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Monday, April 1, 2013

Draw and Write Through History: Review and Giveaway

Rose has done a great job transitioning to cursive as a 7-year-old second grader. This is a little earlier than most schools teach it. She began learning some cursive last year and has continued to do very well this year. Her only big issue is being able to think about both how to spell the words correctly and form each letter correctly as well. When I mentioned this problem to a more experienced homeschool mom she said this is typical and explained how copywork helps this issue. Draw and Write Through History has given her the opportunity to combine her love of drawing alongside cursive practice. 

There are many things I like about how this enhances history studies. The first is its biblical worldview. It is a privilege to teach my daughter the Bible is 100% true and I strive to make sure all of our curriculum reflects that.

It is also independent. There may be times when she needed a little guidance with perspective at first, but this is meant to be done independently which is helpful when teaching multiple children.

I also really liked that it used traditional handwriting paper for the cursive copywork. This made it much easier for Rose, still in the learning stages of cursive, to copy correctly. I did have to remind her to proofread because she sometimes forgets to cross and dot letters, but overall this was a much better way for her to practice handwriting than merely requiring her to write in cursive for her schoolwork.

Rose didn't complain once about doing this work! I can't say that is always true about our usual handwriting program. Coupling this with whatever history you are studying gives double purpose to the assignments. All of the copywork is related to history so students are learning at the same time that they are practicing handwriting.

Here is one of her assignments. She has been learning cursive for a little over a year and is now 7 1/2 years old to give you perspective. I was pleased that both the issues of letter form and spelling seemed to clear up almost completely! This is a part of the recommended Heart of Dakota curriculum so I'm excited to see it incorporated more fully next year into our days!

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67 comments:

  1. I love the Draw and Write Through History Books. They are awesome. My kids love them too. I love any supplement that has the kids drawing, having fun, and learning at the same time.
    bertschbunch at q dot com

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    1. This is our first experience with them and I've been so impressed!

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  2. I love to read books fiction and non-fiction with my children from the library to fill in the gaps of our core History curriculum.

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    1. Living history at its best! We do the same :)

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  3. I love your blog. I started reading it last night and went all the way back to when you first started little heart because we will be starting it in the fall and as a first time homeschooler I have been reading as much as I can and your blog has help a lot thank you so much :)
    Jessica Lynn

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement and sweet comments! This is my second time through Little Hearts. I remember feeling very nervous at first. After our first day I knew it was the perfect fit for our family. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Your very welcome. I am so excited to continue reading about your adventure. I have been trying to get my blog started for a week but have been super distracted with all the homeschool catalogs to look at. lol

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  4. Reading lots of books.
    Michelle

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  5. I haven't really started formal History with my children yet. We've used FIAR loosely. But my favorite supplement to any lessons is Field Trips. We have a Living History Museum by us that the children LOVE. :D

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    1. I love making history fun because then it doesn't have to feel formal!

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  6. These look wonderful! Thanks for all the giveaways :)

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    1. You are very welcome! Keep checking in Monday of each week because there are several more in the works!

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  7. I will be homeschooling in the fall :)

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    1. Enjoy this new adventure you and you're family are embarking on!

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  8. Our favorite history supplement is Drive Thru History :)

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    1. I haven't had a chance to see any of these yet, but I would love to!

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  9. Son loves the Drive Thru History videos but oldest DD loves these Drawing books as well- we only have the first one so I'd love to win some more LOL

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    1. I love how much is available to make history come alive!

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    1. I've never done a lapbook but we're getting ready to try one out now!

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  11. My oldest is in 1st grade and we haven't really focused much on history. My daughter loves drawing and writing and I'm pretty sure she would LOVE to use this!

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    1. She'll love history once you get to it :)

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  12. I haven't seen these books in person, but I would love to give it a try!! They look great

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    1. This was my first chance to see them too!

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  13. We read a lot to supplement!

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  14. We actually have one of these: Creation through Jonah!

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    1. Good to know others have used them and love them too!

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  15. Notebooking and extra read alouds add to our SOTW ancients.

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  16. We've always enjoyed history pockets.

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    1. I've never heard of those, but I just looked them up. They look really neat!

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  17. Historical fiction & biographies, we love to read.

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    1. I love biographies for my own personal reading too!

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  18. Classic books & projects! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. The classics are the best :) And you're welcome!

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  19. Hi, just came across your blog from the CTB community.... I'm considering homeschooling and wanted to check out how things went for you -- I love your blog name: GRACE-FILLED... thats what I want! Glad to see a giveaway I can enter, too! :)

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    1. Grace-filled is how I try to approach life. It isn't easy and I am still growing in so many areas, but learning to extend grace to others and myself has been a fabulous journey!

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  20. We found some nice books called "If you were alive when..." They're pretty comprehensive for early elementary. I also like Liberty's Kids and other videos.

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    1. My girls love LOVE Liberty's Kids! I haven't heard of those others. I'll have to check them out!

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  21. We read a lot to supplement!

    Thank you for these great giveaways! This looks like something my girls would love!

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  22. I look for deals when Scholastic's Teacher Express website has $1 sales. I found 2 books of printable projects like diaromas, etc, that went with our history themes this year.

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    1. Our favorite go to resources are notebooking pages and internet searches for a fun activity.

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    2. I LOVE the Scholastic Dollar sales. I'm going to look for those when it comes up again! Thank you both for stopping by!

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  23. We would love to give these a try, they look fun! Thank you

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  24. We love adding living books into our history studies, and also, our timeline is a great supplement. We add important figures, events, and even the books we read onto our timeline.

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    1. Our history core is living books and my girls have really enjoyed them.

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  25. Favorite way to supplement History -- books from the library, classic books, historical fiction, biographies.

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  26. What is your favorite supplement to your core history curriculum? We like to add in living books and videos to our history... and books like these that include drawing and writing are perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. You're welcome! We love living books as well!

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  27. We dont have a favorite supplemental history lesson or program, but we like to read books on the subject from the library.

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  28. We like to read books from the library that go along with our history subjects.

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  29. Next year will be our first year homeschooling, so I can't answer from experience. But I *think* we're going to be supplementing HOD with Classical Conversations. Not going to be consumed by CC but using it as a community plug-in and a way to meet people. We're also moving 100 miles away. Lots of changes!

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    1. I have a good friend who is doing CC. She's not doing HOD, but they have really enjoyed it! It is a good way to get to know other families. What a big change you all are embarking on!

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  30. Just starting history with HOD LHFHG. So not really sure yet. But probably books from the library.

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