3rd Grade: What are we using?

We decided to challenge our 2nd grader and move her to 3rd grade (where she would be in school). She has worked so hard these last 2 years learning with her sisters and on her own. Her development in reading has been amazing and now we will focus on writing skills and sentences building.

We are using the Earth Schooling 3rd Grade we purchased the lifetime family package for Preschool through Eight but that is the link for 18 month access third grade package.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies/History/Geography

  • 24 Hour History – Graphic Novels
  • True stories of War – Graphic Novels
  • The Story of the World – Volume 2

Art

  • Paint by numbers
  • World of Dinosaurs
  • Knitting
  • Comic Book Kit

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Gravitrax Set
  • Cloak
  • Tic-Tac-Ku & ColorKu
  • Gridblocks
  • Color Catch
  • Free Spirit Publishing – Mental Health

1st Grade: What are we using?

Our 6 year old is excited to start 1st grade. She is ready to learn, do activities, read and write.

“Our approach is compassionate and student-centered because we believe that children are sensitive and intelligent and that learning can be joyfully integrated into life.”

Oak Meadow About Us

We feel that learning through nature and the world around her will help her develop more and influence her to learn through doing.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize?

English

  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Language Arts)
  • All About Spelling Level 1

Math

  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Math)
  • Math-u-See Alpha

Science

  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Science)
  • Outdoor gardening (flowers, vegetables, and fruit)

Social Studies/History/Geography

Art

  • Oak Meadow Crafts for Early Grades K-3
  • Painting & Paint by numbers
  • Knitting
  • Drawing
  • Do Art Coloring with Clay
  • Loopy Animals
  • Making Animals Air Dough

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Building and Thinking Skills Level 1
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Gridblocks
  • Apple Twist
  • Smart Cookies

Additional Texts

  • Music: Beginning Recorder
  • Healthy Living from the Start K-3
  • Oak Meadow Guide to Teaching the Early Grades K-3
  • Word Families
  • Free Spirit Publishing – Mental Health

The New School Year is upon us 2022-2023

School is the place where we learn, grow and make memories. Our students don’t feel nervous on their first day of school because they know they are in charge of their learning at home.

They may feel anxious because there are a lot of new things to learn and new ways to organize. But school is not all work and no play, we utilize it as a time to have fun with learning. We take some time to relax before we start school by doing a coloring page, word search, smart game, or a daily writing activity. We remember that everyone has different learning styles so we help each other as we go along.
We take time to go to the park, have the kids hang out with neighborhood kids, ride their bikes, and sign up for extracurricular activities as well. And our 9th grader is part of a weekday church group where she is able to hang out with kids her own age. It keep things interesting in our lives!

This year we decided on a new schedule with extra weeks so that we can plan vacations or allow our students to take a few days off if they need to refresh and renew their minds.

1st Trimester: August 1st-October 28 (1st week was just getting used to schedules) (Break October 3rd – October 7th or October 10th -14th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice

2nd Trimester: October 31st – Feb 24th (Thanksgiving Holiday: November 21st – 25th off, Christmas/Winter Break December 26th – January 6th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice

3rd Trimester: February 27th – June 2nd (Spring Break April 10th – April 14th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice

This year we are doing mostly all earth schooling with smart games from Timberdoodle.

Our focus for the new year:

1st Grader will be doing a new curriculum from Oak Meadow along with earth schooling added and we hope this helps her move forward in her journey in education. We will be doing more hands on and real world scenarios to help her understand what she is learning. Making a calendar, understanding the moon phases, the seasons and how they compare to each other are some of the concepts we will do together.

2nd/3rd Grader this year will be a combo class because our student made such great progress in 1st grade with English, math, and reading comprehension. We are utilizing the All about reading Level 3 this year along with Math you see Gamma and Delta along with some books with writing activities and journal prompts.

5th Grader will be moving forward with math, English and science and working to move another grade ahead for next year to be in 7th grade. For science she wanted to learn about forensics so we got a kit on esciencelabs.com After looking at the kit and the lab information we figured it would be a good fit.

9th Grader High School here we are! All of the coursework for high school is with earth schooling high school website except Algebra 1. We decided to do an online math course with MrD Math because we are hoping that it will help her understand the work that needs to be put into math, notes, and understanding concepts.

Reading list for 4th and 8th Graders

  • The Story of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Train
  • Ben & Me
  • Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
  • Early Thunder
  • The Birchbark House
  • A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
  • 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Children of the Wild West
  • The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
  • Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • House of Light, by Mary Oliver

We may change the books we read depending on the library availability.

How to organize and prepare for a new homeschool year

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4 tips on starting your homeschool year

There are many reasons to consider homeschooling your children. Perhaps you’re not happy with the quality of education they’re receiving at their current school. Maybe you’re concerned about the environment they’re being exposed to. Or maybe you simply want to be more involved in their education.

Whatever your reasons, homeschooling can be a great option for families. It can be a bit of a adjustment to get started, but there are many resources available to help you.

One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor the curriculum to your child’s individual needs. If your child is struggling with a particular subject, you can spend more time on that topic. Or if they’re excelling in a certain area, you can give them more challenging material.

Another advantage of homeschooling is that you can instill your family’s values in your children’s education. You can choose textbooks and other materials that reflect your beliefs and world view.

Of course, homeschooling isn’t for everyone. It takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment. But for families who are willing to make the investment, it can be a very rewarding experience.

1. Choose the curriculum that is best for your family.

There are a variety of curricula available for homeschooling, so take the time to find one that fits your family’s needs. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right curriculum for your family. The most important thing is to find one that fits your child’s learning style and your family’s values.

One way to find the right curriculum is to talk to other homeschooling families and see what they use. You can also look for online reviews of various curricula. Once you narrow down your choices, you can request samples from the companies to see what the materials are like.

Another important consideration is your state’s homeschooling laws. Some states have very specific requirements for what you need to teach. Make sure you are familiar with the laws in your state before you choose a curriculum.

Once you have all of this information, you can start to make a decision about which curriculum is right for your family. It can be a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a little research, you can find the perfect fit for your family.

2. Be flexible

Homeschooling can be a great way to tailor your child’s education to their specific needs and interests. However, it’s important to be flexible in your approach to homeschooling.

Your child’s individual needs and learning style may change over time, so it’s important to be open to adapt your homeschooling methods as needed. Additionally, children’s interests can change rapidly, so don’t be afraid to try new approaches or switch up your curriculum from time to time.

By remaining flexible in your homeschooling, you’ll be able to provide your child with the best possible education.

3. Get organized

It is important to have a plan and be organized when homeschooling. This will help make the process smoother and more successful.If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot on your plate. You may feel like you’re constantly running around trying to get everything done, but never quite feeling like you’re on top of things. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to get organized.

There are a few things you can do to get yourself organized and make your life a little easier. One of the first things you need to do is create a schedule. This will help you keep track of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Having a schedule will also help you keep your priorities straight. Having a system in place will make your life much easier and less chaotic.

Finally, one of the best things you can do to get organized is to declutter. Get rid of anything in your life that is taking up space and is not serving a purpose. This includes physical items like clothes and books, but also things like old memories and grudges. Decluttering will help you to focus on what is important and let go of what is not.

Getting organized can seem like a daunting task, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you get into the habit of being organized, you’ll find that your life is much simpler and less chaotic. You’ll also be able to get more done and have more free time to enjoy the things you love.

4. Take Brain Breaks

We all know that feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out. Sometimes, we can push through and power through it. Other times, we need to take a step back and take a break. This is especially true when it comes to our children.

If you notice your child is starting to get overwhelmed, it’s important to take a brain break. This can be anything from reading a book together to playing a quick game of catch. Taking a few minutes to relax and rejuvenate can make all the difference in the world.

And don’t forget, you deserve a brain break too! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break for yourself. Go for a walk, read your favorite book, or just take a few deep breaths. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your children.

So next time you’re feeling stressed, remember to take a brain break. It’ll do you and your children a world of good.

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Now that you have the supplies and the organization you need, it is time to get started. Enjoy this new adventure and watch your child grow and learn!

Back to school: 5 Best Tips and Tricks to Get Ahead

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With school right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping for your new semester. As daunting as all those books, assignments, and exams may seem, getting back into the swing of things is easier than you think. If you’re anything like us, though, you’ll probably need a little extra help to get there.

After all, it has been a while since we last saw our favorite literature-loving nerds. Luckily for you (and us), we’ve put together a few helpful tips and tricks that will make getting back into the groove of things at school much easier than you think.

Make a To-Do List

One of the most basic but also most effective ways to get ahead on studying and schoolwork is to make a to-do list. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to note that not all to-do lists are created equal. You need to make sure to set specific time frames and goals that are workable and reasonable for you to achieve so you don’t get overwhelmed. An easy way to do this is to break up your tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly sections. This way, you can make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew, and you don’t get too overwhelmed.

Network and Stay Organized with Your Classes’ Google Calendars

Another easy but effective way to stay organized is to network with your peers. This can be done by joining on-campus clubs and organizations, or even finding a mentor. It’s also super helpful to add your courses’ Google calendars to your Google calendar so you can stay on top of due dates. If you are just starting high school you can schedules your classes and see if your teacher has a link for schedules. If you’re attending a more unconventional school, like a community college, you can ask your professors if they have Google calendars and if they’d be willing to add you as a guest.

Don’t be afraid of the library!

Every student’s least favorite place is the library. But if you don’t go, you’re only hurting yourself. Sure, it can be loud and stressful, but that’s why you need to know how to survive there. First, bring your own headphones (they’ll make you less of a nuisance to other students). Next, familiarize yourself with the layout of the library so you can quickly find the resources you need and avoid heavy foot traffic. Third, make sure to get there early and stay late if you plan on studying there. That way, you can avoid “the rush” to find a spot and the general noise.

Start Your Studying Early

You might think that starting your studying as late as possible is the best way to prepare for your classes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s important to note that the best time to start studying is actually a few weeks before the start of your semester. This gives you enough time to get caught up on all the material you’ll need to know for your upcoming classes and gives you a little leeway in case you get too wrapped up in your studying and miss a due date. If you’re not sure where to start, try taking a look at your school’s syllabus and course catalog.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

This may be obvious, but it’s important to remember to make time for yourself while you’re at school. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your classes, social life, and extracurricular activities that you forget to take time to recharge. Try to set aside a few hours each week to do something you enjoy, whether that be reading, watching a show, going out with friends, or just relaxing at home. It’s important to remember that while school is important, it’s not everything. School can be a fun, adventurous time in your life, but it’s important that you take it seriously, too.

With these tips and tricks, you can make sure to get ahead on your schoolwork, stay organized, and have a stress-free experience getting back into the groove of things.

Week 34 – May 30th – June 3rd

Kindergarten

  • All About Reading Lesson 34
  • Skill Sharpeners Science K (pg 131-134) Finished
  • Primer Math Lesson 34
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Page 225-230)
  • Kumon Thinking Skills Lesson 34
  • 180 Days of Social Studies (Day 171-175)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies
  • Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Pages 205) Finished

1st Grader

  • Language Arts: Word Families ST, STR & SW
  • Social Studies: Compassion
  • Math: Four Operations (3 days a week)
  • Science: Pollination & Bees (2 days a week)
  • Arts & Crafts: Flower Stationary
  • Math Reasoning Level C (pg 303-309)
  • Building Thinking Skills (pg 326-329)
  • History: Story of the World Volume 1 (Chapter 45)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies, Cat Crimes Game

4th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra (Lesson 3)
  • Mosdos Press Ruby (Comparing Settings)
  • Spelling You See Level E (Lesson 34)
  • Language Smarts Grade 4 (pages 322-326)
  • Critical & Creative 4 (pages 133-137)
  • The Story of the World Volume 2 (Chapter 45)
  • Brain Games
    • The Astute Goose, Cat Crimes Game, Color Catch, Mystery Mosaics
  • Skill Sharpeners Geography (pages 124-127)
  • Art – Starry Night Pixel, Painting, Drawing 30-45 minutes
  • STEM – Gravitrax
  • Write & Draw Your Own Comics 2-3 pages
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 14)

8th Grader

  • Mosdos Press Gold (The Pen of my Aunt + Workbook Activities)
  • Easy Grammar Grade 8 (Day 156-160)
  • Math-u-See Algebra (Lesson 32)
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 14)
  • Building and Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural (Pages 240-245)
  • World History Detective (Lessons 77)
  • Fischertechnik Profi Hydraulic Engineer
  • Word Roots Level 2 (1-2 Lessons)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Art – Painting, Drawing, Stories, Archi-doodle

Week 33 – May 16th – May 20th

Kindergarten

  • All About Reading Lesson 33
  • The Reading Lesson – Lesson 20 (Day 3-5) – finished
  • Skill Sharpeners Science K (pg 131-133)
  • Primer Math Lesson 33
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Page 220-224)
  • Kumon Thinking Skills Lesson 33
  • 180 Days of Social Studies (Day 166-170)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies
  • Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Pages 200-203)

1st Grader

  • Language Arts: Word Families SP & SPR
  • Social Studies: Kindness
  • Math: Board Games and Card Games (3 days a week)
  • Science: Charting Flower Growth (2 days a week)
  • Arts & Crafts: Juggling Balls
  • Math Reasoning Level C (pg 297-302)
  • Building Thinking Skills (pg 321-325)
  • History: Story of the World Volume 1 (Chapter 44)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies, Cat Crimes Game

4th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra (Lesson 2)
  • Mosdos Press Ruby (What is Imagery?)
  • Spelling You See Level E (Lesson 33)
  • Language Smarts Grade 4 (pages 317-321)
  • Critical & Creative 4 (pages 130-133)
  • The Story of the World Volume 2 (Chapter 44)
  • Brain Games
    • The Astute Goose, Cat Crimes Game, Color Catch, Mystery Mosaics
  • Skill Sharpeners Geography (pages 124-127)
  • Art – Starry Night Pixel, Painting, Drawing 30-45 minutes
  • STEM – Gravitrax
  • Write & Draw Your Own Comics 2-3 pages
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 13)

8th Grader

  • Mosdos Press Gold (The First Day, You Need to go Upstairs & The Piece of String + Workbook Activities)
  • Easy Grammar Grade 8 (Day 151-155)
  • Math-u-See Algebra (Lesson 31)
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 13)
  • Building and Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural (Pages 236-239)
  • World History Detective (Lessons 75-76)
  • Fischertechnik Profi Hydraulic Engineer
  • Word Roots Level 2 (1-2 Lessons)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Art – Painting, Drawing, Stories, Archi-doodle

Week 32 – May 9th – May 13th

Kindergarten

  • All About Reading Lesson 32
  • The Reading Lesson – Lesson 19, 20 (Day 5, 1-2)
  • Skill Sharpeners Science K (pg 127-130)
  • Primer Math Lesson 32
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Page 214-219)
  • Kumon Thinking Skills Lesson 32
  • 180 Days of Social Studies (Day 160-165)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies
  • Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Pages 194-199)

1st Grader

  • Language Arts: Word Families SL, SM & SN
  • Social Studies: Truths & Falsehoods
  • Math: Board Games and Card Games (3 days a week)
  • Science: Seed Dispersal (2 days a week)
  • Arts & Crafts: Garden Markers
  • Math Reasoning Level C (pg 291-296)
  • Building Thinking Skills (pg 313-320)
  • History: Story of the World Volume 1 (Chapter 43)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies, Cat Crimes Game

4th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra (Lesson 1)
  • Mosdos Press Ruby (Writing Skills)
  • Spelling You See Level E (Lesson 32)
  • Language Smarts Grade 4 (pages 310-316)
  • Critical & Creative 4 (pages 125-129)
  • The Story of the World Volume 2 (Chapter 43)
  • Brain Games
    • The Astute Goose, Cat Crimes Game, Color Catch, Mystery Mosaics
  • Skill Sharpeners Geography (pages 119-123)
  • Art – Starry Night Pixel, Painting, Drawing 30-45 minutes
  • STEM – Gravitrax
  • Write & Draw Your Own Comics 2-3 pages
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 12)

8th Grader

  • Mosdos Press Gold (Fire! & Mr. Brownlee’s Roses + Workbook Activities)
  • Easy Grammar Grade 8 (Day 146-150)
  • Math-u-See Algebra (Lesson 30)
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 12)
  • Building and Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural (Pages 231-235)
  • World History Detective (Lessons 73-74)
  • Fischertechnik Profi Hydraulic Engineer
  • Word Roots Level 2 (1-2 Lessons)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • All About Spelling Level 3 (Lesson 25)
  • Art – Painting, Drawing, Stories, Archi-doodle

Week 31 – May 2nd – May 6th

Kindergarten

  • All About Reading Lesson 31
  • The Reading Lesson – Lesson 19 (Day 1-4)
  • Skill Sharpeners Science K (pg 121-126)
  • Primer Math Lesson 31
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Page 209-213)
  • Kumon Thinking Skills Lesson 31
  • 180 Days of Social Studies (Day 157-161)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies
  • Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Pages 188-193)

1st Grader

  • Language Arts: Word Families SC & SCR
  • Social Studies: Responsible for Actions
  • Math: Board Games and Card Games (3 days a week)
  • Science: Nesting Behavior/ Gardening (2 days a week)
  • Arts & Crafts: Gourd Bird Feeder
  • Math Reasoning Level C (pg 283-290)
  • Building Thinking Skills (pg 306-312)
  • History: Story of the World Volume 1 (Chapter 42)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies, Cat Crimes Game

4th Grader

  • Math-U-See Zeta (Lesson 31-32)
  • Mosdos Press Ruby (Writing Skills)
  • Spelling You See Level E (Lesson 31)
  • Language Smarts Grade 4 (pages 301-309)
  • Critical & Creative 4 (pages 121-124)
  • The Story of the World Volume 2 (Chapter 42)
  • Brain Games
    • The Astute Goose, Cat Crimes Game, Color Catch, Mystery Mosaics
  • Skill Sharpeners Geography (pages 113-118)
  • Art – Starry Night Pixel, Painting, Drawing 30-45 minutes
  • STEM – Gravitrax
  • Write & Draw Your Own Comics 2-3 pages
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 11)

8th Grader

  • Mosdos Press Gold (This Farm for Sale & The Drummer Boy of Shiloh + Workbook Activities)
  • Easy Grammar Grade 8 (Day 141-145)
  • Math-u-See Algebra (Lesson 29)
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 11)
  • Building and Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural (Pages 225-230)
  • World History Detective (Lessons 71-72)
  • Fischertechnik Profi Hydraulic Engineer
  • Word Roots Level 2 (1-2 Lessons)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • All About Spelling Level 3 (Lesson 24)
  • Art – Painting, Drawing, Stories, Archi-doodle

Week 30 – April 25th – April 29th

Kindergarten

  • All About Reading Lesson 30
  • The Reading Lesson – Lesson 18 (Day 2-6)
  • Skill Sharpeners Science K (pg 117-120)
  • Primer Math Lesson 30
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Page 203-208)
  • Kumon Thinking Skills Lesson 30
  • 180 Days of Social Studies (Day 151-156)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies
  • Exploring the Building Blocks of Science (Pages 183-187)

1st Grader

  • Language Arts: Word Families PL & PR
  • Social Studies: Responsibilities
  • Math: Board Games and Card Games (3 days a week)
  • Science: Animal Communication (2 days a week)
  • Arts & Crafts: Puppet Theater
  • Math Reasoning Level C (pg 277-282)
  • Building Thinking Skills (pg 298-305)
  • History: Story of the World Volume 1 (Chapter 41)
  • Brain Games
    • Apple Twist, Clumsy Thief Junior, Smart Farmer, Gobblet Gobblers, Smart Cookies, Cat Crimes Game

4th Grader

  • Math-U-See Zeta (Lesson 28-30)
  • Mosdos Press Ruby (Drawing Conclusions)
  • Spelling You See Level E (Lesson 30)
  • Language Smarts Grade 4 (pages 291-300)
  • Critical & Creative 4 (pages 116-120)
  • The Story of the World Volume 2 (Chapter 41)
  • Brain Games
    • The Astute Goose, Cat Crimes Game, Color Catch, Mystery Mosaics
  • Skill Sharpeners Geography (pages 109-112)
  • Art – Starry Night Pixel, Painting, Drawing 30-45 minutes
  • STEM – Gravitrax
  • Write & Draw Your Own Comics 2-3 pages
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 10)

8th Grader

  • Mosdos Press Gold (This Farm for Sale & The Drummer Boy of Shiloh + Workbook Activities)
  • Easy Grammar Grade 8 (Day 136-140)
  • Math-u-See Algebra (Lesson 28)
  • Sassafras – Earth Science (Lesson 10)
  • Building and Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural (Pages 217-224)
  • World History Detective (Lessons 68-70)
  • Fischertechnik Profi Hydraulic Engineer
  • Word Roots Level 2 (1-2 Lessons)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • All About Spelling Level 3 (Lesson 23)
  • Art – Painting, Drawing, Stories, Archi-doodle