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    September 4, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    In case you missed my very excited Facebook post, Anne White’s first Plutarch Project paperback (ooh! alliteration!) is now available on Amazon! I am excited, and I mean loudly so. I love Anne’s guides, and I print them out religiously, two to three times per year. But that is a lot of printing, and I already have two binders full. To have a simple little paperback, with everything in one place, is a dream. come. true. Dream come true, people! I was just getting ready to print this term’s copy out when I realized Anne had finished her first volume of the series. If you haven’t printed Plutarch yet, this is a great option for you!

    :: 2 ::

    Last Friday, I forgot to tell you about Mystie-My-Pretend-Life-Coach’s free live planning help webinar (planning for life — not just school!), so you might have missed it yesterday. But not to worry! She assures me that the replay is still available — and will be available for quite some time — so head on over and sign up.

    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2012:

    Readiness and Math Instruction 2

    In which I discussed another one of my children who was “behind” in mathematics.

    :: 5 ::

    Chartres Cathedral by Corot

    In this month’s Newbie Tuesday, I promoted the Dover Artist Cards, to which a friend recently introduced me. And I do think they are awesome. But I couldn’t find any on Amazon for Corot. So … I made my own set for this term. I have four children, therefore there are four copies of each painting in the file. These are the assigned selections from the AmblesideOnline curriculum. Some of them fit four to a page and some of them didn’t. In addition, I went ahead and added larger, single-page prints for each painting as I like to also hand them in my dining room for the term. I have my local print shop laser print them on cardstock for me, and this way the children each have their own little mini to examine, plus I have easy decor for twelve weeks.

    Anyhow, if you want a copy of my PDF of Corot minis, click here.

    :: 6 ::

    The bad news is that my camera finally died. I was never really happy with it — it started misbehaving very early in our relationship. Last year, I thought it had died, but my husband was able to help me squeak another year out of it. Now? Now nothing. I decided I needed to make the investment so I’d have a reliable camera with me at the conference this month.

    I ended up purchasing a camera similar to this one. The difference is that mine was discontinued and so quite a bit cheaper. But it’s awesome. Plus, I can upload photos via WiFi, which is way exciting. I despise trying to find the cord to upload photos. Wah. First world problems, I know. Still. WiFi upload is really cool and might help me become the consistent photo-taker-and-uploader I’ve always dreamed of being.

    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question: What is the name of the book you’re using for drawing with the girls?
      • Answer: Technically, I’m using two different resources. For daily practice, we are using the free exercises from Donna Young. I cut them into strips and give only one exercise per day. It’s quick and easy, and we do a bit of discussion over how the end product differed from the original and what could have been done differently. Its purpose is basically to train the eye. Once a week, I try to give a fine art lesson. This differs depending on what else we are doing that day — each of our Fridays is a bit different. But when I give a drawing lesson, I’m using Art for Kids: Drawing.

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  • Reply Jenny October 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I was going to start hanging our artist prints, too, but thought I should hang one at a time, after we studied, thinking that it was like narration and should be a first exposure to the book (or art, in this case). Is that over thinking it? Would be so neat and tidy to just hang them all for a term and taken them down and replace.

  • Reply SarahD September 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Unfortunately, Donna Young’s site does not seem to be free anymore. One has to pay for yearly subscriptions. Kinda sad about that one.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 29, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Sarah! I *just* heard this. What a bummer. And really, I don’t think it is worth the price she is now charging, either. SO disappointed that I cannot share this great resource anymore. 🙁

  • Reply Katrina September 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the Corot prints! I hadn’t really done much with Artist Study this year, but these will be a big help. I might have to meander around your site and see what you do for Artist Study too. We haven’t gotten beyond much more than looking at a picture now and then!

  • Reply Toni September 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

    #5 – Have you ever used the “Come Look with Me” book series for picture studies? I know that the “Come Look with Me” books are organized by various themes, rather than by artist. Could you offer your opinion and any comparison of that with the AO scheduled pictures?

    In case anyone else might want to try this idea: I am thinking I might hook up my computer to my TV via HDMI cord, so I can display pictures for picture study (and a lot of our Morning Time documents, such as hymns and Bible story pictures) on a big screen for all of us to view together.

    Thank you for the Corot pics!

  • Reply jo September 6, 2015 at 1:25 am

    The Plutarch project this looks great! is it good to use if you have never done Plutarch before? I think I heard someone suggest starting with a particular life (Poplica maybe?) if its your first go at it.

    • Reply jo September 6, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Sorry for asking twice – I thought my first comment hadn’t gone up 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 7, 2015 at 6:38 am

      You really *can* start with any life, and you’d be fine. But…I really do tell people that Poplicola is a great first life. Someone told me that when we first started, and so we did that one first, and it really is still one of my favorites and it felt like an easy intro to Plutarch because it was less complicated than some of them can be. Some of them are a bit like Shakespeare, where you need to map the genealogical tree or something in order to remember who is who. Poplicola is more simple to follow.

      I haven’t done the lives from this book, though, yet, so I can’t say how easy or not easy they are. 🙂

  • Reply Jo September 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    So glad to see the Plutarch project book- is this good to use if you’ve never done Plutarch before?

  • Reply Sharron September 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    So much good stuff here! Looking forward to some down time later when I can re-read and click the links. Congratulations on your new camera!

  • Reply Amber Vanderpol September 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Wow, thanks for that link to the Plutarch book! I was on my computer to set up this term’s Plutarch in Evernote (because it is on the agenda today and I *ahem* had completely forgotten to get it ready) when I happened to see an email come in w/ your post and the Plutarch in the title caught my eye. I just bought the Kindle version of the book and now I’m all set. Thanks! (And a huge thanks to Anne White too, of course!!)

  • Reply Melissa September 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I didn’t realize Anne White was publishing her Plutarch studies in book form…thanks! I look forward to future volumes.

    I loved your post on math readiness! We’ve testing a similar experience. This year, I have a 5th and 6th grader who will be taking time off from a formal math curricula….gasp, they’re too old to skip math!!! On the contrary, they have both found Life of Fred and love it! Each will do Fred at their own pace. In addition, our 5th grader is also using a new visual online math program called ST Math and our 6th grader is using Simply Charlotte Mason’s Business Math. I plan to use logic puzzles and play games as well. I wish I would have had the guts to do it sooner….maybe by the time our three year old reaches school age, I’ll have learned to trust my instincts 😉


  • Reply dawn September 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the art prints, I was looking for them here the other day and sad when I thought I’d have to do my own. 4 is perfect ‘ cause I get a little one, too [grin]

    I really like that drawing book!

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