curriculum reviews, homeschooling

Bible Study Guide For All Ages Review

I had the opportunity to review a neat Bible curriculum this summer; Bible Study Guide For All Ages.  We are working through the Primary (1st & 2nd grade) level.  I had heard great things about this curriculum and wanted to try it.  My kids weren’t real excited about doing any school this summer, but when I put up the timeline and the maps they started to show a little interest.

They started asking some questions about how this all worked.  So I showed them their workbooks,

the timeline and map pieces, how the teacher’s guide shows me the lesson and that the label book binder with the timeline and map pieces shows us where to put them.  Then I showed them that we got these really neat cards.  One for each book of the Bible.

After that they were ready to dig into the first lesson.  I was as impressed with it as they were.  We received lessons 1-26.  They started with Jacob and his 12 sons and how Joseph was his very favorite.  I learned that Jacob chose favorites a lot.  He had a favorite wife and a favorite son.  The lesson continues with asking how does it feel when someone else is chosen the favorite and you are not.  This opened up some nice discussion with Evie (7) and Thomas (almost 6).  They were really understanding the story.  They worked in the workbook marking what my teacher guide instructed and applied what they were learning with real life situations.

After that we added some things on the timeline and places on the map.

I really enjoyed placing the labels on the areas we talked about.  It was neat to be able to instantly see how near or far some of these places were.  Also some of the bodies of water were smaller than we thought they would be.

The lessons continue with the same pattern as the first.  We learned about Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt, Joseph being sent to jail and how lies hurt people, Joseph’s and Pharoah’s dreams and more about Joseph and how is helped his family.  They liked working through the workbook, having discussion and adding things to the wall.  I’m very impressed with the amount of diverse information that they were able to remember with these lessons.  I personally like learning this way and am looking forward to continuing using this curriculum with them.

There are other levels to choose from so this can grow with them.  Currently I am using the same level for all three of my school age children (including 12 year old David).  This is just a supplement for David’s Bible curriculum and he is enjoying being a mentor during our lessons.  We received the first 26 lessons of 416.  These lessons work through the entire Bible in about 4 years of doing 2 lessons per week year round or 3 lesson per week for the school year. I was a little disappointed at first that we only had 26 lessons, but then realized that if my children are ready for the next level at lesson 27 I can just purchase the next lesson in the higher level.  This is great that I can customize the work just for them at their pace. Each 26 lesson packs of student pages are only $5.95 and teachers packs are $9.95.  I like that they are affordable and you can purchase only what you need when you need them. Each lesson pack contains lessons from both the Old and New Testaments.

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curriculum reviews, history, homeschooling

White House Holidays Unit Studies Review

White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC are a great way to keep learning happening while taking a break from regular history studies.  We started this unit study as our school year was coming to a close.  It was just what we needed to transition to our “summer break”.   Little do the kids know that we are still continuing doing “school” but in a much more active and creative way.

White House Holidays Unit Studies is a digital product to download.  This came to me  in individual studies and downloaded very quickly.  These individual units made it easy to find the study we were working on without going through the whole file.  I printed some for quick reference, but used most of the information right from my computer screen.  The kids followed along as I read.  Each study has reading and suggested activities for Kindergarten through sixth grade and one for 7th through 12th.  We used the one for younger children.

The first study we completed was the one about Labor Day.  It had 3 lessons.  I read it to David (12) and Evie (7).  They really had no idea what Labor Day was other than school started immediately after that day.  The information seamed to be a little over Evie’s head, but she did get it.  We worked through all of the lessons and had a lot of great discussion.  David and I just finished learning about the Civil War.  One of the things we read about was about how children of all ages worked in mills and factories.  We learned about how dangerous these conditions were and how wages and hours were not regulated like they are today.  He was able to apply what he was learning in this study back to what we had just learned.  It was one of those great light bulb moments that you love to see when your children get it!!

We read about labor conditions, formation of labor unions and looked at some photographs from that time period.  We learned about Eleanor Roosevelt, the controversy about who really should be credited with beginning the Labor Day holiday.

Valentine’s Day was the next study that we did.  This one was 5 lessons had some fun hands on activities.  We read love letters that John Adams and his wife Abigail had written to each other.  David and I enjoyed this because we had read a biography about John Adams not that long ago.  We had a little more background information about the times those letters were written.  Mr and Mrs Adams were separated for long periods of time and it was neat to see what they wrote to each other.  They expressed their love, but also discussed politics and everyday issues for them like small pox and the new vaccine that was just starting to be used.

We made love letters on old paper.  That was one of the suggested activities.  Well I made an old love letter, Evie made an old treasure map.  We tried to follow the suggestions.  The good thing is she did understand the lesson.

John Adams was just the first lesson.  The other lessons covered Ronald and Nancy Reagan, John and Julia Tyler, Grover and Francis Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy’s television tour of the White House.

The other holidays in the study are Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr, Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day.  We really enjoyed these unit studies and will be pulling them out again as we get closer to each holiday.  It was nice to learn about how these holidays came to be and how presidents were involved in them. They will become more relevant as we do them again closer to that holiday and as my little ones get older.

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art, curriculum reviews

ARTistic Pursuits: Art for Children Review

We had the opportunity to review another great book from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. ; ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray.  We used the first book in the series: Building a Visual Vocabulary.  We had used another book from ARTistic Pursuits many years ago but it was for older children.  Here is my review of the Junior High Book Two.  We liked using that book, but I didn’t had any experience with this company’s books for younger children.  I was excited to try this with little ones.  This book has been so great for my 7 year old daughter, Evie.  We have all liked it, but she LOVES it!!!

I have to say I’m in love with this book and can’t wait to use the other ones!

  • Art of the Ancients
  • Art of the Middle Ages
  • Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance

I was a little hesitant to do this review since there were a few art supplies that I would need to purchase.  I had never heard of watercolor crayons.  But after a small Amazon order and a trip to Walmart I had all I needed for the whole book for three children and really didn’t spent that much.

These were with the water colors. We all love them, even my art major college son.

Here is another project we did. There is a chapter about construction paper folding. This is Evie’s dog. She added some watercolor crayons because she now uses them for everything!!!

We received a nice hard cover book with  dvd and blue ray discs.  The book is 64 big full color pages.  There are six video lessons and the book has so much more information for each video lesson and other suggested projects.

We started with lesson one which is watercolor crayons.  We watched the video and drew a picture with the crayons on watercolor paper.  I wasn’t sure we really need the special paper, but it made a huge difference in the finished product.  The paper is textured and is thicker than regular paper.  Definitely worth it. The book then takes the lesson further with famous works and artists.  I love how the students begin to identify things like subjects, composing, color, lines, spaces and so much more!

Here are the video lesson titles:

  • Watercolor crayons
  • Identify and mix colors
  • Construction Paper: Cut
  • Construction Paper: Fold
  • Oil Pastels
  • Draw Shapes

The youngest in our family is now 5 and we can leave a few more art supplies within arms reach of kids.  Mine have all enjoyed being able to access these new supplies and create when the choose.  I’m so glad to have been introduced to these fun new products and techniques.  They have been presented in a way that the kids can duplicate the techniquse on their own without much help.  This will be fun to keep going in this series and see where their creativeness takes them!

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