DEC
22
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 16: Bartholomew’s Passage

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Good morning everyone! Wow, only one shopping day left until Christmas Eve! We celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve, and my husband’s family Christmas Day, so today is my final chance to gather any last minute things! Yikes!   But even with all of the hustle going on right now, i still have a fabulous giveaway for you today! My lovely friends at iHomeschool Network have donated two of favorite Christmas books for you today! Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide “Bartholomew's Passage is an engaging story that guides families through the Advent season. Young Bartholomew's adventures start when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, continue through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend Nathan, and end with a reunion with his family in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new friend, a young boy named Jotham!” (This book is the sequel to Jotham’s Journey.) Tabitha’s … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 13: All About Learning

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun product for you all! One of my favorite companies, All About Learning Press is sponsoring our giveaway today! If you don’t know already, AALP products are one of my top picks for teaching spelling skills, reading, phonics, phonograms, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and decoding multi-syllable words. And If you’ve already been using All About Spelling or Reading you already know that this is a fun hands-on program! Tinker Bell loves the fun activity sheets included in the Student Activity Pack for the reading program, and thanks to the AALP spelling program she’s one of my best spellers!  She actually asks to do these fun sheets all the time! And I figure if a kid is asking to learn it’s a good thing.   Ready to add this wonderful program to your homeschool? The awesome people at All About Learning Press is offering a giveaway of of the All About Spelling Level 1 PLUS the Deluxe Spelling Interactive Kit to one of you! Fill out … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2013

All About Reading 3 Review

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Hi everyone! I had so much fun offering a giveaway for the newly released All About Reading Level 3 curriculum. But now I want to take a few minutes to review it a bit for those of you with questions. {Disclosure: I am an affiliate with All About Learning Press because I love their products! Links contained in this post are affiliate links.}   All About Reading Level 3 is great for teaching not only reading skills, but also phonics, phonograms, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and decoding multi-syllable words. If you’ve already been using All About Reading Levels 1 or 2, you already know that this is a fun hands-on program! I think Tinker Bell’s favorite thing are the fun activity sheets included in the Student Activity Pack. She actually asks to do these fun sheets all the time! And I figure if a kid is asking to learn it’s a good thing.   What comes with the curriculum? As I mentioned in my last post, the set comes with a Teacher’s Manual, phonogram … [Read more...]

SEP
09
2013

All About Reading Level 3 is HERE!

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Hi everyone! Guess what just became available? If you read the title you know I’m talking about the long awaited All About Reading Level 3 set which is finally available! I will have a more formal review and giveaway coming up shortly, but I just wanted to let you all know that for this week only (through Sept. 15, 2013) All About Learning Press is offering $20 off of their brand new All About Reading Level 3 set!   {I am an affiliate with All About Learning Press because I love their products! Links contained in this post are affiliate links.}   As usual their set comes with two fun readers as well as an interactive student workbook to accompany the lesson plans. I’ve had several people ask if they need to order the teacher’s manual and the answer is “YES!” you do need the teacher’s manual, along with the student workbook, reading cards, and student books.   We’re excited to try this new level out, TinkerBell will be the one working on it and she’s … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2013

Carson-Dellosa Spectrum Readers

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Hi everyone! We’re knee deep into summer, and one of the things we like to encourage during summertime is lots of reading.   One of our newest book series we’ve been checking out and LOVING is the Spectrum Reading series by Carson-Dellosa.   They have readers for Kindergarten through second grades right now and they cost just $3.99 each! My kids have enjoyed the colorful pages and of course they’re exciting topics are inviting for most young readers.   Each level reader features cool facts on a variety of exciting topics, including colorful photos, and up close shots of some of the coolest animals around. But they’re not just about animals, the Spectrum Readers also include a variety of earth & life science topics including human bodies, plants, and weather.   To see some of the books live, watch the Carson-Dellosa Spectrum Readers video below!     Want more information? Visit the Carson-Dellosa … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2013

Reading Incentive Brag Tag Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! Awhile back I put up a post on our new Reading Incentive Program involving some super fun and colorful brag tags from ImageStuff. I think I also mentioned that they were working on putting together a homeschooling packet just for us! So, after some fun phone calls and hard work with the folks at ImageStuff they’ve finally created a wonderful homeschooling packet full of goodies! Since some of their quantities and tags are geared more towards traditional schools, they’ve specially designed this packet just for the needs of homeschoolers! So what’s included in this new pack? Each homeschooling packet includes 41 items for your kiddos for just $19.95. 5 inscribed pencils 1 Happy Birthday Pin (We’ll just re-use this on their birthdays!) 2 fun bracelets 1 Reading Rocks bookmark 1 - 24” necklace chain 1 Key Chain Holiday Tags Character tags Subject tags Here is a close up of the character tags that are included. Each student receives a “Bee”ing Good, … [Read more...]

APR
24
2013

Homeschool Reading and Phonics Curriculum Forum

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  Hi everyone! Welcome to the homeschool curriculum forum post series! Today we’re discussing reading and phonics. Since my children will be in grades prek, 2nd, 4th, and 5th this post will be geared towards elementary students. However feel free to leave a comment for whatever ages you are working with as I know it will help other homeschoolers out there!   For the early years I like to stick with basics and use Abeka for phonics and language practice. I prefer the more traditional approach to teaching letter sounds and blends as well as the reinforcing worksheets provided by Abeka.     I also like the various readers that come with the program as well as the comprehension questions after each story. You’ll want to make sure to get the “text questions and answers key” for the readers. I also like the “Read & Think” skill sheets that Abeka has starting in grade 3. They are timed reading exercises with comprehension questions at the end. … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2013

Educational iPad Apps: Reading

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It’s been awhile since I’ve put up an educational iPad apps post, so today I wanted to share some more of our favorites! Specifically in department of reading. I’ve found that my kids love to read on the iPad, and I’ve even found some fun interactive books for the Teeny Tot and Tinker Bell. So here are our top iPad reading apps as of now, hope your family enjoys them as well! The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores   Dr. Seuss Collection #1: The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 contains five Dr. Seuss titles for young readers. Enjoy The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Fox In Socks all in one omBook!   Dr. Seuss Collection #2: The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 contains five Dr. Seuss titles for young readers. Enjoy Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss's ABC, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, There's a Wocket in My Pocket! and Hop on Pop all in one omBook!   Dr. Seuss Cat in … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2013

Imagination Station #10 Giveaway

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I’ve done a giveaway for Imagination Station books before, and I was so excited to see that they have a new one out! It’s book number 10 in the series and is called Challenge on the Hill of Fire! I’m always looking for fun educational reading for my kids, so I was totally excited when I was contacted to review the Imagination Station adventure series! Can you fight fire…with faith? “Patrick and Beth climb on board the Imagination Station in hopes of traveling to the land of leprechauns and shamrocks. When they reach fifth-century Ireland, however, there’s no rainbow or pot of gold waiting for them. Instead, they must escape from evil druids and find their way to the bishop, who is their only hope of safety. But after meeting the bishop, the cousins find that he’s a rebel set on defying the druids-even though it could mean his death. Who is this man who isn’t afraid to die for his beliefs? Is he indeed safe, or will he lead Patrick and Beth toward the greatest danger they’ve … [Read more...]

JAN
01
2013

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Unit Study Progress

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Hi! Well, with the onset of one of our snowiest months of the year, we’re celebrating by working on our Mr. Popper’s Penguins Unit Study! This book isn’t moving as quickly as the last one, but it’s fun to do penguin stuff in wintertime!   In this unit we are learn all about penguins including different types, the penguin food chain, and vocabulary. Here is Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake working on his story timeline. I love Mr. Popper with his ladder, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities, and it’s a great way to help them remember what the main plot of the story is! They will also do a character analysis of main characters in the story, alphabetize Mr. Popper’s penguins, learn about different occupations, and write their own penguin poem. Strawberry Shortcakes Penguin Poem: The Penguin is small, he’s not very tall. He eats fish and never wants to miss. I find him here , there, and everywhere. What a sight of black and white. He … [Read more...]