This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 10th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

ARTistic Pursuits: Art in America, Vol. 8 ~ a TOS review

It’s time for another fun review of the newest homeschool art book from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Oftentimes I struggle to incorporate art into our week even though I know how important it is to let kids express themselves. However, the K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. makes art instruction easy for this Mama!

We love ARTistic Pursuits Inc. here at A Stable Beginning so we were thrilled to receive another volume of the K-3rd Grade Level, specifically Volume 8, Art in America. For this review I knew it would be perfect for my youngest daughter, McKenzie (9-years old).

ARTistic Pursuits offers a wonderful Art program for many different grade levels all the way from Preschool through High School.  We have a few older editions of the other books that my older girls have used in the past. For this review I focused mainly on McKenzie.

There are eight books total in this series: 

Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary (Vol. 1) 
Art of the Ancients (Vol. 2) 
Art of the Middle Ages (Vol. 3) 
Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance (Vol. 4) 
Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism (Vol. 5) 
Art of the Impressionists (Vol. 6) 
Art of the Modern Age (Vol. 7) 
Art in America (Vol. 8)


We received Art in America, K-3 Vol. 8 which is a beautiful hardcover textbook filled with 18 projects that focus on pencil drawing instruction using graphite and colored pencils. McKenzie loves the girl on the front because she has pink glasses just like her.



With 64 color rich pages the book features drawings and painting by famous American artists from the 18th to the 20th centuries. For your visual learner you will find video lessons that teach how to use the graphite and colored pencil techniques described. Video lessons are provided on Blu-ray and DVD disc.



You’ll need to purchase a few high quality art supplies to get you started. They include: 

Prismacolor colored pencils 
Ebony pencils 
Pencil sharpener 
Drawing pad 
Ruler 
Compass with pencil 
Construction paper


In the past, McKenzie has had some vision issues as a younger child and it just now within the last year and a half starting to actually like to color and draw. Sometimes, however, she gets frustrated because she doesn't think her drawing are "good" enough compared to her older siblings. My hope was that working through this program would help her learn the techniques of drawing and using her colored pencils too.


Since she has an older sister who is about to graduate with a Graphic Design degree and other older sisters who love to draw, McKenzie already had access to many of the supplies needed. These lessons were a fun fun Friday morning lesson for her to complete before heading to the gymnastics gym to train.



ARTistic Pursuits has met all of my expectations and then some! This art program has taken the struggle to incorporate art into our week away.  They will always be my go to curriculum when it comes to Art for my children because of the ease of lessons and the open and go format of the books.  It’s no wonder they have won so many awards. These books are fabulous and we will continue to use them in our homeschool for many years to come! 

Kindergarten to Third Grade Art following History in Chronological Order {ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Reviews}
54 of my CrewMates also tried out different volumes so be sure to check out their reviews by clicking the banner below and find the right one for your homeschool!

Kindergarten to Third Grade Art following History in Chronological Order {ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Reviews}

 Format ~  Hardcover book
 Price ~ $39.99
 Ages ~ 3rd grade 



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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Instill high-level thinking and problem solving skills with Homeschool Complete ~ a TOS review

Would you believe me if I told you there was a complete homeschool program that includes everything you need to teach First Grade? Well guess what!? There is and it is called First Grade Complete from Homeschool Complete.

The main goal of Homeschool Complete is:

“not only to teach facts and figures but also to instill higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills that create a love of learning”.

We received the PDF download of the first semester of the first grade curriculum that includes Bible, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Science, Physical Development, Fitness, and Character Development in a theme based units.

The entire first semester curriculum came to my email as a two-part PDF download. It was a hefty download too, with the teachers manual having 600 pages and the corresponding student workbook just under 300 pages. The Teacher’s Manual is very detailed and includes step-by-step scripted instructions for each day of the program. It also includes detailed lesson plans and material lists so you will be fully prepared. The student workbook contains all the consumable worksheets your child will need for the semester.


The First Grade Complete includes 4 engaging mini units on a variety of topics per month. Each unit is based off a typical five-day school week and gives you the flexibility of have four days of planned activities and one day to catch up or do other activities of your own choosing. In the First Grade program you child will learn about topics including: Family Animals My Body Manners Money Transportation Hibernation U.S. Symbols and more!


My little guy is just now starting to review curriculum like his big sisters. Micah, (almost 5) is an eager learner so I just knew this would be a great program to try with him. Unfortunately, I misjudged the curriculum depth of the First Grade program.

 



Some of the material, especially the Language Arts that required reading and writing, is above his readiness. However, the math, physical education, and calendar portions are right on target! So, we focused on those sections for our review. When his LA skills catch up, we can definitely come back to these lessons. If we had to choose again, I think the second semester of K would have been a better fit for us.

Homeschool Complete K - 4th Grade & Unit Studies {Homeschool Complete Reviews}
I really like the concept of the Homeschool Complete program. My favorite aspects would definitely be the included book lists and the ease of use. I am always on the look out for new readers or read-aloud books. The appendix also holds a wealth of information with the recipes, songs, and pledges used in the program. This program is really well written and might be the perfect fit for your homeschool so please be sure to check it out. They have several different levels including, Kindergarten Complete, Second Grade Complete, Third Grade Complete, Fourth Grade Complete,  and Unit Studies for grades K-6 to check out. 59 of my CrewMates also reviewed different grades and unit studies so be sure to click on the banner below and read some of their thoughts.

 Until next time friends, be blessed!

Homeschool Complete K - 4th Grade & Unit Studies {Homeschool Complete Reviews}

Format ~ PDF Download, 1st semester 
Price ~ $114.71 (includes teacher’s manual and student guide) 
Ages ~ children ready for 1st grade material 



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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wordless Wednesday ~ new curriculum




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