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...]

OCT
28
2013

DK Educational Books

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We’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing some great educational resources from DK Publishing. They offer some really cool educational books that are great for supplementing your homeschooling.   One of the books we received was “How to be a Genius”. This book covers all kinds of things about the brain, different functions it performs, states of your brain, and also has cool games, quizzes, puzzles, brain teasers, and more.   The Smithsonian Knowledge Encyclopedia was the other one. This one was probably my favorite. It is divided into 6 chapters – Space, Earth, Nature, Human Body, Science,& Technology, and History & Culture. It also includes a helpful reference section. As usual with the DK books, it’s full of colorful pictures as well which my kiddos love! And this one includes all kinds of fascinating facts, maps, & timelines. Now as a Christian blogger I feel compelled to mention that this book is written from an evolutionary standpoint. For … [Read more...]

OCT
14
2013

LEGO Ideas Book Giveaway!

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Good morning! (Or afternoon, or evening, or whenever you’re reading this!) It’s a great day anytime we receive anything with the word “LEGO” on it!   We recently received the LEGO Ideas Book and the LEGO Play Book from DK Publishing.   The combination of the LEGO Ideas Book and LEGO Play Book is a great way to encourage kiddos to think logically, build super cool stuff, and play in a more creative way. The LEGO Play Book includes over 200 different simple, medium, or complex LEGO build ideas. It also comes with a pack of LEGO pieces included for the projects.      The LEGO Ideas Book includes over 500 build ideas! It is broken up into 6 themed chapters – transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes. The best part about the LEGO Ideas Book is that you don’t have to purchase any extra LEGO pieces to use it. You can take all of the zillion pieces your kiddos already have and use them to create new builds! Here are a few … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2013

LEGO Education Simple Machines Giveaway

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Hi readers! I’m so excited about today’s giveaway! As many of you know we’ve been absolutely loving the LEGO Education products lately. And my kiddos are super excited that we’ve added them into our curriculum this year. We’re going to be doing a co-op with the  LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Base Set this year, but I’ll have more to share on that later. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set and Software for you. This stuff is so cool, I had no idea! Literally. I had no idea until my friends 12 year old showed me how to use it. And yes, I felt old. But then I realized how cool this product is!   As I mentioned, we received the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set, Activity Pack, and Software set. We downloaded the Farris Wheel instructions from their online resources, then built the project using the WeDo 9580 + 9585 sets combined. Once our project was complete, we installed the LEGO Education WeDo … [Read more...]

SEP
15
2013

Math-U-See Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Math-U-See! And thanks to their awesome staff, they’ve offered a great giveaway for my readers today. 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 storage container.     I also have a couple fun organization ideas for all of those blocks for you! For our large set of blocks I purchased the Small Craft … [Read more...]