AUG
24
2014

Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

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I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages unit to start with. We’ve done several years of United States History and it is time to start looking into some world history. We haven’t started yet, but after looking through it and getting everything ready I wanted to share some of my first thoughts on the curriculum as well as how we set it all up. --> And make sure to read to the end, because I have a great giveaway for you too!   First Impressions: My first impression of this curriculum is that it is going to be lots of fun! It is very hands on, and we love lapbooking and notebooking over here, so it’s a great fit for us. The activities look engaging and the text is definitely … [Read more...]

AUG
17
2014

The Picture Smart Bible Giveaway

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Hi readers! I am really excited to try out a new Bible curriculum this year. It’s The Picture Smart Bible and I love the detail that they’ve put into this program and my kiddos absolutely love drawing their way through the bible! So I’m hoping this will be a great fit for us!   Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through one of these links I receive a small commission. What is The Picture Smart Bible? For those of you who don’t know, The Picture Smart Bible is a curriculum that teaches all of the book of the Bible in illustration form. Each Bible book has its own full page illustration sheet with the exception of some of the shorter books that have been combined. It also comes with a time line as well as maps to help students grasp the lesson further. They currently offer New Testament and Old Testament lessons, and you can get them individually or as a set. They also come in CD, download, and printed formats so you have a lot … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2014

Big Book of homeschool Ideas

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Hey happy homeschoolers! Most of you know that I’ve been part of iHomeschool Network for some time now. And I’m always amazed at how much cool stuff they come up with. And today is no exception people. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is finally available! It is a gem written by 55 bloggers and is 560+ pages full of encouragement, advice, and resources for homeschoolers.    (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. For more information see my full Disclosure statement here.)   What’s it all about? Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource you could turn to when you have a question in your homeschool? How can I encourage my tweens and teens to be more independent learners? What should a preschooler be doing for school? How can I make geography practical and fun? What can I do to make learning handwriting easier for my children? What are my options for foreign language learning in homeschool? What should I do if my child hates math? … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2014

“The Best Yes” Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to share a new book with you all today. New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a fabulous new gem called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and it’s all about finding your Best Yes. Many call this book “inspiring”.  I call it a necessity! As a homeschooler, mama, blogger, wife, Christian, daughter, business owner, and long time people-pleaser, it’s a game-changer for me.  And at a time when my life has been getting more and more hectic by the hour, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive an email from Lysa about her new book.   Here is a word from Lysa herself on why she wrote The Best Yes. And I agreed with every single one of her points! I know my kiddos are growing up fast, and I don’t want to miss out on the “sweet” parts of life or regret where my time went. I wrote this message because I need this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2014

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

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I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing author this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference! His name is Chuck Black and he has a series of books for younger readers (and honestly I loved them as well) that will blow your socks off!   The Kingdom Series: “Don your armor….Fasten your sword…Mount your Steed! And get ready to embark on an epic journey of biblical significance into a kingdom of warriors, battles, swords, villains, and knightly heroes!” The Kingdom Series books are a medieval adventure allegory of the entire bible that takes readers on an exciting journey over the course of 6 adventure packed books! Each book also includes discussion questions and answers that you can use to help your readers make the biblical connections and character traits through out the stories. After talking with Chuck for awhile and looking at his amazing books, I asked if I could do a review for his Kingdom Series, which I thought our kiddos would love! He agreed, … [Read more...]

APR
28
2014

Spelling You See Review & Giveaway

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Good morning readers! We’re nearing the end of the school year and I for one can’t wait until the break is here! I’m ready for sun, swimming, and relaxing! And yes, we do take a traditional summer break just to give everyone (including me) a little rest and recuperation before kicking off the new year! But… That time isn’t quite upon us just yet. And one of the things that Turbo is needing a little more help on is his spelling.   As a result we’ve decided to continue on with spelling and possibly math over the summer. Mainly so they don’t do a brain dump of everything they’ve learned over the past year and forget it all! So when the new Spelling You See product came for review I thought it would be a perfect time to try out something new, as well as give Turbo extra practice over the summer. We’re still in the decision making process for our curriculum for next year for him, so I think this will help us decide what we’re going to do going forward. What … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Today I have a treat for anyone looking for less stress, more sleep, and a restored passion for life. So I’ll just assume that probably includes everyone on this planet. With the exception of our cat. He has no stress. Unless you count moving from the bed, to a sunlit spot, and back to the bed again in the evening. But technically he’s not a person…so… For the rest of you all reading this post, today I’m talking about Crystal Paine’s new book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. In her new book Crystal shares some much needed practical ideas to help you get a big picture perspective to help you live your life on purpose! Disclosure: I received this book for review and giveaway on my blog. All of the opinions expressed in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided. “In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2014

Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun review and discount coupon for you today from Lakeshore Learning! The Teeny Tot was super excited to receive the Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare game!   I mean who doesn’t love those little die poppers and baby froggies? The Teeny Tot had so much fun popping the die and moving the alligator mouth that she didn’t even realize she was learning!   The concept of this game is simple. Your child pops the die on both the right and left sides of the board. Then they place that many frogs on each lilly pad under the popper.   Next they move the alligator’s mouth so it’s open towards the side with the most frogs. Because everyone knows the alligator wants to eat as many frogs as he can!   This game is great for 1-10 number recognition, counting skills, and of course teaching greater than, less than, and equal math skills to preschoolers. For those ready to move on to larger numbers, they also … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2014

The World of Glue giveaway!

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Hello readers! Today I have a really fun learning activity as well as a great giveaway for you! I was recently asked to review “The World of Glue: An Investigation of Adhesives” unit by Elmer’s Products, Inc.!     The World of Glue Toolkit: As soon as I saw this book I thought it looked like fun, and I was right! The kit comes with everything you need to do an investigations on adhesives. And Elmer’s created a cross-curricular instructional unit to help teach properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way! The lessons are geared for grades K-5. The plan includes activity instructions, discussion questions, and student hand-outs to enhance the unit. This unit also features a cute book called “Too Much Glue” by Jason Lefebvre which my kiddos loved. We received the entire teaching toolkit for “The World of Glue” which includes the teacher’s instruction manual, the “Too Much Glue” book, and 3 different kinds of Elmer’s … [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...]