Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tikta'liktak

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

T is for Tikta'liktak by James Houston

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ARTistic Pursuits Review

ARTistic Pursuits Review
I have absolutely NO artistic ability; I can barely draw a stick person. If my small people are going to get art instruction, it's going to have to be from an art curriculum like ARTistic Pursuits. We were given the opportunity to review Elementary 4-5, Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition
ARTistic Pursuits Review
ARTistics Pursuits provides art curriculum for homeschool for families and co-ops from preschool to high school. The focus is to teach observation. One of the first pages in the book is dedicated to teaching the student to really observe the world around them by knowing what to look for and to focus on one element at a time. 
The Elementary 4-5, Book One provides instruction in pencil, scratch-art, and markers. It also features American artists and their artwork for the student to learn more about. The price is $47.95 and it's recommended for ages 9 and up. It can be used by students who are at the beginner stage without prior knowledge of art terms.
I love how the book doesn't just teach "drawing." Each unit includes vocabulary, art appreciation and history, techniques, and application. Each section has a "Try It" or similar activity for students to put their new knowledge into practice.
  • The unit takes one topic and defines it in the vocabulary section with both text and illustrations. 
  • In the art appreciation section, a famous piece of art work shows how that topic is applied. This section also teaches about various artists and their time periods.
  • The technique section teaches how to use the materials and tools with detailed descriptions. 
  • The application section has students do a final project that incorporates all of the information they learned in the unit. It provides students with the assignment, list of materials needed, and ideas for what to refer to for inspiration (photos, still life, landscapes, etc.)
Soccer Girl enjoys art, so I thought she would be the perfect small person to use the ARTistic Pursuits book. She worked one section of a unit each day. The first lesson was on "Space" - utilizing all of the white space and turning the paper into the proper position (horizontal or vertical). This is something Soccer Girl struggles with. She does a great job sketching small items in small spaces but has difficulty making her sketches fill the page. 

An example of how she does great work on a small scale
I enjoyed watching her abilities improve as she went through the lessons. I can't wait to see how much improvement there is as she continues using ARTistic Pursuits.
Here she was trying to sketch the "Welcome" piece.
The final product


Soccer Girl's opinion:
"I liked using ARTistic Pursuits because it teaches you to use lines and space more. I found it difficult to make stuff bigger on paper. The vocabulary section helped me understand what to do. It was cool to learn about the artists' lives and what they did. The technique pages helped me to make my drawings more lifelike. I liked how they broke the steps down to make it easier to understand."

I mentioned earlier that ARTistic Pursuits has curriculum for preschool through high school. If you're like me and have little (or NO) art ability but want your small people to have art instruction, I highly recommend the ARTistic Pursuits curriculum. I know you'll find something for any age and ability.

ARTistic Pursuits Review
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Jungle Book and King of the Wind


This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

I'm behind on my posts so today you get a 2 for 1 deal - 2 books in 1 post. LOL
J is for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

K is for King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Incredible Journey


This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

I is for The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Friday, April 10, 2015

(The) Giraffe that Walked to Paris

**Sorry this is late. I actually got H done before G. LOL**

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

G is for The Giraffe that Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Hundred Dresses

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.


B is for The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Flood Fish


This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

F is for Flood Fish by Robyn Eversole

Monday, April 6, 2015

(The) Endless Steppe

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

E is for The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Daddy, There's a Hippo in the Grapes

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

D is for Daddy, There's a Hippo in the Grapes by Lucy M. Dobkins

Friday, April 3, 2015

Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

C is for Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

B is for Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Anno's Journey

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

A is for Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

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