Family Time Fitness–Get your kids active!


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You may not think you need Physical Education – but I challenge you as a fellow homeschool mom to use the program for 2 weeks.

FEEL the difference – EXPERIENCE the change in your homeschool- WATCH your kids enjoy physical education – ENERGIZE your homeschool. 

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The programs and information included in the Ultimate Fitness 4 Homeschool Membership will enable you to become an expert in teaching physical education to your kids! Over the next 12 months you will get access to everything listed below. The Ultimate Fitness 4 Homeschool Membership is valued at over $1000 and still growing! 

  • Homeschool Physical Education Core 1 ( Age 5-10+)
    Introduction to Physical Education
    156 Lesson Plans
    30 FREE Bonus Lesson Plan
    Each Lesson has the following:
    Instructional Videos
    Warm ups
    Cool Downs
    Game Play and Activities
    Suggested Outdoor Activities
    Printable 1 Page Summaries

  • Homeschool Physical Education Core 2 ( Age 10-13+)
    Introduction to Physical Education
    156 Lesson Plans
    30 FREE Bonus Lesson Plan
    Each Lesson has the following:
    Instructional Videos
    Warm ups
    Cool Downs
    Game Play and Activities
    Suggested Outdoor Activities
    Printable 1 Page Summaries

  • Homeschool Pre-K- High School Workbooks and Tests – Over 750 Printables
    Pre-K – 65 Coloring Printable Fitness and Nutrition Pages
    K-1 Workbooks 4 Volumes (100 Printables and Answer Keys)
    2nd-3rd Workbooks 4 Volumes(200 Printables and Answer Keys)
    4th-5th Workbooks 4 Volumes (200 Printables and Answer Keys)
    High School Workbook (100 Printables and Answer Keys)
    5 High School Tests and Answer Keys 

  • High School Homeschool Programs
    Strength and Conditioning – 15 Week Program
    5k Running – 10 Week Program
    Basketball – 10 Week Program
    Online Health Class – Includes 12 Weeks of Instruction, Quizzes, and Tests

  • 55+ eBooks
    31 Sports Books including Bowling, Soccer, Basetball, Golf and more
    26 Recipe Books with thousands of recipes including Green Smoothies!

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    52 Week Program for Group Fitness
    License to charge for classes and teach a group

  • FREE Homeschool Programs
    Gross Motor Skills Training Program
    Winter Olympics Workout Program
    Agility Course Workouts

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    Core 1 Certificate
    Core 2 Certificate
    High School Strength Certificate
    5k Running Certificate
    Basketball Certificate
    Sample Tracking Calendar
    Integrating PE for Special Need
    s Daily Food Diary
    Assessment Tracking
    Assessment Descriptions
    Supplies List
    K-1st Workbook Certificate
    2nd-3rd Workbook Certificate
    4th – 5th Workbook Certificate
    Agility Course Certificate

  • Exclusive Homeschool Content 
    Exclusive Articles
    Fitness Tips
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    Family Boot Camp – 14 Weeks
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  • And much, much more like Total Fitness Training coming in 2014!

 

 

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Little Passports–Fundraising Program

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!  Who needs more money for their school?  Who doesn’t?  :)

Here is a wonderful and unique fundraising opportunity.  Little Passports is a really fun way to get kids interested in geography.  They receive a package in the mail each month and learn about a new state or country!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and we donate 15% back to your school. There is even a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 – 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

 

Need to spruce up your Writing Curriculum? Use Creative Freewriting Adventure

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Here is a wonderful way to spruce up your writing curriculum! I know I’m always looking for different assignments for my kids to encourage their writing.

Try out Creative Freewriting Adventure! You can get it on sale right now, but only through Monday night (9/22/14).  The print version coupon code is cfa-fb-25 and the digital version code is cfa-fb-50.  Get them for 25% and 50% off!  That is a huge savings!

Curious as to what Creative Freewriting Adventure contains?  Here is my review of it.  And get some free samples here!

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Awareness: Dangers of the Power Morcellator

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September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and I am helping to raise awareness this month about some alarming statistics on power morcellators.

  • What is a Power Morcellator? A device used in hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers sometimes go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman’s body.
  • Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery among women in the United States
  • By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy
  • 90% of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)
  • The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated

Please visit the power morcellator website for more information.

I encourage you to always do due diligence in researching before consenting to a major surgery or medical procedure.  Stay healthy!

Review My Student Logbook

My Student Logbook Review

The company My Student Logbook has produced a wonderful product for homeschoolers that my daughter and I reviewed called My Student Logbook.

We received a physical logbook with our choice of cover design. We chose to have a dated book (August 2014 – July 2015) in the Rainforest design. You can get an undated version if that works better for you.

 

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My Student Logbooks come in 10 different cover designs ( for $15 each), so you’re sure to find one that you student will like.  They also come in PDF versions that you can download, print, and bind yourself.  The PDF single copy license (no cover design) is $10; the PDF family use license (no cover design) is $20.
Here are a couple other cover designs:
 

My Student Logbook Review
My Student Logbook Review

The age range for My Student Logbook is 2nd grade and up.  It’s especially helpful for high school students who need to keep track of all their work and hours for a high school transcript.  But it also worked perfectly for my 6th grade daughter.

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I’ll explain about the regular logbook pages in a moment, but first let me share about the special pages included.
You can see a green sheet dividing the front section of the logbook from the back section special pages.  The first one is “All About Me” so the kids can keep a record of how they grow and change each year!
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There is a Prayer and Goals page:
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Pages to keep track of Books Read:
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A Place to keep track of events, projects, field trips, presentations, activities:
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Bible Verses Memorized,
Test Records:
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And Year Highlights–favorite memories from the year:
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Now for the logbook itself!
You start out with a page like this.  You fill out right side checklist with all the assignments (subjects) you want your child to complete.  There is also a section for time if there is a subject that they need to spend a certain amount of time doing it (such as reading for 30 minutes, practicing piano for 45 minutes). 
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You cut this sheet out and then fold it in half from top to bottom.  You tape the back section on the back of a log page.  (If this confuses you, there is a YouTube video to show you how to do it!)

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If you need to list specific page numbers, chapters, etc. for the student to do in that subject for the week, you can list it underneath.

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Then, here is the really cool part, you simply fold that checklist page over the next week’s log so you don’t have to rewrite it!  Again, you can write specific notes that are unique for each week on its own page.

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If you need more checklists in case the subjects or books change throughout the year, there are 5 extras included.

What We Liked:

I have tried lots of different types of logbooks/checklists for my kids throughout the years, including ones that I have made myself.  None of them were as good as this.  I love how the author really planned it out so well.  It is sturdy, so I expect it will last throughout the year.  I’m really considering using this for my kids to keep track of everything during their high school years, so we can get it all written out on a transcript. If you’re worried about getting a high school transcript prepared, Corina includes 3 full pages at the beginning of the logbook to explain how to do it!

What We Didn’t Like:

I actually can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it.  :)

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From House to Home {Link Party} #84

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Review The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

For the past month I have been using The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner from The 7 Minute Life and am happy to share a review today!

 

What it looks like:

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This is a 7.3″ by 8.5″ physical planner.  It has lovely light green colors with white and black.  It is nicely spiral bound with a think plastic cover for the front and back. It’s best for adults; it’s not a student planner. It begins with an introduction to the planner and the system, with pages to help you get ready and lots of different types of list pages.  Then, there are 90 daily planning pages.  “Ninety days is a long enough period of time to see if a plan is working and goals are being met.  It’s also a short enough period of time to maintain motivation.”

How it works:

Allyson Lewis is the creator of this planner and the ideas behind it.  Before jumping into the planning pages, she takes you through 11 pages of preparation for understanding the system.  It took me a good week to go through all these 7-minute projects.

I learned that the goal of the 7 Minute Life is to provide strategies to learn to prioritize, organize, and simplify.

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We don’t need to continue doing tons of low priority tasks, but to organize and simplify so we can focus on the high priority tasks.  What’s high priority?  You’ll find out after you go through the preparation pages!

The first 7 Minute Life Idea was to prioritize my top 10 values.  There is a page that lists 75 values, and you are to circle the ones that “speak to you.”  This was really a fun activity for me.

Here were my Top 10 Priorities:

1. Relationships/Family/Love

2. Teach and Inspire

3. Learn and Grow

4. Balance/Order

5. Faith

6. Solitude/Peace

7. Excellence

8. Laughter/Joy

9. Creativity/Arts

10. Leaving a Legacy

The next 7 Minute Life Idea was to Discover Your Purpose.  Here was mine:

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At the age of 85, I will know I have fulfilled my purpose when: my marriage feels fulfilled and my kids are all following Christ, serving Him and have a good relationship with me.

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The third 7 Minute Life Idea was to Establish 90-Day Goals:

There are some great goal sheets to fill out:

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Next, Allyson explains 10 “7 Minute” Micro-Actions, which should only take you about 7 minutes to complete!

1.  List unfinished tasks (for work and home separately)

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2. Identify and list mental clutter–“anything that takes up your finite time and emotional attention.”

3.  Home Repair–start the list of problems that need to be taken care of

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4. Life Connections–list people you are connected to.

5. Annual Projects and Tasks–list events, holidays, conferences, vacations, etc.

6.  12 Month Calendar

7.  Meeting Planner–great for writing out a meeting’s plan

8.  Notes Pages — these were useful for figuring out my priorities

9.  Annual Exercise Progress Report

10.  Daily Progress Report pages–“takes your personal values, purpose, your 90-day goals, and your unfinished tasks, and translates them into DAILY ACTIVITIES and ACTION STEPS.”

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Here’s an example of how I did one day:

 

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My thoughts on how it worked for me:

I found the planner quite useful in helping me to identify my priorities and values.  I loved the exercises that I had to do to figure these things out.  The lists are also great and will help me figure out what I need to do next (such as in house repairs and unfinished tasks).  The part that didn’t work so well was that the Daily Progress Report pages were meant more for a business woman.  I have some slight business leanings (in blogging and in an e-book I’m writing), but mostly I’m a stay-at-home homemaking mom who homeschools!  So, I did what a lot of my Schoolhouse Review Crew colleagues did and adapted the planner to fit my life!  Instead of “Daily Contacts” I started using that section for blogging activities I needed to complete.  Instead of voice mails (because I don’t usually get any!) I used that section for Prayer Requests to remind me to pray throughout the day.  And in the blank pages at the bottom of the second page I started writing Homeschool Accomplishments.  Why? Because sometimes that’s all that gets done, and it helps me to see that I actually did accomplish something even if the other goals on the page (thank you notes, connections, unfinished tasks, exercise, drinking water, etc.) didn’t get done.  :)

**The best part of the whole system is to figure out the day before what your “5 before 11″ will be.  Above I wrote that I wanted to accomplish these five high priority tasks before 11 a.m.:  exercise, make orthodontist appointment, promote blog posts, package stuff for nieces, and make babysitting requests.  I practically never get these things done before 11, because I’m focusing on homeschooling.  But I do try to get them done before 4 pm!

 

More info on it:

Price: $24.95

Watch this 12-minute VIDEO to help explain how The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner works.

And, the 16 very short videos (total viewing time approx 30 min).

There is a Getting Started Section here and a number of completely free tools here.

You can follow the 7 Minute Life on social media here:  Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , Google+ , and You Tube .

 

 

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Tutorial: Robin Hood Costume for Stuffed Bear

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It been such a long time since I’ve posted anything crafty here.  And even this Robin Hood costume for a small stuffed bear was done way back last May!  But enjoy this tutorial and let me know if you make the costume!

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My kids are involved in Spotlight Youth Theater and they have the option to purchase a Show Bear for each show they are in.  It usually has the costume of the main character.  Last spring they performed Robin Hood, so I made the Robin Hood Show Bears!  Since I was the only one making them (and made 25), I simplified the costume quite a bit.  A lot of this was done with a hot glue gun, but if you have time, sewing it will help it last longer.  :)

 

The Tunic:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the tunic.

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2.  Sew along the top, leaving an opening in the middle for the head.  Sew along the sides.

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3.  Cut out V’s like you see in the picture below.

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4.  Turn right-side out and sew down the front set of V’s for a collar.

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The Hat:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the hat.

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2.  Sew along the rounded edge.

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3.  Clip the 2 bottom corners.

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4.  Turn it right-side out and make a tiny cut in one side for the feather to slip through.

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5.  Slide the feather through and hot glue the inside to get it to stay in place.

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The Belt and Quiver Holder:

See these pictures for how they will look.

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1.  I used a sewable pleather type of material.  Cut out the following shapes for each costume.

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Here are the D-Rings I used for the belt.

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Here is the finished belt.

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2.  Slip the D-ring through one side of the belt and hot glue it the belt material down.

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3.  Slide the opposite side of the belt through the ring.

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4. Twist it like you see in the following 2 pictures.

 

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Here’s what the front should look like.

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5. For the quiver, turn the rectangular piece of material around length-wise and hot glue it down.  Hot glue one end closed as well.

 

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6. Then hot glue it onto the sash

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Finishing the Bear Costume:

1. Slide the Tunic onto the bear.

2.  Put the sash and belt on it.

3.  Hot glue the hat onto its head.

4. Optional: Make an arrow out of a pipe cleaner and slide into the quiver.  Tie a ribbon around its leg so you can attach a tag.

 

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle–95% off!

Here’s a pretty neat ebook bundle sale that’s all about Healthy Living!  It’s called the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Order now and get:

  • A Complete Healthy Living Library
  • 6 eCourses (including Essential Oils, Herbs, and more)
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Free 3-Month Meal Planning Membership ($45 Value)
  • Free 4-Month Online Yoga Membership ($23.97 Value)
  • 8 Amazing Physical Bonuses
    ($136.45 Value)
  • 1 Full Year to Download
  • …And much more!

See below for all that you get in your Healthy Living Library for only $29.95!  But, hurry, it ends Monday 9/15!

 











 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #83

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

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Review “Under Drake’s Flag” audio drama

Analytical Grammar Review


Heirloom Audio Productions has produced an incredible product that I had the opportunity to review called
Under Drake’s Flag !  

It’s an audio drama on two CDs which lasts for two hours. We listened to it as a family while we were driving on vacation last month.  It’s part of a series called “The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henry.” G. A, Henty is a Christian British author from the 1800s who has written many, many historical fiction novels.  We have tried to listen to a couple of his books on CD, but never got very far. However, this adaptation of one of his books into audio theater was exactly what my kids needed to get interested!

 

What I liked:

The story was exciting and fast-paced.  The main characters were teen boys who are learning to be men, so that kept my older boys’ interest.  The boys end up on Captain Drake’s ship, so they learn about him and the things that he did. The boys do heroic things like saving people from drowning and even fighting off a shark.  But the best part is how they grew in their faith, promising never to denounce Christ and the faith they believe in, even when caught by the Spanish during the Inquisition of the 1500s.

The production side of the audio drama was incredible– the script, the acting, the music was all top-notch!  The wonderful musical score was composed by John Campbell, who also worked with “Adventures in Odyssey” and “Lamplighter Theatre”!  I also loved the sound effects.  Everything worked perfectly to get you into the story!

What I didn’t like:

The only thing I didn’t like was that Sir Francis Drake is exalted to more of a hero status than I think he deserves.  I can see why the Spanish called him a pirate; he did loot and steal.

Other items reviewed:
We reviewed the physical audio CDs that comes with Study Guide and Prayer inside, as well as a longer Study Guide that is a PDF download. Let me tell you a little about the CD case Study Guide. The study guide has something for each track on the CD. There are some questions which are called Listening Well that are an opportunity to quiz the kids on what they heard. Then there are Thinking Further questions that really get the students to delve into deeper discussions about the plot, the characters, their actions, etc. Last, there are Defining Words for vocabulary study.  My favorite part of the Study Guide is the Bible Study section at the back.  There are three Bible Studies included called “Godly Character,” “True Manhood,” and “Confessing Christ.” The downloadable study guide includes all of the above, plus more. Each section simply has more questions in it.


Age Range:

This is best for ages 6-adult. Some parents may feel that the subject matter is too heavy for younger kids. You might want to listen to it first before having children as young as six listen to it.

Price: The MP3 download is $20 and includes two downloads (study guide and prayer). The 2 CD set is $29.95 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling.  It also includes some bonuses.

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$5.99 Homeschool T-Shirt Sale and Giveaway!

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Are you ready for this year’s $5.99 Homeschool T-Shirt Sale and Giveaway?  Look at the great T-Shirt I got this year!

Head over to the Great Products website to check out all the great designs!  And they’re only $5.99–but only until September 15.

I’m happy to be able to give away this t-shirt:  Bird House– “We learn best in the nest.”  I just love the beautiful design of the birds, bird house, and flowers.  I got it with a pink shirt, adult size medium.  It fits perfectly.  

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You can one win one for yourself!  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  Winner will be chosen on Saturday Sept. 13 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  The winner must be in the continental U.S. (Disclosure: I received a free t-shirt to review.)

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Intro to All About Reading Level 3 & Giveaway of All About Reading Level 4

  

 

I was so proud of my 9-year-old daughter for finishing All About Reading 2 last year.  It wasn’t easy for her, but I saw so much improvement!  One of the best things about All About Reading is that it follows a specific set of activities, so she knew what to expect each day that we worked on it.  We usually took 2-4 days to finish a lesson, but that’s OK.  She’s learning to read.  Hooray!

Here is the order that we do for each lesson:

1.  Review phonograms and words from the flashcards

2.  Learn something new using our magnetic white board and tiles

3.  Practice on an activity sheet  AAR_Level3_Swing-into-Reading_Pages

4.  Read words and phrases in the student book

5.  Learn new words on flashcards

Then the next lesson includes practicing words and phrases that will be in the story and reading the story!

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Now, I’m happy to share with you All About Reading Level 3.  I can see that we will be delving into more complicated phonograms and adding some much for difficult sight words.  She will be at a much higher reading level when we complete this level.

If you are looking for a reading curriculum that is very well-researched and is easy for the teacher/mom to teach, check out All About Reading!

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All About Reading has now come out with Level 4.  Here are some a free download of the first activity sheet in Level 4, “Eagles Learn to Fly.” It’s designed to review words learned in Level 3, so your child will be ready to tackle the new concepts in Level 4. It’s even customizable so you can add your own words!

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There is SALE of the AAR Level 4 Materials September 4-15!

Sale prices will be as follows:

  • AAR Level 4 Materials (Teacher’s Manual, Student Packet, 2 Readers): $99.95 ($20 off!)
  • AAR Level 4 Student Packet (includes Activity Book): $40.95
  • AAR Level 4 Soar with Reading Activity Book only: $25.95
  • AAR Level 4 Teacher’s Manual only: $32.95
  • AAR Level 4 Heirloom Antics Reader: $16.95
  • AAR Level 4 The Voyage Reader: $16.95
  • AAR Level 4 Soaring Balloon Stickers: $0.85

**And they have a GIVEAWAY to win the Level 4 Materials!  It ends September 14, so enter now!

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From House to Home {Link Party} #82

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Last week was our biggest link-up yet! Thanks everyone! Keep on sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3.  Optional:  Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Great Sale on Well-Planned Day Planners!

How’s your homeschool year going so far?  Are you just starting today?  So far, so good for us!  I wanted to let you know about the great sale on Well-Planned Day Planners.  There are special student ones, even specialized for high school and college kids; those for homeschool moms; and an On-the-Go Planner most women would enjoy.  My personal favorite is the 4-year planner for high school students.  :)

Here are a few pictures from my planners, but go to the website to see lots of samples!

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“See the Light” September Special and Giveaway of Art Projects Boxed Set

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Did you purchase an art curriculum for this year?  We didn’t but were planning on using the See the Light Bible Story DVDs and Cartooning.  The only downside is that the kids have already done those!  So, I am seriously considering getting this special!  Nine DVDs means they can work on one a month!  I just love the “See the Light” art DVDs.  The art instruction is top-notch–and they’re biblically-based!

If you aren’t sure about purchasing the set at this time, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Art Projects: Boxed Set is on special during the month of September!

Get A School-Year’s Worth Of Lessons In This Must-Have Boxed Set! It’s truly the perfect high school fine art credit on the market!  (But younger kids will enjoy it, too!)

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Create Your Own Masterpiece In The Style Of 9 Famous Artists!

  • DRAW A WINDOW IN THE STYLE OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
  • DRAW A WATERCOLOR PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN POP ARTIST WAYNE THIEBAUD
  • CREATE A PAPER COLLAGE IN THE STYLE FRENCH ARTIST HENRI ROUSSEAU
  • CREATE A FRUIT STILL LIFE IN THE STYLE OF FRENCH ARTIST GEORGES SEURAT
  • CREATE AN ABSTRACT FLOWER IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN ARTIST GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
  • CREATE AN ACRYLIC OR TEMPERA PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF RUSSIAN ARTIST MARC CHAGALL
  • DRAW A CHALK PASTEL IN THE STYLE OF FRENCH ARTIST EDGAR DEGAS
  • PAINT A WATERCOLOR SEASCAPE IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN ARTIST WINSLOW HOMER
  • CREATE AN OIL PASTEL SUNFLOWER IN THE STYLE OF DUTCH ARTIST VINCENT VAN GOGH

The regular price: $99.99

During the month of September you can purchase Art Projects: Boxed Set for 89.99+ FREE SHIPPING in the USA.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #81

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

 

 

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3.  Optional:  Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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See the wonderful blogs I’ve linked up to here.

 

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Review “UberSmart Math Facts” software

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Are you looking for a great way for your kids to learn or practice their math facts?  Today I’m happy to review UberSmart Software, which has created the product we used called

UberSmart Math Facts.  

Math facts are so important for kids to learn.  They can’t easily go on to the next concept in math if they are still trying to remember them.  If you aren’t sure what I mean by “math facts,” it’s knowing their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems by heart.  They should know the answers to 6+7 or 9 x 3 without having to think at all.

How do they accomplish that?  They could use paper flash cards or a computer game.  They can take written tests or have someone quiz them orally.  Or they could use  UberSmart Math Facts.   

UberSmart Math Facts is actually not a fancy computer game.  It’s a simple no-nonsense and straight-forward way for learning and practicing math facts.

It’s specifically geared for grades K-6, but any age that needs math facts reinforcement can utilize it. 

This is a DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE for mastering math facts. It can be used by eight or more students and will enable your student to practice the following:

*Dot Cards (like adding domino faces)
*Keyboard Entry (Ten-Key Numbers)
*Flash Cards (add, subtract, multiplication, division)

*The Addition/Subtraction goes up through the 9s
*Multiplication/Division has the option to set it to go up to 9’s – 20’s. 

SYSTEM SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: This is for Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista only.  There isn’t a Mac version.

Take a look as some of these screen shots to get a better idea of what you’ll find in UberSmart Math Facts.

Here is a test.  You see the previous (just completed) problem first, then there is the one the student is supposed to answer by typing, and third is the next problem.  This particular test is testing the “12’s.”  You can choose which numbers need work, just like you can choose which operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) needs work.

 

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This screen shot is giving the child the opportunity to practice typing numbers fast and correctly.  They can’t “master” without typing the answers accurately and quickly.

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The next screenshot shows a Practice screen.  When kids are just learning a new fact, they can use this screen which first shows the flash card without the answer.  They can try to answer it out loud, and then hit “enter” to see what the answer is.

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This next screen is fun and reminds me of dominoes! This might be great for younger kids.  (The ones I had using it were 6 and 7 years old.) 
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Overall, we really liked UberSmart Math Facts, and I’m so glad we have it now!  I have all 8 of my kids listed in it so I can keep track of their progress and know which facts still need to be worked on.  We had trouble at first getting the software to work, but the developer was extremely helpful and worked on it for a few weeks to get it updated.  It now works great!
The cost is $24.95 for a Family License. With this license you can run Math Facts on all the computers in your home! You also get free upgrades and support.
 

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Review of The Berenstain Bears “God Shows the Way”

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Are you looking for a great book for your early readers?  I’m happy to review The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way.  It’s actually 3 books in 1!  And it’s hardcover, so it will last a lot longer.  :)

The first book is called Faith Gets Us Through.  I love how each story has a Bible verse related to it.  This book has Psalm 23:4.

In the story Papa Bear takes the cubs into a cave to earn their merit badge.  They encounter a few fun and scary things while in there, but they had faith in God and He helped them get out safely!

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The second book is called Do Not Fear, God is Near, with the verse Psalm 34:4.  In this story Sister Bear has lots of things she is afraid of, especially her shadow!  Brother Bear is unkind and teases her, but his parents don’t allow it and encourage him to be kind.  Finally, Papa finds an ingenious way to help Sister not be afraid of her shadow anymore!

 

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The third story is called Piggy Bank Blessings and uses the verse Proverbs 13:11.  Mama teaches the cubs that they need to be careful how they spend their money and that they should save it for something special.  At the end she is afraid they have blown it on something useless, but she is pleasantly surprised when she finds out what they did spend it on!

 

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(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

 

 

 

Review of “The Alabaster Jar” by Anna Alden-Tirrill

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Today’s review is the 5th book in the Annie’s Adventures Series called The Alabaster Jar: The Miracle of Love by Anna Alden-Tirrill.  It was my 10-year-old daughter’s favorite book of the series!

Annie, who is a 13-year-old Christian homeschooled girl is now living in Australia with her parents.  We see her do a few things in Sydney, but soon the focus of the story is on Europe and Israel.  She sure is a world traveler!

Annie receives a package from a lady who was a character in the fourth book, The Promise Box.  In it is an ossuary with several items inside that were believed to have belonged to Mary Magdalene.  We learn about Mary and about the special items in the box.  Everything is checked out and is believed to be genuine.  We then follow Annie on an adventure with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, running from the bad guys who want to steal the priceless relics. There is danger and excitement, with a little history, geography, and science thrown in.

The story was fun to read.  There were a few moments where the action got bogged down by too much narration.  But overall, the book flowed and was an easy read.

I think most teen and pre-teen girls will really enjoy reading this story.  By the way, you don’t have to have read the other books to follow this one.  Everything relevant is explained again.

 

Read my reviews of the other Annie books: My Paris ConnectionMy Timeless Locket,  My Riviera Connection, and The Promise Box.

Check out Annie’s Adventure’s website to order the books.

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(Disclosure:  I received complimentary copies of the Annie’s Adventures series in order to write these honest reviews. This post contains affiliate links.)