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Without a doubt, Hailey’s favorite subject is art. She is also very good at it. Me? Not so much. I can find cute activities for her to recreate, but as far as actually teaching art and art techniques- I don’t have a clue. For most of the school year we attend a weekly co-op and she takes an art class there. But, that ended at the end of April and Hailey has been asking me if she can take some art classes. For the past several weeks she has been using the Entire Level II from ArtAchieve for her weekly art lessons.
ArtAchieve is an online resource of art lessons for kids. The lessons are very complete and there isn’t much you as the teacher will have to do, other than gather supplies. There are 5 different levels available at ArtAchieve. The lessons can be used for any age from kindergarten on up. Even adults can use these lessons! You will just need to choose the best level to start at depending on the ability of the your art student. Within each level there are several different art lessons. We reviewed the Entire Level II and there are 14 different lessons on that level.
Each lesson starts out by showing the art standards that the lesson will meet.
Then there will be a picture of the object that the lesson is about. This picture is from the Japanese Goldfish lesson. There are several slides with information about the object. Not actually included in the PowerPoint presentation, but given on the website for each lesson, are ideas to make cross-curricular connections. With the Japanese Goldfish lesson there are ideas to connect it to Social Studies, Science, Writing, Literature, Geography, and of course, art.
Next you will find a slide with the materials that will be needed within the lesson.
Next up will be a relaxation technique to help get your child ready to create art.
Relaxation is followed by a drawing warm up that will need to printed out ahead of time. Music is also an important part of these lessons and students should listen to some quiet music to while they work. Finally there are a few rules to go over before starting the drawing part of the lesson.
Now it is time to draw. There are step by step directions to guide your child through the drawing.
When the drawing is finished there will be instructions to color or paint the drawing, depending on what is being used for that particular lesson. There are some suggestions given, but the rest is up to your child.
Hailey’s finished fish.
Here are a few other projects that Hailey worked on:
This lesson about the Czech Cat is available for free, so you are able to see how this homeschool art curriculum works and see if it would be a good fit for you.
Hailey’s finished cat.
Hailey also worked on the Swedish Dala Horse.
Another lesson Hailey did was the German Nutcracker.
This art curriculum is perfect for us! For the most part, the lessons are easy enough that Hailey can actually complete them without any help from me. She has learned a lot and even asks to do the lessons during her summer vacation That is a sign of a fun curriculum!!
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I have really struggled with finding a Bible curriculum that works really well for us. We have tried many different kinds but I just couldn’t find the right fit. I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of prep work on my part. I wanted it to be more in the form of a story, rather than a study since my kids are still young. And a huge bonus would be if Hailey (going into 5th grade) and Hunter (going into kindergarten) could use the same program.
As soon as Hailey (age 9) started her lesson, Hunter (age 4), and Harper (22 months) joined her right away.
Bible stories are told using Abigail and her brother Asher along with a silly cat named Teb.
They were very interested in the lessons!
There are several funny interactions between Asher and Abigail, and they keep the children engaged.
This screen shows that Hailey had completed all of the lessons about The Flood. The first three blue flags were her lessons and the last flag was her quiz for that section.
There are many games and activities added in during the lessons to keep the kids engaged. Hailey made this rainbow while learning about Noah and the flood.
This screen shows lessons that have not been completed yet. The first circle, that is white, is the lesson that needs to be completed. The lessons have to be completed in order and your child has to answer questions correctly in order to move on to the next lesson.
There are a lot of fun games in the middle of the lessons. In this particular game Hailey had to answer questions correctly and then she would get access to the drawers so that she could decorate a cake.
So far we have completed 25% of Genesis to Joshua. We have covered the following Biblical events:
The Fall in the Garden
Cain and Abel
Enoch and Methuselah
God’s Covenant with Noah
Tower of Babel
Call of Abram
And we still have lots more to go!
At first I had set up Hunter with his own account, but some of the games were too hard for him to do. He is still working on using a laptop and being able to click and drag. So, I had Hailey and Hunter do the lessons together, which worked really well. Harper enjoyed sitting in on the lessons too, especially during the music. We all (me included) learned a lot from VeritasBible.com. I remember sitting in church one week listening to the message and thinking- hey, I learned about that this week during Bible!
Hailey really enjoyed using VeritasBible.com. She said she liked it a lot. One thing she said she did not like was that some of the games were kind of hard and took a long time to complete. I definitely agree with her opinion. The only thing I did not like was that some days the lessons could take 40-50 minutes depending on how many games there were and how hard they were. Other days, on the quiz days, it would only take about 10 minutes at the most to complete the lesson. That would definitely not prevent us from using VeritasBible.com though- we really loved the program. It is exactly what I was looking for and had not been able to find anywhere else. We will continue using it next year as our Bible curriculum and I highly recommend it!!
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So, I never posted about the curriculum we are using this school year. I thought that now that the school year is winding down I could post about what we used and how we have liked what we are using.
For Hunter this year, I am using Sonlight P 3/4. This isn’t an actual curriculum with lesson plans though, it’s just a list of books with an activity suggested for each book. You can do it in any order you wish to do it.
These are the books that came with Hunter’s curriculum. We have not read all of them, but so far he has enjoyed all of the ones we have read. We tend to spend several days reading and rereading one book, so more than likely we won’t finish everything this year. They are all great, classic books that every child should have. I also add in lots of other books to go with whatever theme I am currently using for Hunter.
These are the other things that came with Sonlight P3/4. We absolutely love the Colorix- they are so neat!
For the most part it’s hard to consider Sonlight P3/4 an actual curriculum. It’s really just a lot of great books that I use and then build my own curriculum around those books.
For science this year we have been using Elemental Science, the Zoology Sassafras Science Adventures. Hailey reads a portion of the book (which is written as a story and is very interesting!) and then there are notebooking assignments to do. We both absolutely loved it at the beginning. Sometime after Christmas time Hailey got really tired of doing the notebooking/logbook assignments. They were the same thing for every unit and I think she just got bored with doing the exact same thing for each animal. There were a lot of hands on activities that I added in, but she begged not to do the logbook anymore. So, right now she is still reading the book, but I am not making her complete the logbook.
For Language Arts we started out using:
- Spelling- Sequential Spelling. I recently switched to a different spelling curriculum. There isn’t anything specific about it that I didn’t like, I just don’t know that it’s the best way for Hailey to learn to spell.
- Grammar and writing- Winter Promise 4th grade- Solving the Mysteries of Grammar. We are still using this for grammar. We recently reviewed Here to Help Learning for writing and I am planning to on sticking with that for writing.
- Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting D.
For history we are using Sonlight Core D. I love the books that are included in this history curriculum. The only thing I don’t like is that there aren’t any hands on activities, so I have been adding them in on my own. Hailey loves doing hands on projects and that is what helps her remember what she is learning about. As much as I love this curriculum I am going to switch next year to something that has hands on activities included.
These are the readers and read alouds we are using, also part of the Sonlight curriculum. Both of us have really enjoyed all of the books. The books all have to do with what we are learning about in history, which was great at the beginning of the school year. About a month ago Hailey mentioned that it felt like we were doing history all the time and she wanted to read books that are not all historical fiction. So, for right now I am reading the readers and read alouds and letting Hailey read non-history related books. Right now she is reading The Candymakers (the only book in our curriculum that is not a historical fiction book) and both of us LOVE this book! I think it’s our favorite book of the whole year!
We use Teaching Textbooks for math. It’s not Hailey’s favorite subject, but it is working, so we will continue to use it.
These are a few other things we are using.
- Bible- The Discoverer’s Bible
- Health- Developing Good Health
- Critical and Creating Thinking Activities, 4th grade
Hailey was excited about her tall pile of books!
We’re starting school soon, so I definitely need to get to work on my planning. I usually have my planning done by now, but for some reason summer just got away from me. Anyway, I’ll be busy planning for a while. I’ll have a more detailed post showing what curriculum I’m using very soon.