JUN
21
2015

The Allowance Game Review

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Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore Learning also has a whole section of free craft ideas for kids on their website too! I love doing family game time when there’s inclement weather, or if it’s just way too hot outside to head out. Of course we love the old classics like Sorry, Monopoly, Life, Chess, and Scrabble. And recently I found this fun game from Lakeshore Learning that they really enjoyed playing. It’s called “Allowance” and players earn or spend money as they travel around the board. It’s a fun and relatively fast paced game. It’s also great money counting practice as well. I have a 20% off coupon just for you all too! (Good through 8/31/15 only) Yipee!! Disclosure: I received this product free for review … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2015

Grapevine Bible Studies Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have another video review for you today, this time on the Grapevine Bible Studies curriculum. We’ve used Grapevine studies for several years now, and I think we’ve done just about all of the ones they have available. Thankfully they just released a new one this year, so we’ll be adding that to our 2015 curriculum list!   Grapevine studies are really easy and fun to do. I like that they require little to no preparation on my part as well. That means I can just open my teacher’s manual and go! Here’s a short video I did showing what the Grapevine Bible Study curriculum looks like, and how we use it in our homeschool! Hope you enjoy…   Scheduling: Grapevine offers a sample schedule in the front of their units, however we just adjust them to fit our needs. We do not do one lesson per day as some of the lessons are several pages long. Instead we simply start the lesson, then end it wherever makes sense in the reading or based on how long it … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2015

Expedition Earth Video Review

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Get ready for an exciting voyage across the world! Come along as we walk on the Great Wall of China, wander through the Amazon Rainforest, and climb the Egyptian Pyramids! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of 31 countries across the globe. You’ll get hands-on with fun activities, crafts, recipes and more! So grab your passports, and get ready to go! It’s time for Expedition Earth! We’ll be using this for our Geography and Science this year, so I hope you’ll join in with us! And since I’ve had so many requests, I decided to do a video to show you some of the fun things included in this curriculum! Check out my video review of Expedition Earth World Geography   Want more information? Check out Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World So what is Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World? Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for … [Read more...]

APR
19
2015

Little Bits Review & Giveaway

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Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out!   And I was right. After stalking the mailman for what seemed like forever (really about 3-5 days), our package finally arrived! It took him all of about 1 second to tear into it, and start playing around.   Instantly he was lurking around asking people to shake his hand. I thought it was going to be a shocking experience, but actually it was just a harmless buzzer that caused a lot of giggles around here.   He then went back to work creating more projects with the fun manual. They sent us the deluxe kit, and there are about 15 projects in the manual, but there are hundreds more projects online on their website. One thing that are so cool about these kits is that they … [Read more...]

APR
07
2015

A Beka Book Reading Review – K5

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Good morning everyone! Since we’ve completed my K4 Kindergarten program last year. However since the Teeny Tot isn’t old enough for first grade yet, I decided to do the ABeka K5 reading program with her this year for review, and to enhance her reading. Here are the products that I use, and what I think is necessary out of all of their options for kindergarten. I did want to mention that I’ve had these products since Strawberry Shortcake was in kindergarten. ABeka has since upgraded some of their items, and so they might look a bit different now. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Click the play button below, or click here to see my ABeka K5 Reading Review video: Here is a list of products that I recommend getting if you plan to use the K5 reading program. 198021 Homeschool K5 Phonics, Reading, Writing and Numbers Curriculum 99201 Letters and Sounds K5 101109 Basic Phonics Readers 182389 Basic Phonics Flashcards 102083 One-vowel word cards 102784 … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2015

Math U See Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have an exciting post for you all today! I’m going to start a new series of curriculum reviews on my YouTube channel.  I think that sometimes its just nicer to see curriculum in person (a.k.a. video) rather than trying to figure out what it looks like online, or via photographs. I thought it might be helpful to show you how we use it, prepare it, store it, set it up, and things like that. I’ll also include what materials I recommend that you purchase when using the curriculum, and what supplies I think are optional. Remember these are just my opinions, and what I’ve found work best for us. Of course you’ll want to do what’s best for your family. I want to start off by saying that these are not sponsored posts, I really just wanted to try and give you all a better look at the curriculum that we use. So let’s get started! Today’s video review is all about our well loved Math U See curriculum. As most of you know, I’ve used Math-U-See for several years now. … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2015

The Middle Ages Review & Update

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Hi everyone! As you may recall, we decided to try the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages history unit this year. Since we’re a few months into our curriculum, I thought I’d do an update on how it was going so far. Right off the bat I have to say that our kids are really enjoying history this year. They’re always excited when it’s time for history and each day has a fun activity that makes learning fun! Right now we’re knee deep in castle life. We’ve learned about the different casts of people, various jobs, and roles that each person plays in the system. We all picked which group we would want to be in, a few people wanted to be freemen, some went for the nobles, no one was brave enough to be king, and unfortunately no one wanted to be a serf. Go figure.   We also made puppets of all of the different groups of people. This one took a little longer than expected to color, but everyone wanted their own full set of figures. So we just stretched it out for a few days. Once … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2014

The Foto Finch Photography Curriculum Review

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Hi everyone! I’m all about the giving spirit right now, and so I have another giveaway for you this week! I’ve had a lot of questions on our photography curriculum that we’ve started this year with my 6th grader, and so I’m going to do a review and giveaway of it for you today! The Photo Finch was created by a good friend of mine, Ernie Treu, a fellow homeschooler, and an amazing photographer! And not only is she a photographer, but she has created two different and awesome homeschool curriculum! (You can read more about Ernie in her bio here.) Both curriculum are geared towards Junior High and High School students, but my 6th grader is going through it and she’s doing great! The lessons are easy to understand, and each lesson has accompanying assignments for your student to complete. As they progress through the lessons they’ll be creating a photography portfolio of their work!   Composition & Photojournalism ($79 Download, $84 CD) This course is divided into two … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2014

Math U See Giveaway!

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Good morning everyone! I am so excited today, I have a great giveaway for all of you Math-U-See and Spelling You See users out there! And if you haven’t tried Math U See yet, now is a perfect time to check it out. If I switch curriculum, I try to do it after the Christmas break so it’s like a nice clean start.   Math-U-See One thing I love about Math-U-See is that they teach to mastery, and that means your student might not learn a certain skill right off the bat. They build on concepts so that the math skills actually make sense for your student. Students also use the MUS visual manipulatives to help further understand whatever skill they are working at the time. However to my surprise the students do not become depending on the manipulatives to solve problems. They’re simply hands on training tools to use until a concept is mastered. This is what the Math-U-See looks like in our workboxes. I pull out their worksheet each day and keep the video DVD and our little plastic … [Read more...]

NOV
11
2014

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

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Good morning readers! Today I’m so excited to help promote Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Saving Christmas. I’m a HUGE fan of the entire Cameron family, and have been since way back during the Full House and Growing Pains days!   Through the blogosphere I’ve gotten to know Melissa (Cameron) Fleming, and had the pleasure of writing for Candace Cameron Bure’s website, and now I have the pleasure of helping promote this amazing film by Kirk Cameron. Saving Christmas is an entertaining and informative movie, that lets your family see Christmas in the true light of Scripture as it was played out in actual history. It also helps explain all of the theological significance of things like the Christmas trees and lights, along with who St. Nicholas really was. Not only does this film bring the focus of Christmas back to Jesus, but it’s also absolutely hilarious! It’s the perfect movie this Christmas season! Check out the trailer…   SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a … [Read more...]