Review of Artistic Pursuits

Introductory Note:  I purchased this on my own.  I did not receive a free copy to review.  Hence, these are my honest opinions and assessments on the curriculum.

Artistic Pursuits is an art program put together by a homeschooling Mom.  This is a review for Grades K-3 Book.

My kids love art as all children do and I have been well pleased with this book.  It offers lessons that pertain to history so we do those lessons as we discuss those historical areas.  It also offers lessons on different aspects of art such as what artists do or see.  I particularly like the historical background and the paintings covered in this book.  It was definitely unexpected and a welcome addition to my curriculum.

On their website you can order their pre-packaged bundle which comes with all the art supplies you need.  I ordered the supplies from one of their links so I could customize it to what I needed and didn’t need.

Art as most of us know is pricey.  It is for public schools as well.  But the kids love it and it is so good for them to express themselves in different mediums.

There are 5 levels from preschool through high school that focuses on different areas.

Conclusions:  Overall great job on educating the student on art and how it pertains to history.  It covers the basics as well.  I am not interested in perfect form or drawing lessons per se since I doubt my kids well be the next Picasso so this book fit well for our needs.

I am unsure if I will continue with this next year.  I like it but I want to focus more on famous artists and am considering the Core Knowledge area as well.  There are some Medieval Lessons in this book that I will save for next year however.  Highly recommend.

Gershon’s Monster

Gershon’s Monster is a Jewish tale retold by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Gershon is unkind to all he meets.  He never says sorry or asks for forgiveness for his mistakes or wrongdoings.  Instead, he’d sweep his thoughtless acts (portrayed by black little guys) into the cellar every week and once a year on Rosh Hashanah he’d dump them into the sea.

Of course, Gershon wants something:  a child.  He visits the tzaddik (a wonder rabbi) who tells him, “Be thankful for what you have.”  But the tzaddik grants his wish since his wife is a good woman but with one caveat:  they will not make it past age 5.

Gershon continues his reckless ways until his twins’ fifth birthday where the prophecy is put into motion.  As the kids are playing at the seashore, an immense black monster swoops upon the children, a monster with all of Gershon’s misdeeds written on its side.

Finally, Gershon prays for the monster to take him instead of the children and for the first time in Gershon’s life he truly feels sorry for what he has done.

The monster retreats, Gershon scrubs his cellar, and begins to live a kind-hearted life.

This is a great tale of admitting wrong-doing, taking responsibility, and beginning the process of forgiving and healing and making amends.

I loved this story the first time I read it as did my kids.  It shows how sins pile up if not properly reconciled through God.  Great story of leading a good life.