Free 20th Century Music Lesson Plans and Printables

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I’m happy to share with you today some free 20th century music lesson plans!  My latest is “20th Century Music Overview in 20 Minutes.”  See the download for it below.

As you may remember I have spent the past year teaching a 20th Century Music History/Appreciation class at our Tapestry of Grace homeschool co-op.  I taught the 20-minute class twice each Wednesday, once for the elementary kids and once for the middle school and high school students.  Each week was a different focus–a different composer or style.  I taught for a few minutes and we listened to as much music as possible.  Almost everything is available on YouTube!  It was really great for the kids to watch the orchestras playing.  Another neat thing was to see original videos of the performer (such as Elvis singing “Hound Dog.”)  I emailed a lesson detailing the entire lesson to the parents and students each week so they could continue their listening if desired.  Some high school students even used the lessons to help them earn a 1/2 credit in 20th Century music history.  I encouraged them to add 2 hours of reading, listening, or writing about the topic each week.  In my elementary music class I also gave a coloring sheet each week.  The middle and high school students were to fill out two notebooking pages which you can download here:  the 20th Century Music History Notebooking Page, and the 20th Century Music Listening Printable.

Here is one of the lessons I wrote that you can download: Sousa and Joplin Music Appreciation Lesson. (See a post on it here.)
For the final class, I put together an overview of the top 41 styles, composers, performers, and/or pieces of the 20th Century.  It’s all on a YouTube playlist, so you can enjoy this for FREE at your home. Download the PDF file of 20th Century Music Overview in 20 Minutes.

And if you are looking for some more great ideas for incorporating Fine Arts into your kids’ lives (or into your homeschools), you will definitely want to check out the Fine Arts Bundle that is part of the Build Your Bundle Sale.

 It’s only $29 for 11 items! (a $206.43 value).  It’s like just buying just the first item (Beethoven Who?) and getting all the rest for free!  And on 5/27, use coupon code BYB527 to get $5 off!
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music – $29.99 value. Guides you and your family into the wonders of music reading, music listening, and music making.

Fine Art Pages Collections 1  and 2– Retail $14.95 each.  21 printable works of art in Collection 1 and 19 printable works of art in Collection 2.

Feed My Sheep-  Retail $39.95.  3-year curriculum is a comprehensive art text and workbook containing over 250 generously illustrated step-by-step lessons.  Ages 10 & up

BiblioPlan Modern Craft Book – Retail $5.95.   Focuses on U.S. and World History from 1850 – 2000.

Book of Many Colors – Retail $34.95.  160 lessons/250 pages, 3-year curriculum. Mediums studied are pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics, colored markers, and colored pencils.

Historical Skits – Retail $12.99.  Nineteen historical plays from the time of Columbus to World War II.

Dan’s Doodles Bundle – Retail $4.00.  Includes over 75 intricate doodles for your coloring enjoyment.

Vincent Van Gogh Notebooking Pages – Retail $5.95.  93 pages of lined pages for notebooking projects.

Vincent Van Gogh Copywork Bundle – Retail $24.75.  Includes 230 pages.

Study-A-Composer – Retail $18.00.  This Learn ‘N Folder ™ is made up of 22 mini-books that fill 2 folders.

The sale ends June 1, 2015, so go check it out now! On 5/27/15 you can get $5 off with coupon code BYB527.

 

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Help Your Child Grow in Character

Child Grow in Character

How do you help your child grow in character? We try to talk through it daily–ways to be kind and more loving. We read the Bible and pray. But I am always looking for more ideas to help me in the area of character training!

I just found out that the hottest seller in the Build Your Bundle sale right now is the Character Bundle.  14 items for $19.

I hadn’t considered this one before, but now I am!

Here is what you’ll find in the $19 Character Bundle (read more details about each product at the site):

  • Lads & Ladies of Wisdom – $15.00 Value. 5 months of character lessons for grades 1-6
  • The Children’s Character Building Collection – Set of 11 Titles – Retail $29.00. 
  • Proverbs People Book One – Retail $12.00. ages 8-12
  • Write Through the Bible: 10 Commandments (Cursive, ESV) – Retail $6.99. This handwriting workbook provides 131 days of copywork practice, enough for an entire school year. 
  • Growing in Wisdom – Retail $15.00.  Some of the topics covered are: Anger/Self-control, Tattling/Love, Unkindness/Kindness, Laziness/Diligence, Complaining/Cheerfulness. Help your children learn how and why to make right choices. For ages 8-13.
  • God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum – $17.00 Value. Hands-on, active preschool curriculum designed to lead you and your child, ages 2-5, 28 weeks.

  • Training & Correcting the Heart With Scripture – Retail $5.99. Bible study of 21 character qualities.
  • My Brother’s Keeper Junior & Youth Bundle – Retail $24.00. 4-week in-depth Bible study on the subject of sibling relationships,multiple age levels. 
  • Family Bible Bites Devotional – Retail $6.95. 21 Bible verses for little hearts to learn and memorize and forty two fun activities to help them stick!
  • People of the Bible Notebooking Unit Volume 1 – $10.00 Value. People included in this volume: Aaron, Abel, Boaz, Elijah, Elisha, Gideon, Isaac, Abraham, David, Abigail, Andrew, Barnabas, Jesus, Paul, Peter, Matthew, John the Baptist.
  • People of the Bible Notebooking Unit Volume 2 – $8.00 Value. People included in this volume: John, Judas Iscariot, Luke, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Deborah, Hannah, Jacob, Job, Joshua.
  • My Journey with Jesus Christ – Retail $4.99.  Personalized devotional designed to help a child grow in their relationship with Christ.
  • Why I Give – An Activity Book – $4.99 Value.   Help your child cultivate a heart of giving.
  • Learning to Speak Life™ Complete Copywork Companion – Retail $8.99. Copywork to go with the Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional.

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2015 Build Your Bundle Sale: The Details

Woo-hoo–the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale is finally here! I promise not to overload you on this topic all week. But I want to have one post here where you can have all the details you might want in order to make a decision about whether to buy a bundle or not with the annual Build Your Bundle Sale. 
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

  • There are 19 different bundles of digital homeschool curriculum
  • All curricula is massively discounted (up to 90% off)
  • One week only 5/25 thru 6/1
  • 9 bundles are under $20
  • Buy 2 bundles, get one free
  • There are some Premium products for sale (memberships and courses)
  • If you make any purchase, you will receive some great Bonuses (physical and digital products, as well as coupons)

Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

  • Another thing you can do is to build your own bundle. Pick any of the items (items $19.99 and under) and get exactly what you will use!  Pick 5 for $25 or any 10 for $39.

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

 

Now for the details of what is in each of the 19 bundles:  

(see the Build Your Bundle site for more specifics)

Preschool/Kindergarten Bundle

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature, Uncle Rick’s History for Preschoolers, Baby Lamb’s Book of Art, The Picture Smart Bible, God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, and 8 more. Value $174.70, Cost $29.

Preschool Bundle of Curriculum - Huge Sale!

1st – 3rd Grade Bundle #1

Human Body Detectives Go into the Immune System, Reading Lessons Through Literature, 101 Independent Kids Activities, Write From History Level 1, Bible Road Trip Year One, Spanish 1 Interactive Notebook, Knights and Nobles Unit Study, and 4 more. Value: $284.89, Cost $49

Elementary Curriculum Bundle - HUGE Savings!

1st – 3rd Grade Bundle #2

Writeshop Primary Book A Set, English Lessons Through Literature, Simply Cursive, The Fun Spanish, Around the World Geography Copywork Bundle, and 5 more. Value $299.61, Cost $49.

Elementary Curriculum Bundle - HUGE Savings!

4th-6th Grade Bundle #1

Mastering Essential Math Skills: Fractions, Weather on the Move Unit Study, Human Body Detectives- Circulatory System, Write From History Level 2, USA State Bird Realistic, How to Write a Book Report, Help! I Have a Reluctant Writer!, and 5 more.  Value $203.86, Cost $39
Elementary Curriculum Bundle - HUGE Savings!
4th – 6th Grade Bundle #2

Draw Around the World: USA, The Elements, The Brain: An Introduction to Neurology, Ten Great Adventurers, Feed My Sheep by How Great Thou Art, Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary Edition, Bible Road Trip Year Two, The Renaissance, and 3 more.  Value $251.47, Cost $39
Elementary Curriculum Bundle - HUGE Savings!

Just for Boys Bundle

Frank Webster Adventure Audiobook Collection 1, Celebrating Manhood: A Rite of Passage Guide, Warfare by Duct Tape (choose title), Ten Great Adventurers, Of Knights and Fair Maidens, American Wars Volume 1, Transportion Alphabet Copywork, Dragons of the Bible Copywork, and 4 more.  Value $163.73, Cost $19

Bundle Just for Boys - HUGE Savings!
Just for Girls Bundle

Girls of American History Units 1-8, Mommy Why? A Titus 2 Story for Young Girls bundle, Heroines of the Past Bible Study, Thoughts of Mothers and Daughters, Raising Maidens of Virtue, and 6 more. Value: $198.68, Cost $19
A Bundle Your Girls Will LOVE!
Character Bundle

Lads and Ladies of Wisdom, The Children’s Character Building Collection – Set of 11 Titles, Proverbs People Book 1, Write Through the Bible: 10 Commandments (Cursive, ESV), Growing in Wisdom, God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, Family Bible Bites Devotional, and 7 more. Value $141.94, Cost $19.
Character Building Bundle  - HUGE Savings!
Middle School Bundle

Mastering Essential Math Skills: Pre-Algebra Concepts, Classical Astronomy Field Guide, Carbon Chemistry, The Picture Smart Bible New Testament, Revolutionary Ideas: The Story of the American Revolution, Book of Many Colors by How Great Thou Art, Overview of American Government and the Election Process with Study Guide, Creation vs Evolution: Learning How Science Supports the Bible, 100 Most Often Used Social Studies Vocabulary Words, and 3 more.  Value $241.19, Cost $39
Middle School Curriculum at a LOW Price - 85% off!
High School Bundle

For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those who Shaped Our Nation, Nutrition 101, The Picture Smart Bible New Testament, British Literature, How Great Thou Art, Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry, Teach Your Students How to Take Notes, Unlock the Secrets of Compare-and-Contrast Writing, We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution, and 2 more. Value $288.82, Cost $39
Save Big on High School Curriculum!
Charlotte Mason Bundle

Simply Charlotte Mason: Your Business Math Pet Store, Considering God’s Creation Science, A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers, The Student’s Guide to Keeping an Art Journal, NaturExplorers Captivating Clouds, You Can Make Your Own Unit Study Using Charlotte Mason Methods, Write From History, and 5 more.  Value $236.50, Cost $49
Charlotte Mason Bundle of Curriculum  - HUGE Savings!

Copywork Bundle

Copywork Notebooking Pages Complete Set, American History Through Copywork and Dictation, Around the World Geography Copywork bundle, Write Through the Bible: 10 Commandments (Cursive, ESV), Learning to Speak Life Complete Copywork Companion, The ABCs of the Bible Scripture Copywork, Vincent Van Gogh Copywork bundle, Grammar Copywork, Town Mouse Country Mouse Copywork, and 3 more. Value $207.61, Cost $12
Copywork Bundle  - HUGE Savings!
Unit Study Bundle

Weather on the Move unit study, Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool, Revolutionary Ideas: The Story of the American Revolution, “Any Novel” Novel Study Guide, Sunflower Unit Study by See the Light, We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution, You Can Make Your Own Unit Study Using Charlotte Mason Methods, and 5 more. Value $174.83, Cost $19
Love Unit Studies? This Bundle is awesome - 89% off!

Fine Arts Bundle

Beethoven Who? Family Fun With Music, Fine Art Pages Collections 1 and 2, Feed My Sheep by How Great Thou Art, Modern Craft Book, Book of Many Colors, Historical Skits, Vincent Van Gogh Notebooking and Copywork, and 2 more. Value $206.43, Cost $29
Fine Arts Bundle - SAVE BIG!
Mom Bundle #1

Mom’s Toolbelt, Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families, Teaching Science and Having Fun, Create Your Own Leaning Portfolio on Any Subject, Teach Kids How to Cook, and 7 more. Value $126.75, Cost $12
Bundle for Mom - Only $12!
Mom Bundle #2 (Christ-centered)

Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit, Wait Only Upon God: 40 Days of Praying the Scriptures In The Waiting, Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom, Home Improvement: The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids, My Brother’s Keeper Junior and Youth Bundle, Complete Personal and Homeschool Planner, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy, and 5 more. Value $143.89, Cost $12.
A Bundle for the Christ-Centered Mom  - HUGE Savings!
Secular Bundle

Human Body Detectives (choose one), Ellen McHenry’s Science Curriculum (choose one), Math Essentials (choose one), Mom’s Toolbelt, Warfare by Duct Tape (choose one), English Lessons Through Literature, Draw Around the World USA, Girls of American History units 1-8, Fine Art Pages Collections 1 and 2, and 9 more. Value $445.27, Cost $69
Bundle for Secular Homeschoolers - Save 85%!
Notebooking Bundle

Spanish 1 Interactive Notebook, People of the Bible Notebooking Unit Volumes 1 and 2, Hands on Africa, Hands on Europe, 3-D Notebooking Pages Templates and Mini-Books, Vincent van Gogh Notebooking Pages, Wildflower Notebooking Pages, Tree Notebooking Pages, Shark Notebooking Pages, and 2 more.  Value $122.76, Cost $12
Notebooking Bundle - Only $12
Special Needs Bundle

Super Star Speech, Learning in Spite of Lables, ASL ABCs, Too Wise to Be Mistaken Too Good to Be Unkind, Dyslexia 101, and 3 more. Value: $80.33, Cost $10
Bundle for Special Needs Families - Only $10
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Review/ Giveaway: “Daddy Loves You So Much!”

Daddy Loves You So Much

What a precious book to review for you today! Daddy Loves You So Much is a padded board book for babies and toddlers.  It’s published by Tommy Nelson and illustrated by Jo Parry.

I think this book is just perfect for Father’s Day!  It reminds me of my husband with his little boys and girls.  Each of the 10 pages features a different father and child animal pair with a 4-line rhyme.  We talk about the Daddy who loves, cares, teaches, and makes laugh.  The book is funny and clever, and I really love the illustrations.

I’m always on the look-out for books that honor fathers and show them involved with and loving their kids. This book does just that!

Purchase it here: Daddy Loves You So Much

Enter the Giveaway on the Rafflecopter app below.  Contest ends on June 1, 2015 and winner has 24 hours to respond to my email.
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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

Review: Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend

Redo Your Room

Do you have a teen or tween daughter who is looking for some ideas to tweak her bedroom?  I think you’ll really enjoy this book review today of Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend.  It’s published by FaithGirlsz by Zonderkidz.  The book is a handy small size, paperback, 127 pages, and in full color!

My daughters and I definitely had fun looking through the different ideas and thinking through which ones they would like to do.

One favorite was called “Pretty Drawer Pulls” and demonstrates how to decoupage with fabric to recreate the look of drawer pulls on a nightstand or dresser.

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Another favorite was “Decorated Desk Lamp.” It shows how to apply some paint and lace to make a simple desk lamp really beautiful.

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And we also loved the “Twinkling Teacup Candles” where you use vintage teacups and add soy candle wax and wick adhesive to create a candle.  They put gold glitter on the top, and the teacup candles are just gorgeous!

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You can see more about the book at Amazon: Redo Your Room: 50 Bedroom DIYs You Can Do in a Weekend (Faithgirlz)

The book is divided into 10 different chapters.

  1. Shape your Space–helps her plan out her changes, where to put keepsakes, explains about colors, painting tips
  2. Get Organized–declutter, how to store, ideas for desk and closet
  3. Sculpt Your Style–how to make it lovely and happy, where to place things
  4. Smarten Up Your Study Space–8 DIY ideas such as painted wooden desk chair and cute computer cords
  5. Dress Up Your Bedroom–8 DIY ideas such as t-shirt pillow covers and XOXO wall letters
  6. Wake Up Your Walls & Windows–8 DIY ideas such as snapshot photo garland and scarf wall tapestry
  7. Cute Up Your Closet–7 DIY ideas such as outfit inspo magnets and boho closet curtain
  8. Glam Up Your Vanity–7 DIY ideas such as embellished hand mirror and floating chandelier
  9. Everything Else–10 more DIY ideas such as teeny terrariums, braided rug, and envelope photo holder
  10. Make it Yours–cleaning routine, using scents, and ideas for sleepover central

The layout of the book is very modern; teens will really relate to it.  I’m pretty sure every girl ages 11-20 will find at least a few ideas in this book that they’d love to do in their room. Most will only a quick trip to the hardware or craft store and won’t cost too much.  Another plus is that the teen girls should be able to most (if not all) of the work themselves; tweens might need a little help from Mom or Dad.  So, in conclusion, I am very happy with this book and know my 4 girls will bring it out again and again to get some more fun ideas. I might even do some myself!

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to write this honest review. The post also contains affiliate links.)

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2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

Tutorial: Charlie Brown t-shirt

Charlie Brown t-shirt

 

My oldest son just finished playing Charlie Brown in the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Since my two littlest kids were going to help usher and pass out programs, I made Charlie Brown t-shirts for them.  It’s the easiest costume in the world to make, and they looked adorable!

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1. Find a bright yellow t-shirt (we found ours at Wal-Mart).

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2. Put black duct tape on it in a zig zag shape.

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If you like doing fun activities like this with your young children, you are going to love the Preschool/Kindergarten Bundle in the Build Your Bundle sale.
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale Preschool and Kindergarten Bundles
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Homeschoolers: Did you get your coupon code yet?

Build Your Bundle 2015

If you are arriving at this page on 5/27/15, you’re in luck!  There is a coupon code today for $5 off. BYB527 for the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale.

Get the Character Bundle for only $14.
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale
Get the Fine Arts Bundle for only $24.
Fine Arts Bundle - SAVE BIG!
Get the Unit Studies Bundle for only $14.
Love Unit Studies? This Bundle is awesome - 89% off!
And the Special Needs Bundle for only $5!
Bundle for Special Needs Families - Only $10
 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #119

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts.  I’ll pin my favorites!
Visit Gena Mayo @ I Choose Joy!’s profile on Pinterest.
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 5 and 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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T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday Sale

This month’s T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday sale is for 35% off all T-Tapp Brand Products.

Use Code MAY19

In the Skin Care & Cellulite Control category you will find many products to help you help yourself have tighter, smoother, cellulite-free skin!

The CRT Systems & Products category includes all of the products that go along with the body brushing program including the CRT Brushing DVD and body brush combos. Get firmer, tighter skin!

The Skin Saver Series category includes this entire product line including the Skin Saver Salt in various sizes.

Check out the Other Skin Care Products category to see products that Teresa Tapp likes and carries for your convenience. This section includes other skin care products, such as Enfuselle, Deluvia, Cellfood, In the Skin Sunscreen and Celazome.

Head over to browse the T-Tapp supplements and products and use the code MAY19 to get 35% off, today May 19, 2015 only!

  • B-12 Plus Spray
  • Digest Plus
  • Fibertox: Skin Tightening System
  • HCG PG Spray
  • Immune Boost Sublingual
  • Premium Blended, Organic, Non-GMO Alfalfa
  • Pyruvyl Glycine
  • WhiteBrite Teeth Whitener Spray
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Review: Homeschool Legacy’s “Forest for the Trees” unit study

 

Forest for the Trees Unit Study review

We just finished a great unit study from Homeschool Legacy called Forest for the Trees.  

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These wonderful unit studies are all available in digital format, including the one we received (and some are available in print copy).

One thing I really love about these unit studies is that there are so many choices- lots of books, experiments, projects, and field trip ideas.  There’s no way to do them all–so you just pick and choose what’s best for your family.

Forest for the Trees is actually a 4-week unit study.  She gives a sample lesson plan for using it Monday-Friday each week.  We spread it out to 6 weeks.  It’s called a Once-a-Week Unit Study because all of the main “work” is done only on one day of the week.  The other days you will still spend some time on it by reading aloud from the great selection of books.

 

Here are a few of the things we did for this cool trees unit study!

For Bible Study/devotionals:

We read Genesis and started memorized Romans 1:19-20.  We also read the passages she suggested from Matthew, Jeremiah, and Galatians and memorized the fruit of the Spirit. There was a chart in the unit study to print out and put of the refrigerator. When one of us noticed another family member displaying a fruit of the Spirit, they would put a star in that person’s box.

Science:

We read about trees lots of tree books that we checked out from the library. (These books were all listed in the curriculum.)

We found a twig from a spring tree and identified the different parts of it like the leaf scars and lenticels.  They drew it and labeled it.

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We identified pollen cones and seed cones on different types on conifers while at the park.

Science experiments such as seeing how the water is drawn up into the leaves of a plant. I loved all the other easy-to-do science experiements as well.

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Forest for the Trees

 

Literature:

We read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and  memorized the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer.  We started listening to My Side of the Mountain on CD in the car.  We read many other shorter books that were recommended as well.

Art:

The kids drew some trees from the book Draw 50 Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants by Ames.

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Each week had different suggestions for art projects to do.

 

Field Trips:

One suggestion was to climb a tree. The tree below has 5 kids in it!

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Forest for the Trees

We had an awesome field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, where we saw a wide variety of trees.  We also would have loved to make it out to the Morton Arboretum–maybe this summer. She suggested a couple of other field trip ideas I wouldn’t have thought of!

Different trees at the Botanic Gardens:

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What we loved:

I was exposed to so many more books that I have never heard of or read before.  We would have missed these treasures with the Homeschool Legacy trees unit study.  I also love the variety and flexibility.  I was busy with many other activities and school subjects, but we still found a way to make this be such a positive experience for my kids.  I only barely scratched the surface of all that was contained in this 32-page ebook.

There are 2 other special things about the Homeschool Legacy’s unit studies:

You can use them for a full year of your history or science curriculum.  Just choose 4 or 5 that fit what you’d like to learn!  It tells you how long each one is supposed to take (4 weeks, 6 weeks, etc.) They are appropriate for grades 2-12 (but high schoolers will still need lab sciences).  Also, the unit studies specifically include the information needed to use them to gain Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl badges or 4H projects.

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You’ll definitely want to check out the great variety of once-a-week unit studies that are available.  I think we’ll do the one on Weather this summer–it sounds so fun!
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And the Weather Study is included in 2 Bundles in the Build Your Bundle sale until June 1!  I’m definitely getting the Unit Study Bundle (it’s only $19!)  You’ll find a couple of other Homeschool Legacy unit studies in other bundles as well.

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale Unit Studies Bundle

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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/hslegacy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/homeschoollegac

 

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Review: Beauty Bursts

 

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I have spent the last month taking a new supplement called Beauty Bursts by NeoCell.  These are gourmet collagen soft chews.  You take 2-4 daily.  The chews are to give high absorption of specific nutrients to help in beautifying your skin, hair, and nails– they’ll be stronger and healthier.

What you’ll find in 2 chews: 2000 mg Hydrolyzed Collagen 1&3 (a protein), 2000 mg Hyaluronic Acid (“nature’s moisturizer”), and 20 mg Vitamin C.

You won’t find soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, starch, yeast, or artificial flavors.

I think that the fact that I already had healthy hair, skin, and nails before started the regimen meant that I didn’t see a significant change.

See this Youtube video to learn more about collagen.

I didn’t like the taste of these chews as much as the Biotin Burst chews I reviewed previously.  These are said to be “fresh mint chocolate.” I do taste a hint of mint and of chocolate, but the flavors don’t seem real.

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As these are natural supplements, I expect that those who don’t have healthy, strong hair, skin, or nails will definitely see an improvement when taking Beauty Bursts.  You can get NeoCell Beauty Burst, Chocolate Mint
at Amazon.  Read more about them at the NeoCell website, and about all the other products they sell.

They also come in Fruit Punch flavor:

 

Enter on the Rafflecopter below to win a one-month supply of Beauty Bursts!  The contest will run from now through Saturday 5/23/15.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: I received a package of Beauty Bursts in order to write this honest review.)

 2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

Giveaway & Coupon Code for “Build Your Bundle” Homeschool Curriculum Sale

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale
Do you remember the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale last year? Well this year it’s even better!

On 5/27/15, you can get $5 off by using coupon code BYB527.

There are 200 homeschool curriculum items bundled into specific categories and all offered for a very low price. One Bundle is only $10, and 5 Bundles are only $12!

The sale dates are May 25-June 1.  See this post for the details!

Here is some of what you will be seeing in the sale:

Bundles for:
Preschool-Kindergarten
1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
Middle School
High School
Charlotte Mason
Notebooking
Copywork
Unit Studies
Just for Boys
Just for Girls
Character Bundle
Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
Fine Arts
Special Needs Bundle
Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Some of the awesome publishers are:
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Prices for the bundles start at only $10!

 

 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #118

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts.  I’ll pin my favorites!
Visit Gena Mayo @ I Choose Joy!’s profile on Pinterest.
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 5 and 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: “S is for Smiling Sunrise” by Vick Wadhwa

Smiling Sunrise Review

I’m happy to review a wonderful children’s book today called S is for Smiling Sunrise by Vick Wadhwa of WordsBright.

I was afraid this would be “just another average kids book.”  But it isn’t, and I really like it!

It’s beautiful and colorful and immediately grabbed my 4-year-old son’s attention.  He looked through it and listened to the CD singing the words of it twice when he first saw it.  Then he said, “I wish there was a DVD of it.”  I think he’d love to see the illustrations with song up on the big screen!

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The book is described as “a new take on ABCs.”  It’s “an alphabet book of goodness, beauty, and wonder.”

The well-made hard-back book has 32 pages.  It begins with a gift page to write who it’s “for” and “from,” so this would be a great gift for someone.  I love how 10% of the earnings from the book are given to help disadvantaged children.  It’s recommended for ages 3 and up, but my 2-year-old daughter enjoyed it and learned from it as well.

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Each letter of the alphabet has its own page.  There is a photograph or illustration with a 4-line poem.  The focus of each poem is to inspire and encourage children in creativity or in the wonder of our world.  They are encouraged to be kind by saying “thank you” or by giving gifts to others. They are encouraged express themselves through art.  They are taught about nature–butterflies, the ocean, and leaves.  You can use the book to teach preschoolers their colors, the seasons, names of animals, and health lessons like drinking plenty of water and eating healthy food.

As a believer, I would love to find a Scripture to include with each page in the book as well.  For example, on the G is for Gift page, we could learn “It is better to give than to receive.”  On the F is for Flowers page which talks about looking and pausing, being happy and peaceful, we could learn the verse, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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There are some free resources on the Wordsbright website.  You can get a free mp3 download of the song, which sings every word from the book.  It’s 5:25 long.  I do have a suggestion for the song.  It’s sung with a woman’s voice in the lower octave.  I would recommend it being recorded with a woman singing higher, or even with children’s voices!  That makes it easier for the kids to sing along. The other free resource is a Teacher’s Guide.  It’s in 2 parts: for Preschoolers and for Grades K-3.  There are lots of ideas there for using the book for teaching lots of different concepts.  This is a common way that I teach my preschoolers, so it’s nice to see it written out for moms or teachers who might need some suggestions there.  For example, on the W is for Words page, there are lots of words listed such as sharing, effort, and gratitude.  The Teacher Guide gives some questions to ask the kids like, “Why should we choose our words carefully?” She gives an activity to play a word game with the words.  You can even download the Words poster from the website and display it.

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So, overall, S is for Smiling Sunrise is a very nice addition to our home.  I know my children will enjoy reading it and hearing it read to them over and over.

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A Mother’s Day Sale from Motivated Moms Planners

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Need a little help getting organized with housework?  Check out the awesome Motivate Moms planners.  It tells you exactly what you need to do each day!
And they’re having the best sale of the year until Monday 5/11/15.

  • All 2015 ebooks are $5 (regularly $8) – no coupon needed!
  • Apps are 99¢ (regularly $1.99)
  • Year subscriptions for the apps are $4.99 (regularly $7.99)

If you get it in ebook format, you can make a cute cover for it like this:

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Or get it in app format.  There are so many different ways to customize it for what will be most useful for you.  When you make customizations, they will carry over when you renew it the next year!  It’s available for iOS devices iPhone, iPad, iPod and

on Android.

 

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Freebie: 2015 Homeschool Coupon Book

Here’s a nice freebie for homeschool moms! The 2015 Homeschool Coupon Book

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“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

My oldest 5 kids are performing in Spotlight Youth Theater’s Production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” this weekend and next.  We went to see it this morning, and it’s fabulous!  So fun and colorful and sweet.

I’m so proud of my oldest son who is playing Charlie Brown in the “older” kid cast.  They also cast the leads with a “younger” cast for this production.

Enjoy the Promo Video here:

My favorite parts of the show were the dancing blankets with Linus, the acting out of the Red Baron vs. Snoopy scene, the baseball game, and seeing the Peanuts comic strips coming to life!  Did you know that Charles Schulz wrote about 18,000 strips and published Peanuts for 50 years?  Such an American icon.  This show will just make you smile! :)

Here are some pictures:

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My little Woodstock is on the left in this picture.

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The Red Baron plane with M and J. (Photo credits to Welsh Studios http://www.welsh-studios.com).
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Some pictures from rehearsal:

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My youngest daughter loves Linus–or does she love his blanket?

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To God Be the Glory!

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Come see the show if you’re in the area.

 

From House to Home {Link Party} #117

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 (up to 5 and 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 of A+ Interactive Math

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Here is a new curriculum review for you today:

A+ Interactive Math

I specifically gained online access to the

Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan.

I tried out A+ Interactive Math with 6 of my children.  For some it worked better than others.

My oldest son just finished Pre-Algebra with another math curriculum.  I decided it would be a good idea for him to take the A+ Tutorsoft Pre-Algebra math Adaptive Placement Test as a final exam. He discovered that there were some subjects in the exam that weren’t covered in his other curriculum, so he’ll be doing those lessons through A+ Interactive Math.  Math curricula can be different, so I’m happy to know that this will fill out his math learning for the year.

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The child we used A+ Interactive Math with the most was my 8-year-old son.  He took 1-3 tests daily until we finished the whole Adaptive Placement Test (13 separate mini-tests in the 2nd grade test).  He was at grade level for some topics and not for a few others.  Then he started in with the lessons which he worked on most weekdays.  They are divided into categories (addition, subtraction, money, etc.) and then into specific lessons.  I let him skip around to different categories, as long as he went in order with the lessons contained there.  After watching the lesson (which took about 10 minutes) he did the online worksheet.  If he couldn’t finish it for some reason, it would be saved so he could come back to it later.

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He did enjoy doing this math curriculum. He definitely prefers learning and practicing math on the computer as opposed to any other way. I liked that the Adaptive Placement Test told me exactly where he needed more help, so we could focus on those areas in the lessons. The lessons were well presented. He understood them, and did well with the online worksheets. Even though it didn’t work well for some of my other kids, I’m glad to have A+ Interactive Math for my 8-year-old son and think it will be great for my 14-year-old son who is working his way through the Adaptive Placement Test now and my 13-year-old son who just started it today.

I also had two instances where I called and emailed the company to ask questions. I received great customer service!

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We discovered that the Adaptive Placement Test wasn’t a good fit for my daughter with dyslexia. First of all, I needed to read the test to her (there wasn’t an option to click to have the questions read aloud). Then, when it was discovered by the exam that the questions were too difficult, they added a whole new set of questions. This meant that the exam was too long for her to be able to focus. She began to get very frustrated, but we couldn’t stop because it’s a timed exam and if you stop, you’ll have to start over from the very beginning. I decided not to use A+ Tutorsoft with her after that initial day.

Another student who took the Adaptive Placement Test was my 6-year-old daughter. It was nice that the 1st grade exam was broken up into different sections because at her age she couldn’t do too much every day.  After a couple of days of taking the test I decided not to use it with her, though.  I don’t push formal math at this early of an age.  She did occasionally, throughout the review period, ask to do A+ Interactive Math, though, so she finished a few of the sections from the Adaptive Placement Test.

My 5th grade daughter got very frustrated after trying to take the Adaptive Placement Tests for three days.  It kept kicking her out of the exam, and not saving her answers.  Then she would have to start the whole test over.  I decided not to frustrate her with this experience any longer since she already has enough math frustration. I never found out why it was doing that with her particular exam.

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Read more about it at  Top 12 Reasons to do Adaptive Placement Test w/Lessons and

Top 12 Reasons to use “Family Math package” program.
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Vacation Scrapbook: Visiting Hollywood

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I thought I had finished all the vacation posts of our California trip last summer, but I forgot Hollywood!

One afternoon, we drove around to see the different parts of the Los Angeles area–Bellaire and Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood.  We drove by Grauman’s Chinese Theater, saw some Hollywood stars, and ate lunch at an outdoor Chick-Fil-A with sprinklers spraying water.

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I wanted so much to see the famous Hollywood sign, but no matter where we looked we couldn’t see it.  I never realized how hilly it is around there. Finally, we decided to follow the Google Maps directions even though they seemed to take us a very strange way. It worked. We drove up on the mountain and jumped out at the Observatory to take a quick picture since there were no parking places available.

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See our other California Vacation posts here:

If you’d like to read about our other summer vacation posts see here:

Here We Come (San Francisco and Sacramento)

Visiting My Sister’s family (and Mom’s funeral)

Monterey

Legoland California

Los Angeles