JAN
10
2016

Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope your 2016 is getting off to a good start? Ours has been a little crazy, but we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! We’re heading into our 2nd week back in school after the holidays and that’s always the time that I like to introduce a new curriculum if we’re going to be making any changes.   So I also thought that it would be a great time to do a Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum giveaway for you all. For anyone looking for a new Bible curriculum, now’s a great chance to get ahold of a fun and engaging curriculum! It’s the new Series 1 Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum from Friends & Heroes. We’ve been doing daily devotionals which we’ll continue with, but I was excited to add in this new element into our week. I love that it provides a little break from the norm for us. We get out of the school room and head to the family room for a little movie time during school! What? Yep, I didn’t get one single complaint from any of … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2015

All About Reading Level 4 Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have an awesome Christmas giveaway for one of you today! All About Learning Press sent us All About Reading Level 4 for review, and we’re having so much fun with it! I had Tinker Bell, who is in 4th grade, review it for me. So let’s hear what she had to say about this program!   “I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell I’d have to agree with her assessment, I like that the activities for reading are fun for her, and anything that she asks to do gets a thumbs up from me! The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well. For our reading lessons, she really enjoys the fun hands-on activity book. They usually involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2015

FotoFinch Elementary Photography Curriculum

Hi everyone! I reviewed a product for The Foto Finch a while back and we loved it. Strawberry Shortcake used it last year as her elective class. She loves to take pictures and it really helped her with learning how to use her camera as well as how to put together a well composed shot.   My other kiddos were anxious to try out the program themselves, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult since they are younger. And so today I wanted to share with you the elementary level version that is now available! Along with written lessons, assignments, and activities, the elementary level curriculum also comes with video lessons to help explain the concepts and assignments which I love. That way students can choose whether the prefer to read the lessons, or watch them online. My son prefers to watch the video lessons and honestly so do I.   Each lesson is followed by a hands-on activity to help solidify the concepts taught. Just to give you an idea of the lessons, … [Read more...]

AUG
25
2015

Spelling You See Video Review

Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a bonus! Psst…stick around to the end for a fun giveaway!! --> Watch my Spelling You See video review here! PLEASE NOTE: I apologize, in the video I mentioned that the curriculum comes with the Teacher’s Manual, however it does not. The Teacher’s Manual can be purchased separately. I don't use the teacher's manual for my older students, however there are some dictation exercises in the Level B unit that does require the teacher's manual.   What is Spelling You See? For those of you who haven’t heard of Spelling You See, it’s a new curriculum recently released by the same folks as Math U See, Demme Learning. They have a unique approach where students search for things like vowel … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2015

Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the year, and so today I have a free copy of their Homeschool Unit Study #1 for you!   We’ve enjoyed the Friends and Heroes DVDs in the past and have used their unit study as well. Here are some of the things included in the curriculum. Homeschool Unit Study 1 Includes: Each DVD features two themed Bible stories (usually one Old and New Testament). CD-ROM printables that can be used with multiple children. Parent’s/Teacher’s Lesson Guide including answer keys and certificates of completion. Student Workbook of activities Friends and Heroes DVD containing a full length adventure episode. Each unit study contains a lesson pack with hands-on, fun worksheets to go … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2015

All About Spelling Video Review

Good morning readers! Today I have a much requested All About Spelling video review for you! Psst…there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post, so keep reading! As most of you know, we’ve used this program for several years now, and we still love it! But I do get a lot of questions about what you need to order, and how we use the program so I thought a video would be a great way to share more information with you and hopefully help you learn a little bit more about this curriculum. --> Watch my All About Spelling Video Review here!     What do you need to purchase?   Every time I post on this product, I get questions like “Do I really need the teacher’s manual?” or “What do I need to purchase?”. In order to complete this program successfully, you will definitely NEED the Teacher’s Manual. The student packet is basically  a list of word cards and a few other special items needed for the unit, however without the TM you won’t have any … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2015

K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum) and want a fun hands-on kindergarten curriculum.  The curriculum introduces beginning reading, math and handwriting skills that will give your student a huge advantage as they proceed through their elementary years. Upon completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of simple addition and subtraction, place value, basic 1 and 2 vowel words, beginning reading skills, logical thinking and much more! With this curriculum you also receive 34 weeks worth of daily lesson plans to help guide you through a full year kindergarten skilled activities. Here’s a video review of my Kindergarten Curriculum to help give you a better idea … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2015

Letter of the Week Video Review

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fun summer break…if you take one that is. We are, and we’re looking at starting back up in August, so I’m trying to get everything prepared and ready to go! Today I thought it would be fun to do a video review of my Letter of the Week curriculum for those of you who are interested in seeing what it looks like.     Click here to watch the Letter of the Week video review!   The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It has 5 days per week of lesson plans full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more! There are over 1500 … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2015

Lakeshore Learning Science Tools Kit

As most of you know, I’ve been participate in in Lakeshore’s summer learning ambassador program. And part of the fun of that is that I get to review some of their fun summer products which are geared towards learning through play. This happens to be one of my favorite ways to learn for those of you who don’t know me! One of the products I requested was the Lakeshore Science Tools kit. I originally thought that the Teeny Tot (who is now 6 and really needs a new alias) would enjoy this. But when the kit arrived, it was my 11 year old who scooped it up and immediately went to work! The kit costs $29.99 and comes with a bunch of fun lab tools  and illustrated experiment cards for kids to work through. It even came with those beloved test tubes, measuring spoons, beakers, and of course safety goggles which little kiddos love to play with. You really only need a few extra household items to complete most of the experiments. Things like sand, water, oil, food coloring, and … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]