Beyond the Stick Figure Art School

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

I was so happy to get the opportunity to receive a great homeschool art curriculum called the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School!

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My son “The Batman” gets very upset when he is unable to draw like his brother “The Artist,” so when I showed him the sample lesson before applying for this review and saw how excited he was to try it, it made me very happy. You can check out the sample lesson by going here and scrolling down to the second video. This video was what showed my son that he COULD do this!

This course will be great for our entire family! “The Batman,” his Dad, and I are all at a very, very beginning level. Right now, “The Batman” is the only one using it, but his Dad has expressed interest, and I may try it myself. Our son “The Artist” is very interested in the other courses, as he is a natural artist and far beyond our abilities.

The bundle we received for the purpose of this review are:

  • Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course ($525 value)

3 parts with 53 video lessons and a rubric to evaluate your own work.

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  • Watercolor and Pen & Ink Course  ($297 value)

2 parts with 15 video lessons.

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  • Introduction to Acrylic Painting Course ($325 value)

3 parts with 52 video lessons.

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  • Introduction to 3 D Design Course ($298 value)

3 parts with 30 video lessons.

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With lifetime access and email support, this bundle is well worth it!

 

Right now, “The Batman is the only student. He is really loving this, and asks almost every day (sometimes even on the weekends) if he can do “Art school, Mom?” Unless we are very busy, I usually say “of course!” He is very focused on the drawing course, which starts at the very beginning, with extreme basics such as circles, straight lines, dots and curved lines.

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There are downloadable worksheets, which “The Batman” really liked, especially when he learned how to print them himself from his Chromebook.

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The teacher, Sally showed him how to put straight lines, circles and curved lines to make a simple flower.

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At Sally’s direction, “The Batman made a sheet with the colors in his marker kit, labelling them with color name and number. His brother helped him by writing the labels.

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On another sheet, he showed the primary colors, and which ones went together to create secondary colors.stick figure 14

Being encouraged to let himself go and make abstract art while practicing the circles and the straght lines, for example, hgas really made a difference in his thinking. He is realizing that it doesn’t matter if his art is like “The Artist’s,” his is just as good but different!

All in all, we really like this curriculum!

In order to see all of the lessons ahead of time, you need to mark everything completed. This is literally the only thing I would love to see changed. I’d like to see a better method for the parent to see this without having to do this. We ended up letting “The Batman: pretty much do this on his own, coming to me only when he didn’t understand something, and marking it all completed would have been confusing for him. He is developmentally delayed, so it was important to have him be able to simply check the next uncompleted lesson.

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The Hidden Message of The Great Seal {Review}

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Our family has been enjoying adding to our history studies with The Hidden Message of The Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC.

This is a very high quality soft cover book. Large enough to set out on a coffee table, with it’s glossy cover and pages full of information, it prompts the reader to pick it up and learn.

During this time of Public Heath Orders all over the United States of America, I believe this is an important book. Reading this book reminds me that we must balance these orders with our God given rights as set out in our country’s original documents. We must not simply let go of liberties in exchange for safety. We further must stop our children from being taught a watered down version of history, and make sure they learn what our founders actually said when establishing this great country and it’s Great Seal.

Written by Michael Kanis,

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this book is a fascinating study regarding the meanings and messages found by examining the clues used to piece the whole together. In 24 chapters, Kanis very clearly shows that the hand of God was in the details of the Great Seals creation. In the short introductory chapter, Kanis points out that learning the foundational truths found in the Great Seal “may rescue a republic in peril.” In this book, you will find the following chapters:

  • Time Capsule 
  • The Significance of The Seal
  • Setting The Stage
  • A Tale of Two Systems
  • Studying the Seal
  • How Could it Have Been Hidden So long?
  • Charles Thomson
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • The Pyramid
  • Annuit Coeptist
  • Novus Ordo Secorlum
  • The Eye
  • The Early Designs Part 1
  • Early Designs Part 2
  • The Covenant
  • The Front of The Seal
  • The Four Pillars
  • Virtue
  • Freedom
  • Providence
  • Unity
  • Unexpected Connections
  • Conclusion

Followed by six pages of endnotes.

In 256 pages and including 295 images,

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Kanis offers much evidence for the reader to use in deciding whether the claims he has made are possible and true. He invites the reader to come to an independent conclusion.

As a Christian, he has written this book to show us the providential hand of God in shaping the United States of America, and the details of the Great Seal. From the Mission Page of the website of The Hidden Message is the following message we must understand:

“Our republic is at stake, this I do not debate. History and reason and the seal make the claim. I merely echo the warnings of Washington and Adams and Franklin. Of Madison, and Henry and Paine. Of Locke and Montesquieu and Bollingbrooke, of Cato, Plato, Polybius and Cicero. These and many more beside. And all merely add their voice to what God has already made clear through the scriptures.”

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Freezer Meal Prepping Our Way Through Covid 19

On April 11 2020 “The Artist and I put up 12 supper meals in the freezer!

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On that day we did recipes 1 – 6 in exactly 1 hour, 36 minutes and  3.29 seconds. Yes. I DID use the stopwatch function on my phone! Recipe #7 had to wait until after Easter Sunday dinner, because I needed the leftover ham for it. 

This is some of the prep work for some of the recipes:

And here’s one in the process, almost ready for the freezer:

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By the end of that 1 hour, 36 minutes and  3.29 seconds, we had THIS!

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On Sunday afternoon, my husband cut up 8 cups of ham, and “The Artist” cut up the onions, carrots and celery. With the 4 LBS of split peas I bought, we now have 2 packages in the freezer of the makings for Split Pea Soup, for a total of 14 meals ready to thaw and cook.Not reheat, cook from scratch.

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Until next time . . .

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Covid 19 “Stay at Home” Pantry Clean & Organize

I promised I’d show you the pantry fix this week, so here we go!

When I got started, my pantry was a disorganized mess. My kids just basically were shoving things in willy-nilly, which meant NOTHING was with whatever it should go with. By the time I was done, I dicovered we had several of a number of seasonings, for example.

Before:

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So, I went to the Dollar Tree and bought baskets. Just these. This is all that I used. $14.00 worth of baskets from Dollar Tree. The vines (also from Dollar Tree) are for another project in the kitchen.

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I made my kids help me pull every single thing out of the pantry. I totally forgot to take a picture of it all sitting on the kitchen table. I’m not tearing it back apart just for a picture.

But THIS is what it looks like after!

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How long it will stay this way, I have no idea. I already had to move some things back to where they belong after cereal was “put away” this morning.

In the meantime,

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What Are YOU Doing During Covid-19 Stay at Home Orders?

Today, I tackled some spots in my home. This is my Island and counter top. In my house I’m the only female, and live with a bunch of guys who never met a surface that they didn’t feel was perfect to be a dumping ground.

Kitchen counter before:

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Kitchen counter after:

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Kitchen island before:

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Kitchen island after:

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I will acknowledge that I put the purple flowers and the organizing baskets on the island. The flowers are now up on the very top of my upper cupboards:

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This is what I’ve gotten done so far. Next week, I’ll show you the before and after of my pantry, which is what I purchased the baskets for. (at the Dollar Tree!)

In the meantime . . .

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Math-U-See AIM {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

My son “The Batman” is developmentally disabled, and we have tried ever since he was little to help him learn just addition and subtraction, but he has just never been able to do it. I was very happy to receive Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction  from Math-U-See for review, because I thought maybe it would help. And oh my word, it is slowly but surely helping!

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Accelerated Individual Mastery is a program with both physical products and a digital toolbox. Here is what we received:

This is the book, the integer blocks and the special colored pencils.

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Here you see the 13 Fact Check Strategy posters.

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And finally, the Fact Check Cards which are printed on perforated Cardstock.

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I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize the fact check cards were in with the Fact Check Strategy posters, and printed them out on paper! But the ones in the box are so sturdy that we will be using them.

Because “The Batman” has always had such a problem with even the simplest of math, I am so happy that this is working, even though we have to go very slowly for him. Where others might be able to get through this program in one multi-part lesson per week, we have to go MUCH slower. Because this is an individual mastery program, the pace will look different for everyone.

“The Batman” really is enjoying this program, and not becoming frustrated! He is even asking every day if we can do some more of it. I think this is partly because of the hands on manipulatives, but also because he isn’t feeling as though he has to push through faster to “keep up.”

Before beginning, I went through the Before-AIM Assessment with “The batman.”

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You can download the assesment here before deciding to purchase this program. It will quickly help you to see where your child is with addition and Subtraction facts. Here is where “The Batman” was at the end of the assessment:

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At the end of this program, we’ll go through a post AIM assessment to see how much he’s gained.

Here is his first worksheet, which we downloaded from the worksheet generator in the Digital Toolbox, which you will have a one year access with your purchase of this program.

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After the lesson, I read the math facts to him and mark off those that  he now knows.

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Yiu can see that at this point, he’s all over the board.

After each lesson, I’ll do this again, until the whole sheet is marked. Then, we will move on to subtraction.

In the Digital Toolbox you’ll also find review activities and games to aid in memorizing the math facts. “The Batman” likes everything in the toolbox!

AIM  was created  many different students in mind, such as:

  • Those who have done other addition and subtraction fact methods without mastery (even adults!)
  • still need to tally marks or count on their fingers
  • struggle as they face harder math concepts
  • Have not mastered many math facts at all, like “The Batman”

This program focuses on:

  • Specifically single-digit addition and subtraction fact mastery
  • Uses language and activities that are updated for more mature students
  • does not use distractions and additional topics beyond the fundamental facts

Each lesson has a short video to help you teach the concept. That is where I went to learn how to use the integer blocks most effectively. Below the video, there were links telling me what I needed to print out, what physical materials to remove from the box, and what games there are to cement the concept taught. there are also sometimes activity pages like this coloring page:

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One activity that “The Batman” can do is a matching game. Here, he is using a printed out chart of the integer blocks to color the game cards. The numbers are the same color as the matching integer block cards. He is coloring them with the Math-U-see pancils, which match the color of each integer block.

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Now, when he wants to play, either his brother or I will do it with him.

“The Batman” really likes this program, as I said above. He feels so much more confident than with any other method we have tried.

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Home School in the Woods: Knights {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.With products like The Knights K-2 Lap-Pak  from Home School In The Woods,  it becomes so easy to add Hands on History to our studies.

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Home School in the Woods is a family owned and operated company, born out of Amy Pak’s time as a home schooling mom. Here is some of their own history.

My son enjoys the materials from Hands on Home Schooling, as you can see from the other reviews we have done on projects from this company here.

These studies are very versatile. You can put them into a lap Book made out of file folders, which we have done, but you could also put them into a binder, which “The Artist” chose to do this time.

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We received a zip file, and once opened, found the pdf files with the directions and all of the project masters. The first thing I always do with these products is to print out the project directions and the lap book assembly page. This way, I don’t have to go back and forth to find out which projects are to be printed out on white or colored paper or card stock, and how to put them together. The assembly directions show how they should be placed in your lap book.

There is a story which can be printed out in booklet form or full page, if you wish to put it in a notebook, which is what we did. Along with the printed out story, there is an audio file so you can just listen to the story, of read along while listening, which is what my boys did.

While the Knights (K-2)  pak is marked as being k-2, it really works for any age. I actually feel that children at the K-2 level would probably need an awful lot of help with the cutting and assembly.  “The Artist” chose it because he’s done a number of the other paks in the past, and he is interested in that period of history.

He enjoys the crafty aspect of the projects, and getting to use stuff from my paper crafting stash to do them.

“The Batman” did the coloring here. With his disabilities, he has very poor fine motor control, but he wanted to be included so “The Artist” did the cutting and assembly while “The Batman” did some of the coloring. He stopped when it got more detailed because it hurt his fingers and hands.

Here is the first project. This is assembled in such a way as to be able to lift the flaps to get to the information.

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Here, you can see someone being knighted with a moveable sword, a castle with a drawbridge which lowers, and a pop up scene under the castle.

Next, we have another interactive project. As you can see, the knight’s helmet moves to show you information about what a knight is.

Here we see information about the weapons a knight would use.

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More information about knights:

 

And here in this collection of projects, the student is instructed to design their own family crest.

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The blue background with the mitten and the fish (pike) is because we are originally from Michigan. The blue green and electric blue are our favorite colors, and the red is for the blood of Christ as our foundation, with a cross and the shed blood.

The other projects on this page are, as you can see, about the crusaders and famous knights.

Home School In The Woods has so many great projects! One that would be really good right now while we are in an election year, is the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak.

Amy Pak has a very good blog post about teaching with Lapbooks that is a must read!

As you can see, this is a wonderful hands on tool for learning history. We have enjoyed many of the lap paks from Home School in the Woods!

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Freezer Prepping Right Before Stay at Home Order

So you all know that about once a month we do a menu plan for the freezer to save money and make things easier, right? Well, we managed to get one in right befor our governor gave a stay at home order. I will say that it took several days to get the meat we needed, and then “The Batman” and I went to Smith’s for the “reserved for seniors and disabled” hour to attempt to get the other ingredients for the recipes. We waited in line outside of the store for 45 minutes. I ended up needing to substitue a lot of ingredients, but I did get 16 meals into the freezer. I hope the substitutions work!

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I finally thought of going to our local meat marked (duh!), and they were limiting to 5 pounds of each thing you wanted to buy. This is my purchase:

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I’ve never bought a bag of bacon before! Here are the meals, right before going into the fridge!

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So far, we’ve had one of the Sloppy Dog meals, one of the Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, and one meal left over from a previous session, Ginger Peach Pork Chops! I do 8 servings, and almost always get two suppers out of them for my family.

I’m glad we were able to get this done before the stay at home order, and that we were able to find what we needed in the midst of all the panicked shoppers.

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Alan Shepard Higher and Faster {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

YWAM Publishing offered us a number of choices from their Heroes of History series of books, and we were so happy to be given Alan Shepard Higher and Faster for the purpose of this review.

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Alan Shepard was the first American to be launched into space, and one of the select few to actually walk on the surface of the moon. Can you even imagine having such a legacy? I certainly can’t!

This is a very entertaining and educational book, covering the time from Shepard’s boyhood dreams of flight all the way through to his death at the age of 74 after suffering with Leukemia. We read about his trading work for flying lessons on his quest to be a flyer, to his time in the Naval Academy, through World War 2. We read about his invitation to join NASA, and his journey through training for space flight. We get to read the exciting account of Alan Shepard being one of the preiviledged few to actually set foot upon, and walk on, the moon.  Alan Shepard has a wonderful legacy as one of the pioneers of space.

Along with this terrific book, we received the accompanying Heros of History Unit Study.

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This unit study will aid you in covering the following areas:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Essay Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama
  • Art

Here, you can see just what has been included for your exploration!

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For our family, the chapter questions were key. This is what I primarily used at the end of each chapter we read together, as a means of seeing what was understood, and what was retained.

Ultimately, this book gave us a very good look at the history of space flight, without being a dry text book. We have truly enjoyed reading this and reviewing it for you, just as we have with other books and unit studies from YWAM. You can read those reviews here.

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Shopping During the Madness: Corona Virus Insanity

People! Stop It!

Yes, the Corona Virus is a bad thing. Yes, we are supposd to be social distancing. Yes, if you get sick you may have to quarantine for a couple weeks.

But, what is going on is insanity. Not only have people lost their minds, they have lost their common decency. There is no reason whatsoever for the grocery shelves to be looking like this, every day, even after being fully restocked. You do NOT need to behave as though you will be locked into a bomb shelter  for the next few years. You do not need to act as though it’s only important that you get everything, even if others get nothing. This is what it looks like in my local Smith’s (Kroger), and it’s rediculous.

It’s rediculous to see pictures of people lining up around the store buildings before opening.

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Hearing about fist fights in stores because people are panic buying is horrible. This country has been whipped into a frenzy of fear, and as a result, unwilling to be kind and decent to one another. Is this how our country should be behaving?

People! Stop it!

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