SKrafty 2017/2018 IEW Classes

IEW Writing Classes
It’s writing time!  Please join us for a fun-filled writing class with live classes, grading, and some Minecraft.  These courses will be a 2 semester class, and the text book we will vary depending on the age level.  Each class can be used for a full writing or grammar credit.  We will have a live class each week, assignments, and of course Minecraft activities to go along with it.  The live class will be recorded to watch later.  These classes will be taught using methodology by The Institute for Excellence in Writing by teachers certified to teach with this method.  You can read more about this method below:

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Following are the details:

NOTE:  Due to the grading and teaching time involved these classes have limited space.

Required Textbooks (Must be purchased separately):

Please use code JoannJ if ordering from IEW.

Grades 3 – 5 Writing All Things Fun and Fascinating (Student Book)*

Humorous characters, cunning creatures, and meritorious men of history will captivate 3rd–5th graders as they learn to write with structure and style.  Moving through Units 1–7, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. This class is ideal for students new to IEW in 3rd-5th grade.

Grades 4 – 7 Writing Ancient History Based Writing Lessons (Student Book)*

In this yearlong course students will write about six major ancient civilizations—Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, and Rome—while working progressively through the nine IEW units and a variety of stylistic techniques. This class can be a level A or B. Students that took Fables Myths and Fairytales should be prepared for this class. If your student found Fables difficult they might want to take All Things Fun and Fascinating. New IEW students in grades 4-7 will also do well in this class. Students should be reading at a minimum of a fourth grade level.

Grades 5 – 9 Writing US History Based Writing Lessons (Student Book) *

Students will develop their skill with the Structure and Style Writing Method while learning about interesting, important people and events in U.S. history from the explorers to the twentieth century. An optional literature component studies six novels that integrate with the historical topics used for writing assignments. Students that were in the Ancient History Based Writing class will be prepared to dive into US History. This level B class is also appropriate for students new to IEW in 5th- 9th grade. Students should be reading at a 5th grade level or higher.

Grades 6th & Up, high school students new to IEW Writing World History-Based Writing Lessons (Student Book)*

Using the Structure and Style Writing Method, students will improve their compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This yearlong course explores world history from Gutenberg to twenty-first-century technology.

 Grades grades 9th – 12th World History Based Writing (Text, TBD)

Using the Structure and Style Writing Method, students will improve their compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events, and people around the globe.  This class will focus on essays and research papers and will complement the SKrafty Live Notgrass World History Class.  This class is appropriate for those in 9th – 12th grade.

Fix-It Grammar

Ingenious! Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

Because every book in Fix It! Grammar is foundational to the book IEW’s recommendation is that all students begin with the first book: The Nose Tree. Each book includes advanced concepts, so even if your student knows much of the material, you can still begin with the first book and plan to move through it at a faster pace while adding the advanced concepts as he is ready for them. However, if you think your student has already mastered some of the concepts, use the IEW placement test below to determine where to start

http://iew.com/sites/default/files/page/fileattachment/Fix_It_Placement_Test.pdf

Level 1 Fix-it Grammar: The Nose Tree Student Book; The Nose Tree Teacher Book

Level 2 Fix-it Grammar: Robin Hood Student Book; Robin Hood Teacher Book

Level 3 Fix-it Grammar: Frog Prince, or Just Deserts Student Book; Frog Prince, or Just Deserts Teacher Book

Please use code JoannJ if ordering from IEW.

*Textbook may vary

WHEN :

Live Classes begin the week of Monday, September 11th.  There will be a week off for Thanksgiving on November 20 – 24, and 2 weeks off during December 18 – January 5th.  Second semester will begin on the week of Monday, January 8th and conclude on the week of April 30th.  Spring break will take place during the week of March 26 – 30 during which there will be no classes.

Class Times: 

Grades 3 – 5th (All Things Fun..) Mondays at 10:45 – 12:15 pm CST

Grades 4th – 7th (Ancient)Wednesdays at 10 am – 11:30 pm CST

Grades 6th & Up (US History) Fridays at 10:00 – 11:30 am CST

Grades 6th & Up (World History) Tuesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CST

Grades High School (World History) Wednesdays at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm CST

Fix-it Grammar (Nose Tree) Mondays at 2:45 – 3:20 pm CST

Fix-it Grammar (Robin Hood) Mondays at 10:00 – 10:45 pm CST

Fix-it Grammar (Frog Prince) Tuesdays at 1:45 – 12:30 pm CST

Purchase:

NOTE:  Classes must have a minimum number of 8 students to “make” the class.  These classes are limited.

Both Semesters Writing Classes

**Writing classes are not included in the EDU subscription, but subscribers get a significant discount.  ($50 cost for class instead of $249.99).  Go HERE to sign up for the Subscription if you would like to go that route.

Live weekly Class with in game assignments (Full Year, includes both semester live class + grading) – $249.99 

Grades 3 – 5th: All Things Fun & Fascinating

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Grades 4th – 7th: Ancient

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Grades 6th & Up (US History):

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Grades 6th & Up (World History):

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Grades High School (World History): 

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Both Semesters Grammar Classes

**Fix-it classes are not included in the EDU subscription, but subscribers get a significant discount.  ($15 cost for class instead of $99.99)  Go HERE to sign up for the Subscription if you would like to go that route.

Live weekly Class with in game assignments (Full Year, includes both semester live class + grading) – $99.99

Level 1: Nose Tree 

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Level 2: Robin Hood 

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Level 3: Frog Prince 

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WHERE: SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:

We will have the following:

  • Weekly teacher led live class and textbook assignments.  Classes will meet in a virtual classroom with Adobe Connect in which the teacher will present the lesson and interact with students.
  • Students will log into online class portal for weekly assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project.
  • Papers and assignments will be graded in the writing classes.  Grammar classes will have online quizzes which are automatically graded.
  • In – Game rewards for completing course milestones.

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Premium Minecraft Account and Minecraft for PC or MAC
  • Minecraft account must be whitelisted on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.  Get Whitelisted here.
  • Required Textbook see class descriptions:
    Please use code JoannJ if ordering from IEW.
  • Student should know the basics of building in Minecraft, and use proper Minecraft ettiquette (no griefing, etc.)
  • Students will be able to log in and begin on Monday, September 11th.

Minecraft Inspired Egg Carton Squids

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Minecraft-Inspired Egg Carton Squids

My kids love Minecraft. They not only play the game every spare moment they can get, but they also try to collect as many Minecraft-themed toys, games, cards, and anything else they can find. If you haven’t noticed, Minecraft merchandise can be expensive. But you don’t have to buy everything when you can make some of it! We had a blast making these Minecraft-inspired squids from recycled egg cartons.

Minecraft-Inspired Egg Carton Squids

  • Make these squids with your Minecraft-loving kids!
  • What you’ll need to make the Minecraft Squids:
  • Egg cartons
  • Navy, white, and black acrylic paints
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes

Each egg carton cup will become the body of one squid. We know that true Minecraft squids are square, but with the right paint job, your squids will look a little more squarish. Cut out the cups and trim any excess carton. We found that the outside edge cups had more cup to work with and looked the most squid-like.

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Cut six legs for each squid from the top of the egg carton.

Glue three legs to the front of the squid and three legs to the back.

When the glue is dry, paint the entire squid, legs and all, navy.

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When the paint dries, mix a small amount of navy and white paint together to make a slightly lighter navy. Paint a square on the front of the egg carton squid. This will become its face. Paint another small square of the lighter blue on the top of the egg carton.

Add a couple of extra drops of white paint to your lighter blue. Paint little lighter squares in the top left corner and bottom right corner of each of your darker squares.

Paint two white squares in the center of your squid’s face to make eyes. Paint one tiny corner of that square black to give your squid some pupils.

Wait for the paint to dry and display your new egg carton Minecraft squids with pride!

Geology Class Using Minecraft Blocks

It’s science time! Please join us for a fun LIVE,online science all about Biblical Geology Class taught by Dr. Marcus Ross, Ph.D. from Cornerstone Educational Supply using their Minecraft inspired rock and mineral kit!!!

This course will be a 6 Week class, and the needed supplies will be the BIG STACK rock and mineral kit, PLUS Geology Testing Kit (SKrafty Pack) from Cornerstone Educational Supply (Must Be Purchased Separately).

Following are the details:

WHEN :

Live Class begins Friday, February 10th, 2017; and will run through Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Class Time:  3:30 PM CST

Price: $29.99 (or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers)

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WHAT:

Class will include the following:

  • Weekly Live Class with Dr. Marcus Ross, Ph.D.
  • Weekly lesson and in-home assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Quizzes to test progress

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Premium Minecraft Account and Minecraft for PC or MAC
  • Minecraft account must be whitelisted on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.  Get Whitelisted here.
  • Required Materials: BIG STACK rock and mineral kit, PLUS Geology Testing Kit (SKrafty Pack) from Cornerstone Educational Supply (Must Be Purchased Separately)
  • Student should know the basics of building in Minecraft, and use proper Minecraft ettiquette (no griefing, etc.)
  • Age and Grade Level:  This class will be suitable for all ages.

Want to join us?  Spots are limited!  Sign Up Below:

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Minecraft Inspired Creeper Ornament

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If you have been to our booth at any of the homeschool conferences we attended this year, then you probably saw the perler bead setup we have added this year.  SuperMic and SuperGirl767 are the main proprietors of that part of our booth, and they are having so much fun with it.  They sell perler bead jewelry as well as custom perler bead creations.  With that said, we thought it would be super fun to share a plan to make your own perler bead ornament just in time to put it onto the Christmas Tree.

I know Minecraft isn’t usually thought of as a festive or particularly Christmas-y game, but once you see these cute creepers with their festive Santa hats, you’ll want to transform all your favorite Minecraft blocks into Christmas blocks. These melty bead Minecraft ornaments are so easy to make, even young kids will have a blast making them. Create fun memories that capture your children’s interest and provide holiday memories at the same time!  Here’s how to do it:

Minecraft-Inspired Creeper Ornaments

Make these melty bead creepers with your Minecraft-loving kids!

What you’ll need to make the Minecraft creeper ornaments:

Our Minecraft creeper is built on an 8X8 square. This is large enough to include all of the necessary elements of a creeper face without overwhelming your Christmas tree. This size makes an ornament with a total height of about 3 inches.

Use the following pattern to make your creeper. When the pattern says “G” that can stand for any color of green. Creepers are a mix of greens, so don’t worry about getting the pattern exactly right. It is easiest if you make the face then add the hat on top of the face.

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Bead Pattern Key

  • G= Green
  • B= Black
  • R= Red
  • W=White
  • X= No beads

Creeper Face Pattern

  • GGGGGGGG
  • GGGGGGGG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GGGBBGGG
  • GGBBBBGG
  • GGBGGBGG
  • GGGGGGGG

Hat Pattern

  • XXXXRRXXXX
  • XXXRRRRWW
  • XXRRRRRRW
  • XRRRRRRX
  • WWWWWWWW

Place the beads on the tray according to the pattern (use the picture for guidance if you need help). After arranging all the beads, heat your iron to medium heat.

Place the paper over the beads and apply pressure with the heated iron for about 20 seconds. If the beads have fused together but not started to fold over, you’ve heated it long enough.

Remove the beads from the tray and flip the creeper over.

Place the paper on the exposed side of the creeper and iron for another 20 seconds to seal the second side.

Cut a string about 3 inches long. Glue to the back of the creeper with hot glue.

Your Minecraft ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

 

 

 

SKrafty Shirts for Sale

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Over the past several years we have sold SKrafty shirts during conferences as well as at SKraftyCon. We have been asked several times if we would ship them for those who are unable to attend in person. We are so excited to finally make this happen! For a limited time we will be taking orders for SKrafty shirts! We will be placing a special shirt order for this purpose, and shirts will be shipped out on Friday, December 16th. In order to get your shirts shipped out by that date, you will need to place your order NO later than Wednesday 12/7 at midnight. You can order your shirt below:

Cost: $15 + Shipping

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SKrafty Donator Gifts Available

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Are your kiddos asking for a SKrafty donator rank like Game Master, Princess or Jedi Master?  Do you want to purchase it for them and surprise them later for Christmas?  I have put together a couple of products so that you can buy now and they can redeem them when they receive them.  You can also get a year of the rank for a discount (2 months free).

We will even send you a printable gift certificate you can print out to put in a card, stocking or however you’d like to present it.

Here you go:

Rank up for a year:

This package will include a year of your choice of rank.  You can choose between Jedi Master, Game Master, Hulk, Spiderman, or Princess.  With this package you will get 2 months of rank free.

This purchase includes a Gift Code to Rank Up in game.  You will receive a printable Gift Certificate with gift code for the recipient to use at a later date.

Cost: $80 for 12 months

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Rank up for a month:

This package will include a month of your choice of rank.  You can choose between Jedi Master, Game Master, Hulk, Spiderman, or Princess.

This purchase includes a Gift Code to Rank Up in game.  You will receive a printable Gift Certificate with gift code for the recipient to use at a later date.

Cost: $8.00 for 1 month

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SKraftyCon 2016 Information and Registration

SKraftyCon

We are so excited to be able to finally announce details about the FIRST ever SKraftyCon event!  This is going to be such a fun time with friends, Minecraft, and LOTS of other entertainment.  You will be able to spend lots of quality time with your SKrafty friends and make new friends as well!  This event is sponsored by SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft.

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Check out all the details below:

When?

September 17, 2016
12:30 pm CST until 8:00 pm CST

Where?

Pelham Civic Center Complex
500 Amphitheater Road
Pelham, Alabama 35124

What?

SKraftyCon is a conference for Christian Homeschooling gamers and their parents!  Tickets include over 6 hours of fun and activities for kids and their parents.  Following are some of the things you will enjoy with your ticket:

Praise and Worship:

Enjoy the music as we worship the Lord together and share a devotional with everyone.

Gaming:

We will play some get to know one another games, Minecraft build competitions, group builds, PVP tournaments and more.  BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!!

Magic and Illusions:

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Guests will enjoy an amazing magic show by master illusionist, Matt Adams!   Matt is widely known for his mind-blowing illusions and superior sleight of hand. He’s performed in countries around the world on four continents.  Matt also travels with his own magic shop which he calls “The Mystery Shop.” After the show, he has agreed to do a “meet and greet” and also sign autographs.

If you are looking for quality family entertainment, then this is a show you will not want to miss!

Parent’s Track – Internet Safety for Kids:

Parenting is hard. Parenting with the invention of the internet is harder. Please join Ron Foster as he talks about the dangers of the internet as well as discussing free and inexpensive ways of securing, and monitoring our children.

With almost 20 years of IT experience, Ron has worked with various platforms and technologies. First, cutting his teeth as a UNIX instructor for Sun Microsystems. He then went on to make a career out of breaking things, and has been doing it ever since. He currently works as a Senior Security Consultant for HPE’s Fortify On Demand team. When he is not in front of a computer you can find him refurbishing an old rifle, working with drones, or working with the American Heritage Girls.

Ice Skating*:

Attendees will also be able to ice skate in the arena at the Pelham Civic Complex during the conference.  They are also providing coaches out on the rink for us!  *For those who would like to skate there will be an extra $7 charge at the time of skating.  This is a $2 discount from the regular cost.

Dinner and Family Friendly DJ Party:

End the night in style with a delicious dinner (included in ticket price) along with some FUN music and conversations with friends!

Swag Bags:

The conference won’t be complete without some fun goodies to take home!  Everyone with a ticket will receive a swag bag with fun surprises inside.

COST:

$45 per person; $200 max per family

Purchase tickets here:

Single Ticket Purchase *Non Refundable:

Quantity:  

Family Ticket*Non Refundable:

Notes:  Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.  Parent ticket also required.