DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a complimentary subscription to ArtSquish, in exchange for my honest opinion.
When I decided to homeschool, I didn't really know exactly what I was getting myself into. I joined a few homeschool groups on Facebook, I did some online research (by "some research", I mean I spent hours and hours online looking through info and resources) and I finally decided there was really no way of knowing if I could do it, until I just jumped in and tried.
It's not that I really have anything against public schools per se, I just think Micah will thrive better in this setting and so far, he has. He just turned five in August and can already read most any word you put in front of him. He is an amazing speller and loves to learn about science-y stuff. He's not too keen on writing, yet and that's OK. I know in time it will become something that he will grasp, but until then, we are focusing on doing a lot of fun, artsy things, to build his fine motor skills and to let him get used to the feel of implements in his hand.
When I was doing my research, I found tons of curriculum choices and for the most part, they were all pretty similar. They all had the basics, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, but most of them lacked any Art lessons.
I am not what one would consider a very artsy person. I love and can appreciate all kinds of art, but when it comes to making my own... stick men give me problems, so I knew I would have to "outsource", if I wanted to include art in our homeschool. Lucky for me (and Micah), I was introduced to ArtSquish.
ArtSquish is a complete, comprehensive art curriculum you can easily use in your homeschool (or other) setting. It is full of fun, educational lessons that will be easy for anyone to "teach". My favorite feature is the way they break everything down for you. You do not have to be "art literate" to use this program. If you can read and follow instructions, you can use this program.
When you look at an ArtSquish lesson, you know exactly what supplies you will need, how long each section should take and you will get an overview that tells you exactly what the lesson is about and any tips you might need.
You also get a list of objectives, possible trouble spots and some applicable art words that will help you with each lesson and you can access the next lesson, so you can have time to do any necessary preparation. They even provide a free sample lesson to let you get a feel for the program.
ArtSquish currently has two sections. The free juicebar section has all kinds of information about teaching art, with lots of tips, tricks & techniques and the paid subscriber section is "the art class revolution realized". It contains "weekly lessons, a teaching system, and classroom how-to articles; everything you need to be the teacher you want to be - all while saving you tons of time." and it is usable at every level, from the littles all the way up to fifth grade.
I have really enjoyed checking out the ArtSquish program and love that it is sooo easy to use. It takes all the work out of lesson planning and actually makes it simple for a novice, like me, to teach art in a meaningful way. If you'd like to try ArtSquish, you can check out the free sample lesson or enter to win a six month subscription from the awesome gal(s) at Mom Buzz Media.
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