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Friday, April 16, 2021

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of ARTistic Pursuits

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

     Art has always been a huge part of our homeschool. We enjoy drawing, coloring, painting, sculpting, and creating wonderful little things for our home.  We were so happy to have the chance to review a wonderful little art book for you. We were given the K-3 Vol. 8 Art in America from ARTistic Pursuits to work through and review.  We really had fun learning some new techniques and watching Brenda Ellis give tips on the videos.  She is a wonderful teacher and artist! 

     We were given the book, DVD, Bluray, and online courses of this resource.  We mainly used the book and online courses since that is what we have set up in our school area.  My daughter Hope, who is out of the age range of the book, still had fun with it and learned a few new things as she went through the lessons.  

     Brenda gives you a list of the supplies you will need for this course and they are 
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Ebony Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing Paper Pad
  • Ruler
  • Compass with Pencil
  • Construction Paper
     We had most of these supplies already on hand because like I said, we love art.  These supplies are not expensive but work very well.  

     K-3 Vol. 8 Art in America is geared towards children in those grades but can be used by anyone.  It is designed to activate thought and creativity as you complete each lesson.  It doesn't make things difficult.  It is very simple to follow. My daughter created some great little pieces of art as she went through the lessons.  Some were copies of what was taught, others were sparks of creativity brought on by the lessons.  

     The video lessons and lessons in the book include:
  1. Drawing is Moving
  2. Drawing a Good Line
  3. Identifying Light and Dark
  4. Colored Pencils
  5. Layered Colors
  6. Ruler and Compass
     The book also includes wonderful lessons on artists like Arthur Davies, Rembrandt Peale, John James Audubon, Walter Ufer, and more.  You will see their creations and learn how to draw some of them.  

     My daughter said she enjoyed watching the videos and reading the book.  She said Brenda has a soothing voice and keeps your attention throughout each lesson.  She said the new thing she learned during these lessons was layering colors.  She said she has always wanted to know how to do that correctly and Brenda helped her learn how to it well.  Here is an example of that. 

     Hope is typically a very shy and private young lady, but she is allowing me to share some of her art with you today.  She says she has learned shading and contrast during these lessons and much more.  Here is just some of what these lessons have sparked her to create on her own. 

     Personally, I think they are great and I think these lessons were a great resource!  If you have students in these grades or just students who want to learn more techniques in creating works of art, I encourage you to check out these art books and lessons.  

     You can learn more about this company on their website or social media pages listed below:

     We have more reviews of this resource and others from ARTistic Pursuits. Just click on the image below. 


ARTistic Pursuits Drawing

Thursday, April 8, 2021



I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

     We were very thrilled to be chosen to receive and review Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students Worktext from Triad Math, Inc.  Our youngest daughter Hope, hasn't worked with scientific calculators much so this was a great addition to her curriculum.  I especially liked that we already had this calculator on hand but if you need to get one,  it is very inexpensive to buy.  


     This workbook is geared towards post-elementary students who have a good grasp of the decimal number system. It includes 25 lessons that will take about 25 hours to complete. The lessons include:
  • Lessons 1-13 are Pre-Algebra
  • Lessons 14 -15 are Algebra
  • Lessons 16 - 20 are Trigonometry 
  • Lessons 21- 25 are Stem

     There are also online tutorial videos to help your student to really understand what they are being taught in the workbook. The online part is called Moodle for Triad Math Inc.  It is very easy to log into and as a parent, you will be able to keep an eye on your student's online grades and progress through the lessons.  

     Hope said she has really enjoyed the program so far and is learning so much.  She said that she didn't realize how easy it is to use a scientific calculator until she started the course.  She said they seemed very intimidating, but with the lessons, she is using it like a pro.  Right now she has completed the first 15 lessons.  In those lessons, she has learned that this calculator is the "PowerTool" of math.  The exercises were simple to follow and the videos helped to reinforce each lesson.  She said she is no longer afraid of using a calculator with so many buttons.  The online quizzes at the end of each lesson allowed me to see if she was understanding what was being taught.  Such a huge plus for a teacher/parent.  From simple addition and subtraction to exponents, each section is remarkable in how it takes on the task of teaching what the student needs to learn.  I wish my other children would have had this resource before taking on using a Scientific calculator.  

     I have been looking over other next lessons that will be quite more difficult, but I am confident that they will be taught in a way that will help Hope understand how to go about using the calculator for these more demanding math classes.  "Dr. Del", the teacher in the videos,  will certainly make it a good experience for his students and Hope is excited to go on to the new lessons soon.  

Would you like to learn more about this product? I would encourage you to check out their website and social media pages listed below:

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Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator {Triad Math, Inc. Reviews}