Sunday, June 30, 2013

Moving Beyond the Page; art, history, geography, and literature

We love unit studies and combining subjects so we were very excited to review Moving Beyond the Page with the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  Selecting just the right units to do when you are moving outside your current plan can be tricky, however Cameron took inspiration from a recent review we did featuring Impressionist Art  as part of Art Cards and decided he wanted to study more Art. I chose Charlotte of Giverney, a literature based study and Europe a complementary Social Studies unit  for him.
Charlotte in GivernyThe literature unit we received as an online unit but received the books to complete the unit as well.
While Cameron wasn't sure about so much reading, he did find the stories entertaining and was able to make the artistic connection to the stories. The unit came with spelling lists that we soon found out were above his spelling level, that is the beauty of homeschooling, I can now work on our weak areas in spelling.
We received the title book as well as an art book kit based on the works of Monet where, Cameron is able to try his hand at some of the inspiration.
The title story is written as a journal, as I read the book to Cameron and we looked over the pictures it really started to come alive for both of us.
There are 7 lessons and a final project related to the story, however combined with the spelling/ vocabulary words and the complimentary Europe unit we combined it is actually an in depth unit study.
Charlotte of Giverny Moving Beyond the page is targeted at 8-10 year olds and retails for $29.83 in the format I received.
The Europe Social Studies unit we received in print form came with the unit plus 2 story books and also had the same target age range of 8-10 years old. I liked the variety of activities in this unit, however the print quality of the student maps was very disappointing. I actually pulled out other black line masters of similar maps to have Cameron use. I want him to be proud of his work and set the expectation for neatness, when the maps he is writing on are blurry at best, it makes it hard to expect him to write neatly.  Other than the print quality, the content of the program is reasonable. The Europe unit in print with 2 story books retails for $32.89. Since we are working toward studies on the middle ages next year, elements of this unit study including the story books will resurface next spring and then as we work toward early modern history the we can revisit the artistic literature unit with both boys , by that time we should be able to review the spelling lists without any troubles.

I am going through the list of units that Moving Beyond the Page carries and seeing if I can work anymore in to our goals for the next year or so and have found a couple that would make fun units to have for breaks in our Classical plans. I am looking forward to reading the reviews from the rest of the Schoolhouse Review Crew as we all selected different units, I would highly recommend reading more of these reviews to see which ones might fit into your homeschool.


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