5: Animal Figure Roman Sculpture
Lesson 14 - Art on Roadsides
Lesson 15 - Art on Mummies
Lesson 16 - Video #6 Paper Mosaic
Lesson 17 - Art Preserved in Ash
Lesson 18 - Art in Catacombs

Each lesson is very self-explanatory. Before each lesson, there is a section containing prep notes for the next one. This really helps me as I didn't buy the kit. The kit is definitely the way to go if you don't have a craft store on had.

Captain really loves this program. He has enjoyed making some of the projects and we still have a few to go.



To complete the art projects in this book you will need the following art supplies;

Hard or Soft Pastels set
5lb gray self-hardening clay
wire clay cutter (I bought a full set of tools)
watercolor crayons
oil pastels
Ebony pencil
Vinyl eraser
Watercolor brush #8 round
Watercolor paper pad
Drawing paper pad
Construction paper pad
Scissors
Elmer's Glue-All
Glue Stick

There are also some household items needed;

Paper towels
Water container
Hairspray (aerosol)
Roll of brown packing paper
Rolling pin or dowel
Four-inch paper tube
Plastic knife
Crayola sidewalk chalk (optional)
24-inch square canvas cloth
Masking tape
Six paint stir sticks or two wood slats 3/8" thick

Captain loves using chalk pastels. It's something that he has seen his older siblings do. I don't always let him use them for random projects. So when a project actually requires them he gets super excited. Which is probaly why the projects he wants to share are all chalk pastel ones. Great tip - mentioned in the book. Spray the finished chalk pastel picture with hairspray to 'set' it and stop it from rubbing off on everything!



There were a few other books being reviewed out of this new series - click on the link below to read more!


Artistic Pursuits Full Video Lesson Grades K-3 {ARTistic Pursuits Reviews}



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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Memoria Press - New American Cursive - Penmanship Famous Americans {TOS REVIEW}

Memoria Press
We have been excited to work on New American Cursive - Penmanship Program from Memoria Press. We were sent New American Cursive 2 With Quotations from Famous Americans.

New American Cursive 2 (Scripture)

We have used the first workbook in the past and I was excited to see how they added cursive practice with the American quotes. I love quotes from famous people, especially Americans and so this intrigued me.

This is a second level book. Captain had already completed book one last year. The first few pages of the book cover contents and then the program reviews information from the previous book. It covers The Three P's of Penmanship Posture, Pencil, and Paper Position to make sure that you and the student remember how important this is to successful handwriting technique.



The next section reviews the alphabet and numbers that were taught in the previous book. The child traces and then writes his own letters and numbers.

I love how they letter connections are described 'smile', 'grin', and 'jump'. You would have to check out the book to see the details but basically, all cursive grammar letters are connected in one of these ways.

By page 30 the student is writing full words, focusing on their letter form and neatness. The child is encouraged to circle their best work and what needs improvement. This is very handy when a child wants to be independent. I have found that the child that looks for his own mistakes is a lot more self-motivation to improve.

One thing that Captain really needs to work on is the size of his letters. Page 47 of the book focuses on using correct sizing for upper, middle, and lower letters (something Captain struggles with). It's realized that actually taking time to work on these little things make a huge difference.

Captain has been reading about Benjamin Franklin and was really pleased to find one of his quotes in the book.

Honesty is the best policy - Benjamin Franklin

He also liked -

Never spend your money before you have earned it - Thomas Jefferson.

I like that this writing program has some great quotes mixed in for writing practice. It's so much better than just writing nonsense sentences that mean nothing. They are learning as well as practicing their writing skills.

One page 124 of the book there is a section to help the child with reading cursive. This is something that Captain didn't think was necessary because all of the books he wanted to read were in print. One day his Nana gave him a special handwritten book. Nana writes in cursive. All of sudden Captain realized that reading cursive was important and something he wanted to be able to do well. This gave a much-needed boost to work on his cursive and he found as he got better writing it, he was also able to read it easier. Last week he was sat down reading his book handwritten by his Nana he was very proud and excited to be able to read this book all by himself.

I know some people think that being able to write cursive is no longer necessary. However, I am glad that good programs like this exist to help us keep the tradition alive.

Check out the other products reviewed by the crew by clicking on the link below.

New American Cursive & Traditional Logic {Memoria Press Reviews}



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Zoo photo traditions

Captain loves to keep tradtions alive. Jam wouldn't be found perching on top of a zoo animal statue anymore. However, Captain wouldn't leave without a couple of traditional pictures!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Home School Navigator {TOS REVIEW}


Home School Navigator
For the past few weeks Captain and I have been working from the Indigo level of Homeschool Navigator We are also in the middle of a great Interactive Notebook for Holes. We didn't get as far as I wanted with the notebook as I wanted but we have had great success with this program.

Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is an online/offline program that contains a full year of reading and writing assignments. There are six levels you can find the scope and sequence for each level here.

RED - K reading level
ORANGE- 1st-grade reading level
YELLOW- 2nd-grade reading level
GREEN -3rd-grade reading level
BLUE- 4th-grade reading level
INDIGO - 5th-grade reading level

I received a one-year membership to the website and Captain worked on the Indigo level. We used this on our i-pad but it can work on laptops too. When you log in it goes to the dashboard where you click on the level they are using. We click on Indigo. Each week is listed separately in days and you can click on each day individually. You can easily keep track of where you are by submitting the work you want to save or by clicking that you have completed the day's assignments.

 Every month there is a link where you can find the printouts for the month. They are all in order and super easy to find. Of course, although there are lots of handouts with different exercises you don't have to complete all of them. It's completely up to the parent what to prepare and assign.

I did think that Captain would be able to work on this alone, but it's not really suitable for him to do that. It's something that I can assign him a particular worksheet to finish, but not really something I can leave him to work through unattended.

Home School Navigator


We have recently started working on an Interactive Workbook for the book Holes. The interactive notebooks are designed similarly to lap book but can be used directly into a notebook. We have been using a regular spiral notebook and cutting and pasting the worksheet cutouts directly into it.


The interactive notebook helps the child focus on different sections of the book. It includes vocabulary and comprehension questions. There are questions that are included to help the student. Captain enjoyed learning about Pig Latin, and Palindromes! In fact, all the kids had great fun coming up with names and words!

Captain did find that he really liked the interactive notebook. He loves things that he can work through without me. There is an answer key so it's definitely something that they can work on alone.

We like this program. Captain would like it better if he could log in and work through it online. He's not as keen on worksheets.

We really liked this program. It has an assortment of activities on printable worksheets. There is not online work as such. Everything is printed.

There are so many levels to this program, check out the other reviews so you can see what everyone else thought. If you followed this program I really feel it would help kids become stronger readers and writers.


Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum {Home School Navigator Reviews}




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Wordless Wednesday - safe flights


Friday, May 18, 2018

It's Nearly Summer....and random other things!

It's such a nice change...summer is coming. Two weeks of school left and I am so ready. Next week my mother in law is arriving for a month and we are very excited. 

We took our new travel trailer out last weekend even though the forecast was bad. It turned out that is only rained the first night. After that the weather was beautiful.

I suggested a walk, I need to check my maps or gps before I suggest such things. Captain was it turned out to be about nine miles before lunch. We had to jump over streams on the beach. I wish I had taken a picture. Jam carried Boo and Captain over. I took of my shoes and rolled up my leggings to brave the freezing water!

Such a fun Mother's Day weekend. The campground owner's gave all the mom's on the campsite a lovely potted plant.

I think can't wait for more summer adventures!



ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray - Art of the Ancients {TOS REVIEW}

We have used books from  ARTistic Pursuits Inc.  before and Captain really wanted to try the new  ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Bo...