Curriculum Review: Draw and Write Through History

Draw and Write Through History

Written by  Carylee Gressman and Illustrated by Peggy Dick

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I pulled down these books to do this review and the children took off with them!  Our children LOVE these books.  This is a very engaging program.  They are filled with “fun facts,” extra challenges, and a helpful Bibliography at the end of each book for additional reference material and study.  It is designed for ages 8+, but can easily be used with younger children.  Ours have enjoyed it as young as five and six years old.  From the title, it covers three subjects, but we have used it for four.

Art-  The step by step drawing lessons are easy to follow.  Our children just pick up the books and start following along.  There are simple tips for the artistically challenged yet room for the more advanced to add lots more detail.

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Handwriting-  These are the Zaner Bloser Cursive.  Each book starts with a simple review of the letters.  It would be easy to copy the handwriting assignments in print for younger children.  There are only 4-5 handwriting pages in each book, except the “Creation through Jonah,” which has 7.  I add more handwriting assignments, using some of the additional fun facts or verses from the Bible.

History-  The history lessons are simple.  They are meant to supplement another History program and could be used with any teaching approach.  They are perfect for “Story of the World” or “Mystery of History.”  We used “Pilgrims, Pirates, and Patriots” with “Light and the Glory for Children” by P. Marshal and “In God We Trust” by J. Ashcroft.  Our children’s favorite has been “Creation through Jonah.”  We used a pictorial History Encyclopedia and the Bible with it.  We scrap-booked that year and then entered the books in the county fair.  It was great fun!

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Science-  There is also a fair bit of Science in these.  Again, the sprinkling of fun facts helps direct us to further study about God’s creation and some of man’s inventions.  The Research Ideas and Science Facts are also a big help.  The boys especially want to start building things, like catapults, sail boats, and cool armor.

This program could be used as a base for a fun year of Unit Study or they can be supplemental to a more structured curriculum.  They would also be a lot of fun for summer to keep the children busy when they are cooped up in the house on very hot days!  You can find Draw and Write Through History at  http://www.drawandwrite.com/.

Review by Dawnita F.

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Curriculum Review: Lessons in Responsibility for Girls, Level 3 from Pearables

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Title: Lessons in Responsibility for Girls (Quiet Arts Series) Level 3 (Age 10 & up) from Pearables

Also published as: Home Economics for Home Schoolers

This book covers some a few aspects of health, how to choose and cook vegetables and fruits, various cooking methods, how to make dessert, breakfasts, bread, etc. It also covers how to iron and do basic sewing and how to use a commercial pattern, as well as hot to organize and clean your kitchen. It ends with two chapters on hospitality. It is in black and white and has quite a few drawings throughout. The thirty chapters are short and include recipes and practical activities. Each chapter includes a story about “Patience”, a home schooled girl who was learning home economics, which makes it even more interesting for children. This is a textbook, not a workbook.

I have used this book with my 8 and 10 year old daughters this year and they have really enjoyed it. It has prompted them to try recipes they would not have been excited about otherwise, and I like the Bible verse that they have for each topic that is printed under that chapter’s picture. I felt the content was solid, useful, and well-presented. We learned unexpected things like why people are overweight or underweight, vitamins, and much more. Many of the recipes needed to be adapted for a vegetarian/vegan diet. They did try to use healthful recipes, but I felt they could be much more healthful, so we often used our own recipes. There is a chapter on choosing healthy snacks, like popcorn, so I think we just thought of those as part of a meal.

All in all I would highly recommend this book, even for those who have already taught their kids some cooking and sewing, like I had. It definitely expanded our horizons. I wish we’d done the other two levels when they were younger, as we’ve enjoyed this one so much.
 
Review by Heather K.

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ScriptureTyper.com; Website Review

What it is:

ScriptureTyper.com is a website where you can practice typing speeds while memorizing scripture.  If you have a desire to increase the speed of your child’s typing ability, you can do this while memorizing scripture at the same time.  There are many options you can choose from to personalize the experience for you or your child.  You will need to create an account to save your progress and take advantage of the review options.

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SDA Notes:

Because this program uses scripture and not spiritual thoughts, it is a safe place to have your child practice typing.  There should be no worries of tainted views on scripture.

My Thoughts:

My daughter was looking for some typing practice to increase her wpm in which she had a prerequisite for a college class.  Because we updated to Windows 8, our typing program was no longer working.  I looked online and found several typing programs, but the material being practiced wasn’t always something that I could say was edifying for her to dwell on.  I was pleased when another homeschool Mom shared this site with us as it fit everything my daughter needed to increase her skills and it also kept me happy as a Mom, to know that her thoughts would be dwelling on something that would also help her spiritual walk as well.

Review by Melissa B.

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