Thursday, October 2, 2014

Preparations For Myths and Legends Art Show

The theme for this art show was something Grace could really sink her teeth into. Most of the material she creates on a daily basis is fantasy anyway. This week and next week is the final push of getting everything framed and ready to go display.

Not to mention Greek mythology is a passion around here as well. We can thank the Percy Jackson books for that one.

This drawing displays her love for all things Japanese. The Japanese have legends and myths of their own and this drawing represents one of them. It might not look like it but the character has a monster coming out of her hair.
Mermaids are always fun to draw and create.

More Greek mythology with Medusa. She has 3-4 more drawings she is entering and to this minute is still creating new ones. It is so good to see her passionate about her art again.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Gourd Study and Painting

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. We live in a beautiful area that people all over Georgia come to see fall foliage. The leaves are just now starting to change. It is the perfect time to go on an adventure to study fall related topics. Today's fall adventure found us studying gourds. Specifically pumpkins, squash, and gourds.

Luckily we have a family that gardens in walking distance of our home and has lived in this community for more than 40 years. They have run a vegetable and fruit stand for many years as well. We took off after lunch to go see the plants in action. Leaves, blossoms, and fruit.

It was just as fun to also see all the sunflowers. Bumble bees were busily pollinating all the florets in each sunflower. Just beautiful!

Grace picked out a pumpkin and immediately set her sights on painting it. She loves Nightmare Before Christmas and decided to use that theme. Grace has been working on this for 5 hours. She wants to paint many more in different themes to maybe use as displays at the art show next weekend. A couple of years ago you would have never seen her picking up a paintbrush. Pencil and marker was her favorites but over the past six months she is enjoying painting more and more and developing a passion for it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

TOS Review - Institute for Excellence in Writing - Fix It! Grammer: The Nose Tree Book 1

Fix It! Grammar Review
Grammar is a subject that both myself and Grace enjoy. We felt very privileged and blessed to get the opportunity to review Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Teacher's Manual Book 1) and Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Student Book 1) from Institute for Excellence in Writing. Many homeschooling families are familiar with this company through their writing programs, but may not be aware that they also have a grammar product.
Fix It! Grammar Review
Grammar is not a subject that we study every year in our homeschool and this year it was not scheduled. When the vendor application came to us I decided it might be a good product to use for the review period then save the remainder of the book to use next year when we had grammar back on the schedule. After using Fix It! Grammar for the past 6-8 weeks I think we will continue and maybe skip next year for grammar instead, or better yet use this program every year because it is so easy to use and implement into your day.
The Basics
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Teacher's Manual Book 1 - $19.00
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Student Book 1 - $15.00
Recommended for grades 3 - 12
We received both the teacher's manual and student book as physical products. You can purchase only the teacher's manual which will then give you a special link to print the student pages. The author of Fix It! Grammar is Pamela White and she has created a unique way to study grammar. It truly only takes a few minutes a day to work this into any curriculum plans. A placement test is available on the website to direct you to the appropriate level for your child to begin. A webinar is also available to explain exactly how to use this product in your home. The very first thing I did was watch the webinar before beginning and found it to be very informative and helpful.
The Process - How It Works
Each book is a story. Each weekly assignment is a portion of the story and each day is a sentence from the story. Every week the student learns a different grammar topic and applies it to all the subsequent weeks of learning. So far Grace has reviewed/learned nouns, homophones, end marks, articles, quotations, pronouns, which clauses, who clauses, and action verbs. We started with the first level book for review because I knew that there were quite a few grammar topics Grace had forgotten. There are six levels in the series.
The premise of Fix It! Grammar is that the student and teacher review the grammar topic of the week together on day one as well as fix any mistakes in that day's sentence. This continues for 4 days then the student will write the entire sentence in it's correct form. There is a checklist at the top of each page so that the student is reminded to check each grammar topic that might need corrected in the daily sentence. Grammar cards (think flash cards) are also provided to help the student remember when needed. Both books contain a glossary in the back with a plethora of grammar information. Oh, and each sentence also contains a vocabulary word which is defined in the teacher's manual.
Grace and I both really like this product. We used it three times a week. Since Grace is in high school we would do 2-3 sentences a day as opposed to the recommended one a day approach. Retention has been great. This product would be a wonderful addition for any family but I especially think Charlotte Mason homeschooling families would enjoy the short, easy, gentle approach of this product. Learning a large amount of grammar in a short time each day.
I high recommend Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree, Teacher and Student Manual from Institute for Excellence in Writing. We will definitely be finishing this level and hopefully moving on to the next level. Be sure to check out what other Crew Members think of this product.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WhenTimes are Tough

Things are pretty rough around here right now so I wanted to let my readers know that I won't be posting for awhile. I am obligated by contract to post 4 more educational product reviews and those will be up as due dates come around, but as of right now I am just taking a break and dealing with what is going on at home. Thanks for understanding.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Watch the Documentary Fed Up

Today I took some time to relax and watch a documentary on Amazon. Very eye opening and scary. If you have a spare 3.99 rent this one off of Amazon Instant Video and learn the craziness of obesity in our country and the addiction of sugar in the documentary Fed Up.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

And......The Sewing Continues

Over the past couple of days I have weeded out some time to pursue some of those passions I discussed in previous posts. Between hubby gone to work most of the weekend and Grace off to a friend's house I had lots of extra time on my hands. In the above photo is a another fairy creation. This time a mermaid fairy. So far she is my favorite.

Next on the sewing agenda was a little tooth fairy pillow. I love, love, love owls and thought this little one is precious. Of course I no longer have any children losing teeth but thought I could give it to another family that does or maybe use it for something else.

Next was getting back to some machine sewing with a quilt that was in dire need of being finished. over the past couple of weeks before the sewing machine was purchased I had hand sewed all the remaining squares. I was able to attaché three long strips of squares to the already sewn quilt top. I hope over the next week to have the quilt top finished. Then it will be off to the fabric store again to purchase batting and fabric for the back of the quilt. Plus Grace wants another furry hat that is white with the Hello Kitty materials we already have for the contrast. Only difference this time is she will put this one together now that I understand the whole process. It is kind of hard to teach another person how to use a pattern and sew something when you are learning at the same time. Now that I know how to make the fuzzy hat I can walk Grace through it confidently.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up - Where Did The Week Go

Seriously this week went by in a complete blur. Each week tend to do that. Some weeks I get everything on my check list accomplished and sometimes not so much. Mostly it was a normal week but in a big way we faced a life changing decision. I can't go into this life changing decision and we are still in the process of figuring it all out. I just ask for prayers as we work our way through this delicate situation. So if you don't see me blogging as much that would be the reason.
Grace did a wonderful job on the Monet inspired painting. This was a three week project that the kids worked on in the high school art class at cooperative. This teacher is amazingly talented and has taught them all so much.

At home we also go out the watercolors. I think sometimes that Grace forgets we even have these around. They are a very cheap brand monetarily but work beautifully.

Grace has worked very hard in her literature and Spanish class and it is paying off. Last week she made a 120 on her quiz and this week a 90. Couldn't be prouder of her because we are talking about an accelerated program learning 75 vocabulary words each week. I am blown away at her ability to interpret a book and its meaning for the analyzing part of her literature class. Maybe that is the artist in her. Higher math was a struggle but English and literature has always come pretty naturally for her.
We also worked on our review products this week (Fix It Grammar, Apologia iwitness series, Essay Rock Star, and Standard Deviants Online). All are great products and I can't wait to share them with you. Grace was able to finish a chapter in Biology and even made a 90 on the quiz yesterday. Loving this Biology curriculum which is research based. She is reading through Before You Meet Prince Charming for her devotional time. Can't wait to hear what she thinks about this book when she finishes it.
Last weekend I finished my first sewing project where a pattern was used. Seriously, I have never sewn anything that required a pattern and did it all on my own. Pretty proud of this one. Hoping to sit down today and start back on a quilt then later tonight after dropping Grace off at a friends for the night I want to create a mermaid fairy. So stay tuned for more creative and hopefully finished projects.

Weekly Wrap-Up