Tag: homeschool curriculum

History Quest-Early Times – An Amazing and Fully Secular History Curriculum!

History Quest-Early Times – An Amazing and Fully Secular History Curriculum!

History is hands-down my very favorite subject to teach and learn. But, it hasn’t always been that way. When I was in school, many moons ago, history was my most dreaded subject. Why? It was boring! I had teachers who droned on and then handed 

Prevent “Summer Slide” with Daily Summer Activities from Evan-Moor

Prevent “Summer Slide” with Daily Summer Activities from Evan-Moor

Have you ever heard of the dreaded summer slide? As year-round homeschoolers, it is something we have hoped to avoid. I remember when we first started our homeschooling journey, we had A LOT to re-learn after our summer break! When you aren’t actively putting to 

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

I will be the first to admit that STEM is not my favorite area to teach. If you were to ask me which subjects I do not excel at, I would tell you, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…STEM! Give me all the books, grammar, art, and writing…I love it! However, these kiddos of mine…LOVE STEM! I am going to assume that this is a prime example of their engineer fathers’ DNA peeking its head through! So, for me to be able to find a book that can walk them through hands-on experiments with little help from me…I am thrilled. STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor is just that book…and I want to give you a peek inside!

Evan- Moor’s STEM Lessons & Challenges Grade 6

STEM Lessons & Challenges is so much more than a workbook. Sure it looks like a workbook on the outside, but inside it is packed to the gills with hands-on experiments that your kids will love! There aren’t too many workbooks on the market that aim to get the kids out of the book and working with their hands! This one does it beautifully and with minimal prep time from Mama…which is a win in my book!

A Peek Inside

STEM Lessons & Challenges is organized into 15 engaging units that focus on the areas of Life, Earth, and Physical Sciences. Each of the 15 units is geared around a specific hands-on activity that the students are going to design, prototype, test, and then refine.

Each unit features the following pages:

  • Teacher Overview– This is a great overview that helps me to understand what the project is all about, what the task at hand is, and what I need to do to get us ready!
  • Science Concept and Visual Literacy– these pages are wonderful. These build the foundation of information to help the kids understand what we are going to be learning about and why.
  • STEM Challenge– This introduces the specific task and provides a large space for brainstorming.
  • Suggested Materials List– a break down of the items needed for the challenge
  • Think About the Design Process– This helps students understand the design process of planning, creating, testing, and evaluating.
  • Design Process and Redesign Worksheets– these sheets allow the students to fill in the information about their own design process for the experiment.

In the Grade 6 book, students will have the chance to do experiments such as creating a solar oven, making a submarine, creating a projector, making a sound-proof box and so much more! The projects are amazing and they are so user-friendly that this STEM fearful Mama doesn’t feel overwhelmed at all!!! I love the variety of science areas that are being covered as well. Also, not only are the students learning about different areas of STEM, but they are learning the scientific process and problem-solving!

For More Information

I did a full flip through of STEM Lessons & Challenges Grades 4 and 6 on my IGTV channel! You can find that by clicking here!

You can also head over to the Evan-Moor website for a flip through and to see all of their amazing titles!

STEM Lessons & Challenges is available in grades 1-6! You can also grab Smart Start STEM for your younger kiddos…it is available in grades Pre-K through 1!

STEM Lessons & Challenges is also available through your TeacherFileBox subscription!! If you haven’t heard about this amazing subscription you can read my full review here! We are on our second year of TeacherFileBox and it has been a lifesaver…and money saver!!

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of Evan-Moor products! They are consistently my go-to materials for homeschooling. As I planned for our geography unit this year I was so excited to stumble upon The 7 Continents series! We will be learning 

Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

I am a big fan of cursive writing! I started both of my girls with cursive writing right around third grade and they love it! This year my son will be in third and he can’t wait to start learning cursive. I wanted to have 

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

How to Teach Art to Children is another incredible resource from Evan-Moor! I am consistently so impressed by the quality of the educational resources that Evan-Moor produces, and this book is no exception! If you are a homeschooler or a parent that is looking for a way to introduce the elements of art to children, then this would be an amazing resource for you. How to Teach Art to Children not only introduces the 7 elements of art to children, but it gives them a chance to put these elements into practice! You will also be given a chance to learn all about famous artists and how they use the 7 elements of art. Absolutely amazing! There is so much awesomeness I want to share with you so let’s jump right in!

How to Teach Art to Children

Before we jump straight into sharing all about what is in each section of the book, I want to share with you some of the key features that How to Teach Art to Children has that makes it a home run in my book!

  1. Multiple Ages– As a mama that is homeschooling 3 kiddos at 3 different age levels, it is so incredible to find a resource that I can use with all of them! This book includes so many wonderful art projects that I can adapt for each age level or ability level of my kiddos.
  2. Book List– Be still my book-loving heart. Evan-Moor has included a list of books and background information on each artist that is presented. THIS.IS.GOLD. We always attempt to tie in books when learning about any subject, so when the leg-work is already done for me I am thrilled.
  3. Bonus E-Book– I was so ecstatic to see that when you purchase How to Teach Art to Children that you will also receive a free E-Book. This is a downloadable PDF that features full-color pieces of artwork that you can print and display for your kids! Such an incredible addition!

Part 1: Learning About the Elements of Art

Part 1 of How to Teach Art to Children is dedicated to learning the 7 elements of art. If you are like me and can’t remember what the 7 elements are, they are line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space! Each of these elements is introduced with a definition followed by several hands-on art projects to demonstrate the element. Each project will include a materials list and step by step instructions on how to complete the project. I love that the majority of the materials being used are everyday things that I already have on hand! It makes it so nice to be able to plan out a project without always having to run to the store! Don’t worry if art is not your area of expertise, these projects are extremely user-friendly and are things that anyone can do!

Part 2: Using the Elements of Art

Part 2 of How to Teach Art to Children is dedicated to learning about famous artists and how they put the 7 elements to use in their artwork. This is my favorite part of the book! You will see art from artists such as Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keefe as well as art from such cultures as Ancient Egpyt, Chinese Bookmakers, and Medieval Architects!

Each section will have a brief introduction to the artist or culture followed by a reading list of suggested books! This just makes my bibliophile heart go pitter-patter! I always love to incorporate books into every topic we learn about, so to have the research done for me is incredible! This is such a time-saver and makes reserving books from the library in advance a breeze!

You will also have a materials list as well as step by step instructions with photographs on how to complete the project. This book is written in such a user-friendly way that even a parent who might not be too confident in the area of art will have no problem teaching their children!

BONUS- I am so excited about the bonus resource e-book! This allows you to have beautiful printables at your fingertips! The bonus e-book gives you access to beautiful, full-color photographs that you can print out as you study each artist and piece of artwork in Part 2! These are wonderful high-quality images that will really help your child visualize the elements of art that the artist used! They make beautiful additions to your homeschool room as well!!

 

For More Information…

The Evan-Moor website is a fantastic resource for more information on all of their books. There is a complete flip through of all of the pages in How to Teach Art to Children right here.

If you would like to see a flip through of the book and hear my review, I have just uploaded a video to my IGTV channel! I would love for you to come and take a peek!!

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B0ynq01BF3d/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

I am so excited to be sharing another amazing resource from Evan-Moor with you! At this point, you may have guessed that I adore Evan-Moor products. They are so educational, reasonably priced, and my kids LOVE them! These are all amazing things, right? So I 

Learning All About Non-Fiction with Evan-Moor’s Literature Pockets!

Learning All About Non-Fiction with Evan-Moor’s Literature Pockets!

  As a long time user of Evan-Moor’s History Pockets, I was so excited to have the chance to review their Literature Pockets! Let me tell you…they did not disappoint! The book that I have chosen to review is Literature Pockets: Non-Fiction for grades 4-6. 

A Review of Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking- Grade 2

A Review of Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking- Grade 2

 

I was recently given the opportunity to review Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking for second grade! I was given the book in exchange for my honest review!

Evan-Moor is my go-to for quality books to enrich our homeschool. I was so excited to have the chance to review Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking because we have absolutely LOVED all of the Skill Sharpener books we have used in the past. To check out my review on Skill Sharpeners Geography click here.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE SKILL SHARPENER BOOKS?

Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpeners are one of my favorite series they make. They are colorful, engaging, and well-organized books that my kids absolutely love! Skill Sharpeners are designed to help children master and retain skills. They are for grades Pre-K through Grade 6! Skill Sharpeners are available in the following subjects:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Spell & Write

A PEEK INSIDE SKILL SHARPENERS CRITICAL THINKING

The first thing I noticed when I opened this book is a letter to the child. It explains to them why thinking is important, what thinking skills are, and how a thinker behaves. I love this because it gives the child a basis for using the book. It lets them know that throughout the following pages they are going to be practicing their skills to become a better thinker!

As I mentioned early, Skill Sharpener books are extremely well organized. Below is a photo of the table of contents. The book is divided into 4 main sections:

  1. Animals
  2. My Body
  3. Things
  4. Places

Table of contents

Each section begins with a reading passage. We have so enjoyed these. My son is 7.5 and is just beginning to gain confidence with his reading…and these passages have been PERFECT for him. They are interesting, short, and informative…a winning combo in my book!

Critical Thinking Reading Passage

Following the reading passage, you will find all different types of activities. Things you can look forward to seeing are:

  • Word Searches
  • Word Problems
  • Games
  • Coloring
  • Mazes
  • Graphing
  • Puzzles
  • Craft Projects
  • So much more!

sample pages

sample pages

WHY WE LOVE SKILL SHARPENERS CRITICAL THINKING

  1. FUN Topics– Max has absolutely LOVED the topics included in Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking…topics such as Alligators, Bugs, and Oceans are right up his alley!
  2. FUN Activities– Did I mention that this book is fun? The activities included aren’t dull or boring…they get him thinking but they do it in a way he enjoys which is such a huge plus!
  3. Hands-on Learning– yes, this is a workbook…but each section includes a hands-on activity that allows them to cut and craft something. This was Max’s favorite part!
  4. Grade level appropriate– Max and I both loved that this was something that was created just for him. Both of his older sisters have their own Skill Sharpener Books and he was overjoyed to have one created just for him! The reading passages were perfect for his age as well!
  5. Answer Key– We loved the inclusion of an answer key at the back of the book. It was a great resource to teach Max how to check his own work!

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION!

As I mentioned above, Skill Sharpener books are available in a variety of subjects as well as a variety of age groups! They are also an amazing value at only $9.99! I highly recommend these to anyone looking to enrich a specific subject in their homeschool! They have been such a valuable resource for us! Stay tuned for a new post soon on Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 4! I am SO excited to share that one with you!!!

To shop for Evan-More Skill Sharpener books just click here!

 

Here is a great video from Evan-Moor featuring the Skill Sharpeners Critical Thinking books!

 

To check out my post on Skill Sharpeners Geography Grade 4 head on over to…

https://homeschoolbythebeach.com/2018/09/21/a-review-of-evan-moors-skill-sharpeners-geography-for-4th-grade/

 

A Review of Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Grade 6

A Review of Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Grade 6

  I was recently given the chance to review Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals for Grade 6. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. As a huge fan of Evan-Moor products, I again jumped at the chance to try this product