Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Sneeze: How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh

How to be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh
is a beautiful book. I really appreciated the heartfelt introduction by Sheila Walsh. A wonderful thought expressed "The best of news of all is that if you are God's princess you don't have to get it right all the time. Being God's princess, is not about being perfect, its about being perfectly loved."
It would make a wonderful gift for any young lady. My daughter and I have been enjoying reading it together. It has made for some very good heart-to-heart conversations.She has been enjoying the quizzes in each chapter (for example, "Maze of Phone Manners", "What is your Princess Friendship Style").
Even though I hate to see a book written in, Sigh!

The book has 12 chapters that cover how to be a princess not just on the outside
but also on the inside where it matters most to the One who can read the heart. Some thought provoking chapters are "How to Be Friends Princess Style", "How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude", and How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover".There are tips for manners, etiquette and personal hygiene. The book is very matter of fact for example how a a princess controls her daily "glow". I also appreciated the old world skills address of how to set a table correctly and good table manners. Subjects that most young people in general don't get enough information about in today's fast food world. The books is beautifully made and appealing and presents serious information in a way that would appeal to any aspiring young princess!

The books is 127 pages of charm. Here is a link for obtaining your copy!

Product Details

Format: Hardcover
Trim Size: 4.90 x 7.90 x 0.60
Page Count: 144
Retail Price: $9.99
ISBN: 1400316448
ISBN-13: 9781400316441
Style#: 9781400316441
Carton Qty: 24
Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Friday, March 25, 2011

Big IQ kids: Helping Kids Become and Stay A+ Students

 The premise of is to provide unparalleled FREE educational applications. In doing so, we firmly believe that structured learning – everyday - coupled with interactive fun, is a winning combination that begets higher grades, happier kids and an overall appreciation for scholarship and success. Our methodology focuses on developing disciplined study habits within an intellectually stimulating environment rather than overwhelming a young learner with crammed facts and figures. copied from site.

BigIQkids helps your child build proficiency in the core elementary subjects spelling, math, vocabulary and United States program. There are also supplementary games/ebooks at their site.

This product is well put together. It has quality educational value. BigIQkids offers online learning/tutoring. I feel this type of learning has it place depending on your families needs. This is a great product if your children enjoy playing educational, online games. Unfortunately mine do not. My 5th grade son worked through each level but found the tutor avatar irritating. You cannot turn off the tutor and the tutor is very repetitive. As  parents we know that repetition and drill are important. These skills are used in all subjects addressed: spelling, vocabulary, math and US facts. My child was able to anticipate the next word or problem coming up and I found him just clicking through the instruction to get to the problems. I did not like that aspect of the program. I did like that I received progress reports to let me know how my son was doing in each of the subjects. My best recommendation would be to check out their free options and if your child likes it subscribe.

 BigIQkids can be used as a free or premium product. The product is geared for children grades 1-6 and can be purchased for $19.99 a month.

Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how I used the product within my family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artistic Pursuits Book 2 "Color and Composition"

 The ARTistic Pursuits approach to teaching art is a welcome departure from typical art instruction books. This award winning homeschool art program meets the specific needs of homeschoolers at home. A variety of fun art lessons teach both the expressive and technical aspects of art while allowing children to make choices about what and how they will draw, paint, and sculpt. copied from site.

I was thrilled for the opportunity to review this product. ARTistic Pursuits has a wonderful reputation in the homeschooling community. I  have always wanted to take an art history class and art class. Due to my lack of knowledge in art I have shied away from adding this to our curriculum. With ARTistic Pursuits I had art history and appreciation and techniques clearly introduced and explained in each lesson.  Materials needed are listed in the beginning of the book. Because this book focuses on drawing we used watercolor pencils purchased at our local craft store. All of the materials were easy to obtain locally but you can order kits from the company.
This became a family art class! This book contains 16 units. Each unit starts with an introduction to a famous work of art that showcases the technique covered in that unit.  Some of our favorites parts besides, learning to draw, were the historical tidbits about what was happening during the time the artist was creating the work showcased. We also liked the "try it" suggests such as picture a scene from your favorite story now try to draw scene and create a background.
This book is laid out to be covered in 32 weeks with 2 classes per week. We did not follow that schedule but used it as a supplement to our studies and as a way to incorporate family time away from the TV. This was enjoyed by my DS grade 5, and my DD  grade 3.
I would definitely recommend this book as a history supplement for American history, art class, or to give direction to any student who wants to learn about art. The company offers wide array of art programs from preschool-high school. Awesome program!

Book 2 Grades 4-6 Color and Composition $42.95.

Media Introduced: Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils using a Brush (a painting medium), collage and mobile using construction paper
Contents: 1. Color Wheel 2. Primary Colors 3. Secondary Colors 4. Intermediate Colors 5. Tinting and Shading 6. Neutral Colors 7. Values of Colors 8. Direction and Movement 9. Rhythm 10. Front and Back Point of View 11. High Point of View 12. Low Point of View 13. Buildings 14. Figure 15. Face 16. Interiors

Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how I used the product within my family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.