Sunday, April 26, 2015

VeggieTales Super Comics Vol. 1 & 2 {Review}

I received free copies of VeggieTales Super Comics Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

We have a few VeggieTale fans in our house...okay, so everyone in our house is a VeggieTale fan. They are so much fun and they share such a positive Biblical message.

Now VeggieTales have combined their Veggie fun with comic books.

Our copies are rather well loved already. I didn't get a picture of them upon opening them. They were out of my hands and into several pairs of kid hands rather quickly.

Each comic book contains:

~3 stories (some of them are based on videos we've seen and own, some of them are new stories just for the comics)

~ knock, knock jokes; like...

"Knock, Knock

Who's there?


Repeat who?


~a Bible verse for each story:  "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56: 3 (NIV)"

~a parent connection which includes the verse to remember and a think section. The think section provides questions for parents to ask kids for further discussion:
"1) Who is wiser-you or God?
2) Do God's rules ever seem strange to you? Why is it important to obey God's rules no matter what?
3) Think of a time you chose to do something God's way. Now think of a time you didn't choose God's way. Which event had the better ending?"

~and a couple of Veggie ads per book (Netflix VeggieTales in the house and Noah's Ark movie)

You can get your very own copy of the VeggieTales Super Comics Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 here.

Volume 1 has the stories of Dave and the Giant Pickle, Lyle the Kindly Viking, and LarryBoy and the Prideosaurus (new story).

Volume 2 has League of Incredible Vegetables, LarryBoy and the Reckless Ruckus (new story), and Josh and the Big Wall.

If you are a VeggieTale fan, you'll find these super fun. Li has several lines memorized and requests to hear the stories at naptime and bedtime! He loves to read Junior's lines from the League of the Incredible Vegetables. We have the movie and it is one of his favorites. He just got his dress-up Larry (pictured below) and has put in a request for dress-up Thingamabob, S-Cape, Vogue, and Ricochet. Have I mentioned we love VeggieTales?

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Teaching How to Tell Time & Read the Clock in 5 Weeks

Teaching time can seem difficult. There are so many different concepts to teach and it can be hard to determine what to teach when and how. Are you wondering how to teach your child time or how to read an analog clocks? We usually start at age 7. By 7, we've previously reviewed counting by 5's, money names and values, counting to 100 and basic fractions. Here's how we do it.

Week 1
We start by pulling out our teaching clock (you could use a watch or handmade clock).  We discuss the hands on the clock. We talk about how the little hand is always the number we look at first (because you start out little and then grow big). Just like when you turn 5. You are 5 until you turn 6, the little hand isn't called by a number until it gets there. So if a number is in between the 10 and 11, we still say 10 because it hasn't grown to 11 yet. We practice by moving the little hand all around the clock face and saying the number it would be.

Week 2
We look at the minute marks between each number and count them all around until we get to 60. I make a circle and draw a line down the middle to represent 30 minutes. We talk about it being half of the clock and half of sixty minutes. I ask if the kids know what half of 60 minutes makes. (I  once had one of the girls respond that 3 was half of 6 so it would be 30.) This is a good time to start using the language half past. I point out that the big hand on the 12 make o'clock (because the big hand has made a circle or an "o" around the clock). Using just the hour and half hour, I write out different times and the kids match up those times. Then I build times on the clock and have the kids write out what the times look like written down. Then I let me write their own and I build them; and they build them and I write them down.

Week 3
Starting with 4 quarters. I ask what the name of the quarters are and how many it takes to make 100 or a dollar. Then I explain that when we break things into 4's, we call them a quarter. I ask how to separate the clock into quarters or 4 parts. We draw a circle with four slashes. Pointing to where the 3 would be (I don't put it on yet) I say, "This is a quarter." Then I ask if she remembers what the next one is called. (We called it half). Then pointing to the nine, I say, "This is 3 quarters or a quarter til, because there is one quarter left until it gets to a new hour." We also discussed that the 3 was 15 minutes passed the hour and the 9 was 45 minutes passed the hour. We practice building and writing times based on half, quarters, and hour.

Week 4
At this stage, your child needs to be able to count by 5's (and we relate it to counting nickels).  We start by counting out the minutes from one number to the next. They are all 5 of course, so we agree to count them by 5's. I tell the kids that the big hand is counted differently than the small hand because the big hand counts all of the small ticks between and the numbers. We practice building and writing times with this new information.

Week 5
Finally, we practice counting by fives and adding on the ticks. I start off by telling them that sometimes the big hand is between two numbers. When that happens, we count by fives and then simply add one more tick until we get to where the big hand is sitting. To demonstrate, we take some time counting from the 12 to where the big hand is and then I show them that counting by 5's makes it much quicker.

At this point, you can get your child a watch and ask him/her to tell the time off and on throughout the day.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Joyful Moments: Exploding Volcano

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nature Study Ideas for your Homeschool

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ARTistic Pursuits: The Way They SEE It {Review}

ARTistic Pursuits sent us The Way They See It for preschool to review. 
First Thoughts
We've reviewed for ARTistic Pursuits in the past (Elementary 4-5: Book 1 and Early Elementary K-3: Book 3); and every time I get a new book, I'm more and more pleased with the company. Li and I were so excited to get to work on art together. The girls and I have been doing art projects for years, but many of them seemed to messy and difficult to include Li. Since Li and I are doing preschool this year and he loves drawing and painting, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some structured art lessons in with just him and I.
 ~Discover Art Lesson
What is it?
ARTistic Pursuits carries curriculum for grades preschool through high school. The books include lessons on visual art, modern painting and sculpture, drawing, and color theory.


The Way They SEE It: A Book for EVERY PARENT About the Art Children Make is designed for preschool children. It is a 90 page spiral bound book in full color. There are 26 lessons and a section that covers first skills for scissors, pencil, crayon, and marker, adhesives, and brushes and paint. It is designed to encourage awareness, exploration, and creativity.
Each lesson from Section 1 has 3 parts:
~Grown-Up Talk has information for parents that explains a piece of the artistic process and development at the preschool stage. There are key points provided for the parent as well.
~Picture Talk provides a picture of a piece of art in full color and dialog with information and questions to discuss with your child about the art work.
~Project provides directions for the parent (in black print) and dialog that you can read to your child (in slightly larger, blue print) with an art activity for your child. 

 ~It's about the Process Picture Talk
Section 2 provides parents with information about how your child should use basic artistic tools and activities to practice with those tools.
 ~Discover Art Lesson 

Recommended Art Supplies
The supplies needed for The Way They SEE It are very minimal (we actually had all of these on hand all ready or could make them ourselves). You have the option of purchasing an art supply pack, if you'd rather get most everything in one place.
  • 9" x 12" Drawing Paper 
  • Construction Paper
  • Safety Scissors
  • Glue
  • Finger Paint
  • Art/Craft Brush
  • 16"x12" Finger Paint Paper
  • 9"x12" Watercolor Paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Watercolors
  • Play Dough
  • Roll of Shipping Paper
  • Basic Household Items

~ Identifying Colors Project

Time Frame
Reading over the Grown-Up Talk section took about 5 minutes and gathering supplies needed for the projects was about the same amount of time. The Picture Talk section was about 5 minutes of working together and then Li would spend anywhere from 5-15 minutes working on his project.
 ~Discover Art Lesson
Our Experience
We worked on the lessons a few times a week. Li enjoyed himself and the lessons provided me with an opportunity to give him good, quality lessons that required very little prep work on my part.
What Li has to Say
I got my own crayons for my art.
 ~Discover Art Lesson

 ~Discover Art Lesson

 ~Discover Art Lesson

I loved the finger painting project. It was so pretty.
~Mark-making Project

~Mark-making Project

~Mark-making Project

The play dough was awesome. I liked the block, truck, and spoon.
~Dough Project


I made a pig, cheetah, panda bear, elephant, submarine, fish and stream from when we went to the zoo.
~Going Places Project

 Ha! Look at that thumb!
~Fingerprint Project

We'd recommend ARTistic Pursuits for artists of all ages. It is especially helpful for parents that don't have a lot of time to prepare materials and look for lessons.

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