Tuesday, April 26, 2011

See the Light

See the Light is a video art course we reviewed, taught by a Master Artist, Pat Knepley.  We reviewed the first 4 lessons of the 36 lesson series.  The lessons were created for elementary aged students, but the quality of instruction would be great for middle school, high school or even adults who have little or no artistic training.  Bible passages are also incorporated into each lesson.

Isabel completed the first four lessons with three of her friends and they were all very engaged with the instruction.  All four of the girls learned a lot about the basics of drawing and were quite pleased with their individual art work.  They all would like to continue the entire series next school year.

Only basic supplies were needed for the first four lessons: pencil, eraser and paper.  Other than making sure the supplies were ready, there was no other parent prep needed.

There are several purchasing options available for See the Light.  You can order the entire 36 course DVD set for $99.99 or you can purchase an online subscription for $10 a month.  You can even try out the course for free!  You can request the first DVD for free or watch the first three lessons online.   

Other products available from See the Light are The Crossmaker DVD and The Gift of Love DVD .

*Disclaimer*  This product has been given to me free of charge for the purpose of my review.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nutrition 101: Choose Life!

As a family, we really make an effort to try to eat healthy and take care of our bodies.  We try to make better food choices for ourselves, but don't always know exactly why these are better choices.  I was very excited to be able to review Nutrition 101: Choose Life! (priced at $99.95 for the book, $79.95 for the cd-rom, or $129.95 for both) by Growing Healthy Homes.

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a fantastic, colorful, 488 page, unit study on the human body, how it works  and it's nutritional needs.  It doesn't just tell you what to eat and what not to eat.  It gives you tons of information about different foods and what each one does to or for your body.  You are then able to make informed choices.  The book includes six units:

  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. Digestion and Elimination
  3. Respiration and Olfactory
  4. Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. Endocrine System and Emotions

Each unit includes hands-on activities (elementary and secondary) and recipes that include the foods that help that system of the body!  My favorite part of the book is the Appendix, with over 125 pages of various printable lists, charts and recipes. We plan on printing many of the reference pages for daily use in our kitchen.

Click here to see a sample.

Tomorrow (April 21, 2011), Homeschool Blogger is offering a FREE webinar from Nutrition 101: Choose Life!.  To sign up, follow this link to register.    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/287516654%3E

I am looking forward to both the webinar and to the rest of the unit study. While I thought I was ahead of the game, knowing a lot of the good and bad foods, I realized that I didn't know what the effects good and bad foods have on the body.  What we have covered so far has been extremely fascinating.  Some of it has been over Isabel's head, but she has gotten so much out of it.  Something I would have liked to see, though, is more pronunciation guides.

Other products by Growing Healthy Homes include Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies... (which is a free download in April) and  The Raw Food Feast: 7 Days Through the Rainbow .

Growing Healthy Homes is offering a 15% discount for blog readers.  Just enter code TOScrew11.

*Disclaimer* This product has been given to me free of charge for the purpose of my review.

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