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Just for Fun! (Nail Art)

Aren’t they cute? A summer rainbow!

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Art History Program from Creating a Masterpiece {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

For a little over a month now, my son “The Artist” has been checking out the Art History Program from Creating a Masterpiece. 

Having reviewed a different level from Creating a Masterpiece a couple of years ago, he was very eager to give the Art History Program a try. In this program, he found 3 different catagories with a number of projects within them.

In catagory 1, Styles of Art in History

  • Cave Drawing Period: Hunting the Wild Bull (Faux Cave Drawing)
  • Mesopotamian Period: King Sargon (Relief Sculpture)
  • Egyptian Period: The Royal Hunt (Colored Marker)
  • Aegean Period: Fish in Fresco (Fresco)
  • Greek Period: Mythical Dragon (Relief Sculpture)
  • Roman Period: The Centurion (Bust Sculpture)
  • Byzantine Period: Hummingbird (Faux Stained Glass)
  • Byzantine Period: Eagle in Profile (Millet Seed Mosaic)
  • Romanesque Period: Rose Window (Colored Marker)
  • Gothic Period: Knight (Faux Metal Working)
  • Early Renaissance Period: Red Squirrel (Egg Tempera)
  • High Renaissance Period: The Giraffe (Glass Etching)
  • Northern Renaissance Period: Floral Etching (Scratch Art)
  • Mannerism: Girl with the Umbrella (NuPastel)
  • Baroque Period: Peacock (Printmaking)
  • Neoclassicism Period: An Apple A Day (Oil Painting)
  • Romanticism Period: Enchanted Valley (Oil Painting)
  • Romanticism Period: Golden Countryside (Oil Painting)
  • Realism Period: The Eye (Colored Pencil)
  • Impressionism Period: Birch Trees (Acrylic Painting)
  • Post-Impressionism Period: The Eagle (Acrylic Painting)
  • Expressionism Period: The Zebra (Acrylic Painting)
  • Cubism Period: Containers of Color (Acrylic Painting)
  • Abstract Expressionism Period: Burst of Color (Acrylic Painting)
  • Pop Art: The Flower Pot (Colored Marker)

In catagory 2, Historically Themed Projects

  • Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Nomads
  • Spanish Exploration: The Santa Maria
  • Spanish Rule: Spanish Flowers (Inktense)
  • Privateers: Pirate Ship (Soft Pastel)
  • Revolutionary War: The Cannon (Ink)
  • Civil War Period: Abraham Lincoln (Charcoal)
  • Early America: The Great Chief
  • Chinese Period: Chinese Woman (Batik/Inktnese)

In catagory 3, Exploring the Art of Yesterday there is one project:

  • Ivan Aivazovsky: Stormy Sea at Night (Soft Pastel)

There is one final, more advnced set of lessons called the Capstone Program where there is one project.

  • Paint Like Vermeer: Girl with the Pearl Earring (Oil Painting)

The first project “The Artist” chose to tackle was Egyptian Period: The Royal Hunt (Colored Marker). This is the project and the bit of historical information within the lesson:

And this is what “The Artist” did for his interpretation of an Ancient Egyption scene.

Next, he tackled something that when I looked at it online I could not figure out how he would get it to look like the lesson picture!

Spanish Exploration: The Santa Maria (ink, pencil and vellum)

This is from the lessons:

And this is what “The Artist” did!

Next, he did his own picture, using what he’d learned in this project.

Finally, he followed the lessons in the project Realism Period: The Eye (Colored Pencil)

This is my son’s drawing. I think it’s beautiful!

This is a wonderful way to get Art into your homeschool, whether as an add on to other subjects, or as a separate, stand alone program. There are enough projects to keep your students busy for about 35 weeks, if you do the projects one week at a time.

Our family highly recommends the Art History Program from Creating a Masterpiece. 

A number of other Review Crew families have also been working their way through this Art curriculum. I invite you to check them out and see what projects they chose to do and what they think of this pprogram by clicking right here!

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Shiloh: My Chair!

My husband was recently hospitalized, and Shiloh decided to take advantage!

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CTCMath {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I am very excited to tell about a wonderful online math homeschool with CTCMath’s full math curriculum! It does not matter one bit which level your children are at, CTCMath is there for you. Just LOOK at all of the choices you will have right at your fingertips . . .

  • Kindergarten
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Measurement
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus 

We received a 12 month subscription of CTCMath for this review, and it really is a full curriculum for any grade. If you have children in different grades, you can just set them each up with their own account, and for the most part, they can work independantly. You as the parent/teacher will set up your own account and place them in the grade you choose. In the student side there are tests they can take which will tell them, and you, if maybe they need to move forward of backward. On the parent dashboard, you can view all of your student’s activity. You can see if they did complete the lessons you expected them to do, you can see any awards they have earned, etc . . .

There are short video lessons which your student can watch as many times as they need, and the teacher speaks in a lovely Australian accent.

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There are also printable summaries of the lessons, so this will help children with differing learning styles to use along with the video lessons.

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Because CTCMath believes in the importance of teaching Math the traditional way, this curriculum is not aligned with common core. This is something that I personally like, because math is math. It does not change, and the simple use methods and concepts which are the easiest, quickest and most successful ways for students to learn and understand Math are what is used to teach your child. What’s not to like with that kind of thinking? 

While poking around I found some games to play. Fun ways to reinforce the different concepts they are learning. We have Speed Skills . . .

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Whch is pretty self explanatory. Whatever level the student is working at, they choose the topic (such as addition), and away they go!

We also have a game to reinforce Times Tables . . .

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And the Swap Pieces game.

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You can follow CTCMath on a variety of social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/ctcmath/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw

A good number of Homeschool Review Crew families have been using CTCMath, and I would like to invite you to check out how they are using it and what they think of it. Please check them out by clicking here!

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Shiloh Got Mail!

For several months now, I’ve been thinking about giving Shiloh a Super Chewer Bark Box. He goes through toys like there’s no tomorrow, especially squeaky toys, which are his absolute favorite. I discovered that Bark Box has regular toys AND super chewer toys and decided to give it a try. Oh, my goodness, did he love it, and I’m so glad I did it! And he’ll get a different themed box every month!

Opening his Space Jam box . . .

He LOVES his new toys! Because this was the first box of his subscription, he got two extra toys for a total of four. They are . .

A Marvin the Martian squeaky toy

This is so far a favorite, but he won’t let anyone touch the other new toys, so he must like them all!

Marvin’s flying saucer, into which we can put treats for him to retrieve

Space age basketball

Last toy, a Bugs Bunny chew toy that Shiloh hasn’t been able to wreck!

Here are some play time pictures!

And, I believe this is the pretties picture I’ve ever taken of Shiloh! Those eyes!

Shiloh also got bags of treats, which he is loving! I’m so glad I did this!

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Project Passport: Ancient Greece {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

With products like Ancient Greece from the Project Passport Studies, Home School in the Woods makes it easy (and fun!) to add hands-on history to our studies.

“The Artist” has been working through the Project Passport: Ancient Greece fromHome School in the Woods for a few weeks now, and it has been coming along very nicely!

This is the first time we have done a Project Passport Study, and it was different than the HSITW studies we’ve previously reviewed here. The Project Passport studies are set up as travelling stops, with different projects to do showing what we did. During the first stop, The Artist” made a suitcase folder and passport.

The directions are to save the passport for use in each Project Passport study you do in the future. At the end of his study, “The Artist” will make a passport “stamp” to adhere to his passport! He was also to begin his “Scrapbook of Sights,” which is placed into a three ring binder.

“The Artist” has completed seven stops on the travel itinery now, and has been learning a lot about ancient Greece! Here are some of the things which have so far been added to his scrapbook of sights . . .

He has also been creating booklets and things which will be added to either the suitcase folder or the Lapbook . . .

One of the lapbook projects is a dining guide, seen below . . .

Sometime over the next few weeks, we would really like to purchase the ingredients for and make some of these recipes for our family.

There are also recordings to listen to during several stops, such as Audio Tour: “A Visit to Sparta,” which was in stop 6. This is a nice added touch, making it like a real stop on an itinery!

There are 25 “stops” on this trip to Ancient Greece, so we have yet to finish. This is a LONG vacation, where “The artist” is spending one week at each stop. If I took a real trip to a country I wanted to truly learn about, it would be wonderful to have it last long enough to spend a week at each stop!

Here is something I like a lot:

  • Home School in the Woods has gone entirely digital download. This means no more waiting for the snail mail to bring your product, and being digital, you can use it for all of your children when they are ready for each project!
  • All of the individual timeline sets that once ONLY came in printed format have recently been developed in download on the HSITW website. Having done that, they’ve enlarged the sets to include the figures in various formats making them more usable in more of ways.

Some of our review families have been using Individual Timeline sets, such as Timeline Set: America’s History (Explorers to 21st Century).

A good number of other families have been working through different studies from Home School in the Woods. I would love for you to go and read about what they have been doing, and what they think. Please, check them out here!

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Cardmaking Again!

Haven’t been doing much cardmaking lately, but an elderly couple in our church just got married, and I got to work making them a card. Here it is!

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Possessing The Land {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

If you are looking for a homeschool Bible curriculum for your middle school student, check out 5th Grade – Possessing the Land from Positive Action Bible Curriculum.

We were blessed with the Teacher Manual and one Student Manual, and since my boys so enjoyed previous curriculum from this company I went ahead and purchased a second student book so that they could both do this review.

I very much like this company! Upon research of the company’s doctrinal statement, I discovered that it lines right up with our beliefs. I also appreciate that when the student is directed to look up scripture, they are given the reference as opposed to having it directly written out. I am happy about this for two reasons. One, because we use only the King James Version of The Bible, and it makes is difficult when the student is asked to copy a written out verse from a different version. We don’t often find curricula which uses only the KJV. Two, having just the reference forces the student to actually look up the scripture, which I would much rather that they do.

With 35 lessons, Possessing the Land is intended to be a one school year curriculum covering God’s love and care for His people throughout the Old Testamant. Your student(s) will cover the following lessons:

  • The Word of God
  • Sin and Redemtion
  • Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac
  • Jacob and Esau
  • The Trials of Joseph
  • The Mercy of Joseph
  • Israel in Bondage
  • The Exodus from Egypt
  • The Law of God
  • Our Holy God
  • God Guides His People
  • Moses’ Final Charge
  • Entering the Land
  • Conflict in Canaan
  • Judging Israel
  • The Story of Ruth
  • The Last Judge of Israel
  • The First King of Israel
  • The Loyalty of David
  • The Reign of David
  • The Reign of Solomon
  • Elijah and Elisha
  • Ezra the Teacher
  • Neemiah the Organizer
  • Queen Ester
  • The Suffering of Job
  • Songs of Praise
  • Wisdom and Vanity
  • Three Prophets
  • Daniel’s Discipline
  • Daniel’s Devotion
  • The Prophet Who Ran
  • The Minor Prophets

There are also review chapters, Hymn lyrics, and scripture memory sections, along with reproduceable quizzes for each lesson.

Here are some pictures of some of the lessons my boys were working through:

My Teacher Manual came in a very sturdy 3-ring binder, and is very easy to use. At the beginning, there are pages of teaching material, then there are teacher coyies of every student page with the answers on them as you can see below. After the teacher pages there is a section of reproduceable quizzes, one of hymn lyrics, and scripture memory.

The Batman and The Artist have been really enjoying working through  5th Grade – Possessing the Land. In fact, The Batman who is my older, special needs guy, said one day while working through a lesson “This is really FUN, Mom!” That is just one of the reasons why I’ve felt blessed to receive another curriculum from Positive Action. You can read my review of the previous curriculum here.

Please note that my family is not the only Review Crew Family who has been reviewing Bible curricula from Positive Action Bible Curriculum! Some of us have been reviewing 5th Grade – Possessing the Land, and some have been reviewing Wise Up (Wisdom In Proverbs) Please check out ALL of the reviews here!

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Youth Group Bake Auction

Our church Mesa Baptist has an aual bake auction to help defray the cost of Teen Camp for our youth group, which begins on Jul 5th this year. We want to make sure that every teen who wants to, can go. Tonigh was the auction, after evening service. Our Youth Pastor Dominick McClure preached the message, and he did a wonderful job! Our Assistant Pastor Kenny Fryman did the auctioneering, also a wonderful job!

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Here are just a few of the items up for bid . . .

Aftern everything was auctioned off, we all went into the fellowship room and shared it out with everyone else!

The auction brough in just under 3,200 to help defray the cost of teen camp!

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Pretty In Pink!

I haven’t had pink nails in such a long time!

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