Home Art Studio DVDs Review and Giveaway

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Home Art Studio DVDs for grades K-6th is a part of my birthday month giveaway extravaganza. Homeschooling can get a little rough around this time of the year. So I think a lot of homeschoolers should be interested in a curriculum that keeps the kids happily making art while mom can catch up on her work around the house. No textbooks required, no busy work, no power struggles.

Sculpey cinnamon buns and plate

We made cinnamon buns on a plate out of Sculpey, a clay one bakes in the oven before painting

But this award-winning art curriculum is more than just something to do to get over the winter blahs. During the school year, homeschool students can tackle one session a week and create different art projects in different media. Through painting, sculpting, drawing and coloring, children can express themselves while learning different techniques and even a bit of art history.

Home Art Studio DVDs K-5th plus holiday DVD

One lucky winner will receive all six grades plus the holiday DVD of this homeschool art curriculum

We have done five lessons so far from the Kindergarten set and our only problem is that once we get started, we don’t know when to stop. From a winter landscape to Van Gogh’s sunflowers, to a happy sun and sculpted cinnamon rolls on a plate, we had fun. That’s what it’s all about, right?

Van Gogh's Sunflowers, one of the projects on Home Art Studio DVD for Kindergarten

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, one of the projects on Home Art Studio DVD for Kindergarten, as created by one of my children

I really like art but I would not know where to start and how to teach it. This DVD set does all the work for me and in a professional manner, too. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with Ms. Volin’s relaxed, inviting teaching style.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the kindergarten curriculum. I only recommend curriculum we use in our homeschool. To enter the giveaway, please sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter on the right hand menu by March 1.

Alpha-Phonics and How to Tutor Review

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When it comes to the early grades, the 3Rs remain the focus of any schools, including homeschools. The 3Rs are Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic. A few months ago, I discovered a curriculum that covers all three Rs effectively and does not break the bank, either: Alpha-Phonics and its predecessor, How to Tutor.

Samuel Blumenfeld, the creator of these programs, looked for ways to help tutors with their students in after-school programs. That’s how he put together How to Tutor. As the homeschooling movement took off, parents asked for the same program tailored to a homeschool setting. Alpha-Phonics was born.

Alpha-Phonics Textbook, Workbook, Readers and How to Tutor the 3Rs Set

One lucky winner will win the Alpha-Phonics Textbook, Workbook, Readers and How to Tutor the 3Rs Set

In the world of phonics curricula, one cannot find a more basic or straight-forward curriculum. The textbook contains no pictures to confuse the child and make her build word-picture-sound associations. The direct connection between the letter and its sounds establishes a solid foundation for reading.

Now that the phonics textbook is also available as a CD-ROM, which you receive at no extra charge when you purchase the paper copy, you can take this program with you anywhere and keep your homeschool going as you travel.

The program comes with 10 readers which follow along the textbook: five are pink and five are yellow. My son, who is a kindergartner reading on a fourth grade level, has enjoyed reading through them already. But they don’t have to be all used in kindergarten, obviously. They can be used as your student advances through the textbook.

How to Tutor offers a Cursive Writing Practice Book, too, for those of us determined to keep cursive alive.

A complete program that works at all ages, Alpha-Phonics and How to Tutor can teach you how to teach Phonics, Arithmetic and Handwriting. So, next time somebody asks you how you can teach without a teaching degree, you can tell them that you studied under a teacher of teachers, Samuel Blumenfeld.

Be sure to sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter on the right, so you can be entered in this giveaway which ends March 1. There will be four winners, each receiving a different homeschool curriculum.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Alpha-Phonics and How to Tutor programs for review purposes. I only recommend products we use in our homeschool.