CurrClick Pay-What-You-Want Sale!


On Friday morning, around 10:00 a.m. CST, CurrClick will be having a

“Pay What You Want” SALE!

Through the weekend and ending on July 29th, homeschoolers (and anyone!) can shop over 4,000 titles from top homeschool publshers and you guessed it: Paywhatever they want for the items they select. No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before. Simply go to the homepage on Friday morning around 10:00.

*This event does not include live classes.


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CurrClick Open House next week–Online Classes!



The 2013 Fall Live Class Open House  is going on next week (July 23rd-25th) in the evenings.  This is the perfect time to see if you’d like to purchase a class for your child. They aren’t just for homeschoolers!  And there are LOTS of choices, including free classes and even clubs like Lego and American Girl.  Head over and see what they have.

What will happen during the open house?
Free class prizes, discounts, a chance to meet the teachers and student ambassadors, and a free live session each night called,”Teaching Our Kids to be Safe Online.”

Here’s where you can find all the info on the CurrClick Open House.  The Open House is free!


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CurrClick Winter Whisper Sale and Giveaway

There is a great sale going on at CurrClick right now.  It’s called the Whisper Sale and you have to go to this secret URL in order to enter in.  TEN freebies are being given away, and TONS of our bestselling publishers have discounted all their resources by 50%!  Find some fun and helpful curriculum there!


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Using CurrClick to Help in Homeschooling


I’ve been using CurrClick for years to help in my homeschooling.  We’ve loved doing lapbooks and adding notebooking pages to our lessons.  Did you know they also have online classes?  I’ve thought about doing the Lego class for my Lego-maniacs, but we haven’t had time to add anything else to our lives yet.  :)  Other ideas I’m considering–foreign language, writing, art, and science experiments.

Here are a few things to check out there:

They have a Freebie every week.  This week’s is “Make Your Own ABC Book About . . .  The Animal Kingdom”


If you’d like to learn more about the classes, today and tomorrow you can check out the Winter-Spring Meet and Greet Open House.  It’s free!

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CurrClick Homeschool Spirit Week


It’s Homeschool Spirit Week at CurrClick, which means that you can get lots of Freebies this week.  Click below to find the schedule of events!  There’s a fun contest and a nice freebie for today.



There is one freebie on the homepage of CurrClick, as well, this week–Ancient Rome lapbook with study guide by A Journey Through Learning.  We’ve done several of their lapbooks;  they’re high quality!


Also here’s the top seller right now:  Fall Book Bag with lots of fun activities for your little one.  I also really love the Teacher Book Bag Materials.

Hottest New Title
Teacher Book Bag's Fall Book Bag 2012
Teacher Book Bag’s Fall Book Bag 2012



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CurrClick Freebies Olympic Fun


Have fun at CurrClick finding 12 freebies!


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2012 Summer (Homeschooling) Plans

The kids will be finished with our homeschooling year as soon as the baby is born–will be sometime today through 19 days from now!  We’re already finished with science, history, and Bible Study Fellowship.  With most other subjects, I just give them the next book whenever they finish throughout the year (math, grammar, logic, handwriting, phonics readers, etc.), so we can stop those now and start up again in the fall.  The only book I’m requiring my oldest boys to finish right now is Latin.  They should be done sometime in June.

I saw this neat summer plan on Pinterest yesterday.  The mom came up with a list of “Must Do Daily Activites” which are to be completed before they do their own thing each day.

Here is what else we have planned for the summer:

Bible Bee daily Bible Study using their Sword Study (20 minutes a day) and memorizing 2 verse passages a week

Typing – my three oldest will work on typing skills using this website

Instrument lessons/ practice – piano for B, J, and M; violin for B, J, and M; drum lessons for B and J; saxophone for B

Math fact practice for 3 oldest

Daily reading lessons for R and T

Arts and crafts projects

Week-long Sports Camps – Upward Basketball for B and J, softball for B, LifeSports (basketball for M and R, Royal Warriors for B and J)

Theater Camp – CYT for M and R

Library and store reading programs – everyone read alone (or be read to) for 30 minutes daily

New Chores to learn

Summer Olympics lapbook, by A Journey Through Learning, only $1 at CurrClick

Vacations – to in-laws’ lake house and a family trip

And all of this while enjoying our new addition to the family!


Yum–a new Quizno’s Coupon!  Click the banner to get it.  (Expires 5/28)

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CurrClick Mother’s Day Sale


Be sure To Check Out the Mother’s Day at CurrClick, starting today! From 10:00 CST today (May 8th) through May 15th, visitors to the site will get 5 awesome freebies, download a free Mother’s Day card for kids to personalize & enter to win an iPod Nano AND an iPod Shuffle!

Plus, check out Facebook, where 5 additional freebies will be given away throughout the week!


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The Adventurer’s Journey–My kids’ first movie!

Last fall my kids and the others from our church were able to film a movie written by one of the older boys in the church.  Here it is!

My boys absolutely love making movies! They spend hours doing stop-motion with Legos and making live-action movies using my iPad with the iMovie software. I just downloaded a special 10-week movie-making curriculum from CurrClick that we’re going to learn a lot from!  It’s called Movie Making Basics by Toddler Bites Publishing.


Gardening and Plants–our new unit study

The free lapbook at CurrClick this week “Lapbooking Through Plants” fits in perfectly with our new preschool/lower elementary unit study!

Another wonderful resource at CurrClick is the Hand of a Child project pack called “Get Ready To Garden.”

In addition to the lapbook, here are some other things we may do (depending on my energy level with these last 6 weeks of pregnancy!)

The Secret Garden by Burnett  I love listening to this in the car!  We’re going to start it this week.

Beatrix Potter books

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork

My Pinterest Gardening board has some neat links about indoor and container gardening, while the Homeschooling-Botany board has a lot of fun activities.

Dole Garden Kit  Designed to teach kids how food goes from field to fork, the DOLE Garden Kit is packed with everything you need to start your own vegetable garden.  Included in the kit are 12 Peat Pots with Quick Soil Mix Pellets, 2 Trays, 10 Individual Seed Packets, 12 Row Markers and a Journal filled with gardening tips and recipes.


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Alaska/ Sled Dog/ Iditarod unit study and lapbook

Alaska Iditarod Unit Study Lapbook

We’ve had a fun time this last month studying Sled Dogs, Alaska, and the Iditarod.  Here are the books and videos used in our study:

The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska’s Jr. Iditarod by Ted Wood

Balto (DVD)

Toughest Race on Earth:  Iditarod (DVD, more for older kids and adults)

This last resource was a documentary put out by the Discovery Channel.  It followed about 8 of the mushers as they ran the 2008 Iditarod Race.  I found it fascinating.  Now that we know some of the mushers, I’ve been a little obsessed about checking  the standings in this year’s race and reading all the bios!  As of this writing the leader is Dallas Seavey.  He was homeschooled, and his dad and 74-year-old grandfather are also in the race this year.

Here are pictures from the lapbooks the kids made.  There is a mixture from 4 different lapbooks made by ages 3, 5, 6, and 8.













We used materials from HomeschoolShare:  Basket and True Dog Stories

The other materials can be purchased or downloaded from CurrClick:


Alaska Extension from January Book Bag, 2009 (free)

Sled Dogs lapbook from Hands of a Child (on sale for $6.99 right now!)
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New iPads are out!

Here’s your chance to get an iPad for $100 off!  The new iPads came out today (or at least you can pre-order them today), so Apple is selling the iPad2 for only $399!  I love my iPad2 so much that I’m not even considering getting one of the new ones!


I use it every day for reading e-books, email, blogging, social media, and education.  On trips, it’s invaluable for maps, finding restaurants, checking the weather, and keeping the kids entertained with movies and games.  (My iPad has 3G.)  Check out my category Apps for Homeschool to see how we’ve used it for preparing for the Bible Bee and Geography Bee, as well as extra practice for math, history, spelling, phonics, etc.  I love it for exercising–I watch my T-Tapp videos on it and can exercise in any room in my house or when I’m on vacation!   It’s also great for homeschool planning–I put my curriculum from CurrClick on it.


I read magazines (like my favorites The Old Schoolhouse and Answers).  We watch educational YouTube videos and read classic books on my iPad.  I love reading the Bible using the reading plans through the YouVersion app.  And my boys have a wonderfully creative time making movies and stop-motion with their Legos!

Yes, it may be time for you to get an iPad!


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Free Super Bowl Mini Helper from CurrClick

Here is a free Super Bowl Mini Helper available from CurrClick.  My 9 yo son is excited to put this together!


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Revolutionary War unit study and lapbook

Revolutionary War Lapbook


After Colonial Times, we started studying the Revolutionary War.  We didn’t get to much into battles, since my kids are so young, but my oldest son read about them a bit.

Here are the books we read:

Johnny Tremain

How to be a Revolutionary War Soldier (Ratliff)

Annie Henry and the Secret Mission (Olasky)

Annie Henry and the Birth of Liberty (Olasky)

Buttons for General Washington (Roop)

Land Battles of the Revolutionary War (Smolinski)

Boston Tea Party (Furstinger)

Growing up in Revolution and the New Nation (Miller)

…If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution (Moore)

The Declaration of Independence (Bodden)

Mr. Revere and I (Lawson)

A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson (Adler)

Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence (Freedman)

The Boston Massacre (Ready)

A Picture Book of Patrick Henry (Adler)

Can’t You Make Them Behave King George? (Fritz)

Nathan Hale:  Revolutionary Hero

Ben and Me (Lawson)

Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Osborne)

Drive Thru History DVDs

My 9 yo son did notebooking, while the 8 yo did a lapbook.  We got the lapbooking print-outs from Fortunately for You Revolutionary War Mini-Book and  A Journey Through Learning’s “An Overview of the 18th Century.”

Here are some pictures:

Below is how I attach the lapbooks into the Yearly Portfolio Notebook with duct tape:








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A review of Katy’s Big Snow Day lapbook

Below is a review of the Hands of a Child project pack “Katy’s Big Snow Day.”  It is a literature lapbook unit based on the book “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton.  It can be purchased at CurrClick.


I did the Katy’s Big Snow Day lapbook with 3 of my kids, ages 3, 4, and 6.  We had a lot of fun with it.  I definitely recommend it for the preschool set. The book is old and sweet.  It had some interesting words in it, so my kids learned some new things.  The lapbook activities were enjoyable for them, too.   The project pack says it was written for up to 3rd grade; I’m sure there are some kids older than 6 years who would like it, but not my older boys (2nd and 3rd grade).  The book was too childish for them.

Included in the project guide were lots of questions to ask the kids while we were reading.  There were 20 lapbook activities.  It took me about an hour to cut it all out, but my 6 year-old daughter was able to help a little.  We were able to adapt many activities for my younger set by cutting and pasting the answers, drawing them, or dictating while I wrote, instead of having the kids write so much.   Much of this was included by the authors.  My 4 year-old was able to trace the answers for some of the minit-books; it was nice that they were included in the project pack, too.

I loved how the book was a jumping off point for studying directions (north, south, east, west) and compasses.  We also studied about blizzards.  Both compasses and blizzards had quite a few lapbook activities included.  I found a few more things to explore which weren’t included in the project guide:  measurement (they talk about how deep the snow fell), big construction trucks (by 3 year-old boy loved this), street signs, and counting by 5 (the first page counts by 5s up to 55 to show that Katy is 55 horsepower).  We also added in another activity of drawing a map of our own town, and compared it to the map of Geoppolis.  A verse I thought fitted in well was Proverbs 31:17 which says “She sets about her work vigorously;  her arms are strong for her tasks.”  That was a good description of Katy! 

Now, here is the cutest thing.  These 3 kids were running about chasing each other yesterday and kept saying, “I’ll be Katy now.  You’re Katy.  It’s my turn to be Katy.  Etc.”  Finally, I asked them what they were doing.  I could tell that “Katy” was the leader , so I said, “Why don’t you just say you’ll be the leader?”  Then, I realized they were acting out the book!  When someone asks for help, Katy always says, “Follow me.” And then she plows out the street while they all follow her!  It just confirms for me again how kids learn so much on their own if you gently guide them and then give them the freedom (and time) to explore!

So, try out this lapbook with your preschooler(s).  It’s great for the winter-time!

Here are some pictures.  I still can’t figure out how to turn these.  Sorry!

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American Indian unit study and lapbook

We did a really neat American Indian unit study and lapbook a while back.

Here is my daughter with her cradle board that we made out of an orange juice container:

Pictures of our lapbook (materials from Hands of a Child and Dover):

The boys put together the Pueblo Village you see in the lapbook above.
Here are the books we read:

Tapenum’s day : a Wampanoag Indian boy in Pilgrim times (Waters, Kate)

One little, two little, three little pilgrims (Barbara G.)

Giving thanks : the 1621 harvest feast (Waters, Kate)

Native Americans   (Hirschfelder, Arlene B.)

The Ojibwa  (Lomberg, Michelle).

American Indian foods  (Miller, Jay)

Traditional crafts from native North America

More than moccasins : a kid’s activity guide to traditional North American Indian life  
  (Carlson, Laurie M)

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Rainforest Unit Study and Lapbook

The above graphics for the lapbook are fromHands of a Child Rainforest Habitats and Jena the Jaguar, Squidoo, and Homeschool Share.  See some great pictures of Jimmie’s lapbook here.

Rainforest Books that we read

The Jungle Book (Kipling, Rudyard)

Afternoon on the Amazon (Osborne, Mary Pope)

The great kapok tree : a tale of the Amazon rainforest     (Cherry, Lynne)

 Rainforest birds (Kalman, Bobbie)

Tropical rain forest (Silver, Donald M.)

Over in the jungle : a rainforest rhyme (Berkes, Marianne Collins)

Rainforest colors (Canizares, Susan)

Rain forests : tropical treasures

Draw! rainforest animals (DuBosque, D. C.)

Rainforests : an activity guide for ages 6-9 (Castaldo, Nancy F.)

Rain, rain, rain forest (Guiberson, Brenda Z.)

Rain forests  (Osborne, Will)

Crafts for kids who are wild about rainforests (Ross, Kathy)

The umbrella (Brett, Jan)

A walk in the rainforest (Pratt-Serafini, Kristin Joy)

One day in the tropical rain forest (George, Jean Craighead)

More or less : a rain forest counting book (Davis, Rebecca Fjelland)

Plants lapbook

Ideas for Lapbook on Plants

We have finished our Plant Lapbook!  I found much of the info we put in it on the internet.  Some things (puzzles) were from an Evan-Moor workbook that I got really cheap at a teacher supply store.  The kids also cut out pictures from gardening magazines to decorate it. 

Here are some of the things we included:

Life cycle of a plant. 

What do plants need? 

Bible verses (Parables of the Sower, the Mustard Seed and the Weeds). 

What part of the plant do you eat–root, stem, leaf, fruit or seed? 

How seeds spread. 

Plants that we eat puzzle. 

Parts of a plant. 

Parts of a flower.

Parts of a tree. 

Parts of a leaf. 

Label a cross-section of a tree ring. 

Differentiate between evergreen and deciduous tree pictures. 

Draw a simple leaf. 

Draw a compound leaf. 

A sunflower grows- puzzle. 

Parts of a tree and of a flower- puzzle. 


Strange plants. 

Plant defenses. 

Copywork poems:  “Dandelion” by Valerie Worth and “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjean.

Pictures of our Plant Lapbook:

You can find lots of resources for doing a plant lapbook at CurrClick.


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Polar Regions unit study and lapbook


Polar Regions unit study and lapbook
We have finished our Polar Regions unit study and lapbook and had a great time with it!  My kids made snow goggles and soapstone carvings (out of soap!).  We also ate some  “Eskimo” food. 

We’re reading a neat book about Arctic missionaries called Mik-Shrok (Repp)  

Here are the other books we read:

Reindeer Trail (Hadar)

The Emperor’s Egg (Jenkins)

Explore Antarctic (Kalman)

Living in the Tundra (Loughran)

North Pole, South Pole (Levinson)

Polar Bear, Arctic Hare (Spinelli)

Arctic and Antarctic (DK)

Keiko’s Story: A Killer Whale Goes Home (Kurth)

Into the Ice: The Story of Arctic Exploration (Curlee)

Alaska ABC Book (Kreeger)

The Bravest Dog Ever:  The True Story of Balto (Standiford)

The Arctic (Lynch)

Dog Sledder: Racing Across the Snow in Alaska (Brode)

Welcome to the Ice House (Regan)

Cultures of the World: Iceland (Wilcox)

The March of the Penguins (the book) (Jacquet)

Snow Bear (Harper)

And a non-fiction book on dog sledding

We also watched some documentaries:

March of the Penguins

The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home

The activities we included in the lapbook are: 
  • maps of Arctic and Antarctica,
  • graph of glaciers, polar explorers,
  • animals of Arctic vs. Antarctic,
  • food chain,
  • info on polar bears,
  • lots of info on penguins,
  • info on dog sledding,
  • clothes of the Eskimo,
  • vocabulary words,
  • info on snow,
  • poems about snowmen,
  • pocket reports on Keiko the Killer Whale (star of Free Willy movies) and Balto the sled dog
  • colored flags of the Arctic countries.  
Here are some pictures:

Some of the lapbook templates were from 2 different Hands of a Child project packs:  Snow and Sled Dogs.  You can download these at CurrClick.


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