I count it a benefit of homeschooling when one of the masters can step in and teach my children. Thomas Kinkade has led my children in Drawing Basics several times already. That is with the Alpha Omega DVD Lifepac. An Alpha Omega Lifepac is a full subject of study “built upon the principle of mastery learning.” Drawing Basics is an elective Lifepac.
Our two eldest children went through all the lessons with the accompanying workbooks. We just added drawing tablets, pencils and erasers. Drawing Basics is truly the basics. The study begins with line and shape and leads all the way to art history.
The five units each include three sections. Thomas Kinkade teaches the concept at the beginning of each section, encouraging students to sketch along in their drawing tablets.
Next the student is directed to pause the DVD and to “return to your workbook” for practice in the concept.
- 18 weeks of study
- extra enrichment activities
- review questions
- teacher guide
- 5 unit workbooks
- instructional DVD
Unit workbooks and instructional DVD can be purchased separately. Alpha Omega Publications offers the DVD for purchase by itself for $13.95 here.
Grades 3 to 5 but can be adapted for up to grade 8. (Guess what? My 5-year-old, 3rd grader and two middle schoolers all enjoy it).
Thomas Kinkade teaches from a Biblical worldview and includes a Bible lesson in each section.
This resource is great to use as an elective, a unit study and/or to compliment history studies. Plus when you’ve already enjoyed his lessons several times, the DVD is so nice to pull out on a sick day. There is always something new we didn’t notice before. And that day, not long ago, when I was on the couch, it was sure fun to tell my fellow homeschoolers, “Oh Thomas Kinkade taught school today!”
For more information on all Alpha Omega Lifepac Curriculum, visit their site.
View a video sample on the AOP website by creating an account here.
How about you? Wouldn’t you like the ‘Painter of Light’ to teach your children?
~Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. She contributes a blend of writing at parenting and homeschool sites as well as her own daily Hodgepodge.
Ryan Egan says
Thanks for the great review! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed the elective! – Ryan from AOP
Alea Milham says
Thank you for sharing this review! It has been a long time since I’ve looked at curriculum for younger children. I know there have been a lot of changes – mostly for the better – since I taught elementary school. I have book marked this review because I am sure Andrew would enjoy it.
This seems like a wonderful product, would it be available in the UK? Like you, I deal with children of a range of ages and sometimes it is nice to have curriculum material that is a ‘one size fits all’.