What we love about it ~
- The step-by-step instructions help the most challenged drawer to succeed. The instructions are given in little tiny bites.
- The copy work gives just a few sentences of facts that are easy to copy.
- Each lesson comes with a question about the drawing to help pique the curiosity of the child and to enhance learning opportunities.
- Each book has a theme, such as Farms and Story Book Characters, The Polar Regions, The United States, etc.
- The back of the book has some great teaching tips for helping kids form letters correctly.
How we use it ~
Tom Sawyer and Little Red Riding Hood have been exposed to this curriculum for years. I often pulled it out to have them draw and write about a particular thing that went with whatever we were studying. Now we are doing one new lesson each day in order, starting with the first book. The kids draw the step-by-step picture and then do the copy work. Next, they color their drawing and draw in a landscape. To finish, they personalize their drawing by adding quotes, jokes or any other extra details. This takes them about 15 minutes each morning and is an enjoyable, gentle way to get our school day underway.
I want to share some of the things that have worked for us over the last 16+ years, so I'm hoping to write weekly about what curricula we are using.