Sometime back we sent a free set of American Art History, Volume I books to Jeniffer at “Thou Shalt Now Whine” in exchange for a review. Love that website name! Her tagline is: Homeschooling, Homemaking, Large Family Living.
The title of the review is: “Art History Disguised as Fun with ARTK12.” It’s a good review and here are a couple of the highlights:
“Comedy is sprinkled throughout the lessons. At first, I was a bit put off by the silliness. But then I realized it had two benefits – 1) my kids enjoyed it! It cracked them up and often lead to them asking me to reread certain parts (hello repetition!). And 2) because they enjoyed looking at the pictures and listening to the silly stories, they look forward to our next lesson. That in and of itself is a huge feat.”
I think this is my favorite part of the review. Kristin received a review a while back stating that the humor was too silly from an adult reviewer who did not try the curriculum with any young students. Kristin’s response to criticisms about the humor from adults has always been: “It’s not for you. It’s for your students.”
Jeniffer concludes the review with these final thoughts:
“I was surprised by how much the kids like this program. The multi-sensory way it is taught really appeals to all learning styles. I suspect it would work well in a small group setting, like a homeschool coop, as well. The collective pieces of art the kids make will be an impressive portfolio. This is definitely something we will continue to do.”
As a note here, Kristin originally taught this curriculum to 60 students a week (10 – 12 at a time) before publishing it in book form. The curriculum works well in groups. A good friend of Kristin’s is currently teaching this and other ARTK12 curriculum in the Southern California area. See the Miss Lucy Interview.
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