Help Your Kids Know they are Wonderfully Made (& a $600 Value Giveaway)

Last week we received the neatest book! It’s called Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth by Danika Cooley is a hardback children’s book that teaches kids about the baby in the womb. We learn about how big the baby is each week during pregnancy and how the baby changes from week to week. I’ll be sharing a more in depth review in a couple of weeks. But today I wanted to give you an introduction to the book, {Read More}

Review & Giveaway of I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God

Review of I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God We have received a new book called I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer. I’ve been using it with my elementary-aged kids for our daily Bible time. The main way to describe the book is that it goes through names of God and relates each name to a particular event or story in the Bible. It explains the names and characteristics of God in a way {Read More}

The “I Choose Joy!” 10-Year Blogiversary Giveaway–just for Homeschoolers!

Ten years ago today I dove into the world of blogging. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I thought it would be a fun way to document our homeschooling and family life as well as connect with others outside my immediate sphere of influence. Now, I have made so many friends in the blogging world, have been encouraged in my homeschooling and parenting walk, and have been inspired to try new ideas! A few years ago I decided {Read More}

Journaling Bible: Day 1 of “6 Days of New Year’s Resolutions”

Today is Day 1 of “6 Days of New Year’s Resolutions.” I’m going to share with you my New Year’s Resolutions and the resources I’m using to achieve them. I’ve lived long enough to know that my goals won’t be perfectly met and that I won’t do the daily ones every single day. But that’s not a good enough reason not to try! Today’s goal is to read the Bible daily and to get closer to God through it. I recently {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: ESV Journaling Bible

I have an awesome Bible to review and give away today. It’s called the ESV Journaling Bible and comes in the Blue Flora design. There are several really unique features to this Bible. First, it’s in the ESV version (English Standard Version), which is my favorite. It comes with a hard cardboard case–perfect for keeping it safe when taking it to church and Bible Studies. It has a blue attached ribbon bookmark. In the back is a one-year Bible reading plan {Read More}

New Activity Guide: 11 Days of Veterans Day Activities for Kids

Don’t you love teaching about the different holidays in your homeschool? It’s one of the most fun things to do with elementary kids. I’m sharing today about a neat activity guide that is now for sale in the I Choose Joy! store. It’s called 11 Days of Veterans Day Activities for Kids. What will you find in the activity guide? 14 pages long Activity ideas with links and resources included for 11 different subject areas. Read,  Art, Music, Drama, Service, Write, {Read More}

Review: Teen Prasso Bible Study

At the beginning of the summer we were offered a wonderful new Bible Study for teens from Prasso Ministries.  I thought, what a great study for my high school son to do this summer! We reviewed 2 physical products, the Teen Prasso Teacher’s Manual (which says Teaching Lessons on the cover) and Homework Manual (which says Student Journal on the cover). “Prasso” is a Greek word that means to repeatedly, continually, and habitually practice. We were really happy to review for review the Teen Prasso {Read More}

Help Your 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’ll be back to this page and listing my favorite character-developing materials.  If you have some favorites, please list them in the comments!

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.  There are 19 different bundles of digital homeschool curriculum All curricula is massively discounted (up to 90% off) One week {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!” DVD

I’m so excited to review (and host a Giveaway!) of the DVD “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!”  This is another Buck Denver DVD from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer! The whole “What’s in the Bible” DVD series was created to explain the Bible to kids.  This particular DVD (volume 10) has 2 25-minute episodes called God’s Perfect Timing (where kids learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at {Read More}

Giveaway of 3 Zondervan Books for Kids & 3 for Teens!

I have a wonderful giveaway today.  There are two sets of books–one for kids and one for teens.  Enter one giveaway or both!  These would be wonderful to give to your kids for Easter, or for any other occasion! The Kids Set (for preschool-age 7) has The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg (illustrated by Richard Cowdrey) The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, by Mike Berenstain 101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation (illustrated by Dan Andreasen)   In The {Read More}

Giveaway of “ABC Say it With Me” and “For His Own Glory”

Would you like to win these the two DVDs “ABC Say it With Me” from Moore Family Films and “For His Own Glory” from Crowe’s Nest Media?  Go here to enter! “ABC Say it With Me” is a wonderful DVD for preschoolers which has a short vignette and Bible verse to memorize for each of letter of the alphabet. “For His Own Glory” teaches sign language to little ones. Giveaway ends 3/6/14! (This post contains affiliate links.)  

Review of Adventure Bible Website and App & {Link Party}

About the Adventure Bible Website The Adventure Bible Website, www.adventurebible.com, is a fun, safe, and free website for kids ages 8-12 from the publishers of the Adventure Bible (Zondervan). The site provides several interactive games, activity sheets, Bible search and resources to help kids learn more about the Bible. Educators, including homeschool parents, can also register students and access over 700 teaching resources as well as have Bible game points tracked onto their teacher classroom page.  Check out the video on this page (or {Read More}

Review of 3 New Adventure Bible Titles

I have three new titles from the Adventure Bible brand to share with you today. First, the Adventure Bible Storybook, Deluxe Edition which includes a beautiful 285-page hardback book and a set of 2 CDs. The CDs contain the entire Bible storybook and enhance it wonderful readers who use special voices as well as music and sound effects. My younger kids LOVED listening to the CDs in the car! The stories are written simplistically, for ages 4-7, and include some {Read More}

Review/Giveaway of “God’s Love for You” Bible storybook by Stearns

I have a lot of Bible storybooks, and almost didn’t ask to review (and giveaway!) God’s Love for You by Rick and Renee Stearns. There was something unique about this book, though, and here is what drew me to it (from the Thomas Nelson website): “World Vision® CEO Richard Stearns and his wife, Reneé, present stories about children they’ve met through World Vision, what life is like in their corner of the world, and how God is working through their lives. {Read More}

Review of the Glipit Bible!

Are you looking for a unique gift? You found it with the glipit Bible! God’s Love is Perfect–that’s where they get the name. 🙂 It comes with 120 removable silicone pieces in 4 different colors (including some that glow in the dark).  Because they’re silicone, they are quiet, making it a good “toy” for keeping younger ones quiet during the sermon or your Bible lesson at home while they try to listen.  My kids had a ball with it!  It was {Read More}

Review/Giveaway of “My ABC of God Loves Me”

  Today I have a review and giveaway of My ABC of God Loves Me by Fiona Boon.  What a precious book this is!  It’s small enough for the littlest kids to hold, and even has a handle!  I really love the illustrations.  You can check out some of the pages here:  Flipbook I love the story it tells as well.  Each page is a different letter of the alphabet, and explains about a different attribute of God: Amazing, Beautiful, {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: 20+ Tips for Memorizing Scripture

  We are in the second week here of preparing for the Bible Bee.  This summer our family is memorizing two Scripture passages a week, 24 passages total.  I can testify to the fact that it does get harder to memorize as you get older!  But it’s still possible, and important to do it, so I’m memorizing Scripture along with my kids! We met with some other Bible Bee participants last week (as well as my ladies Bible Study), and {Read More}

Review/Giveaway of “My Princess Bible Purse”

Yesterday morning it was only 8:55 a.m. but I had reached the end of my patience with my 2-year-old! And it only got worse as the day progressed. FINALLY, he was asleep (on my floor) by 10:30 p.m. and I could relax. I used to think I was doing pretty well with the fruit of the Spirit–you know: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. And then I had kids! I am now continually challenged in even {Read More}

It’s Time to Register for the Bible Bee!

  My 3 oldest kids will be participating this year.  Doing the Sword Study (Bible study) is part of their school-work for summer.  I’ll also be doing the same study with our women’s group at church!  We have been blessed by the Bible Bee ever since it started 5 years ago. Register now to receive materials by June 1st!   Registration is now open for The 2013 Bible Bee If you live in my area, go to www.BibleBee.org/LakeCountyIL If you live somewhere {Read More}