Udderly Smooth Review

I hate lotion. I hate it so much that even when I have dry skin, I put off using it for as long as possible. I have never liked to use lotion for as far back as I can remember. The sticky, slimy, greasy, mess is just something that I have never enjoyed. Unfortunately, AJ was blessed with not so great skin and has to use lotion a lot. The lotion recommended by the dermatologist is expensive and still leaves her skin dry! So, when I was given the opportunity to do a review for Udderly Smooth, I was excited.

Udderly Smooth is the lotion with the black and white cow spots. It was originally developed in Ohio to be used on dairy cows and is now used by people world wide on dry and chapped skin.

Udderly Smooth offers a variety of products including:

  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Shea Butter Foot Cream
  • Body Cream
  • Udder Cream
  • Country Cream
  • Chamois Cream
  •  Hand & Body Moisturizing Lotion
  • Udderly Smooth Extra Care

I was given the opportunity to try the hand cream, foot cream, and body cream.

The body cream is a soft white cream that is non-greasy with a fresh scent. It moisturizes your skin leaving it soft and smooth. I used the body cream on AJ and it soaked right into her skin. I feel that it actually works better than the expensive lotion recommended by her dermatologist. We also tried it on my grandma’s face where she had some dry spots, by the next morning the spots were soft and smooth. The best part for me was that my hands didn’t feel sticky and slimy after I put it on them. This will definitely be a keeper in our house.

The foot cream was amazing! My mom is diabetic so I often rub her feet and the foot cream made it an enjoyable experience for both of us. She actually said, “I love this lotion!” It left her feet smooth, but not greasy. It also helped with the cracking on her heals. The foot cream is a little bit thicker than the body cream and has a similar fresh scent.

The hand lotion worked great too! In fact I put it on right before typing up this blog and have had no problem. With other lotions there would be no way that I could type after less than a minute of putting it on.

People have used these products for a number of different uses from dry skin to sunburns. The products are available online and at various retailers including Walmart. Prices vary depending on where you purchase it, but they are a great value.

Overall this lotion is wonderful. It goes on smooth and is not at all greasy. It is something that we will be using from now on in our home. It is a product that I would recommend in a second. If you have dry chapped skin look for the black and white spotted bottles!

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Write From Early Modern History – Review

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AJ’s weakest subject is writing. She actually hates to write and I would say that most issues that we have while doing school work come from writing. There are so many writing programs out there and just as many ways to teach writing. When I was given the opportunity, I was happy to review Write From History.

What is Write From History?

Write From History is an elementary writing program that teaches grammar, spelling, and history all at the same time. It is based off of Charlotte Mason’s methods and uses narration, copywork, and dictation to teach writing.

There are four different eras to choose from:

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

With the exception of Modern History, each era of history is available in either a level 1 or level 2. Modern History is only available in level 2 right now. Level one is geared for kids in grades 1 through 3 and level 2 is geared for kids grades 3 to 5. The level one books are currently only available in manuscript while the level 2 books are available in either manuscript or cursive.

While this is not a complete history curriculum it would be a great supplement to any program. We decided to review Write through Early Modern History Level 2 Cursive.

About the Book

Early Modern History covers 1600 to 1850. It starts with a passage about John Smith and ends with a passage about the Gold Rush. The book is broken into four different sections.

  1. Short stories
  2. Primary sources
  3. Poetry
  4. Folk Tales

The book is extremely flexible and can really be used however you see fit. The author gives a suggested schedule which has the child reading either a short story or a folk tale on day 1. After reading the passage the child does an oral narration and a short written summary about the passage. On day 2 the child completes copywork and grammar from the first day’s reading. The third day has the child doing studied dictation. On the fourth day the child reads either a primary source or poetry and does oral narration and copywork. The fifth day has more studied dictation. Each day takes between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the amount of reading and the length of the copywork.

You are encouraged to set your child up for success and make changes as needed. In fact children who have never done dictation are encouraged to start out with only one sentence and work there way up to a short passage.

There are really great passages in the book including Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry, The Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s Farewell Address, and many more. There is poetry from many different poets like, Henry Longfellow, William Blake, Isaac Watts, and more. Throughout the study children are exposed to many different types of writing. A lot of the reading in the book is way above the third through fifth grade level, but parents are encouraged to read the harder selections to the student.

What I liked

Flexibility! I love the fact that while you have an optional schedule to follow, you are able to make changes to fit the needs of your child. AJ has never really done dictation so the dictation passages were a bit too long for her to start with. I can have her write a smaller section and work up to the longer ones.

Clear Writing. So often in copywork I see the transitions in cursive writing done incorrectly. This book not only has it written correctly, but the font is easy to read. There is also ample space for copying the selections.

Directions in plain English. I have not read up on Charlotte Mason’s teachings and originally I was a little unsure of what to do for dictation and narration. The author spells it all out at the beginning of the book.

History is Studied in more depth. This is by no means a full history course, but I love the fact that we can read about what we are studying in history, especially the primary sources that bring history to life.

Great Price. The book is available for only $22.95 for an e-book or $30.95 for a printed soft cover book.

Things I would change / didn’t work for us

Grammar– While the book can help teach grammar with a color coding system, (circling nouns in one color and verbs in another) I feel a separate grammar program would be a better option for the older grades. There is not an answer key at this time for the grammar section which may be a downfall to some.

Appendix is not removable. The appendix at the back of the book says to remove it and use for student dictation. It would be great if the pages were either perforated or already out of the book. I was unable to remove them.

The Charlotte Mason method. Not necessarily a negative, but as of right now I don’t know how I feel about using copywork and dictation for teaching spelling and grammar. Many people use it and love the methods. I personally do not feel there is enough writing instruction with this method. For now I think we will keep our own spelling and writing program.

Final Thoughts

I love the variety of reading selections available. While I don’t think I will use the program to teach spelling, writing, and grammar, I do plan on ordering the Ancient History book to use next year as a supplement to our reading and history study. For us it would be worth the price for just the reading selections. Those that are familiar with Charlotte Mason’s methods would love this book.

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A Tale of Two Kingdoms – Review

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When I was younger I read the entire Bible and felt like it was a huge accomplishment. For some time now I have not been reading the Bible as much as I should. Then this year AJ’s curriculum included daily Bible reading. I have been reading more of the Bible again but felt I could use a good Bible study. So when I was recently given the opportunity to review two books by Heather A Kendall I thought that it would be a good study. I reviewed A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God’s Unfolding Story of  Salvation. The books are meant to be used either together or they can stand alone.


About the Book

A Tale of Two Kingdoms is a 448 page book that is divided into two sections. The first section is, Waiting for the Promised Seed and the second is Responding to the Promised Seed. The promised seed is of course our Savior Jesus Christ. The book traces the story of salvation from Genesis to Revelations. The book also includes maps, timelines, and key people and events in the Bible. The book is meant to serve as a big picture overview of the Bible.

What did I think?

To be honest this book was just not for me. Throughout the book Heather tells stories of her own life and it is intertwined with the Bible study. I found it not only distracting but at times confusing. Everyone interprets the Bible differently and I found a few places in the book where her interpretation of scripture and my thoughts on scripture differed. While I love the idea of the book I felt it was hard to read and at times boring. The book was not all bad, and it could be that it was not right for me at this time in my life. I do agree with the general premise of the book and feel that it might be a good starting point for those who are either new to reading the Bible or those who want to understand the big picture of the Bible before studying it more in-depth.

The second book was God’s Unfolding Story of  Salvation.

About the Book
 
God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation is a 196 page Bible study that is divided into 38 lessons. The lessons are divided into four sections.

  • Part One Preparing for the Promised Seed
  • Part Two The Prophets: Waiting for the Promised Seed
  • Part Three Jesus, the Promised Seed
  • Part Four The Church: Proclaiming the Promised Seed

This book can be used for a group or individual Bible study. The same premise is presented in this book, but the difference is that you are instructed to read various verses in the Bible and then answer questions. After the questions there is a summary of the verses along with Heather’s interpretation of them. It is suitable for older teens and adults.

What did I think?

While I found this book more useful than the other one, it still was not something I would use. The way the questions were set up  requires a lot of writing and some of the questions were quite redundant. They also have you jumping all over the Bible reading a few verses here and there. While I don’t think the Bible has to be read from beginning to end, I do feel that reading little bits here and there can lead to misinterpretations of the scripture. In a Bible study I like questions that are open-ended and make you think, unfortunately those were not the types of questions I found. I felt the questions were set up more like reading comprehension questions than ones that made you think and grow closer to God.

All that being said, if you are looking for a Bible study where the focus is primarily on facts in the Bible, this would be what you are looking for. It might be good for those who are new to the Bible and those who want the scriptures broken down and explained for them.

According to the author the books can stand alone or be used together. After trying numerous times I was unable to match up the chapters so that both books were talking about the same thing. I would recommend using the books separately as they make more sense that way.

Overall these books didn’t work for me. I love the idea behind the books but personally I did not enjoy them. Just because they didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. Check out a sample from the books and decide for yourself.

God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation is available for $22 with free shipping and handling from the author’s website and for $23 from Amazon.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms is available for $23 with free shipping and handling from the author’s website and for $19.17 from Amazon. It is also available for Kindle.

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H is for Health – Weeding out the Wheat

H is for Health

Gluten free products are everywhere, and it seems everyday someone else is saying why wheat can be causing all sorts of health problems. In fact just this week Dr. Oz  had a whole show devoted to the subject. Should you take the wheat out of your diet? Is it something you are thinking about?

 I am in the process of reviewing a new book, Weeding out the Wheat written by Luke and Trisha Gilkerson. It is a great book that explains everything about wheat in laymen’s terms. Here is a video that explains it a little more.

You can purchase Weeding Out the Wheat here. Look for my full review coming at the end of the month.

Why I Give An Activity Book – Review & Giveaway

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G is for Giving!

I recently was able to review a book and activity book written by Corine Hyman, Ph.D. The book is, Why We Give  Gifts at Christmas Time.

From the back of the book:

“Why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday? This is a question that everyone has wondered at least once in their life. However, few have been able to come up with an answer. Join Evelyn and her friends as they discover the reason why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday.”

About the book:

It is a hard covered 16 page picture book that is full of color. The images in the book are child like and fun. It is geared for children ages 3 to 8 and gives a great message. The book has you follow Evelyn as she asks all of her friends why they give gifts at Christmas time. Each of her friends gives a reason that is then backed up by a Bible verse. The verses are written in either NIV or NCV versions.

What did I think?

I really liked the idea of the book and feel that it gives a great message. It is very well made and the illustrations are kid friendly. AJ liked the fact that she was able to read it by herself and that there were so many pictures. The story is cute, but I would stick to the recommended ages because AJ found it a bit boring. I am also a cheapskate so I found the recommended price to be a little too high for the book. Then again I couldn’t justify spending $16.95 on any book.

It is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. You can also get the hardcover book here. Prices on Amazon change, but at the time of this post the ebook was $4.99 and the hardcover book was $10.86.

There is an activity book that can stand alone or go with the book. It is called, Why I Give an Activity Book. The activity book is designed to help cultivate a heart of giving all of the time, not just at Christmas.

About the Activity Book:

It is a 64 page downloadable ebook that contains coloring pages, journal pages, puzzles, and gift ideas that kids can either make or help make. The coloring pages are based off of the characters from the book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time. On the bottom of each coloring page there is a Bible verse related to giving. There are a variety of different puzzle pages including, mazes, filling in the blank pages, word searches and more.

What did I think?

I really liked the activity book. I liked that there were such a variety of different puzzles. AJ found them fun and challenging enough to keep her interest. The gift ideas were great. So many times kids want to give but don’t have the money to buy a gift, in this activity book it gives them ideas that they can use. We made a soap ball and it turned out great! When you buy this activity book you are getting way more than a coloring book!

There are even printable memory verse cards that you can use to play memory or go-fish. I really like the fact that you can just print off a page for your child to do and that you don’t have to print out the ones that your child isn’t in to. AJ isn’t that into coloring, but she loves puzzles. I feel there is something for everyone in this book.

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Celebrate Jesus Light of the World – Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for a way to keep Christmas focused on God? If so then the newest product I was able to review might be just for you. I received a copy of Celebrate Jesus Light of the World written by Amy Blevins from Homeschool Encouragement. It is an advent journey for families. Amy and her family have been using parts of this book and adding ideas to it for the last 10 years to help them celebrate Jesus.

This is the second product of Amy’s that I have had the pleasure of reviewing and this one did not disappoint!

Celebrate Jesus Light of the World is a 81 page ebook, with daily schedules including Bible reading, crafts, songs, copy work, and even recipes to help you and your family celebrate this Christmas season. Each day the advent activities can be completed in a relatively short amount of time with out too much reading so little ones can stay focused. She even provides a link for Christmas coloring pages that can be used.

Here is what a sample day would look like:

  1. You light a candle
  2. Pray together
  3. Read the scripture together
  4. Listen to a song/hymn (She gives a website where almost all of the songs are found for free)
  5. Do an activity

The crafts and activities included throughout the book don’t require too many supplies and most of them you probably have on hand. The best part is that there is a page that has all of the materials you will need for each day so you can plan ahead. You don’t need to do all of the activities you can pick and choose what works for your family. This point is stressed in the book, it should be a time of celebration with your family.

I love that the activities are simple yet meaningful. After the daily activities there is a section full of Christmas recipes. We made the sugar cookies and they were wonderful! Unfortunately due to my corn allergy we couldn’t try the other recipes because they call for ingredients that I haven’t found good substitutes for. They all look really good though. Some of them are; ginger cream frosting, peanut butter fudge, pie crusts, and more. She even includes a few gluten free recipes as well.

At the end of the book you will find Christmas Copywork. Like the Thanksgiving Copywork it is beautiful. Each page has a scripture verse with plenty of lined space for the verse to be copied. There are also pictures on each page. You can work on both penmanship and Bible at the same time!

How did we use it?

Since advent hasn’t started yet we didn’t use the book quite as intended yet. We will be using it starting Sunday and I can’t wait! For this review I read the book and we did a few different activities. We also listened to some songs on the website that she lists. I have to say this book is very well written. I love that she includes Bible Study questions for mom and older kids. The questions she has make you think and help you to really understand the verses. I think my favorite part is that the scripture readings are short enough to keep your child’s interest.

Here are some of the activities we tried.

  • We made the sugar cookies (they were Thanksgiving themed, but we will make Christmas ones soon.)

  • Made a pipe cleaner wreath

  • Attempted to make a paper star. (We will try again but so far ours looks a little odd.)
  • Made a paper chain.

There are a lot more activities that we can’t wait to try.

Where can you get a copy?

Amazingly this ebook is only $4.99 and you can get it here. It is available in both KJV and ESV. If you are looking for just the copywork pages those can be purchased separately too for only $1.99.

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Simply Put: A Study in Economics Review

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I have never taken an economics class or really thought about the subject very much. I love to learn new things though so when I was given the opportunity to review Catherine Jaime’s book, Simply Put: A Study In Economics, I jumped at the chance.

Catherine Jaime is a homeschooling mom of 12 who studied economics at M.I.T. She has written numerous books on many subjects including; Leonardo da Vinci, homeschooling, US history, travel, Shakespeare and more. You can find out more about her and her available books at her website.

About the Book

The name of this book says it all! It is a simplified version of economics covering a lot of different topics in plain everyday language. Although the book itself doesn’t go into great depths on any one topic, the author gives ideas and suggestions as to where more information can be found. This book is written from a very conservative point of view which is clear throughout the book.

Simply Put: A Study In Economics is a book that is meant to satisfy the half credit of economics that most high school students need in order to graduate. It was written by Catherine Jaime when she was unable to find a good economics textbook that she could recommend to high schoolers that didn’t put her to sleep. It is a 139 page book that includes 36 lessons, 8 appendixes, a glossary, review questions, a midterm and final exam. The lessons can be completed in either one semester or a year depending on how the subject is taught.

The book covers topics such as:

  • The difference between micro and macro economics.
  • The Law of Unintended Consequences
  • Prices
  • Division of Labor
  • The differences between Capitalism and Socialism.
  • Markets
  • Minimum Wage
  • Price gouging
  • and more

Since the book is meant for high school students, I decided to do the study myself. AJ is only 10 and not quite ready to be learning economics. I sat down with the book and a tablet and began to read. I had originally planned on doing one lesson a day, but I was able to complete several lessons in a very short time. I read the lesson and answered the questions quite easily. I finished the entire book including all of the review questions and the two tests.

What did I think?

Overall I feel that the book is very well written. Throughout the book the author quotes many different economists and presidents and quotes sources for nearly all of her opinions. The way in which the book is written requires you to think. One of my favorite quotes from the author is found on page 60. She writes, “Sometimes we seem to forget that the Declaration of Independence talks about the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – not life, liberty, and happiness.”

The book covers a lot of history while explaining economic topics. It also explains the Constitution and how it relates to economics. The appendix even contains a brief timeline of the Great Depression.

A lot of things in the book were eye opening. Appendix 2 talks about how the pilgrims tried communism and it failed!

Although I enjoyed reading the book and feel that I learned a lot of the basics of economics, I don’t feel that the book alone would be enough to cover a semester of economics for high school. Most of the lessons are less than two pages long with review questions ranging from only 3 questions for a short chapter to 10 questions for a longer one. I feel the book would be a great starting point and if the other sources recommended by the author were used in connection with possible reports and research that it could create a great course if study. I feel the author took a difficult subject and presents it in a way that not only makes sense but makes it not overwhelming either.

I feel that the book should also be read by others just to gain knowledge. I learned a lot of things while reading this book and it has made me think of things that I hadn’t previously thought of before. I would recommend this book to anyone who was going to take economics at any level.

Things I would Change

  • The one thing that really bugged me while reading the book was the fact that the review questions were at the end of the book instead of after the lesson. Its seems like such a  small thing, but having to search for the review questions after each lesson irritated me.
  • The formatting of the book. The way the book is formatted causes there to be large spaces between the words in some places. I found myself rereading the first lesson a few times thinking that maybe something was left out. I got use to it after a few lessons, but felt it was worth mentioning.  *When I was reading a sample of the digital copy, I did not see these same formatting issues.*

Where can you get it?

You can get a digital copy of Simply Put: A Study in Economics from CurrClick, the normal price is $16 but at the time of this post it is on sale for only $6.99.

Amazon also has the paperback version available for $17.55 and the Kindle version for $6.99. (prices are correct as of this posting)

In addition to the student book there is a teacher guide available that gives the answers to the mid term and final exam as well as a few activities to try if you are studying the book in a group.

Overall I feel the book is a great value, is well written, and will make your student think. While I don’t feel it would be enough as a stand alone curriculum, I think it can be made into one with some supplementing. If you are not a conservative this book is not for you! I will be keeping this book on my shelve and plan on using it when AJ starts 9th grade.

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Thanksgiving Copywork Review

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I was recently given the opportunity to review four different products created by Amy over at Homeschool Encouragement.  I have looked over all of the products and they all look great.  I can’t wait to start working on the Christmas Advent book that helps to put Christ back into the Christmas season! Today I will be focusing on the Thanksgiving Copy work for Children.

Thanksgiving Copywork for Children is a downloadable book filled with 27 different Bible verses about being thankful. All of the verses are written in the English Standard Version and have plenty of space for copywork. Some verses can even be copied twice. The lengths of the verses are varied, from a single sentence to verses that are more than three sentences.

The pages are outlined in a fun fall color with a picture for your child to color on each page. They printed out beautifully in both color and in black and white. It was designed to help celebrate Thanksgiving all month long.

Copywork is something that we don’t usually do at our house. I have to admit that since AJ hates to write so much, I have stayed away from it. The more I read about copywork though, the more I have wanted to try it. There are so many benefits on top of improving her penmanship.

 

How did we use it?

I looked at the different verses that there were and decided to pick a short verse to start out with. I expected a fight when I told her she had to copy the verse, but I didn’t get one. The first thing she said was, “So, all I have to do is copy the verse twice and then I get to color it?” Since the font throughout the book is in manuscript I decided to have her copy the verse once that way and then once in cursive. She did a great job and then told me that we should do it more often because it was “kind of fun.” I told her to go ahead and put the page on the fridge but she didn’t want to. She told me that she worked too hard on it and that it needed to go in her binder under the Bible tab. For someone who doesn’t like to write to say, “it was kind of fun” was a huge deal! She already has the verse she is going to copy tomorrow.

What I liked

  • It helps to keep the focus on God by using Bible verses. By copying the verse she was also able to memorize it.
  • The Bible version used is kid friendly and makes it easy to understand.
  • There was plenty of space. AJ writes big and a lot of time runs out of room when filling out worksheets. Even after writing the verse twice there were 2 lines left.
  • The font used is clean and easy to read. Sometimes when I print of pages for her to work on her cursive the font is hard to read, that was not the case. 
  • They can be used ALL year. Even though they were designed to be used around Thanksgiving, the verses can and should be applied all year long.
  • It was writing practice that she enjoyed.
  • The pictures were fun for AJ to color.

What I didn’t care for

  • The only thing that I would change is to have the copywork in cursive instead of manuscript, but as of the writing of this post, the cursive version is in the works!

Where can you get one?

Head on over to Homeschool Encouragement to purchase your copy for the low price of only $1.99. While you are there be sure to check out Amy’s blog. It is full of useful information, product reviews, and great giveaways.

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 I received the above mentioned product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not guaranteed. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, your results and or opinions may vary.

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See the Light Review

I am not an art person, I never have been but I want AJ to learn as much as she can. When I was given the opportunity to review an Art Project DVD from See the Light, I was excited. The first thing we had to do was decide what great project we would like to try. There are a variety of options.

  • Tiffany Window
    IN THE STYLE OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
  • Repeated Sweets
    IN THE STYLE OF WAYNE THIEBAUD
  • Paper Jungle
    IN THE STYLE OF HENRI ROUSSEAU
  • Pointillism Fruit
    IN THE STYLE OF GEORGES SEURAT
  • Poppy Collage
    IN THE STYLE OF GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
  • Dreams of Joseph
    IN THE STYLE OF MARC CHAGALL
  • Horsing Around
    IN THE STYLE OF EDGAR DEGAS
  • Peaceful Seas
    IN THE STYLE OF WINSLOW HOMER
  • Sunflowers
    IN THE STYLE OF VICENT VAN GOGH
Each DVD focuses on a different topic and instructs you in how to create a masterpiece based on the artist that you are learning about. They retail for $14.99 when purchased separately, $12.50 when you sign up for the DVD of the month club, and $99.99 for a boxed set with all 9 DVDs. These DVDs are recommended for ages 10 and up and will even satisfy the fine art requirement that most states have for high school. While the DVDs themselves are not quite enough to satisfy the fine art requirement, when artist studies, additional projects based on the methods learned, and field trips are added in there should be more than enough hours to satisfy the requirement. (Be sure to check your state homeschool laws to make sure it will work for your needs)
 
See the Light Art Project DVDs are way more than just art lessons. Incorporated into the lessons are biblical lessons along with background information about the artists. You simply pop the disk into a DVD player, sit back and let the instructor teach the lesson. It is presented in a way that AJ stayed engaged and interested throughout the lesson. The instructor completes the project right along with you and provides tips and tricks to make the project even easier. For someone like me who is art challenged, it is perfect!
 
So what did we pick?
 
 
We picked Paper Jungle where we would create a collage. I honestly picked it because I had all of the needed materials on hand and it looked like fun. I had never heard of Henri Rousseau before so I was excited to learn right along side AJ.
 
The DVD was broken down into 4 lessons. During the first lesson “Background: Cutting Trees” we learned about the French artist Henri Rousseau. We were given a few different techniques for drawing and learned about the background of a picture. AJ cut out the trees for her jungle.
 
 
 
The second lesson was “Foreground: Grass and Leaf Shapes” we learned about shapes and spacing and studied a few more of Rousseau’s paintings. This was the longest lesson and involved a lot of cutting. AJ cut out the grass and numerous leaves for her collage.
 
 
In the third lesson, “Focal Points: Flora and Fauna” we learned more about the history of collage and Naïve Art. This lesson also touched on more specific aspects of drawing animals. AJ cut out flowers, fruit, and a wild animal to go in her jungle.
 

 
The final lesson, “The Final Step: Overlapping and Gluing” was where  everything came together. AJ glued everything on her collage and learned about spacing scale and layering.
 
 
Bible verses, character traits, and stories were sprinkled throughout the lessons. In all except for the last lesson I felt the Bible verses flowed very well and didn’t feel too preachy. In the final lesson however, the instructor said a prayer to have God help them to do their best on the projects. I honestly felt that was a little much, but other than that I really enjoyed the format.
 
Overall AJ really enjoyed the See the Light DVD Art Projects. When your 10 year old tells you she is going to add the DVDs to her Christmas list, you know she really liked it. She found the lessons to be fun and informative. I like that they provided a lot of technique and included art history.
 
 
There were only a few minor things that we didn’t care for. Some of the camera angles while the instructor was drawing made it difficult to see. AJ got quite frustrated a few times, but after rewinding the DVD a few times she saw what she had missed and continued with her project.
 
If you are looking for a great art program that incorporates art history, elements, and principles, has step by step directions, and has a biblical foundation See the Light is what you are looking for.
 
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Planning Pack Review

 
I was recently given the chance to review a planning pack created by Steph at The Multi Taskin’ Mom. It is a fun colorful planner geared for kids in grades K-5 to help organize your month. They are written is such a way that they could easily be adapted to both older and younger students. I reviewed the November planning pack which is the first in a series of 12. Each month will be structured in the same way but will include something fun and different depending on the time of year.
 
The November Planning Pack has a Thanksgiving theme and includes…..
 
  • Calendar
  • Agenda
  • Prayer List
  • Birthday List
  • Goal Tracker
  • Letter Templates
  • Blank Recipe Cards
  • And more

You get all of that for the low price of $2.99 but until November first the planning pack will be on sale for just $.99.

So what did we think?

I think that it is a great planning tool for little ones. It is colorful but it also looks great when printed out in black and white.  I like that it includes things I often forget about, like a list of people we want to send letters to and a list for birthdays. I feel it is well worth the money and that it is very affordable since you can use them year after year. Our favorite parts were the blank recipe cards and the “Be a Blessing” page. I can’t wait to see what fun additions the December planning pack has.

 
If you have little ones and are looking for a fun planning tool head on over to The Multi Taskin’ Mom and pick up your copy of the November Planning Pack!
 
****I was given a free copy of the November Planning Pack in exchange for my honest review of the product. A positive review was not guaranteed and all opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.