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Artistic Pursuits Review

Artistic Pursuits Review

I was given the chance to review a great product by ARTistic Pursuits. My oldest son loves art, and he was very excited we had the opportunity to try Elementary 4-5 Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition in our home.

My son has taken formal art classes, but we have not tried a structured curriculum in our homschool until now. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination. Stick figures are for me! So, I was a bit concerned about how I would do teaching this curriculum. To my relief there really isn’t any teaching that I had to do. The book lays out very easy to understand instructions. My son goes to his lesson, and can understand exactly what he is supposed to do. For this non artistic mom that was a relief.

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My son used Elementary 4-5 Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition independently several times per week. This again, wasn’t something that I had to schedule for him in our day. He really enjoyed using this for his art, and he was asking me to do assignments. I love when they ask to do something and I don’t have to require it of them. It really makes my life so much easier.

My younger children are already asking when I will be purchasing their level. They enjoy getting to watching their brother do his lessons. As a mom who has very artistic children, but am lacking horribly in that area, I am very thankful for curriculum that is easy to use.

Artistics Pursuits

ARTistic Pursuits is a complete 64 lesson curriculum. Using 2 lessons per week, this book will cover an entire year. Unless you have an over zealous art student, and then you may go through it at a quicker pace. There are 16 units and within each unit is 4 lessons.  The 4 lessons within the unit:

  • Vocabulary and Creative Exercise
  • Art Appreciation
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Techniques and Application

Each unit takes them through this series of lessons to help them learn and then apply what they have learned. Some of the units that you will be going through deal with everything from the spacing of your project to finding the balance when using more than one object.

Age Range: ARTistic Pursuits offers curriculum for all ages. The volume that we reviewed is for ages 9 and up.

Price Range: Each edition is $47.95, but since the book is non-consumable, you will be able to use this one with each of your children. For a family like ours, it is a great feature. I can buy the books for my oldest and then pass them down to the younger children through the years. This is a big help for homeschool families.

Of course, there is a supply list for each level. ARTistic Pursuits has made the shopping for the list easy for you homeschool mom. On their site they have kits put together for quick and easy purchase. With a couple of clicks you can purchase everything you need for that level.

If you are needing an art curriculum for your homeschool, I highly recommend this easy to use curriculum.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse 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. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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A+ TutorSoft, Inc Review

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We are always on the look out for a great Math curriculum. Recently my daughter started struggling with our current curriculum. It was just a little too much too soon for her. I was very excited to find another computer based math program from A+ TutorSoft, Inc.  I chose the 1st grade A+ Interactive MATH CD Software for our review. 

One of the first things that jumped out at me about this program is not needing to be online to do the lessons. I love that you can install it on the computer, and then your child has access anytime to do their lessons. My daughter was able to easily log in on her own and get started.

With both versions of this curriculum you get interactive lesson plans, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and a solution guide. The multi-media lessons that your child will receive give them the advantage of learning through 3 avenues: Audio, Visuals and Text-based instruction. This adds a great element that really helps the lessons to stick with your child.

The premium edition of this curriculum has so many great features. Another one that we really liked was the weekly progress report. I like being able to see a weekly wrap up for my daughter to keep up with her progress. Plus my little one gets a weekly accomplishment report so that she can see how well she is doing with her lessons. My husband really liked the fact that the parents have parental controls for the software, so that you can hide or unhide the answer keys.

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We will be sticking with this curriculum for the rest of the year. We have already worked through several learning gaps that my daughter had, and she is moving forward better than expected.

Of course, with each homeschool family cost is always a factor when choosing curriculum. A+ TutorSoft is a great and affordable option for your homeschool.  The CDs are $99.99 per grade for the standard edition and only $124.99 for the premium edition.  With the premium edition CD you get the added benefit of tracking the individual progress of up to five students in one grade.

Want to hear something really exciting?  A+ TutorSoft, Inc. is offering our readers 50% off of the purchase of A+ Interactive MATH. Just use code ‘SPOFFER50’ during checkout. This offer is good for the entire month of March! 

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse 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. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my child(ren). I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Handwriting Without Tears Wet/Dry App Review

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All four of my children received Android tablets for Christmas. So, this was perfect timing for us to review the Wet-Dry-Try App for Andriod from Handwriting Without Tears. My children love being able to do some of their schoolwork on their tablets.

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We used this app with my twins who are in Kindergarten. Like most 6 year olds, my boys know how to write their letters. However they don’t always form them correctly. This app teaches them the correct way to form each letter, and corrects them when they are going the wrong direction or starting at the wrong point.

It is very easy to get started. You just need to download the app, set up your child’s name for their profile, and turn them loose. There are 2 different ways that they can use this app. The first being through Pick and Practice. They can pick which letter they want to work on. If they complete the section correctly, they will get a star under the letter. (like shown below)

HWOT Wet/Dry Pick and Practice

The other segment of this app is HWT’s Winning Order. With this option they will learn their letters in the “winning order” that is found to be the easiest order to learn their handwriting skills.

With this app you show the student how to form the letter. They then use the sponge to trace over with the wet function. Then they dry it with the dry function. Finally, they use the chalk to redraw the letter. When they do this correctly they will get a star under that letter.

HWOT Wet/Dry App Winning Order

With my boys and our homeschool, we didn’t schedule this in. We didn’t need to.  Instead we used this on the go. My kiddos always take their tablets out with them, and this is a very simple way to take your school on the road. They can practice handwriting while we are out and about. However, I wouldn’t suggest having them do this while you are driving. The app is very picky on staying in the lines or they have to correct their mistakes. It is better used when sitting still.

You can purchase this app through Google Play store. The cost is only $4.99. Such a great price for an educational app that you can use anytime and anywhere.

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