Free: “In the Bleak Midwinter” Music Appreciation Printable Pack

Over at My Joy-Filled Life today I have shared a homeschool music appreciation lesson on the beautiful Christmas song “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Head over there to Learn about the composer and poet Read the lyrics See 3 different versions of the song to listen to Get a writing assignment idea you can use with your kids Here at I Choose Joy! I have a gift for you: The “In the Bleak Midwinter” Music Appreciation Printable Pack. In this printable {Read More}

Christmas Blessings $500 Cash Giveaway!

The Christmas season is upon us!  And while this is a joyous and festive time of the year, it can also be a time of financial stress and worry for some. That is why I’m teaming up with 25 other bloggers to bring you a Christmas Blessings Giveaway for $500 Paypal cash!  We understand the stress of fulfilling our kids’ Christmas lists, or having an unexpected bill to pay, or even just having enough money to put gas in the {Read More}

FREE: Handel’s Messiah Lesson Plan and 10-page Printable Pack

Here is an awesome freebie for you today! Handel’s Messiah Lesson Plan and 10-page Printable Pack I have joined in Heather Bowen’s 2015 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays with Letter “M” for Messiah. Head over to Life of a Homeschool Mom today to see an online lesson of Handel’s Messiah that you can share with your students. It’s one of the most glorious pieces of music ever written, and a true fixture of the Christmas season. I have also {Read More}

Homeschool Enrichment Ideas for the Christmas Season + $400 Cash Giveaway!

Things always change around here during December. The Christmas tree is up, and we seem to want to do different things in our homeschool as well. I’m happy to share with you today several resources that we have used to make December more fun and meaningful. Grapevine Studies Birth of Jesus Bible Study: Grapevine Studies produces really neat Bible Studies that my kids love because they use stick figures to help illustrate the story being learned. In December is great to {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway Chris Tomlin’s “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” CD

Are you looking for a new Christmas CD? I have one you might really enjoy! Chris Tomlin has a new album out this Christmas called Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship. When it arrived, I put it in the CD player in the car and started listening. After a while I thought to myself, “This sounds like a worship album using Christmas songs.” Then I looked at the title more closely. That’s exactly what it is!  This new Christmas album released {Read More}

“Basket of Musical Fun” Giveaway: Ocarina set, CD, Earrings, & Music Curriculum ($75+ Value!)

  Would you like to win this “Basket of Musical Fun?” I put this set together of some very special items I know you and your family will enjoy! An Ocarina Padded Case for the Ocarina Booklet of songs to play on the Ocarina Earrings with music notes Made in Mexico Christmas CD of a variety of songs and artists My curriculum called 21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation Fun, huh? Let me tell you more about the {Read More}

Christian Children Books about Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas

I’m excited to introduce you today to my new sponsor! If you’re like me you are always looking for creative ways to teach your children about truth. The Love Letters book series Christian children’s stories written by Soraya Diase Coffelt about the Christian foundation of some of your favorite holidays! Help your children discover the true meanings of with Christian children books about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, available at your favorite bookstore. Please take a look at these wonderful children’s books and {Read More}

Christmas Pictures 2014!

Enjoy some pictures from our Christmas this year: Sledding down the hill: Mumsy in the kitchen: Poppy reading: Playing pool: The Tree! Working puzzles (and my music is on the piano): Performing at Christmas Eve service: Opening presents:    All the cousins! The lovely yard display my husband made years ago:

Merry Christmas 2014!

May the wonder of Christmas be yours this season! May you know the Peace and Joy that only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ! Have a very Merry Christmas from the Mayo Family! (Photo Credit: Kenneth Smith Photography 847-845-5549)  

Review/ Giveaway: Christmas Art Lesson DVD from See the Light

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much we LOVE the See the Light art instruction DVDs here at our home. We don’t have professional art instruction outside the home, so this is how I help my kids grow in their art skills. And, it’s fun! So, this week we started their Christmas DVD. It’s called The Gift of Love. There are 3 art projects on it, and we have only done the first so {Read More}

10 Gifts to Buy for the Men in Your Life

Men and older boys can be difficult to buy gifts for, huh?  I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for Christmas presents for these guys (and asking some friends for their ideas). Here are a few gifts that you might be able to get for those wonderful men and older boys in your life! Gifts for Men: 1. Phone and Tablet Cases 2. Season Tickets (or just one ticket!) to a sport or musical activity they enjoy 3. An Experience they can {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway “Buck Denver: Why Do We Call it Christmas?” DVD

Today we have a Review and Giveaway of the DVD “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” If you have kids ages 4-10, they’ll love it!  Mine did. “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” is from the VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.  He even appears in the video talking to the kids and narrating some about the story.  But most of the movie is done with puppets and animation. There are many episodes of Buck Denver; {Read More}

Review: “The Legend of St. Nicholas”

Today’s review is of a Christmas book you might want to get this Christmas: The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. In this modern-day story, Nick is a young boy who is going Christmas shopping with his dad.  He’s not real excited about getting something for others; in fact he’s hoping there is money left over so he can get something for himself.  As he is wandering around the {Read More}

Review: If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson

Are you looking for a new Christmas book to read to your kids this year?  I’ve found one for you!  Today I am reviewing If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson. This story is best for ages 6 and up and is a beautiful physical hardback book in full color. David Nicholson has reintroduced the story which is a classic Christmas story by Nan F. Weeks.  It is illustrated by Charles Jaskiewicz. I really enjoyed reading If He Had Not Come.  My {Read More}

New Product Giveaway: SQUILT Christmas Carols (and a Sale!)

I’m so happy to introduce the newest SQUILT volume today!  SQUILT Christmas Carols by Mary Prather is being released today!  (And there’s a giveaway of it–read to the end of the post!) SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time and is a method for EASY teaching of music appreciation for your kids!  It’s perfect for homeschoolers or any kids and for all ages! All SQUILT volumes (including the new Christmas Carol volume) will be discounted 25% using the code {Read More}

$1650 Christmas Cash Giveaway

  Thanks to some amazing bloggers we were able to come collectively together with a  CASH PRIZE of $1650.   Yes, you read it correctly, $1650!    What could you do with a little extra cash  this holiday season?  Let’s see, if I could win. . .  I would book a little Christmas trip for husband and me!  I’d love to know what you would spend the $$ on.  Presents? Clothes?  A special Christmastime surprise! Please leave a comment below! {Read More}

Review of 3 New Veggie Tales Books

We have 3 great new Veggie Tales books in our home that I’d like to share with you today. First is Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth.  The Veggie Tales characters are all getting ready for Christmas!  They ice skate and then hear the bell calling them over to the annual ice cube carving contest.  Everyone works hard creating their incredible carvings to display what Christmas means to them.  The finalists are a shopping mall, angels singing, the peas {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Christmas Pictures

    It’s time for our From House to Home 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! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back somewhere on your {Read More}

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Mayo’s! Remember the Savior as you celebrate today! I’ve heard about this baby boy Who’s come to earth to bring us joy And I just want to sing this song to you It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah Hallelujah A couple came to Bethlehem Expecting child, they searched the inn To find a place for You were coming soon There was no {Read More}

Free Christmas Resources from Friends and Heroes

  I’ll be doing a review of Friends and Heroes in January. But, in the meantime, Friends and Heroes have some great FREE Christmas resources that might interest you: 1.  A Christmas music video which can be viewed or even downloaded for free. 2.  A free online Advent Calendar. Each day includes a Bible reading plus a goodie like a puzzle, coloring sheet, music video or Bible story video. Each day is designed to be a fun way to turn {Read More}