ARTistic Pursuits ~ A Schoolhouse Review

We REALLY REALLY REALLY love art in this house! Maybe the mess stresses me out a bit sometimes; trying to find new and fun ways to create for all three can be a challenge at times but my kids love art. They are always eager to make something!  So, when I was given the opportunity to review An Introduction to the Visual Arts by ARTistic Pursuits, And are we all ever SO glad that we did too!

 

 

ARTistic Pursuits is, THE curriculum for Creativity. An Introduction to the Visual Arts is a thick softcover book, geared towards early elementary children (K-3).  My three are 3, 5 and 9 and all had a great time with this program.  This is so perfect for a homeschool!

 

There are 36 lessons in this book, along with fun projects to do.  Each lesson consists of three parts. The supplies needed are quite common; we had most of them lying about the house ourselves. From watercolors to pastels, tissue paper and clay this was a wonderful experience for my three little artists.  The lessons in this book ranged from teaching what artists do, to what artists see and where we can find art (this was my oldest son’s favorite part!). They include not only projects to complete but also lots of great opportunities for discussion and creative thinking.

 

 

In lesson one we began by reading a bit about how artists compose.  This was a great introduction for all three children about the visual arts in general and what it really means to be an artist. It also encourages art appreciation as we discuss the various forms of art that are out there. As we progressed we talked about how what we see and hear and feel and the way we act can all be a part of the creation that we put together.  This really helps to engage the children at their various ages and levels, encouraging discussion about what their experiences have been. My daughter, who is three, loved being told that she is an artist too~  This is also a great chance to talk about art classes they have taken, play dough creations, making music on the keyboard and guitar; my oldest reminisced a bit with us about how he reenacted the story of Mulan for his speech and debate tournament this past fall and how that was art too.

 

The second part of the lesson is entitled: Look at Composition.  In this case we viewed and then talked about a painting in the 17th century Netherlands. I loved how there were questions listed, to really encourage children to think and look carefully at the painting. This is truly a great addition to the curriculum; it encourages focus, attention to detail. And again the opportunity to discuss what we think items could have been used for or how someone in the piece seems to be feeling.

 

Then there is the section: Project – You Compose!  This lists the materials needed and gives tips (for example how to properly paint with a brush) while also relating the project itself to the piece of art that was just discussed previously. These range from painting a picture of what you see today to nature hunts and sketches, arranging and drawing still life pictures and even the creation of collages that they make from various shapes by cutting and pasting.

 

You can see several examples of the lessons in this curriculum here.  An Introduction to the Visual Arts sells for $47.95.  Full of 36 lessons ranging from art history to technique, this can easily be used for a full year of homeschool art lessons if you complete one lesson each week. In our home, art tends to be a more regular activity but even using this 2-3 times a week, we still have plenty of amazing projects to try out and some we may go back and do again even!

 

These are just a few of the projects that my children created as we completed some of the lessons too. :-)

 

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My oldest son really liked the idea of still life drawings; he decided to do an image of himself while his younger brother chose to make a truck out of different shapes (with some help from his older brother too).

 

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Then there was the collage robot that all three created, together, from cutting various scraps of paper and pasting them together on a cardboard base.

 

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My kids really enjoyed the variety of projects that were in this program.  It was nice to see a balance of instruction while also plenty of room for imagination and exploration.  I love that there are several different mediums used for these projects too.  This was a great way for my older son to experience using things like Water Color Crayons as well as oil and soft pastels.  A new favorite of his now!  He is also looking forward to more projects using clay, especially with the flour dough recipe included.  We do love to make our own when we can.

 

The ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum features Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting instruction for children from preschool to grade 12 :-)

 

 

There really are so many wonderful benefits to regularly making time for art in your home school. In fact, in many cases this is a fun way to teach those tougher topics (should I call some of them boring even?)  There is so much history within art; there are stories to be told, songs to be sung.  In some cases it is a great way to really see and understand different periods of time and cultures. Plus, if you have learners that like to be hands-on, the many ways in which they learn and grow from studying and creating art themselves – It’s endless. We truly love Artistic Pursuits and have plans to continue using these materials in the years to come.

 

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Compel Them to Come In …

I was pondering early this morning how we often invite those who do not know the Lord to church.  We gently suggest they come and experience the presence and power of God. And when they refuse, often we move on. We forget, I think, that so many  do not know or understand the need. They cannot see.  They cannot hear. This is where we need to compel them. So many, if left to their own devices, they make excuses as to why they cannot come. They reject the invitation because they are too busy, its not convenient, they have other plans, etc. This is why the Lord tells us, His servants, to go into the world and compel them to come in. If we wish to see them come it requires us to get out there.  And when we do, are we truly stressing the urgency that they need to come or just suggesting they should come?

 

 


My husbands Aunt recently passed away. She refused to hear, she refused to come ~ She was not compelled. She lived so far from us and yet I wonder what more we could have done to encourage her to come.  I wonder if we said enough; what was it she saw in us, if anything? She was very ill; she was told that she had little time left. And yet still she would not come. She would not hear. She was at one time, my oldest son’s favorite in all of the family.  A sweet older lady; one who had such heart for church and “god” as she knew it to be.  We can be so sincere and yet be so sincerely wrong.  I have heard and read often, it does not matter how good we are, it does not matter that He loves us so.  We pray for those who are lost, we tell them how deeply Jesus loves them ….. there is so much we leave out though.  We need to tell them much much more.

 

If we will not hear and obey His call to us, what does it matter, the prayers and the love we assure others He has for them?  Its sad to know good people who just need His truth (if only they could see).  The invitation is, “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” “Come now and let us reason together.  Why allow them to put it off? It may be the last warning they ever have.  His invitation, it is for right now, not tomorrow or next week. As much as we do not want to hear it, He will not wait forever. We need show them and share with them, all that we can, of His good news.

 

But what does it mean to compel them?

 

Certainly it does not mean to force anyone; none can be forced to believe and be saved.  We have to remember that though He has given us the power and authority to do many things, as followers of Jesus, we cannot save anyone; only God can work within the hearts and minds of those in need to give them the desire to be saved. The Greek word translated “compel” is quite a strong word: “anankazo,” another words to:  “force,” “compel,” even “drive.” John Wesley is quoted as saying “with all the violence of love, and the force of God’s Word. Such compulsion, and such only…was used by Christ and the Apostles” (John Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, Baker, 1983 reprint, volume I, note on Luke 14:23). Plummer points out “compelling was by persuasion” (Alfred Plummer, The International Critical Commentary, Clark, 1952, note on Luke 14:23).  We are to use the force and persuasion of argument to compel others to come. Early in the third century, Cyprian said, “There can be no salvation to anyone except in the church.” This is a truth that needs to be repeated often and strongly in these end times, “There can be no salvation to anyone except in the church.”  And those of us who are in obedience to Him, we are the church.

 This goes much deeper than just filling a pew…Our days are numbered, Jesus is coming again and soon.  That said we are responsible as His followers to tell others, to share and testify with joy and great passion, about the “Author and Finisher” of our faith.  Do we have an answer to give?  Do they see the hope in us? We have been called, we are to be watchmen on the walls, to proclaim not just the coming judgement but also the truth of His word and how we must be saved.   If we truly love God, we will obey Him and clearly He tells us to “make disciples” and to “compel” people to come.

 

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Reject His message but know that “He that despised Moses’s law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God.”

 

How many people die everyday in this world?  Their fate sealed? This life does not have to be all we have; there is so much more for those who truly seek Him. For those who do not, there is only judgement to come.  There are no do-overs, no second chances, once your life has passed you cannot change your mind. The Bible is clear, today is the day of salvation. Not tomorrow. Not after you die. Right now. There is no promise of tomorrow.

 

So many I want to ask, “do you know what it is you are rejecting?”  You are rejecting Christ, your only Saviour. “Other foundation can no man lay;” “There is none other name given among men whereby we must be saved.”  This is not about what I think, it’s not about what is convenient, this about His Word, its about eternity. Here again, we need to show our faith; do we trust Him?  Do we truly believe that He is fair and just as His Word says He is? Many are called……few are chosen…. that should break our hearts. I am sure it does His.

 

Does our heart cry out as his did in Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”  If it does not, let us work to make this the cry of our heart.

 

Can we honestly reflect on how others perceive us and our love for God? Are we excited and eager to speak of Jesus and all He means to us? Do we seem different than others?  If we truly believe the what the Bible has to say, then we must also believe the reality that many will die and go to Hell without Jesus – if we love our neighbor as ourself, surely we want to see them saved? This world, it is not eternal, it is not harmless, it is not a playground, rather it is a constant battleground, a dangerous place to be if God is not for you!

 

We should live with such an excitement and love for Jesus and His Church, that we persuade and compel people to come! Surely we want to see them with us in Heaven!


“Do not be put off by any rebuffs; entreat those who know not, to stop and consider….do they know what it is reject this day? 

 

Today is the day of salvation; tomorrow is not promised. We who have what they need, we understand the value and the importance that must be placed on salvation.  Time is short; we need to compel them. When we see those who have needs, we need to cause them to come. For to them have we been sent. Do we hear and obey in faith knowing that the needy; they are before us because of His call ~ If, in faith, we reach out and snatch them up for Him, in faith, He will honour his own promise. He has said it shall not return void, and it shall not. If we will only hear and respond to Him…Before it is too late!

The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen ~ Review

This is the most darling book I have seen in a LONG time! And from the moment it arrived my daughter ( who is 3) has just LOVED it!


A cute, illustrated story about a girl’s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

 

This is only 32 pages; a very fun and easy read. Great for bedtime too (although we have read it at many different times and locations)

 

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I myself just love how The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen make it simple for my daughter to understand the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Steal”.  It’s very important to me that my children have books that encourage and teach the value of the Word of God and how it applies to every one of us.  This simple story made it so very easy for my daughter to see the trouble that comes from taking things that are not yours. She was so worried when we read that the sprinkles were all gone. Even she knows that without sprinkles, cupcakes are just not as much fun!

This is a wonderful book full of colorful and fun illustrations. Even the cover of the book is pretty with lots of sparkly pink,  and a fun pastel colored illustration.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a little girl (or more)!  What a great story to get ready for bed at night; encourage imagination in our kids, and help to put thoughts of sweet dreams in their heads :-) It may cost you a new pair of pajamas or two (be warned! lol)

Ready to Buy It? 
Purchase the hardcover, 32 page book, “The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen”, at amazon.com for $12.67.

When you buy the book from any store or online and then enter your receipt at http://pajamagirl.com/downloads.php, you’ll receive 10 free Pajama Girl Activity Sheets sent via email!

You can also visit the Pajama Girl’s website HERE.

 

 

So Why?

Children are a blessing from the Lord.

Lo, children are an heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Psalm 127:3

Should we not always seek God’s blessings in our life? How much more should we desire children, God’s most precious of gifts?

 

Lately I struggle to bend over as I get closer to my due date; I am excited and tired. Eager to meet this precious baby that is growing inside of me, restless and frustrated with the ongoing feelings of sickness and weakness.  Being tired, needing to lay down and rest. It seems, all the time. I am weary of picking up clothes, toys, and other random things from underneath tables and chairs.  My senses are super sensitive; the kids screams and shouts (in joy) they are now painful and I do believe they could even shatter glass… whining and fighting….its almost impossible for me to bear.

 

I have to remind myself of this almost daily right now. As I push down the desire to groan and complain about my discomfort; the inconvenience of this pregnancy….I remember those I have met, friends known from long ago ,who struggled to have children and for some, that prayer, may never be answered. I am being blessed, abundantly, with another sweet babe – I need to remember how great a gift this truly is.

 

There will always be trials. We will always have struggles. As I tell my oldest son often, nothing that is truly worth having, comes easily. There is work to be done, there are sacrifices that we need to make ~ Sometimes we just need to lay down. <3

 

It isn’t easy, I know. It’s not the popular thing to do. It’s a lack of peace, often times minimal sleep, short and quick sometimes lukewarm showers…. a hot meal, what’s that? There are times that we are simply bombarded with demands, needs, complaints, tears….Seemingly never-ending.

 

And this is when we have to remember how Christ came, for us, how He died for us ~ He laid down His life for ours.  It’s a powerful reminder of what it means to be a momma.

 

We certainly had our fair share of tantrums; we struggled and grumbled; how I fought to have my way (and now and then I admit I still have those moments), yet we have been shown such grace.  We were ugly, unkind, unloving, so undeserving and yet still, He laid down for us. He continued to love and sacrifice for us.

 

Paul says, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” (Phil. 3:17).

 

I desperately need Christ in my life.  Every moment, every day.  Paul says in Romans 7:15 saying: “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.”

 

And then he says when writing to the church at Philippi, he knew himself to be the “chief of sinners”. He remembers with shame how he persecuted the Lord’s church and thus, the Lord Himself (Phil. 3:6; Acts 9:4).

 

I strive to remain as humble as he; to praise God even in my storms. To thank Him for the trials He brings my way, that can only make my walk that much greater going Him that much more glory.  He laid down His life and I was so undeserving. He gave up everything for me.  For you too.

 

When we are born again, Christ, He lives in us. He gives us power to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. Our children, they need to see the love of Christ through our life.  They need to see that love and grace that He showed us because even when they are “undeserving” we once (maybe today we are) were too.

 

Star Toaster ~ Orphs of the Woodlands ~ A Schoolhouse Review

 

My children and I recently had the opportunity to review an amazing, new online educational program: Orphs of the Woodlands from Star Toaster. Was this ever a review that was fun and full of surprises too. What a fun program for the whole family to enjoy together! My oldest son is a rather reluctant reader too so anytime I have a chance to introduce them to something that makes reading fun, I just cannot pass the opportunity up. :-)

 

 

 

Orphs of the Woodlands uses a 3 step approach designed to capture your child’s imagination.

 

It all begins with a story, The Treasure of High Tower and a squirrel who applies for a job as a spy.   As your child completes the application for employment, they are ultimately creating their character (the spy squirrel) who is the main character for the remainder of this book. My son choses the name of Squirrel SpeedFire for his story. As you read your squirrel journeys and fights against the Night Creatures who are terrorizing the Woodland Orphs; he also ends up being responsible for the care of a number of these Orphs as the story progresses. However its sweet to see him develop a heart for the orphs who are depending on him and a greater desire to learn and grow as he takes on more and more of a role in defending the Woodland and the Orphs within.

 

Overall there are 15 chapters; the chapters are a bit long – for that reason we made this into more of a read aloud, for family time. And all three  of my children (ages 9, 5 and 3) have thoroughly enjoyed every word that has been read thus far.
As the story progresses its fun to see the opportunities within for the children to have some hands-on experiences too. My oldest son loves all the recipes that are within this book so we have taken time to make a few; others we have written down and plan to make in the near future. As I think I have said before my oldest son is a srtruggling learner; attention and focus are really hard for him so it was great to see, as we read, that there were points like this where we could take a break and do a bit of learning experientially.

 

One part of this story that I really appreciated too was the wide range of Latin (I admit I love those languages) and vocabulary that my children have learned (and continue to learn) as we read.   As the story progresses there are words that are highlighted in orange/red color, that they can hover over with the mouse to see the definition. And as they get into various jobs after each chapter, these are often a part of a review where they have the chance to earn gold stars to help maintain the Orphs that are in their care.

 

There are so many treasures hidden within this story! Lots of opportunities to learn, and experiment with a variety of things. I think there must be over a hundred lessons ranging from math to science and grammar, vocabulary, critical thinking, character/virtues, life skills, fine arts and home economics. The program is full of tips to help children remember details – from memory tests, to lots of great reminders from Professor Forp to “pay attention!” Professor Forp is a character full of information and with a great love for learning. He shares this through encouraging NID’s (New Information Daily). I love the enthusiasm and encouragement this character gives as you go along in the story ~ fostering a love and desire for learning in all of us.

Star Toaster Review

How many stories can you find that allow you to complete various science experiments, learn and explore Latin vocabulary, challenge yourself with new concepts in mathematics, bake yummy nutty bread and even get creative with various forms of art?  This online book is truly a treasure!

 

As you progress through the story and the activities within you see that there are a wide range of learning styles within this program to help children master the variety of educational material included from: videos, quizzes, flashcards, typing tests for memory.  Very versatile in how material is presented – so helpful and fun!

 

At the end of each chapter there is a list of jobs that shows up as “Help Wanted”. And this is where there are a variety of topics to be reviewed and completed; lessons can be reviewed before the job is done, to help encourage success. Each job is a fun way to review what they have learned and in some cases (like math) to help cement the concept a bit more if there is a struggle with understanding it all. The more skills that are learned, the higher their pay will be and the pay is a great help in the story for maintaining the Orphs that your character is responsible for.

 

How do we keep track of all this good stuff our kids are learning? There is a handy Skills Page in the Parents Section that can be reviewed to show what concepts are being taught as the story progresses. There are also very helpful e-mails sent with progress updates.I admit I am terrible at logging in to various programs for this sort of thing, so the e-mails were something I really appreciated being able to see while I was online throughout the week.

 

 

There is a game in all of this too? No way! As your child earnsThis requires some thought, lots of strategy and planning too!  There are lots of great projects they can complete to reduce the cost of caring for their orphs. And the more they do and grow, the more Orphs they can care for and protect.  Some of these projects include growing their own crops for food and medicine, expanding their land, building more shelters, and even methods of defense that can be put in place for the Orphs to defend their home.

 

I really cannot say enough about how in love with this program I (we) are!  I had no idea that there would be such an amazing wealth of information, and such a great story, all in one program. This was exciting, sometimes silly, fun and totally engaging for my oldest son especially but even for my two younger children. They looked forward to reading; they were expectant as I read; it says a lot about a story when the children have a fit as you are ending your reading for the day. I am an avid bookworm myself; that said it is so important to me for my children to have a love of good literature.  And I seek out things for them to read that will grow a love of reading within them too! Did I mention how much fun I had with this program too? I definitely recommend Orphs of the Woodlands!
 
 
A 60 day subscription for up to 3 children is $19.99
A 30 day extension can be applied to any 3 students for only $6.99
You can also currently sign up for a free trial  :-)

 

Garden Party Anyone?

I have a friend from Homemaking Organized, who is an enormous fans of backyard gardening.  In honor of the season and the love of gardens, she is starting a link party, to share what we (you and me too!) are doing with our gardens this spring and summer!  Each month, we will focus on a specific theme related to gardens and what we are doing in our own.  We’d love for you to link up your garden photos, plans and adventures—anything you’re doing….Come on over and share~

 

This is the first  Garden Party linkup and this month, our theme is Garden Prep.

We have not been able to do much of that here in Wisconsin yet but here’s what we’ve been planning from our window thus far :-)

 

Designing Our Garden

We have a wonderful backyard; I think its one of my favorite things about our home.  Not too big and not too small; we have a raised garden my dear husband built for me that is maybe 18ft x 12ft roughly. As you can imagine there is a lot you can do, gardening-wise ~ it’s easy to get carried away too!

In the last year or two this raised bed has been a blessing in so many ways.  This year (since we are expecting very soon, our fourth blessing) I am trying something new. Square foot gardening.  I am learning and reading the book (came highly recommended) by Mel Bartholomew called All New Square Foot Gardening.  As I read I learn how (I hope) I can pack in even more growing area to small spaces.  Bartholomew says that while most books tell gardeners to plant rows of thin seedlings 3″ apart, he has decided that dividing your garden beds into 12″ x 12″ squares and then planting 1-16 seeds in each square (he recommends you leave about 3″ around each one) makes less work and more harvest for the gardener.  Since I need to make a garden more manageable this year, that’s what we’re going to do too.

 

 

Since we already had the raised beds, we simply need to determine the best way to divide the large bed into smaller squares now.  We are still pondering this one; we also need to get the fence around the garden more stable this year since we tend to have a number of visitors that enjoy taking part in our harvest through the season.  While our children do love animals, especially those cute lil bunny rabbits, we are hoping to give them a bit less free access this year.. haha

 

Plan the  Plots

So we have to decide what we were are going to try to grow in each square now.  Last year’s crop consisted of tomatoes, sugar snap peas, squash, a variety of lettuce, kale and some berry bushes that we transplanted.  We actually had some pumpkins and watermelon we tried out!  Thinking of adding some peppers and cucumbers this year; my younger son is hoping we can plant some peanuts and corn (popcorn that is LOL) – I am hoping for eggplant maybe broccoli too.  Must still determine how to manage the berry bushes in there, and the strawberries too ~ transplant perhaps?

In the meantime I think it would look something like this:

 

 

I also want to include some herbs; maybe garlic and mint ~ rosemary, oregano, basil ~ I might do this separately though, indoors or outside in a big planter. We shall see.  If you have any suggestions do feel free to let me know too.

 

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Any luck with potatoes? Its another thing I am considering adding to my garden since it seems to be relatively easy to do and we do love potatoes around here:

 

If you need some help getting those wheels turning, or are more of an amateur gardener (such as myself), consider some fun and free resources to help start planning.

 

You can get a free Garden Planner from Mother Earth News

 

Also here is a FREE eGuide: Success With Container Gardening from Craftsy! (who doesn’t love Craftsy?)

 

And…..we’re off!

 

Be sure to check out Kemi’s Garden Party post as well:  We’re Preparing Our Garden: A Garden Party Link-Up.

 

Memoria Press ~ First Start Reading ~ A Schoolhouse ~ Review

Memoria Press Review

We recently were blessed with the opportunity to review some great materials from Memoria Press.   We received their First Start Reading program which was created specifically for the Kindergarten level, and my son (who is 5) has been using it daily, and loving eery moment of it too!The First Start Reading program includes a Teacher’s Manual and 4 Student Books. These  can be purchased as a set for $42.95, or you can get the Student Set for $28.00. Individual items are $14.95 for the Teacher’s Manual and each book fis only $7.00. They also have Kindergarten Lesson Phonics Lesson Plans for $8.00(these were not a part of the package we received).

Memoria Press ReviewFirst Start Reading is a complete phonics course that focuses on three important skills:

1. Pencil grip and correct letter formation.

2. Mastering one sound for each consonant and vowel first.3. Mastering short and long vowel sounds,

3 letter words and 45 common words.

If the idea of teaching reading and writing to your children is a bit scary to you, don’t worry. The Teacher’s Guide is packed with tons of helpful ideas and tips and material, along with an overview of how to work through each lesson with your children. There is a complete listing of all the lessons included within the student books, and a Phonics Overview, a Phonics Approach, tips to get started and some basic teaching guidelines I really appreciated.  This also covers more details regarding what the each workbook teaches, there is discussion on the correct pencil grip and how to encourage it too. Come to find, I still do not have a correct grip when writing.  There are also lesson pages; these will show you how to use each page and even includes questions for discussion to follow the stories that are in each book. Being so close to my due date, and short on brain power, I appreciated all these tips very much. :-) 

What’s in these books? 

Book A has a total of 25 lessons. It begins with M, and progresses to I am, sentences with capital, sounds of /s/ and /i/, exclamation point, plural sounds, and ends with 3 stories. At the back there is a review and an assessment (I love that it is in the form of dictation so he can hear the word and then write it out). 

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Book B has 26 lessons which beginning with: /l/, and going through the short /i/ sounds. The lessons then move on to G, L, O, common CVC words with O, B, and D. There are short stories as well to encourage  them in reading. My son’s favorite was Mag’s Pig and Dad’s Bad Dog. This book also ends with review and then a final assessment. My oldest son actually took to using this with his brother off and on to drill hom on the words that were being learned (both reading and spelling them!)  We always love materials that the kids like to do together :-) 

Book C has 33 lessons and covers E, X, K, J, U, V, W. Y, Z and Q. This book teaches words such as met, net, set, ox, sox, fox, keg, Kit, Kim, van, vet, wag, wax, yet, yes, zap, zig and queen. They also learn about see, for, some and them. There are 7 short stories in this book and it all rounds out with the review and assessment.  We are currently working our way through this book ~ My son loves how some of the pages have stories that he can read all by himself, like Ben’s Red Hen. And seeing him enjoying the experience warms my heart. 

Finally, we have Book D. This one only has 12 lessons within. But it teaches on the long a, long i, long o and long u as well as digraphs sh, th, ch and wh. This one also covers the final consonant blends, s-blends, r-blends and l blends. There are 6 stories in this book, and as in the previous ones, each lesson has its own assessment at the very end of the book.  

If you are not sure if this is for you, you can download samples of these books here.

In the very back is of the book there is an appendix that includes small posters to help teach left and right as well as the diference in certain letters (such as B and D). There are also posters showing the correct pencil grip for left handed and right handed folks and some vowel posters too.  And that is so key to me, in all that we do, that it foster a love of learning and a desire to do these things joyfully. 

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