Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix 12 pk Review


My girls love to do craft projects. I'm not always a fan of letting them do these projects, though, because I hate the mess that is usually involved. I was extremely excited to try out Kwik Stix 12 pk, no mess kids' art supplies, from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

For this review, we received the Kwik Stix 12 pk. The Pencil Grip, Inc. was also kind enough to include an additional free sample single Kwik Stix in navy blue and an Original Pencil Grip.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
I mentioned earlier that I'm usually not a big fan of my girls and their arts and crafts projects. Art projects at my house usually involve someone wanting to paint, so out come the paper, brushes, paints, and cups of water. After art time is over, there are brushes and paint cups all over my kitchen counter in various stages of being clean and creative projects all over the dining room table so they can dry. Usually at some point, at least one of them have knocked over a water cup so that needs to be cleaned up as well. (Please tell me that doesn't only happen at my house.)

Let me contrast that with the art projects they created using the Kwik Stix. All they needed was paper and the Kwik Stix paint - no brushes, no cups of water. When they were done, they put the Kwik Stix away. The paint on their projects was already dry, so those weren't lying all over either. My stress level was at an all time crafting low! Ha ha!

About the Kwik Stix 12 pk
Kwik Stix are a solid tempera paint contained in a capped stick, almost like a glue stick. Like the name suggests, there are 12 colors included in this pack - white, pink, red, orange, yellow, light green, green, light blue, navy blue, purple, brown, and black. They are super easy to use; simply take the cap off, twist to raise the paint to a usable level, and paint. No brushes to clean, no water to be spilled all over the table. The paint dries in 90 seconds, so you don't have to leave wet paintings lying around all day either.

I noted that these are a solid tempera paint. I would equate the texture to the same texture as a tube of lipstick.
Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

Our Thoughts and How We've Used Them
The girls were very excited to start using the Kwik Stix as soon as they arrived. Multiple art projects were created. I probably should buy stock in a company that sells construction paper since that has been their favorite paper on which to create their masterpieces.

My hubby is a varsity girls soccer coach at the local high school. Every year for Senior Night, my girls make posters for each of the senior players. Usually they use markers, but this year we used the Kwik Stix. The colors were much more vibrant than markers are. There were no "marker streaks" - you know, the visible marks showing the direction of color. The paints lasted longer than markers; usually by the end of poster making, the markers were losing ink so the color wasn't consistent. With the Kwik Stix paint, we didn't have that problem at all. The last posters made were just as vibrant as the first ones.



We had leftover posterboard so more signs were made. I definitely think Kwik Stix are a hit with my girls!


I have one wish - that these were also available in a thinner form so that they could be used to paint small details as well. I know my girls would find even more uses for them.

Kwik Stix are also available in classic colors 6 pk, neons 6 pk, and metalix 6pk. They also offer a 96-piece class set with 8 pieces of each of the 12 colors in the 12 pk. I think I might invest in the class set to use in my co-op class in the fall.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

D.E.A.R. Monday - May 2

How in the world is it already May?? This year seems to be flying past me, and I'm just along for the ride. I guess that's just more reason to sit back, relax, and Drop Everything And Read.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

YWAM Publishing Ben Carson: A Chance at Life - A Heroes of History Book Review


My children have been actively following the presidential primaries this year. They have really been interested in the various candidates. They (and I) were very excited to learn more about Ben Carson through YWAM Publishing's historical biography, Ben Carson: A Chance at Life - A Heroes of History Book with accompanying digital unit study curriculum guide.

Monday, April 25, 2016

D.E.A.R. Monday - April 25

Last week our homeschool group had standardized testing. Since I am the group's testing coordinator, it was a very busy week for me. I'm definitely glad it's over with.

I did, however, find some time to Drop Everything And Read, so you'll see some new books on my lists this week.

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What I've Finished Reading:
  • Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women by Liz Curtis Higgs - I wasn't as fond of this book as I was the Slightly Bad Girls book by Higgs, probably because this one stepped on my toes more as I saw how I am (or have been) often like the really bad girls of the Bible. It's painful to reflect on my actions, thoughts, and words and see how many times I do the wrong things. ●●●
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Prom

Last Saturday, The Boy went to the prom. I can't believe how fast he's growing up!

Just wanted to share some pics to brag on how handsome my boy is.



The guys from the soccer team

The Gingers



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apologia Educational Ministries Writers in Residence Review


Teaching Little Red writing has been a struggle for the past couple of years. I believe that writing isn't just a school subject but a necessary life skill, so it's important to me that I find a homeschool writing curriculum that works for teaching her to write well. I was excited to try a new writing program, Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A+ Interactive Math Mini-Courses Review


After many years teaching in a classroom and then another set of many years homeschooling my children, I have come to the conclusion that, even with the best of curriculum, there are going to be areas where my children need additional work. In order to try to cover some of those math learning gaps, we have been reviewing Math Mini-Courses from A+ Interactive Math.

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

For this review, we received one year access to two online math mini-courses:
  • Advanced Fractions
  • Ratio, Proportions, Probability, and Statistics
Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

About a month ago, Little Red finished her math curriculum for this school year. Although she is ahead in math, she still has some areas where she can use more review and practice. Two of those areas are fractions and ratios/proportions. Having finished her math book already meant that I could:
  1. Have her go back in her book and re-do some of those lessons.
  2. Search for review problems in those areas.
  3. Create my own problems for her to practice.
I will admit, I'm lazy so none of those sounded good to me. Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to review mini-courses from A+ Interactive Math, I was ecstatic. There are a total of twenty mini-courses available so you can definitely find something that covers any learning gap your child might have. Some of the other courses offered include:
  • Elementary Fractions
  • Place Value and Number Combinations
  • Early Elementary Addition
  • Early Elementary Subtraction
  • Elementary and Middle School Multiplication
  • Elementary and Middle School Division
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Decimal Numbers
  • Money
  • Percentages
  • And more
Mini-courses cost between $9.99 and $19.99 for one-year access.

One of the things I like the most about these mini-courses is that they are self-pacing. Little Red can go through the lessons as quickly or slowly as she needs to.

Each mini-course provides video lessons with interactive review, PDF versions of lessons, and PDF printable worksheets and tests, as well as access to summary reports for worksheets, tests, interactive Q&A, and lesson completion for both students and parents. Parents also have a parental control form where you can control whether or not to hide the answer keys and solution guides, whether or not to hide the online calculator, and whether or not to allow extra time for the exams as well as how much extra time to allow if you choose.

The video lessons are multimedia presentations so that students can both read the information as well as hear it being read to them. I like this since it allows for students who may have difficulty reading to still be able to understand the lesson. The lessons go step by step through the problems, thoroughly explaining each step and showing it being worked out. After watching the video lesson, students can complete the interactive review questions, where they solve math problems covering the concepts in the lesson.

Our homeschool group has had standardized testing this week. Today was the day for the math sections of the test. I felt much more confident about Little Red's ability to know how to answer the questions since she has been working on these mini-courses. After she finished testing today, she even said that she felt like they had really helped her.

Little Red spent most of the past few weeks working on the fraction lessons and felt like the fraction video lessons helped her to learn fractions easier. The lessons explained things slowly so that she had time to really understand them. According to her, the interactive reviews were easy. That concerned me that maybe they weren't challenging, but she said that it was easy simply because they came right after the lessons and that the lessons explained how to do the problems very well.

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