My oldest daughter has long said that she desires to be an artist when she grows up. She specifically wants to be a painter, but to use all sorts of mediums. Lately, she has discovered writing and asked if she could be an author. When I told her she could be both, she had glitter in her eyes with the possibilities and excitement. While we are trying to education in a Classical Christian Education manner in our homeschool, I often am trying to find ways to bring in art to let her work her artistic muscles and pursue her dreams. Art is a broad and important part of life, and fostering artistic expression in kids sets them on a positive path, whether it’s hobbyist, professional, as an outlet or pure aesthetic expression. The common thread is that it is creative, expressive, it can inspire us, and lead to. . .
This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .
It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we were reviewing Book 1 An Introduction to the Visual Arts from the ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum books and we gladly invested in the Preschool book The Way They See It as well. When an opportunity came up to review Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art I knew I wanted that opportunity! Several years ago through a homeschool conference I discovered ARTistic Pursuits and the program was recommended by my SisterL as well. Last year through our own experiences we knew this was a program that we wanted to continue. What is ARTistic Pursuits? ARTistic Pursuits is written by a homeschooling family, for homeschoolers, but could easily adapt to a classroom or co-op setting. It is a program full of hands-on experience and art appreciation from famous works of art. Each segment or lesson provides. . .
In final thoughts, I can tell you as a whole I love what Memoria Press is doing with their curriculum and lesson plans. Almost as it is written it is perfect for my oldest student and I’m becoming eager to watch my next child start to get into the plans as well. I miss the Devotional and Prayer time in the Lesson Plans like we experienced with Junior Kindergarten. Yes there is a weekly Bible story during the Copybook and Memory time, but it is not daily. Nor is there a devotional like we had last year. If it were possible for Memoria Press to include something like a scheduled devotional in the future I would love that. Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans is all you need for one year and evens so we have a few outside resources we add in. Going back to echo what I said before, more. . .
The last portion of the Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten Lesson Plans for One Year and package is my absolute favorite. Even if you are happy with your phonics, math, and copywork elsewhere you cannot beat Memoria Press’ new Enrichment Guide books. In the main Lesson Plans, you are provided with the schedule for a read-aloud book for the week on Monday, music and art for Tuesday, poetry on Wednesday, history and culture (aka social studies and then some!) on Thursday, and science (ala nature study) on Friday. The Kindergarten Enrichment Guide enhances this so much further! As I said in my reviews for Junior Kindergarten, the read-aloud selection from Memoria Press is wonderful. There was hardly a title I did not like and most I was happy to add to our home library. Memoria Press tries very hard to keep their current plans to books currently in-print so there has been. . .
Oh, how I am enjoying remembering our past year in curriculum! Recommend recommend! After math comes… Copybook & Memory and this contains a Bible story from the Golden Children’s Bible and use of the Memoria Press Copybook I. It is laid out to read the story on Monday, Language Lesson and memorization of the relevant scripture on Tuesday. Copy and trace the verse on Wednesday with sometimes some math practice pages thrown into the practice those numbers on Wednesday. Thursday is a proof and correction date with recitation added and Friday ends with time to illustrate and review. The Golden Children’s Bible was chosen because of its slightly simplified, but poetically appealing, King James text, along with its beautiful and age-appropriate illustrations. This is important because we believe students should learn to revere the Bible as a sacred book, distinct from modern adventure stories with cartoon heroes. The Golden Children’s Bible was. . .
Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .
Last year (or was it the year before?) when I was blessed to visit a local homeschool conference (there hasn’t been one within three hours since!) I remember my SisterL telling me to check out the ARTistic Pursuits booth. The program has been on my wish list since, and I was thus delighted to gain the opportunity to review the Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts (expanded and revised for 2013).
The Book of Crafts for Jr. K is brand new, it was not available when we first started. In the lesson plans I was queued with something like “Make a gingerbread craft” or “Madeline Craft”, but there was nothing more than that. Previously what I did was searched pinterest for great ideas and went from there. However, now with The Book of Crafts, no searching on my part is necessary as they are all laid out for me. I received a portion of this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. See full disclosure at close of post or read my disclosure policy for more details. *Thanks to Memoria Press for providing material for review.* The creative arts are an essential part of the primary school education. By using the activities in this book, you can reinforce number and letter recognition, strengthen fine motor skills, and foster creativity and. . .