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Thursday, March 15, 2018

NatureGlo's eScience Review #hsreviews #escience #natureglo #math

natureGlo's eScience
My kids and math don't always get along. My adult son loves it and is taking a lot of higher level math classes at a university. My girls, on the other hand, are fine with math they can see. They get money, time, fractions, all basic math but when it comes to higher levels they struggle with it. NatureGlo's eScience helps students see the connection between mathematics, art, nature, science, and history in their MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle. 

MathArt Online
The MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle helps students see math differently by using history, science, nature, and art. All 4 classes last 6 weeks and is recommended for students ages 10 and up. We had access to all 4 classes in the bundle that includes Math Connections with the Real World, MathArt in Ancient Cultures, Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences, MathArt - Patterns in Nature. Alaina used Math Connections with the Real World. 

Math Connections with the Real World covers Fibonacci numbers. There are six lessons starting with an introduction and the history of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers. The lessons then go on to show us how these relate to the real world in art, history, literature, nature, and music. We learned from Cleopatra & Egyptian Tombs, looked at nature and rabbit breeding, talked about mathematics in music and looked at musical instruments, and more.  

Included in the lessons are pdf files to download which include PowerPoint presentations, project handbooks, lapbooks, and study guides. There are video segments to watch, activities to complete, literature suggestions, and additional web resources. When you start each lesson you have a numbered list of exactly what needs to be completed and once the student is finished there is a button to select to show the work is completed. The math concepts include addition, subtraction, multiplication, percents, squaring, cubing numbers, and high school geometry and algebra.

MathArt in Ancient Cultures takes us back to Ancient Babylon & Plimpton 322, covers Ancient Greek math and the Platonic Solids, Ancient India, Zellige Moroccan Tiles, and more.

Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences talks about Renaissance Artist Piero della Francesco, Patterns in Nature, Aborigianl Art & Celtic MathArt, and Fractals in Nature and Technology.

MathArt - Patterns in Nature looks at circular patterns, animal coat patterns, geometrics of the universe, the hexagon, and more. 

Sometimes it is hard to put down the textbook and just study something for fun instead of just to learn it. We can do that with any subject besides math because I'm always afraid my girls will get more frustrated with numbers if we don't stick to what we are doing every day. My girls have always struggled with math and that is one textbook that we use every day. The MathArt Bundle has been a good way to take a step back and look at math a little different. By combining math with subjects Alaina loves has helped her see math as being more relevant to her everyday life. 

The classes are set up to last 6 weeks each and there are enough activities and resources to pick and choose which ones to complete. If you decide to finish them all it will probably take you longer than 6 weeks to finish. 

The MathArt Bundle can be used with the entire family or the classes are also available live. This would give your student a chance to attend class with students around the world. Be sure and check out what other Homeschool Review Crew members thought about MathArt and watch the free sample class on beluga whales

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

CursiveLogic Review #hsreviews #cursive #ilovecursive

A handwritten letter is becoming a thing of the past, but they can be one of your most cherished keepsakes. As a child, I wrote letters to my great-grandmother. We lived in the same county and I don't remember when we started writing to each other, but when I look at her cursive words on the page it speaks so much more to me then the words they spell.

I think it is very important for children to learn to write in cursive for many reasons. Alaina already knows how to write in cursive but wants her handwriting to look nicer so she has been using the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and the Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic.

CursiveLogic is a shape-based approach. It combines visual, auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic elements to ensure every student succeeds.  It is taught by grouping cursive letters by shape and combining them into a string. Each shape group uses a different color and has its own catch phrase. By using muscle memory students can understand cursive letters easily and will be writing cursive words in one week.

Cursive Logic New Edition
The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack comes with one workbook and 6-month access to an instructional webinar. The workbook is a 112-page spiral bound book. The spiral is at the top of the page making this great for left handed or right handed students. The letters are taught in 10 lessons and at the beginning there is a section on getting started and teaching notes. In the back of the book are dry-erase practice sheets that can be completed over and over. You can also learn how to fully use this method with your children by watching the step-by-step instructional webinar. It will show you exactly how to go through the lessons.
The Art of Cursive Logic

The Art of Cursive is a beautiful coloring book. It contains practice pages for cursive letters as well as practice quotes and 27 coloring pages. They are printed on a heavyweight paper in case you like to color with markers they will not bleed through. There are blank lines on each of those pages to practice your cursive writing directly in the book. The cursive letters are not taught the same as in the student workbook. They are very brief and are recommended for adults or children that already know how to write in cursive but just want to practice or be refreshed on how to form certain letters. The pictures are very detailed and are very pretty when finished.
Cursive Logic Sample Page

Alaina already knows how to write in cursive and she learned by using the older version of CursiveLogic. She really likes how the letters are taught by using different colors because it helped her remember how they were formed. Since she already knows how to write in cursive she has been primarily using The Art Of Cursive to improve her handwriting. She has been using some of the pages in the student workbook on those strings she needs more practice on. She absolutely loves coloring these pages and they have been great practice for her. I love that the spiral is at the top of the student book. It makes practicing writing so much easier when you don't have the spiral in the way. The pages are arranged so that you start at the front of the book and work your way through and once you get to the end you flip the book over and work your way back to the front cover. That way the spiral is always at the top of the page.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Magic Stix Washable Markers Review #hsreviews #magicstix #nocapnoproblem #magicstixmarkers

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
We love art and office supplies at our house. I guess my kids and I are spoiled because we only like to use high-quality items when we are crafting. Our newest craft item is the Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We have used several items from them and their newest markers do not disappoint. 
Magic Stix Washable Markers
One thing that really irritates me is when my kids leave the lid off of brand new markers and they dry out. I have taught my kids from when they were little to take care of their things, but it still happens once in awhile. Now that they are bigger it doesn't happen as often, but it still does. That is one reason my girls and I love our new markers. They are guaranteed to not dry out even if the cap is left off for 7 days. 

The Magic Stix Washable Markers are available in a 12 and 24 count packages. We received 24 pack of non-toxic markers to use. They come in a hard plastic case with a handle making storage and travel easy. The markers are odorless and the colors are very bright and bold. We were very pleased with the colors included in the 24 set. There are enough different shades to use for probably anything you can think of. There are several greens, browns, purples, blues, yellows, black, gray, red, and orange. 
We received our set in plenty of time for Alaina to make some things for Valentine's Day. She drew and colored valentine cards for her siblings and a few close friends. She also made a variety of flavored lip scrubs. Even though the markers are non-toxic she did not use them in the lip scrubs, but she used them to create the labels. She thought the markers were thick enough to color in her valentine cards well yet they were thin enough for her to color on her lip scrub labels which are barely over an inch in diameter. She wanted to make a card with balloons and write "Happy Birthday To You" in the string. She was very pleased that they were thin enough to write with and still color in her balloons. 
Dr. Lois Provda started The Pencil Grip, Inc. in 1992 by offering The Pencil Grip. They now offer hundreds of items for the home, school, and office. They still sell pencil grips, tempera paint stix, textured pop beads, rubberband ball kits, and even Gripables, a comfortable cutlery set.
I still love to color so Alaina and I were coloring one day and we kept switching back and forth with our same couple of markers. After a while, it dawned on Alaina that we didn't have to keep putting the lids back on every time we switched colors. That could have allowed us more time to finish coloring. We both really like to use these markers for their versatility and I love that they do not smell at all. I also really like that all of the lids are the same blue color and the marker tube itself is the color of the marker. 

I have given the Tempera Paint Stix from The Pencil Grip away as gifts several times. Now we can give the same friends and family members these new Magic Stix Markers next Christmas. 

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The Pencil Grip, Inc. was generous enough to let me offer an additional set of the 24 Magic Stix Washable Markers to giveaway. I'm sure you will love your set as much as we love ours. Just enter the raffle copter below to enter. 
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

KitchenAid Mixer Update #kitchenaid #purple

I can't remember when I first purchased my KitchenAid 6-quart Professional series stand mixer. It could have been as far back as 20 years. I bought a white one and I have been very happy with it. I have used it for my in-home cake business the whole time that I've owned it & it has seen a lot of use. It still works great, but the paint job had some scratches, stains, and just didn't look that pretty any more. Now that I am no longer making cake as a business I decided it was time to make it look new again. I'm sure I have a picture of it when I first bought it, but I didn't want to go back and find one & I'm sure you all know what a white KitchenAid mixer looks like.

I decided to paint it purple. I figured if the purple I had purchased didn't match the rest of the purple in my house I could just paint it again. But I am very happy with the end results.

I should have taken more pictures of how I taped it off, but I was just so excited to get it finished. Of course, I decided to paint it in the middle of winter. We had a nice day so I decided to paint it outside and then carry it back in to dry. Inside the garage was colder that day than out in the sunshine.

This is the way to paint in the winter. After I sprayed it I carried it back inside the house to dry. 

I was very surprised at the color while I was outside and was a little worried about it matching once I brought it inside.  

 The color looks so much better inside my house.

 It didn't turn out the exact color as my curtains, but when they aren't right together it's hard to tell the difference. 

 I love how it turned out. 
What about you? Would you like to repaint yours?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Senior Picture Fun

We had so much fun taking senior pictures. I just had to share one. 

Drive Thru History Adventures Review #hsreviews #drivethruhistory #drivethruhistoryadventures #adventurelearning

Drive Thru History Adventures
I know when it comes to retaining new information my kids (and myself) remember so much more if we can see, hear, or touch what we are learning. Some things we need to know in life this is impossible, but the best example of this is U.S. history, geography, and map skills. My kids know a lot about each state just because we take a lot of road trips while we go on vacation or to visit family. Of course, we don't have enough vacation time or money to visit everywhere we want to go so homeschool video curriculum is the next best thing. Actually, it may be even better using the Drive Thru History Adventures with Dave Stotts. Drive Thru History Adventures
Last year we reviewed Drive Thru History The Gospels which was a DVD set. This time we received a year subscription to Drive Thru History Adventures that gives us access to the Bible History Adventures, American History Adventures, and Ancient History Adventures. The Bible History Adventures contains 18 lessons and the American and Ancient History Adventures are taught in 12. It is recommended for children ages 12 and up, but younger children can enjoy the video content. 

After purchasing the annual subscription you can access all the video content from the three courses on a free app called Adventures TV.  There are also Dave's Adventures, Side Roads, Behind the Scenes, and Dig Deeper video segments to view. 

If you utilize Drive Thru History Adventures online you have access to so much more. All of the video content is available for each course as well as all the extra segments, curriculum, additional resources, a community, and dashboard. 
When you first login you will see your dashboard where you can find out about the newest resources, latest social media activities, and the newest adventures that Dave has been on. This is a great place to help you get started and to recheck often. 

Drive Thru History Adventures
The Curriculum is easy to find under its own tab. Once you choose the course you are studying you will have a 30-minute video where Dave Stott takes you on a trip to the actual location where history took place. Dave talks to us about that particular time in history, the people during that time, or things that were happening while driving. We have been watching American History Adventures and he drives a red jeep. Dave takes us to historical locations to make what he is talking about very memorable. 
Drive Thru History Adventures

After watching the video there is further reading including a video summary, real documents, pictures, art, quotes, discussion questions, worksheets, an answer guide, and topics for further study. The worksheets, answer keys, and the reading material can be downloaded and/or printed. 

We have been using the American History Adventures. All the courses teach the truth and are taught from a Christian perspective. The 12 lessons take us from Columbus to the Constitution. We learned about the pilgrims, the founding fathers, visited Virginia and New York and so much more. My youngest is 13 so my kids can easily access the course themselves. We had a few extra teenagers for a couple of days during the review period and they joined my girls when it came time for our lesson. We all watched the lesson together and then looked at the pictures and artwork that is included. After that, the girls would read the documents themselves and afterward we would go through the questions together. Dave keeps the video segments real, he seems very down to earth and looks like he is having fun. He adds a little humor to each lesson and it doesn't feel like you just had a history lesson.

If you are interested in subscribing to Drive Thru History Adventures you can receive a free DVD copy of the Gospels from there webpage or there is a coupon code in the Winter Edition of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
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