Winners of This Week’s Giveaways

Congratulations to Michelle U.  She won the copy of None Like Him!

None like Him

Congratulations to Megan R.  She won the copy of The League and the Lantern!

The League and the Lantern

Congratulations Ladies!


Thank you to all those who entered!


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IEW Poetry Memorization ~ Review

If you’ve ever considered adding poetry memorization to your homeschool, you really should take a look at Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization from the Institute for Excellence in Writing!  Including in, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization is a physical copy of the Teacher’s Manual, 5 CDs with all the poems for all five levels, and the DVD-Nurturing Competent Communicators.  The link to download the Student eBook and the seven audio MP3’s:

  • Nurturing Competent Communicators,
  • Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education,
  • Ten Thousand Times and Then Begins Understanding,
  • On Listening,
  • On Speaking,
  • On Reading, and
  • On Writing

IEW was also gracious enough to sent a physical copy of the Student book, which is available to purchase separately from  the Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization.

Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization  IEW Review

Do you have multiple students that you would like to use Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization with?  If so, you will really appreciate the generous policy that IEW has in regards to photocopying.  Families are allowed to photocopy student materials.  Poetry Memorization is easy to use with students of many different ages which makes it a great resource for homeschoolers. Continue reading

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Sculpture Technique Model ~ Review

Are you looking for an art curriculum that is easy to incorporate into your homeschool, especially for those students who are upper elementary or older?  If so, then Sculpture Technique Model from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. might be just what you are looking for.  I received a copy of the book  Sculpture Technique Model by ARTistic Pursuits Inc. for this review.

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Sculpture Technique Model is written for those students who are in upper elementary through high school (ages 11 and up), but it can be used with younger siblings as well.  I did allow my younger kids to work through it with their older siblings.

There are three Units within the Sculpture Technique Model each focusing on working with a different medium.

  • Unit 1:  Creating Mass with Putty
    • Modeled Mass
    • Static Mass
    • Dynamic Mass
  • Unit 2:  Creating Scale with Clay
    • Pinch Method
    • Slab Method
    • Slab Method with Paper Armature
    • Coil Method
  • Unit 3:  Creating Surface with Fiber
    • Wet Felting
    • Pre-felts as Surface Design
    • Felted Vessels
    • Needle Felting:  Creating Mass
    • Needle Felting-Appendages and Surface Design

A funny word of caution when allowing your younger kids to work with Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty.  Don’t leave fall asleep.  The first time we used the water putty, I covered the table with newspaper and waxed paper.  I helped them mix up the putty according to the directions in Sculpture Technique Model and got the kids started working on their projects.  I then sat down in the chair with the two youngest.  All went well for a while and then I fell asleep (newborn, Isaiah, hadn’t slept well the night before).

When I awoke, the kids had completed their works of art and had left the room. However, it was immediately evident that Rebekah (age seven) and Quinton (age five) had definitely had fun with their putty.  They had gotten pieces of putty on everything close to where they were working; including the chairs, table top and carpeted floor.  Imagine my surprise when to find not only works of art but a large mess.  After I recovered from my shock at seeing the mess, and called the kids back to the “scene of the crime,” we started cleaning it up.  The good news is that it was easy to clean up even on the carpet.  After that, I made sure to stay at the table while the younger kids were creating sculptures. ;)

First Sculptures

Some of the first sculptures with Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty.

I really appreciate that the supplies that are required for Sculpture Technique Model can easily be picked locally even in our rural location.  So many times art programs require specific supplies that can be hard to find or expensive.  I also like that the lessons are written out in an easy to understand manner.  In fact, it is certainly possible for older students to be self led as they go throughout the course.

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Be sure to read what other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have to say about Sculpture Technique Model and also Sculpture Technique Construct.

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The League and the Lantern ~ Review and Giveaway

If you are like me, you want you kids to be reading wholesome books.  Many times it seems like there is a shortage of quality entertainment for our families.  The lack of quality entertainment is what led Brian Wells to write the book The League and the Lantern.  This is his first book; however, he is not new to the entertainment industry.  He has worked and produced 15 TV movies for the major networks.

The League and the Lantern

Jake is hoping that his seventh grade year will be much better than his sixth grade year.  However, it quickly looks like that won’t be the case.  Disaster strikes on the way to the seventh grade sleep-over.  As if that weren’t bad enough the games for the sleep-over are interrupted by a loud explosion and all goes black…

What Do We Think of The League and The Lantern?

This was one of those books that Brock just couldn’t put down.  Anytime he had a spare minute he was thoroughly absorbed in The League and the Lantern!  Here’s what he has to say about it, “It is full of action, the twists and turns leave you wondering what will happen next.  The League and the Lantern is also super funny.  I recommend both boys and girls to read it!”

I like that The League and the Lantern is written to inspire kids to read.  Throughout the book, historic sites are referenced as the part of the story’s setting.  There are also 140 key vocabulary words hidden within the story.  The story is also written in such a way to teach moral lessons about family, friendship, mercy and compassion.  I love when my kids can read wholesome books that draw them in!

The League and the Lantern is even operating on a buy one – give one campaign so that kids who can’t afford to buy their own copy can still receive one.  

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I am excited to be able to offer a copy of The League and the Lantern to one reader.  Please be sure to read the official rules below.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Zeezok Publishing ~ Review

The kids and I have been studying Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart over the past several weeks using Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades from Zeezok Publishing LLC.  Here are some of the interesting things we have learned about Mozart:

  • When he was three years old he could play thirds on the clavier without instruction.
  • He was only 5 when he and his sister started their first musical tour.
  • He wrote his first true opera when he was only 11 or 12 years old.
  • He performed for regular people as well as royalty.
  • He had poor money management skills.

Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades {Zeezok Publishing LLC Review}

What is Included in this course?

Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades includes a Student Activity Book, Music Discs, Lapbook, and the seven composer biographies.  Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Schubert are the seven composers that are studied.  The stories of these composers lives are retold in story format which draws the student in.  The biographies help to show the human side of these brilliant composers. Continue reading

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