Review-Wisdom Wonder Project

24 Sep

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Little Wonders Sneak Peek: The Wisdom Wonder Project

We recently received access to the Young Scholars curriculum bundle from the Wisdom Wonder Project.

This collection is designed for first and second grade students, and contains monthly lessons in the following subjects: Young Masters (Art), Science, and History/Literature.

A yearly or monthly subscription can be purchased, and material is then downloaded one month at a time. Each month includes a series of lessons that covers the subjects in a Classical Education style.

For The Little Guy and I, we chose to spend our time enjoying the lessons from June 2020.

A schedule is included for each subject with activities spread across an entire month. We chose to do things a little differently, and delved straight into the Art first. And I have to say, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Each month includes a featured artist, their history, pictures of some of their pieces, discussion questions related to the art, and ideas to create your own. There is also a suggested book to read.

For June, the artists covered were Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who were famous for their large-scale installations. Having never heard of them before, it was fascinating to get a peek into their lives, and the interesting pieces they created.

These artists were the perfect ones for us to study as The Little Guy is constantly building something in our house. Sometimes its from Legos or blocks, but mostly, he loves to build with cardboard. We keep bins in our playroom filled with cardboard, plastic, etc. and he is always coming up with something new.

Here’s an example of the latest thing he built with his sister’s help-just so you can see what I mean.

So, when he was asked to make some sculptures for school? He was rather delighted to do so!

After reading about the artists, looking at the pictures, and answering the discussion questions, we started in on the projects.

He first built an interpretation of a mastaba using cardboard rolls, and washi tape to decorate the ends.

Next up, he built a sculpture using only plastic. His name is Buzzly, because he is part insect and part robot. If you shake him, the plastic pieces in the bucket actually move around.

I can’t believe how creative this kid is. All I did was put tape where he told me to, and this is what he made. This is definitely my favorite out of all the stuff he made. SO AMAZING!

The last thing he made from the art section was a wrapped building. He used some boxes and bubble wrap on this one.

There was one more project, and I wasn’t able to find the book selection at the library, but at this point we switched our attention over to the History/Literature portion.

Each month covers a different culture-Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. In June it is Ancient Egypt, and the unit is entitled Mummies, Myths, and Mortals.

The lessons include books and discussion questions, historical readings, and projects. I was very pleased to be able to find all of the books at the library for the month, and we enjoyed reading through them.

We also did two of the art projects.

This one is a crocodile made of painted cardboard tubes and card stock. I was informed that this was a “nice” crocodile, and that is why no teeth were added. 🙂

This one is an Idris bird made with the Little Guy’s handprint.

June’s Science unit is entitled Scientists, Substances, and Solar Systems. There are readings, vocabulary, comprehension questions, and activities covering topics surrounding four women scientists: Ada Lovelace, Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, and Dr. Patricia Bath. The various projects include everything from secret codes, to making bouncy balls, to turning milk into plastic. Pretty cool!

So, to the nitty gritty. Here is what we actually thought after going through the Wisdom Wonder Project Little Scholars bundle for the month of June.

The Little Guy thoroughly enjoyed the projects-especially Buzzly (his sculpture made from plastic.) He told me he would have never thought to make Buzzly, and he had so much fun. He also enjoyed learning about the artists and the history of Ancient Egypt through the readings and the books.

I appreciated how open and go the lessons were. Now, if you are completing June and don’t have piles of building materials like we do, you might have to save up some recycling, but for us-we really had everything we needed for supplies. And, we found most of the books at our local library.

I liked the art discussion questions too. They were interesting questions that sparked conversations, or at least really made you think. It wasn’t just how does this piece of art make you feel, but what do you think it would look like in different seasons, or why do you think they chose a particular color, etc. It really made us look closely at the art instead of maybe just glossing over some of the details and moving on to the next piece.

I also feel like the curriculum covers a lot of topics we wouldn’t normally do. We do not follow the Classical Education model, so we don’t dive into a lot regarding the ancient worlds, and I liked that the artists were ones I had never heard of-not just the same ones it seems get covered over and over in typical curriculum.

And, I feel like I learned new things. I especially enjoyed learning about Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and all of their art installations, and even the little things-like how they met, and how they would never fly on a plane together, etc. It’s nice to be learning new things right along side my kiddo-one of my favorite things about homeschooling IS being able to do that.

I would say the biggest downside to the curriculum has to be the cost. For us, it would be too expensive to use-especially as Math and English are not included.

They do offer the option to buy only a specific subject for the month, and that would be another way to go if you wanted to use the curriculum at a more affordable price. I would definitely be interested in doing that for the art section, which I thought was really wonderful.

Overall, I found this curriculum to be educational, fun, and engaging. We had fun doing the projects, and we both learned a lot along the way.

Would you like to learn more about the Wisdom Wonder Project and the other levels and products they offer? Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews!

One Response to “Review-Wisdom Wonder Project”

  1. Jessica Ray December 11, 2020 at 3:13 PM #

    Thank you so much for your beautiful review! Based on your feedback and the feedback of a few other reviewers, we have drastically reduced our curriculum prices for the foreseeable future. We hope that you continue to use our Wisdom Wonder Project literature-based curriculum.

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