Friday, July 5, 2013

Review on Classical Conversations: PreScripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons

 About PreScripts:

Classical Conversations provides resources for homeschool families that are interested in using Classical Education. The book that I was given to review was PreScripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons. In this book, students ages 7-12 are taught how to write sentences in cursive and learn drawing techniques. The sentences provided for the students are about the medieval and world history. "The book is divided into four sets of six history notes each, so upon completion, your child will have had the opportunity to master twenty- four history notes about Charlemagne, the Magna Carta, and the Hundred Years’ War, among other topics." The drawing opportunities will not only help your child learn how to use a grid, map, and many other techniques but also assist in developing fine motor skills. Once the child learns the drawing techniques, the book provides practice in working independently so she may experiment with the different techniques that she just learned. These sample pages will give your student an opportunity to experience the  PreScripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons.


Our Homeschool Experience:

I was really excited when I was selected to review PreScripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons. We have been learning about the Medieval Times so I was able to incorporate many of the sentences and art techniques provided in this book. The first section of the book, helped my daughter try to learn how to write her letters in cursive. Since I'm wanting to use this book with my second child, I had my oldest use tracing paper to write her letters in cursive. I would place the tracing paper on top of the page with the cursive letters and tape the paper to the front cover of the book. This would prevent ripping when I would remove the tape. My daughter would then trace the letters. We did this for a few days until she became a bit frustrated. Her frustration had nothing to do with the program. I thought she was developmentally ready to learn how to write in cursive at 7 years old but maybe I was being a bit too overzealous. Since we then skipped the whole cursive lesson, I would read the sentences provided in the book and have my daughter complete the art assignments. One of the sentences that I read to her was " In 800 AD during the medieval period, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor of Europe." Since we had been learning about this particular era, we had learned about Charlemagne, the Crusades, and the Magna Carta. With this particular sentence, the art technique that we learned about was pattern. " An artist creates a pattern by repeating an element." In the drawing provided in the book, Charlemagne was being crowned Holy Emperor.Another art technique that we learned about was foreground, middle ground, and background. The drawing told the story of a battle during the Crusades. The sentence provided for this art technique was " Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lion - Hearted, fought the Turks for Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades, which occurred from 1095 to 1291." Depth was the next technique that we learned about. The drawing provided to illustrate the technique showed King John signing the Magna Carta. The history note provided for the handwriting lesson stated " English King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 limiting the king's power. Later, England's King Edward III claimed to be king of France and began the Hundred Years' War in 1337." There were many other art techniques that we learned about such as illuminations and point of view. I'm sure that you have noticed me using the pronoun "we" a lot. Yes, I also learned about history and many art techniques. We really loved this book and we would recommend it.


I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes. 

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