Monday, July 24, 2017

Quik-Scultping Kit from Activa ~Review

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit

If we could incorporate arts and crafts all day in our school we would be on cloud nine!
ACTÍVA Products sent us their Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit
along with access to ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS  a free ebook for ideas.
Many ideas are included in this book, as well as the papers that come with the kid. Of course my kids have a great imagination for anything craft related and jumped right into their ideas.

My daughter saw the idea for a mask, and rather than sculpt a mask, we bought one that she could use the Rigid Wrap on to form the perfect mask. I knew that my 2 year old would want to make one too, and it actually wasn't a complete disaster!

Rigid Wrap is very easy to use. It is in strips, and you cut off the length you want, then dip it in water and it is good to wrap on your mold or sculpture. It is way cleaner than paper mache . It is basically a plaster coated gauze that makes it easy to mold onto the shape you are using. We set out newspaper under our work area, and I was pleasantly surprised to have minimal clean up.

One main thing I need to mention is that when you use the water for dipping, though it just seems like cloudy water after use, DO NOT pour it down the sink!! I think this needs to be more of a bold, bright warning on the label, like a circle on the top of the package. I unfortunately didn't read that first, and actually had to search for the warning after the fact. My husband is awesome and was able to fix it, but plaster does not work well in the kitchen sink! So please throw your water outside, not in the sink.

After the girls made their masks we let them sit over night. The next day they painted it with acrylic paints.

The paint didn't take long to dry and they were able to attach feathers with tacky glue.
How cute is this pair! We need a masquerade ball to go to now!

We also received the CelluClay in a one pound package. I loved the lesson plans section on their site for additional ideas on how to use this clay. With it being air dried, and one color I knew we would need to sculpt, dry and then paint. It takes about a day to dry. Several of the lessons use both the Rigid Wrap and The CelluClay.

Because it is summer I let them choose their project to make with the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay. I have some great ideas to incorporate these products in making relief maps for geography class. The perfect type of material to build up the mountains, sculpt rivers, and utilize different terrains. Making a globe would be a great geography project as well. This would work great on covering a balloon and painting it like the earth, but still being able to put some relief on it for the continents.  It also would be an excellent product for science to make the solar system.
Lots of excellent ideas for using in your homeschool teaching.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trust Fund Know Who To Trust *Review

Trust Fund Movie

Trust Fund a new movie from Mapelle Films that is produced by an early homeschooler, Isaac Alongi. The film follows a prodigal child theme, though that isn't evident from the start. It also goes much beyond the prodigal story in the Bible, picking up more of what happens after the daughter returns home. What a fun opportunity to see a movie that was written and produced by someone who was homeschooled their entire schooling career. We find more and more, professionals having been homeschooled, and it is an encouragement to my kids.

Reese is a writer with a pretty blessed life. Her father owns a publishing company, and she spends her time writing a book. Her father suggests she starts to work with him at the company and she blows it off like she is doing enough just trying to finish her book. Privileged is how she acts. She of course has an older sister, Audrey who is the perfectionist, but works for the things she does. She isn't at all happy with her sisters privileged behavior.

Reese finds out she has a large trust fund from her mother who passed when she was younger, and rather than find something reasonable to do with it, she basically steals some of it and runs off to Italy. Sounds very prodigal like! Of course you can guess how that turns out, not going into details, but basically returns home and seeks forgiveness from Dad. He shows the forgiveness, much like our heavenly father does.

There is a downloadable study guide to use with a small group Bible study, or even as a mom and daughter team. You aren't surprised right? Isaac was homeschooled, everything needs a study guide :)

The movie is 107 minutes long. Dove approved for ages 12 and older. There wasn't anything in the movie that little guys couldn't see, it was probably just not as interesting to them given the theme of the movie.

It was a clean, biblical worldview, wholesome movie that is great for family movie night.

The Book Love was Near is written by Sandra Martin and is a companion book to the movie. It is meant to read after watching the movie, giving more insight into Reece in a diary type style. My 12 year old enjoyed the extra details and information that the book gave, and she especially enjoyed having it written in a diary form and including discussion questions for her personal study.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fascinating Chemistry *Review

Fascinating Chemistry

We started our home school high school in Fascinating Education with Fascinating Chemistry
this summer with my fourth child. Sitting and reading science books has proved to be difficult for him, and we needed a visual learning tool.

"What makes Fascinating Education different?  Fascinating Education uses an audio-visual technique to teach science in a step-by-step manner using plain English and clear illustration. This “right-hemispheric” learning approach takes advantage of the brain’s ability to process images more efficiently and more effectively than just reading text."

Fascinating Education utilizes graphics for teaching rather than showing the teacher write on a black board, or even cartoon characters dancing around the screen. This approach allows Fascinating Chemistry to be used at the high school level and even some in the middle school. Basic teaching without watering it down.

Eighteen lessons, each with a video, script and a test at the end.  With 18 lessons, you would gear them toward finishing  one lesson per every 2 week period, with the test at the end of it. With our school we have a 36 week school year. The lessons are approximately 45 minutes in length, so you could finish one per week if you chose. I wanted to use this for high school Chemistry and desired to make it a year long study rather than a semester. There is not a lesson plan to go with this, you can just use your own discretion at your student's pace.

The first lesson is an introduction to atoms, and the following 5 lessons are on bonding. Heat, Air Pressure and Water follow with the next three lessons.

As you begin the lesson, the video will keep going through the next portion until you stop it. The left side bar shows where you are by graying out the subjects you have already watched. I appreciate the section Catching Our Breath to give just a quick recap of what has been learned so far. This has been a good stopping point for us on several occasions as well.

What you Know So Far is another helpful section to just give a refresher. I as the teacher needed it, as it has been a long time since I had chemistry. I don't know that my son would need as much reinforcement, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
There is a lot of information, especially in the early lessons we studied, learning about atoms. It is some of the building blocks or beginning steps of Chemistry that is needed. It did feel like we were learning about them for a long time.

Beginning in Lesson 2, there is a lab in several of the lessons. The first is making salt crystals. Others I looked at included making brass from pennies, heat of fusion and weight of air. There is a printable pdf for the lab, making it mobile to work with at the kitchen table and the computer isn't needed. The labs looked as if they required common household materials.
The labs are for sure the 'fun' part of chemistry and I would be fine with having one for every lesson if possible.

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