JUL
22
2014

Affiliate Love…

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Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to you! For that reason, I only review/giveaway products that we have enjoyed in our home and want to share with you too! So today is dedicated to the awesome companies that have supported Confessions and have a special place in our hearts!   Our Favorites:   All About Learning Press has both reading and spelling products available which we love! All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your student become a proficient speller! All About Reading is a complete program teaching phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way.       What’s in the Bible? are a series of fun DVDs that … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2014

K4 Kindergarten Activities

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Hi all! Looking for some kindergarten worksheets and activities for your 4-5 year old? Look no further! The Teeny Tot is well into our K4 Kindergarten curriculum and I wanted to share some of her day with you all!   Right now she does a mix of activities to work on a variety of skills each day. Everything you’ll see in this post comes with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum unless otherwise indicated. I also have a bunch of freebies on my Kindergarten Worksheets page too!   Beginning Sounds: In this activity she is working on her beginning sounds and lowercase letters. The curriculum comes with both upper and lowercase worksheets for her to practice. She says the sound that the letter on each line makes, then circles the pictures that also begin with that same letter sound.   Shapes: She’s also building a shapes booklet where she displays all of her shapes and traces over the written version of each shape as well. Sometimes she decorates them with crayon, marker, … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2014

Classic Literature Volume 2 Mega Pack

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Looking for some fun, hands-on, literature activities for your young readers? Look no further! I’ve been releasing literature units each week, and I finally have the Classic Literature Mega Pack Volume 2 ready to go!     What is a literature unit? Literature units are a great way to introduce your students to classic literature at a younger age. These units all use the “Classic Starts” version of the books so they are easier for your students to read and comprehend. The literature units come with daily chapter assignments and mini-books that students will use to create a lapbook. They also include comprehension questions and vocabulary to make sure your student understands each chapter, and to help them remember what they’ve read! These units make reading more fun, engaging, and hands-on!   Units included in this combo pack: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Call of the Wild Gulliver’s Travels The Journey to the Center of the Earth King Arthur … [Read more...]

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...]