The Color Wheel in Nature – No Sweat Nature Studies

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Over the years of homeschooling, I have learned about all the different styles of homeschooling. I have tried many of them and failed. The one I keep coming back to is the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. This includes Nature Studies.

I have never been great with nature studies. I have high hopes and they quickly fall apart when I try to make them happen. That was until I learned about Our Journey Westward and the No Sweat Nature Studies. This is a new lifesaver for our homeschool!

Ray Ray has been the one who has been using the No Sweat Nature Studies, and he just completed the study on The Color Wheel in Nature. This was something new for him, a life class with a teacher that wasn’t me. Ray Ray has been homeschooled by me his entire school life. Having a new teacher was a challenge, but one that I loved for him.

Cindy West is a great teacher. She homeschooled her kids, and still homeschools. She is a very child-friendly teacher and loves to interact with the kids during the live lesson. This really appealed to Ray Ray. He enjoyed the fact that Cindy was interacting, and loved to put some input when he could.

During this study, he learned about the color wheel in nature. How plants and animals used the color wheel in their design. I didn’t interact with him much during the lesson, so I was happy there was a replay option for myself.

Cindy taught the kids about the color wheel and had them drawing and coloring as they went along. They even left the lesson with an assignment to finish. Ray Ray was a little upset by his drawing, so I made the decision to make it easier for him. Instead of making him copy the image, he was to color, I let him trace it. The coloring was the most important part, so I figure letting him trace was just fine.

Ray Ray doesn’t like to add color to his drawings. He thinks they ruin the drawing. He is a black and white drawing type of child. I told him he had to color his drawing, he was a little upset but did it. I am very impressed with his addition of color and love it. He now has his first sheet to add to his new nature journal!

The No Sweat Nature Studies are a hit in our house. We can’t wait for the next one about caves. You can find out more about that right here. And the yearly membership is great. With the yearly membership, you are able to hit up the archive of previous nature studies and can always go back to the ones you missed. We will be checking those out over the summer!

Do you include nature studies in your homeschool?

Online Unit Studies with Techie Homeschool Mom – A Homeschool Crew Review

I have always loved exploring the way my children learn. Each of the four learns in a different way. This makes it fun, and hard for me. Thankfully Ray Ray can do Unit Studies with Techie Homeschool Mom and I don’t have to worry about him. Currently, he is working his way through the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1).

What Is It?

Techie Homeschool Mom is an online program that gives you access to unit studies. They have a variety of studies available. While they are fully online for learning, there are many things that take the learning to different levels. You and your child will use different online programs (the free versions) and some other items from around the house.

Techie Homeschool Mom offers a variety of unit studies that will appeal to your child. Some take an hour, others take longer. But each is set up in the same way. The lessons are all online and are easy to follow.

Famous Artists is one of the longer studies that will take more than one day to complete. It is broken up into different sections. You will first learn about art itself and follow up with some of the famous artists like DaVinci, Monet, and Picasso.

As you go through each artist, you will learn about them, their pieces of artwork, and you will finish up with adding them to your own exhibit using Emaze. This was the fun part!

How We Used It

Ray Ray loves to take my laptop and disappear to do his schoolwork. This is not a fear of mine when he is working on his unit study from Techie Homeschool Mom. The units are laid out in step-by-step directions. He completes one and moves on to the next.

When it came time for Ray Ray to study art, I wouldn’t see much of him. He would get comfy someplace in the house and work through his lesson. The program shows me what is done and what needs to be done. I had a list from the beginning of what supplies we would need, so I was able to make sure we had them on hand. This meant that I wasn’t saying ‘We will come back to this when we have the supplies.” Or “We can’t do that right now.” Those are always huge setbacks for us.

There are about 5 sections per artist and 10 artists in this collection. We would do one section a day, completing an artist per week on average. This means that this collection would last for 10 weeks. Each day varied on how long it took, depending on the video or how much Ray Ray would write or design, but they didn’t last so long that he lost interest. Every Friday was the day that Ray Ray would work on Emaze exhibits.

What We Thought of It

We love Techie Homeschool Mom and her unit studies! While the majority is online, the platform she uses is not hard to understand. I liked that you complete one thing and move on to the next. I loved that she brought in other online elements to enrich our learning. These were the free versions, so I didn’t have to worry about purchasing something, yet I was able to allow my son to use new technology in his learning, bonus!

The lessons are not too long. And we can stop and start up as we need to. This is great for us. If a lesson gets too long, Ray Ray can pause, if needed. This didn’t happen much, as he was having fun playing with all the technology that is introduced to him. Being a “techie kid” meant that he loved the way Techie Homeschool Mom allowed him to express himself in the unit study.

We have used other unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom and loved them as well. Ray Ray loved the one on Martin Luther King Jr. In that, he made his first picture graphic using a quote. This was great to see him think of ideas and make them come alive.

If you have a techie child at home who loves unit studies, I would recommend that you check out what Techie Homeschool Mom has to offer.

We were not the only ones to check out Techie Homeschool Mom. Head on over to The Homeschool Review Crew and see what everyone else thought!


Solar, Ancients and Famous People Unit Studies {Techie Homeschool Mom Reviews}

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Draw and Learn Faces – A Review

Draw and Learn Faces

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Kids need to learn how to draw. They need the fine motor skills that come with holding a pencil and making a certain shape. This is the first step towards making them writers. How can you do this in a fun yet structured way? You can find a fun resource like Draw and Learn Faces!

Draw and Learn Faces

What Is It?

Draw and Learn Faces is a My First Activity Book. It can be found in the Timberdoodle Preschool Curriculum Kit. The pages of this book are full of colored pictures that are half way drawn, leaving pieces for kids to complete the rest.

There are no lesson plans, but like most books, you should use it from front to back. Your child will work on building upon the skills that have learned as they go through the book. The skills start with learning different eyes, nose and mouth shapes to draw, and from there they draw faces on many different objects.

Draw and Learn

While there are lots of guided pages of what to do, there are also some blank, free drawing pages to let the creative juices flow.

How Did We Use It?

I had Little Miss using this book. She loves to draw, but really fights me when it comes to handwriting. I figure I could build the skills for handwriting while still letting her enjoy the art of drawing. She loved drawing in the book and didn’t think it was too little for her at all.

I had no plans going into this. I wanted to get my hands on it and see what she thought of it before planning anything. Once I fell in love with it, I handed it over and she wanted to just draw non-stop. To make us both happy, we worked on a few pages each day.

There were no complicated instructions, so I was able to tell her what to do on each page and let her go. This also freed me up to help the big boys with their work for a few minutes.

Draw and Learn

What Did We Think Of It?

Little Miss didn’t want to stop drawing! She was thrilled to be able to have another drawing book, and this one was her favorite. She thought it was funny to draw faces on different pieces of fruit and objects such as plates or balloons. This helped to open her imagination when it comes to drawing.

The pages of the book are made of thicker paper, which prevents tearing. I love the amount of color on each page and the simple instructions. I also love that when working in the book, you can fold it flat on the table, this binding was awesome! It made for easier drawing.

Little Miss really enjoys this book, even though she is on the upper age range. Baby Girl is at the lower age of this book, was not quite ready for it. I see this being perfect for ages 4-6, unless your child is ready to draw at ages 2-3, then this would be a perfect starting point.

The Draw and Learn books also come in People, Animals and Places. We look forward to trying more of these fun books!

Have you ever tried the Draw and Learn series before? Which was your favorite?

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Thin Stix Creativity Pack – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Creativity is a big thing in our house. I love to let my kids be creative, but sometimes I really don’t like the mess that comes with some creativity, painting especially. We have found that the kids can still be creative and I can avoid the mess with the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

We have fallen in love with the Thin Stix and the original Kwik Stix from previous reviews, but the creativity pack is full of so many new colors and styles of colors! I couldn’t wait to have the kids get painting again without me having to clean up paint after!

There are 24 Thin Stix in the Creativity Pack. 12 classic colors, 6 neon colors and 6 metalix colors. These are the Thin Stix, so they remind me of a marker when holding them. They are a solid tempera paint, non-toxic and they don’t need anything extra, other than something to paint on and their creativity.

I kept this review a surprise from the kids. They knew nothing about it until the day they opened it. The excitement was evident as they opened the box! Right away we had paper flying everywhere. They had to paint and they had to paint NOW! The new colors really impressed them, and they had to try them all out. After each sheet was done, they piled them on top of each other to move onto the next one. And they could do this because the paint dries in 90 seconds!

I wanted to keep the creativity going with these paint sticks, so we pulled out wooden picture frames to paint. These paint sticks did the same on the wood as they did on the paper. The colors were still vibrant and they still dried super-fast. This is great when you have an almost 3-year-old painting with the big kids!

With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to make some decorations for around the house. We had these fun cardboard presents that we bought on clearance last year. It was exciting to see the paint sticks work on the cardboard like they did on the paper and the wood. The only thing we noticed this time was when Little Miss used a little too much paint in one spot, it did take a little longer to dry, but not as long as regular, messy paint. And it didn’t drip or drop all over as it was drying.

We love using our Thin Stix, we find new ways to use them every time we pull them out. Anytime I would pull out paint, I pull these out instead. I love that they are non-toxic, they are easy to handle and even Baby Girl has fun when we pull these out. These are the paints that I don’t need to worry about hiding, the ones that I can trust the kids to use without my supervision. I love that they can be used on anything.

The girls loved the new colors in this pack. They loved the Metalix and how “shiny” they were. They couldn’t decide which ones to use, and wanted to use them all at once. Little Miss took on the responsibility of making sure they were put back, in order, and that each one had a cover on them. She took that job seriously!

We never run out of things to paint with Thin Stix. The creativity is able to be released in a fun, yet clean way that both mom and child will enjoy. If your house has a creative child in it, you need to have these paint sticks in your house!

Thin Stix Creativity Pack {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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ACTÍVA Products – A Homeschool Crew Review

Building projects is fun. Anything hands on is fun. But if you can have fun with hands on building while learning something, it is a bonus for mom, or dad! ACTÍVA Products has given us a great option to build and learn with their Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit.

First, what is this crazy stuff that I talk about? Rigid Wrap is a plaster wrap that is non-toxic and safe for little hands. This wrap can be cut and shaped to make almost anything you want it to. In this kit, we received two rolls, which was plenty to make more than one project! And the CelluClay Quik-Sculpting you ask? Well that is just like paper mâché. There is more than enough to make multiple projects! And projects there are, especially in the ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS eBook.

After receiving this kit for our review, we spent time talking about what we wanted to make. We spent some time looking through the eBook and talking. Finally, we decided that we would love to make a volcano! We spent some time talking about the different kinds of volcanoes. We spent time looking at pictures of volcanoes. This helped us to know how we wanted ours to look like.

Ray Ray took the CelluClay and decided that he wanted to build a figure. While this may not have been the best material to build a figure with, he worked with what he had and loved it.! He loved getting his hands dirty and actually building the figures that he sees on the games that he plays. I took this same CelluClay and added a base to our volcano. These two products worked great with each other to make the volcano look more realistic.

After letting our projects dry overnight, we were ready to paint! I took out the acrylic paint that I had on hand and let the kids get creative. Little Miss was in charge of the volcano, with my help, and Ray Ray had his figure. This paint worked perfect on the dried surfaces! While the volcano would have been dried and ready within 15-20 minutes, after adding the CelluClay, I decided to wait overnight before painting.

Of course, when you make a realistic volcano, you must make it erupt. We did the basic baking soda and vinegar mix, but it was enough to make the kids happy. The nice thing, we could do this more than once! Our volcano was not done after one eruption, we have had 3 and it is still holding strong!

We loved these products. They were simple to use and fun! The kids were able to help on everything, and being non-toxic allowed me to relax while all of the younger kids, yes even Baby Girl, had their hands in and on this building!

Dry time was not that bad. The CelluClay took longer to dry, but the pieces were thicker as well. The Rigid Wrap dried almost as fast we placed them on our form. This does take into effect that we have had some hot days and did this while in the A/C, so the humidity was not that bad, allowing it to dry faster.

We loved using the Rigid Wrap and the CelluClay. We had a fun time with both of these items. They were easy to use and the end result was of great quality.

Check out some of the other projects that other members of the crew made with their supplies and see why you should have this in your homeschool art box!

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {ACTÍVA Products Reviews}
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Painting Without the Mess – A Homeschool Crew Review

My girls love to paint. They love the way it turns out when it is dry and ready to hang on the wall. But I have a confession. As much as I love their artwork, I avoid pulling out the paint in fear of the cleanup that is soon to follow! Do you feel this same way? At The Pencil Grip, Inc. they have found a way to allow the painting without the mess!

Last year we got to play around with their Kwik Stix and fell in love! But this year, we got to try their newest item, the Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors. So, what is the big deal with this? Well, if you don't mind cleaning paint off everything and always needing a paint shirt handy when your kids get a creative flair, nothing. But if you are looking for a way to allow your kids to enjoy painting without the mess, you NEED the Thin Stix.

Thin Stix are Non-Toxic Solid Tempera Paint in a stick. The texture of these is like a glue stick, but with color! It is simple to use these, all you need to do is take the cap off, twist up the paint and go. You don't need water, you don't need brushes, you just need the Stix and something to use them on.

The Thin Stix can be used on many surfaces. You can use them on paper, cardboard, rocks, almost anything you could paint on, you can color with the Thin Stix. And there is no need to have a separate spot for hanging everything to dry. These little beauties will dry within 90 seconds, and Ray Ray was the one who decided to try that out, with great results!

The difference between the Thin Stix and the original Kwik Stix is the size. I would compare the original Kwik Stix to a regular glue stick and the Thin Stix is like a marker. While Little Miss had a blast with the Kwik Stix, she is in love with the slimmer style of the Thin Stix. She now has no problem letting Baby Girl play with the Kwik Stix.

When it comes to painting, I love giving my kids the chance to paint with the brushes and the mess, when I am ready for it. When creativity sparks and they want something other than a marker or crayon, I can give them the Thin Stix and let them go crazy! We end up with a mess of fun on the table, but I can clean up with their help in under 5 minutes, as long as we don't lose a cap! All we need to do is find the cover, place it on, put it in the box and hang up the picture. A quick wipe of the table and we are set for the next adventure. There were no brushes to clean, no clothes to spray and no worries of drips or drops anywhere where they weren't supposed to be!

If you are looking for a fun way for your kids to paint without the mess, a way for them to be creative without you worrying about the drips or drops, Thin Stix are for you and your kids! Little Miss loves the feel of the new Thin Stix in her hands, Ray Ray fights for a chance to use them, they are love in our house!

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}
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Art Lessons for Kids from Art Achieve ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Art is something I have never been good at. Yes, I love looking at it. And I find it peaceful to watch others create art, but to actually do it, or therefore teach it to my kids, yeah not so peaceful. I am always on the lookout art lessons for kids that are fun. We fell in love with Level I of ArtAchieve last year, and this year we got to continue with the Entire Level II.

ArtAchieve is an online art class for kids. It is broken down into 5 different levels, each containing 10 or more lessons. These lessons include everything; besides the materials, you need to teach the lesson. Or should I say have the lessons taught for you. Each lesson page on the website includes numerous ideas to make these art lessons cross-curricular. These ideas cover the subjects such as Social Studies, Science, Writing, Literature/Geography as well as Art. This project page will also give you the list of supplies you will need and approximate class time.

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I would take the information for this page and plan a week-long study on each lesson. This was easy enough to do and made a great learning experience finished up with the fun of making of the official art project at the end of the week. Our week would start with an introduction to the topic at hand. We would watch the introduction on the video or read through it on the Power Point version and get an idea of what we were going to be learning.

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We would take the Cross-Curricular Connections given to use and use a few of them. Whether we were learning about the geography of the area that the project originated from or reading some books from that area/era, it was fun to learn more. This gave us a whole new feeling and meaning to our finished projects at the end of the week.

The beginning of each Power Point lesson gives you a list of goals that can be fulfilled for The National Standards for Arts Education: National Standards for Visual Art. While I am not worried about this myself, if you wanted to know, it is there for you. After this, you see the original piece of art that you will be basing your art from, along with the history of it. There is a quick review of some basic art knowledge that you learn as you go. And then you relax before you draw.

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My kids thought it was funny to relax before we began, but I noticed this helped to draw their attention and focus to what they were doing. The next tip on the Power Point was to play some quiet music. This should be music without words to help you stay calm and focused on your work. This is when you complete the warm-up. Finally, we get a list of rules for drawing. These six rules, were a homerun for our house! Every problem that I have had when helping my kids learn art was included in these six rules. Hearing someone else tell them this, the kids took a step back and listened.

The video format had a similar start up. They talked about the relaxation and music to use for each lesson. They also included the rules in the video. No talking was the number one rule! The only thing I did not see in the video that I did see on the Power Point version was the standards that were met in this art lesson.

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We loved working through the lesson step by step and having a finished product that was wall worthy! Most of the children preferred the Power Point version, where they didn't have to push the pause button as they were perfecting their lines. We would be able to work through it at our pace and have no worry of feeling rushed. While the video lessons were great, my kids strive too much for perfect and don't like moving at someone else's pace when drawing. I loved having two options and being able to use what we needed instead of being stuck with just one choice.

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Our overall impression of ArtAchieve is that we love it! The kids love that they can pick which way they want to do the lessons and I love that I don't have to be the teacher, just the supervisor. ArtAchieve offers great art classes for kids and it takes the stress off of me!
Art Lessons Inspired From Around the World {ArtAchieve Reviews}
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Creating a Masterpiece ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I currently have a love-hate relationship with art. I love looking at it! I love seeing my kids interested in it! I hate teaching it, or even just doing it myself. So, what in the world is a homeschool mom to do? Ask for help! While using the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece, I could allow my kids to learn about art, without having to teach it!

Creating a Masterpiece is an art lesson like no other. The lessons are taught by master artist Sharon Hofer via video. Having these lessons on video makes you feel like you have Sharon sitting right in the room with you. The lessons are broken down into different levels. Currently there are 7 levels; Beginners, Levels 1-5 and Art in History.

The Beginners Level is filled with simple, short lessons. These lessons will allow even a four-year-old to create a masterpiece in under an hour! While these may be short and sweet, they are still works of fine art!

Levels 1-5 build upon each other. You do not want to jump right into a Level 4 or 5 lesson if you have never had any art experience before! Even in a Level 2 lesson, I noticed Moe Man struggling from time to time.

Finishing up the levels, is Art in History. Art in History takes a new approach to learning about the history of art. Instead of just talking about the artists of a certain time period and looking at their work, you get a hands-on approach to it and actually get to try the art.

Creating a Masterpiece has 3 different payment options for when you want to try it out. You can do the monthly plan or a yearly plan of all the levels or you can get a one year access to individual levels. This way you can find what works for you and still enjoy the fine art lessons!

We tried two different lessons at two different levels. Little Miss and Ray Ray spent some time with watercolors and worked on the African Sunset. Moe Man and I worked at Level 2 with ink and the Dragonfly. These all turned out beautifully, but each required a different level of work!

Little Miss and Ray Ray love to paint! If I allowed it, they would have paint open all the time, and all over the place! We had a family at church that had to move back to South Africa right at the time we got access to this program. It only seemed fitting to mix the kids love of painting with their missing of their friends from church.

Being a beginning level project, this was a quick lesson. We had two videos for this lesson, each of which were only about 10 minutes each. The project page contains everything you need to know for that project. You have the videos for the project, the needed supplies, some great tips, highlights, and some PDFs for you. You also have a link that will take you to another site with an already prepared list of supplies for that specific project.

I only ordered one set of everything for this project, so the kids had to take turns. This didn't bother them much, but it did extend the amount of time we spent on this lesson vs being able to move on to others.

During our first video, we completed most of the lesson…in just about 10 minutes! For the quality of the lesson and the outcome of the picture, this was a great thing! The longest part of this lesson was waiting for the first layer of paint to dry. We could have gotten this done by forcing it to dry, but mom loved the time to allow it to air dry!

The second video was a simple finishing touches video. While it lasted about 10 minutes, it took longer to re-wet the paint than it did to finish the picture. However, the finished product was something unbelievable! They were different, but perfect!

The Dragonfly that I worked on with Moe Man was just as beautiful, but not so easy! This was a Level 2 project and you could tell that it was going to require more time! Instead of just two instruction videos, this one had 5 lessons with 2-3 videos a lesson. While this took us by surprise, it was nice to have the breaks. We did not have to do a full project in one sitting, and if you did it would take a little time for sure! We could spread this project out over a few days, and we loved it!

Even though this was a harder lesson, Sharon gave some wonderful tips for the younger kids if they wanted to attempt this. We did the small Micron .005 pen for this project, but both of us are thinking of redoing it with a bigger sheet of paper and a bigger marker.

Everyone in the house has found great lessons to create their own masterpiece! And no matter the age level, everyone could create something beautiful! The lessons did not frustrate anyone. This is something I have noticed in the past when it comes to video lessons. Little Miss at 5.5 years old all the way to Moe Man at 16, not to mention Ray Ray at 8 and mommy as well, were able to watch the lessons and understand them. Sharon talks to us and talks in simple terms. This makes it easy to continue with the video and enjoy the whole time.

Everyone in the family gives this program a thumbs-up and we are excited to add more fine art masterpieces to our walls!

Here are some other great pieces of fine art that you can find within this program:

Check out the other reviews from members of the Homeschool Review Crew and see the fine art projects they have completed!

Creating Beautiful Art at Home {Creating A Masterpiece Reviews}

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Art Fun In Our Homeschool ~ 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair

Art, it is one of the most fun parts of the day for any child. Art allows your child to express themselves in a whole new way. They can be drawing, painting, sculpting, singing or making music. Art is so much more than a 3-letter word.

This is the final post in the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. If you have enjoyed this series, I highly recommend that you stop by and tell Susan thank you! She has done so much each year to make this happen, and for that I am truly grateful myself.

This week the theme is Seeking Beauty. This is anything from the Arts, Handicrafts and more. It is such a beautiful topic to end this series with. I cannot wait to tell you about the beautiful ways we include the Arts in our homeschool!

Art and handicrafts have always been a part of my life. My mom has been an example of how these can help you express yourself. I have always worn something that was hand crocheted by her and I remember watching as she wrote in calligraphy for the local radio station. This left a lasting impression of how important art is in our lives.

The kids all love art, and all in different ways. That is the joy of homeschooling, I can alter each child’s learning to their interests. And that is just what I have done over the years.

I love going to Pinterest to find ideas for art lessons. I have a board just for art ideas. I have two boards, one for arts and crafts and the second is for art study. So, what is the difference?

Art Study is an actual study of what you are doing. My Art Study board holds a lot of information to go with the studies that I have from Harmony Fine Arts. We have two of their programs and love to use them to help us learn more about art and artists in general. This is a great curriculum set if that is what you are looking for.

We have also spent time using ARTistic Pursuits. This was a lot of fun, and we had the chance to review two of their books with the Homeschool Review Crew. The lessons we learned from these books helped us open our eyes to the art all around us. This helps us take the school out of art and makes it fun to see the changing of the trees and draw the different leaves we see in the yard. Not only that, but we learn in different medias, from drawing, coloring, painting and sculpting.

ARTisticPursuits Schoolhouse Crew Review

Not only do I have the Art Study board, but I have Arts and Crafts for Kids. This board is my go to board when the kids are bored. (Are there enough boards/boreds in that sentence?) These ideas are not based off a single curriculum, rather, they are the “fun” things we do when the kids need to express themselves.

What are some fun ways you keep the beauty in your homeschool? Have you checked out these other posts yet? Make sure to stop by and add your own links of Seeking Beauty Posts!

Now I invite you to visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about seeking beauty in their homeschools:

Links will all be live by Monday at 12 noon EST.

Living & Loving Art by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Putting the Fun in School by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Art Fun In Our Homeschool by Amanda @Hopkins Homeschool

Fine Arts Is The Fun Part by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

Washing Dust Off Our Souls by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Bringing Beauty Into Your Homeschool Through Poetry by Dana @ Roscommon Acres

Seeking out the beauty… by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Joy in Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

Teaching Drawing (When You Can't Draw) by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home

Homeschool Art for the Artistically Challenged by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

Jesus, Peace, Freedom & Our Homeshool by Meghan W @ Quiet In The Chaos

Fine Arts Options in High School by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Reluctant Artist? What do you do? by Annette @ A Net in Time

Making Fine Arts a Priority by Lisa @ McClanahan 7

Creative Pursuits by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

Arts and Crafts in Our Homeschool by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

Where Do You Find Beauty? by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Looping our Beauty Topics Saved our Homeschool by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully

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ArtAchieve ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Art, it is one of those subjects that has a love-hate relationship in our house. The kids love it, and I, well I hate it. I was never good at art, I love looking at it, I love watching other people do it, and I want my kids to be good at it. So how in the world am I going to make that possible? Well, I find someone else to teach it for me! We were given the chance to check out the Entire Level I from ArtAchieve and Moe Man jumped at this opportunity.

A Schoolhouse Crew Review (5)

What Is It

ArtAchieve is in an online art program. The Entire Level I has 9 lessons. They start at lesson 3. You are able to try out lessons 1 and 2 for free right here. With the purchase of Level I, you will have a one-year access to these lessons on the website.

Each lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation of the lesson, a printable warm-up sheet, a video of the lesson and a print out of what your child will be drawing. Your child has the option to click through the PowerPoint or watch the video. Moe Man has done both with great success.

ArtAchieve PowerPoint

When you start each lesson, whether as a PowerPoint or as a video, you will learn a short history of the subject that you will be drawing. You will learn what your goals are for the lesson along with the supplies that you will need to make this art happen.

When you are ready to start the art part of your art lesson, you are given some tips on how to warm up. These include ways to relax your eyes and the suggestion of music to play in the background as you work (I like these ideas for when I work also). Once you have your eyes ready and the music going, you get to warm up with your drawing. You are given squares using the shapes that you will need for the actual art project that you copy into an empty square.

ArtAchieve Dragon

Now that you are completely warmed up, you are ready to get started, but first, the rules! I love these rules. They remind the child that they are drawing for themselves, they don't have to like what they draw and to actually wait until you are all the way done before you decide if you like your art or not.

Once you start drawing, you are taken step by step through the picture. In the PowerPoint (Moe Man's favorite) you see the new pieces in red and green. This way you know what you have done and what you need to do. Once your line drawing is done, you add color! Most of Level I can be done with items you most likely already have in your house.

ArtAchieve Dragons

How We Used It

I let Moe Man use this at his own pace. I knew that he would be working on at least one or two lessons a week. He loves to build on his drawing skills and this really helped him. He tried both the PowerPoint and the video versions of the lessons. He personally preferred the PowerPoint since he did not have to hit pause and play each time he was drawing.

I would require that he did one lesson a week. I would put it on his weekly lesson plan, but if he wanted to do more because he was bored, I didn't stop him at all. When it came to "grading" I would simply look to make sure it resembled what he was supposed to draw and that he had added some color and patterns. Remember, I never liked art and really disliked the grading process. I promised myself I would never deter my kids with poor grades in art, unless they didn't try.

ArtAchieve Drawing Bugs

What We Thought Of It

Moe Man loves his art. He loves to draw…but he doesn't like being told what to draw. He likes learning new techniques, but wants to use them in his own images. I noticed that he really enjoyed this program, if I didn't require him to watch the video. I loved having the two options of how to learn the lesson, and noticed that he did also. Where I would have liked to watch the video and pause as needed, he preferred the PowerPoint and not having to worry about the pausing after every step.

While this level was just the drawing and adding different elements of color, this was something that Moe Man loves so it fit perfect. The pictures were not hard, but they also required some work. This took Moe Man from simple line drawings to more curves and circles, finding the right size proportions and adding in different patterns and colors to make his picture unique instead of just the lines.

ArtAchieve Bugs

This was a great art program for Moe Man, and I can't wait to move him up to the next level! These were great for building his confidence in his drawing and took 20-30 minutes depending on the details he put in.

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