Home Art Studio Project ~ The Blue Dog

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We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year.

Recently she completed the Blue Dog project and loved it! First, she watched Ms. Volin read a story and then explain how to do the art project.

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She likes to change things up a bit and make it her own, which I love. She often likes to do a test drawing before using her real paper which is what she is doing below.

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Then, I set her up and let her work! She is pretty independent now and loves creating. The blue mat under her is something we use a lot!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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One of their FAVORITE Toys ~ Magformers!

Magformers Review

{disclaimer ~ Educents provided the Magformers for this review. Affiliate links are included in this post.}

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Last year we were sent the Magformers 30 Piece Rainbow set to review and all of my kids fell in love. Since then, they have been played with SO SO much and my younger two kids have asked for more Magformers to add to their set. Imagine my delight when we were asked to share Magformers again and got two new sets to review for Educents!!! This time we were sent two new sets; Inspire Set and Magnets in Motion Gear Accessory Pack.

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I think she spent almost 2 hours playing with these on the day we opened them. I tried to take pictures of as many creations as I could, but even these don’t show all she made!

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You can see she loved adding the gears, I definitely recommend adding this set if you own some Magformers already. It is an inexpensive way to add an entirely new element of play.

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I took several video clips of her in action and as you will see, she got very into sharing her creations!

 

My 10 year old loves these too. When he came home from gymnastics the night we got them he was so excited and asked to build for a bit right away! He built this awesome cross!

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They play with these together a lot and now that we have more pieces, that goes much better! They made matching iguanas!

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I think my favorite recently has to be the puppy playground. She made a swing, a slide and a rolling ride for her puppies.

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Oh, and the skates. Love the skates.

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Final Thoughts…

I highly recommend Magformers. I was so skeptical in the beginning, mostly because I thought they were expensive for what they were. Now that we have had them for awhile {the first set of 30 we have had for almost a year}, I have changed my tune. Not only has she played with that set of 30 continuously, it was even one of the ‘chosen’ toys to bring to the beach this past summer! We only allow a few toys to be brought on vacation and the box of Magformers was a huge hit! She has only intensified her love for Magformers since adding the extra sets and is begging for one of the themed sets with curved shapes for Christmas, like this Dinosaur Set or this Deep Sea Set. Who knows? Her wish just might come true!

Magformers are a great gift idea because you can easily start small with the 30 piece set and it truly is fun all on it’s own. Adding to the set over time just makes the fun grow!

Save on Magformers and more!

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You can buy the Magformers Inspire Set here on Educents.

You can buy Magformers Magnets in Motion Gear Accessory Pack here on Educents.

See more Magformers here!

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Graphing with Spielgaben

Graphing with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

I incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces. Below I will share a few of the worksheets we brought to life with Spielgaben this past month!

This past month I chose to focus on graphing skills with her. I chose a couple of worksheets in particular to bring to life with our Spielgaben set. This complemented her main math curriculum and was a fabulous review and time of teaching additional concepts!

First, we used the Spielgaben board and small dots to simply recreate one of our graphs. We did tons of comparing and discussed many aspects of the graph and the worksheet itself. This was all a great review for her.

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This net worksheet presented a new graphing concept, by discussing the size of the images on a pictograph.  She had never thought about this and learned a lot!

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After we went through the worksheet together, I recreated an example for her on the board. The one on the left is showing the ‘wrong’ way since the purple diamonds look like they have the most but actually the orange triangles have the most!  I then challenged her to use the same pieces in a different way to show a more accurate pictograph according to size. She struggled at first so I assisted to get her going and then it clicked!

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Moments like that are why I love having Spielgaben as a part of our math curriculum!

 

After the lesson she begged to have some play time, so of course I said yes!

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A cat, a bird, and a white dachshund {I thought it was a bunny}.

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She loves her end of the week Spielgaben time, it has been a great addition to her math curriculum this year, providing great hands-on learning and review!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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The First Month {or so} of 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschool

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here, and our first month of 5th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 2nd grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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Ladybug is our avid learner who mostly enjoys school and complains little about it. She is a joy and we are thankful for her love of learning. Here’s a peek at one of her recent lesson plans from Lessontrek. All of the extras are listed on Friday but we don’t do them all that day. I spread them out throughout the week and use that list to check them off. We also don’t do them all every week {like Art and Kidstir}, but I list them to remind myself!

Note – SFS = Songs for Saplings, LOF = Life of Fred, TT = Teaching Textbooks

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek

 

Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. For the first few weeks {as she got used to the computer}, I sat at my desk with the book open to her lesson while she sat at her desk and worked.

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As time has passed, she has become almost completely independent.  Although I get asked for help with the true/false questions almost daily. She lets me know if she has a question but otherwise works on her own. She hasn’t gotten below a 95 yet so I would say she is understanding it!

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

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Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest two posts by clicking on them below.

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She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books. She likes me to use the dry erase board for our First Language Lessons now, which you can see below.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, she loves writing on the dry erase board during our lessons. We do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. Below she was adding the last states for this round!

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Then I had her take them all down so we could begin again!  Consistent review all year long! We love this map!

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SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

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We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  We usually watch one episode per week and do one devotion and one printable activity.

She often eats lunch while watching, which she enjoys!

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our recent post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! She is very into The Puppy Place series right now and zipping through them. Currently we are reading Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

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Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. She absolutely LOVED the watermelon painting project!

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All the Rest

KidStir has been a fun addition. She loved her first box and we are planning to order a subscription soon. 

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She is going to an enrichment class once a week with a local homeschool group. Her class is called Classic Tales and they read a book and do activities. She LOVES it!,2nd Grade -6531

 

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Over in the Ocean!

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She recently asked to take swimming lessons because she wants to join a swim team like her biggest brother. She already knows how to swim, so we signed her up for lessons so she can learn the strokes.  She goes once a week and LOVES it!

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2nd Grade Subjects

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. see our 5th grade wrap-up here and our 9th grade wrap-up here.

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Continual Math Review with Spielgaben

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

We are finishing up our second month of school and I incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces. Below I will share a few of the worksheets we brought to life with Spielgaben this past month!

Many of the concepts I chose this past month were all review for her. Continual review in math is very important, especially with concepts that aren’t necessarily exposed in natural life regularly.

Below you can see us reviewing 2 different worksheets she completed that week.  One featured positional words and one featured ordinal numbers. We have the Nature Guide PDF pulled up on our iPad, that’s what she has in front of her.

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For fun, I had her choose two of the creatures from the worksheets to build so we could practice the positional words together. We found them in the play guide and she got to work!

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We taped her creations together and used them to practice what she had learned and reviewed on the worksheet.

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One of the other worksheets she did focused on features or 3 dimensional shapes. At the end of the week, we got her worksheet back out and I had her get all of the spheres, cylinders, and cubes she could find in our set and we used those!

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Once she had them all, we tested her answers from the worksheet to see if the shapes rolled, slid, or stacked!

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We sorted them all…

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We also mixed them up and played a describing game. I described attributes one at a time until she guessed which shape I was thinking of.  She did the same for me!

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She loves her end of the week Spielgaben time, it has been a great addition to her math curriculum this year, providing some great hands-on learning and review!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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