Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule and a BIG $500 Giveaway!

Homeschool Schedule 2014-15

 

Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule is going to be a work in progress, but I knew I needed to have something to help guide me as we get started and see what works.

The kids will be 8th grade (B), 7th grade (J), 6th grade (M), 3rd grade (R), 2nd grade (T), 1st grade (L), preschool (4 years-I), and toddler (2 years-E).  It will definitely be our most complicated year yet!

My oldest son wants to audition for all 3 Spotlight Youth Theater shows this year.  That requires a class each week, plus rehearsals Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.  The others will pick and choose which shows they want to do, but will probably do the classes all year.  We’ll be in the Institute for Cultural Communicators public speaking class twice a month.  The 3 oldest kids will be in band at Westlake Christian Academy (2 different bands, plus lessons).  Five kids will take violin lessons, four or five will take piano lessons, 1 in saxophone lessons, and 2 in drum lessons.  I really should start teaching them voice lessons, too.  Eeek!

I’m actually glad we are in the Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group this year because it will push all of us to get the week’s assignments due even if we are tired from all the other activities we are doing.

So, here are my thoughts for the schedule:  (Wednesday mornings are the Tapestry group.)

6:00 I get up, devotions, get ready, and exercise.  My husband and band kids get up and get ready.

7:00 Husband and band kids leave.  He rest of the kids get up and eat breakfast.  Chores and start dinner.

8:00 Written work for everyone.  Help them as needed (math, handwriting, grammar, writing, geography, science notebooks).  (Pick up kids from band on Mondays and Wednesdays.)

9:00  All About Reading lesson with R.  (Pick up kids from band on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)

9:30 Reading and phonics lessons with T, L, and I

10:00 Bible lesson for kids preschool through 6th grade (Finish “Jonah” Sword Study from BibleBee.org, then Who is God? from Apologia and Grapevine Studies of Old Testament) and Science reading (Apologia Exploring Creation With Astronomy). On Fridays we’ll do the Science experiments/projects.

11:00 All About Spelling lesson with R.

11:30 Lunch and chores

12:00 Free time

1:00 Toddler to bed

1:15-2:15 Read-Alouds of history and literature (Tapestry of Grace books.)

2:15 Science lesson with 3 middle school kids.  Help kids with math and check older kids’ work.

3:30 music lessons and practice; work on housework, office work, school planning, and blogging; Speech class on Thursdays, Drama class on Tuesdays, Spotlight rehearsals on Fridays.

5:30 Dinner and chores

8:00 Kids get ready for bed.  Husband read to older boys.  I read to younger kids.

9:00 Lights out for kids

10:00 Lights out for husband and me

Busy times!!!

 

If you homeschool, enter this giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with 29 other homeschool bloggers to bless a homeschooler with $500! The giveaway ends August 24th at 11:59pm EDT. You must have a Paypal account in order to win.

We can’t wait to bless a fellow homeschooler at the end of the week!

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(Disclosure: I joined in with a group of other homeschoolers to provide this giveaway. We aren’t eligible to win.)

Awesome, Incredible Homeschool Giveaway: $765 Curriculum + $150 Cash!

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Wow–what an awesome, incredible giveaway I have today!  This one is specifically for homeschoolers because it includes $765 worth of homeschool curriculum plus $150 cash!  See below for all the wonderful things you can win.  I own a lot of these and can verify that they will certainly be an asset to your homeschool!

Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have joined forces during our August Back to Homeschool Blog Hop to bring you these giveaways, totaling more than $1300 in homeschool curriculum and Paypal cash!

Back to Homeschool Grand Prize Giveaway

 

Grand Prize Giveaway

In the Grand Prize  Giveaway, someone will win $765 in curriculum, plus $150 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product.

From Home School Adventure Co. — Philosophy Adventure–Pre-Socratics and Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal (digital editions)

From Diana Waring Presents -Experience History Through Music

From Writing with Sharon WatsonThe Power in Your Hands: Writing NonFiction in High School and Writing Fiction [in High School]

From Homeschool LegacyWestward Ho I & Westward Ho II Once-a-Week Unit Studies

From The Old Schoolhouse MagazineOne-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

From Shining Dawn Books – Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Bundle (Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Loving Living Math, Grammar Packets, and Creative Nature Walks)

From Memoria PressLatina Christiana I Set

From Excelerate Spanish – Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6

From WriteShop – Winner’s Choice of WriteShop Primary Book A, B, or C (Teacher’s Guide + Activity Pack)

From New Millennium Girl Books – Isabel Writing Bundle

From Write Bonnie RoseAsia: It’s People and History

From Home School in the Woods – Project Passport: The Middle Ages

From NotebookingPages.comLifetime Treasury Membership

From Victus Study Skills SystemVictus Study Skills Student Workbook & Teacher Edition Bundle

From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $150 Paypal Cash

Back to Homeschool Second Prize Giveaway

 2nd Prize Giveaway

In the 2nd Prize Giveaway, someone will win $325 in curriculum, plus $100 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product.

From Home School Adventure Co. — Philippians in 28 Weeks, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Question, and The Wise Woman Print Set (digital editions)

From Writing with Sharon WatsonJump In: a workbook for reluctant and eager writers

From Home School in the Woods – K-2 Lap-Pak: Knights

From Write Bonnie Rose — Printables Bundle (Writing Prompts About Space Bonus Pack; Revolutionary War Activities: Patriotic Copywork; Revolutionary War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games, and Quizzes; Praying Through the Produce Aisle; Summer Olympics and Paralympics Unit Study)

From Excelerate Spanish – Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6

From Memoria PressPrima Latina Text Set

From New Millennium Girl Books – Callie’s Contest of Courage Mid grade novel and Callie’s Contest of Courage Literature Guide

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine – One-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $100 Paypal Cash

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Residents of the U.S., ago 18 and older only. See more Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter.

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Time to Enter to Win $500 in the Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway!

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Here’s another cash giveaway to enter!  You never know– you might win this time!  I’m happy to join some other bloggers to offer this to you.  All you do is enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  Get as many chances as possible!

Are there any summer dreams that haven’t come true for you yet?  I think (if I could enter and win–but I can’t) that I would use the money to go on a special weekend trip with my husband.  We haven’t ever done that before!  Leave a comment and let me know what you would use the money for!

Welcome to the $500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway!

We have joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.


Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.

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Ends at 11:59pm ET on August 19th, 2014.

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Giveaway “All About Spelling” curriculum

 

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We are looking forward to using a brand new curriculum (for us) this fall called “All About Spelling.”  It will be for my daughter with dyslexia, but I may have her 2 younger siblings work along with her.  She made great progress in her reading skills this last year while using All About Reading–and we’ll be starting the next level of that in a few weeks.

In the meantime, check out All About Spelling and enter the giveaway!

If you win, you’ll get:

1. All About Spelling Level 1 Materials (or another level if you already own Level 1)

Teacher’s Manual and Student Packet

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2. Deluxe Spelling Interactive Kit

Letter Tiles and Magnets
Phonogram Sounds App
Spelling Review Box and Divider Cards
Sparkling Bee Stickers
Spelling Tote Bag

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The giveaway will end at 12:00am EST Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of All About Spelling Level 1 in order to review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

Giveaway “Encouragement for Homeschool Moms” collection by Diana Waring

You may remember that I recently reviewed a new curriculum item from Diana Waring called Experience History Through Music.  It was a pleasure getting to know her through the review process!  She has offered to do a special giveaway just for Homeschool Moms of her Homeschool Encouragement Set. 

Here are some details on it–and then enter to win it!

We invite you to experience our REINVIGORATING, REVITALIZING,REMINDING-yourself-why-you’re-DOING-this, Downloadable collection:

Encouragement for Homeschool Moms

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Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.

The Encouragement for Homeschool Moms collection includes an e-book and four audios of Diana’s own brand of support for you.

  • Once Upon a Time E-book– Take a trip back to the days when Diana was living a life very similar to yours, running kids to lessons, managing the needs of three growing children and trying to “get the laundry off the table and get dinner on the table.”
  • Beyond Survival Workshop – With humor, humility and wisdom, Diana allows you to get a glimpse of her homeschool and candidly describes the good times and the bad.
  • Box-Free Living – In this workshop about overcoming perfectionism, so says one friend, or about letting love have a roomy spot in your home, the point is helping your children to relax, to love learning, and to keep in their hearts the values you are trying to instill in them — biblical parenting.
  • Roots – gives parents the assurance that pouring on unconditional love and responsiveness will allow their children to grow deep roots of confidence with certainty of support.
  • Wings – helps parents find a balance between wanting to continue holding on to the hands of little ones and wanting to grant independence to older ones.

This is a $25 value.  Enter on the Rafflecopter app below.  The winner will be chosen on 7/26 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: I received a copy of the Encouragement for Homeschool Moms collection.)

Giveaway “Friends And Heroes” CD plus a Sale!

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Have you heard of Friends and Heroes?  They are a producer of God-honoring DVDs and CDs.  They even have homeschool curriculum unit studies.  (I did a review on one here.)  Be sure to head over to Friends and Heroes since they are having a wonderful sale right now!  And enter the giveaway below.

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Friends and Heroes is having a special promotion running from July 15 through August 15, 2014

Here are the details:

·         20% off all Friends and Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

·         10% off all other Friends and Heroes resources with curriculum

·         10% off all Friends and Heroes Home and Family DVD Collections

But today I’m happy to share a review and giveaway of their music CD, titled “What about Love?” .

This is a CD of 19 songs.  They are Bible songs inspired by Friends and Heroes Series 1.  What you’ll find specifically are 13 songs that telling stories from the Bible: Joseph and his brothers, Rahab and the spies, Ruth and Naomi, Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Esther the Queen, Shadrach and the fiery furnace, Daniel and the lion’s den, Jesus’ birth, the parable of the Prodigal Son, the Last Supper, Saul on the road to Damascus, Peter and Cornelius, and God releases Peter from prison.  Then there are 6 songs that were made for Friends and Heroes episodes.  Four of my kids ages 2-7 loved these songs!  They kept asking me every time we went in the car to listen to them again.  It wasn’t long before they started asking for specific songs.  Their top three are “Joseph, Joseph,” “Down Came the Fire,” and “Horseplay.”  My 2-year-old absolutely loves “I’m Your Man” and laughs through the whole song every time I play it.

I was really pleased with the quality of the arrangements and the skill of the singers and instrumentalists.  This is an enjoyable CD to listen to. They remind me more of pop songs that you’d hear on the radio rather than the typical “kid song CD.”  I heard songs that reminded me of the Beatles and of the 20′s Big Band Era.  But the most important thing is that they are learning about Bible stories from another perspective–in song!

There is a bonus CD included that has the background tracks on it in case you have a group of kids who will want to sing these songs for a performance.

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I am happy that Friends and Heroes have offered a “What About Love?” CD to give away!  The giveaway limited to U.S. and Canada.  The winner will be chosen on on Saturday July 26 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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Go to the Friends and Heroes website to see the free music videos that go along with the CD!

They even have a children’s website at www.friendsandheroes.tv.

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(Disclosure: I received a copy of the CD in order to write this honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

Giveaway 4 tickets to Blue Man Group in NYC!

Welcome to the Blue Man Group Giveaway!

Hosted by

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Disclosure: Blue Man Group invited My Best of Both Worlds to be their guest and experience their awesome show. The tickets were provided compliments of the Blue Man Group in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was provided in exchange for this publication. All opinions expressed are true and my family’s own. The blogs that are participating in promoting this giveaway have not been compensated.

From Gena:  Ok, I did go to the Blue Man Group once, but it was years ago–1996, I think?  I was visiting my cousin in Boston and this was one of the fun things we did!  I know they also perform in Chicago all the time but I haven’t been back.  So, you’ll need to give me your opinions of the show.  Leave a comment!

My Best of Both Worlds is super excited to host the Blue Man Group Giveaway!!!

One lucky reader will win a family four pack of tickets to see the show in New York City at The Astor Place Theatre.

 

Haven’t seen the show? You can read my review of the show>>>> Blue Man Group is a Must See Show!

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You will really ENJOY the show!

Your family will be all smiles like mine was!

 

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This giveaway is open to US & Canada 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 8/2/14 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly chosen, once the winning entry has been verified, an email notification will be sent to the winner from My Best of Both Worlds. The winner will have 24 hours in which to respond to the email to claim their prize. If there is no response within the 24 hours another winner will be randomly selected then verified.

The prize will be sent via US postal mail. By entering this giveaway, you release participating blogs and their owners from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, mis-delivery or acceptance of any prize.

GOOD LUCK!!

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please contact Kathleen@mybestofbothworlds.com

Disclosure: Blue Man Group invited My Best of Both Worlds to be their guest and experience the show in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was provided in exchange for this publication. All opinions expressed are true and my family’s own.

The blogs participating in this giveaway received no financial compensation of any sort in exchange for this publication and they are is not responsible for prize shipment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Giveaway “Summer Family Fun Pack” from Chicago Botanic Garden

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I’m happy to offer a Giveaway “Summer Family Fun Pack” from Chicago Botanic Garden.  You probably know the Botanic Garden is one of our Favorite field trip destinations!  It’s one of the great wonders of the Chicago area, and if you haven’t been there (or haven’t been there lately), you need to go!  I’m excited to get out there again soon.  Last time we were there we missed the Fruit and Vegetable garden, which will be in full growth in a few weeks!

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We also love the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms.  The Garden itself is free–and it’s huge.  But there is a cost for parking and for the special exhibits Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms.  That’s where Summer Family Fun Pack comes in.  You can save 30-40% off with the special.  It includes parking for one car and tickets for 5 to the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms.  Valid through September 1, 2014.  It costs $50/family (limit of 5 people).

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Enter to win on the Rafflecopter app below.  Please only enter if you live in the area–or will be visiting before September 1!  The winner will be chosen on 7/20/14 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure:  I received a Summer Family Fun Pack for my family.)

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Giveaway and Pre-Sale Info for “Build Your Bundle” Homeschool Curriculum

The first ever “Build Your Bundle”
- Homeschool Edition
sale is almost here!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

You can click here to enter to win $100 towards your purchase
to use when the sale goes live on 7-21-14! Enter now through 11:59PM EST
on 7-20-14. The winner will be announced the day the sale starts!

Be sure to look for the special coupon code you will get when you pin
the giveaway on Pinterest!

 

Or Not interested in entering the giveaway, but you want to be reminded
when the sale goes live?
They will send you a reminder email! Click
here and enter your email address and click “Remind Me!”

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Enter to win $100 towards your purchase!
For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling
homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 list!

Take a Sneek Peek at Our Bundles:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Tots & Preschoolers BundleThis Bundle includes products for little ones:

  • Character Training Resources
  • Handwriting Curriculum
  • Preschool & Toddler Activities
  • Bible Curriculum
  • Full Preschool Curriculum
  • & More!

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade BundleThe K-3 Bundle includes products in the following subjects:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Handwriting
  • Character Training
  • Bible Resources
  • Full Kindergarten Curriculum
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Elementary: 4th-6th BundleThe 4th-6th Bundle includes products in the following subjects:

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Math
  • Bible
  • Keyboarding
  • Writing Guides
  • Handwriting andCopywork Resources
  • Timeline Cards & Notebooking Pages
  • Customizable Homeschool Planner

Middle School BundleThis bundle features a full language arts curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s
Top 100 picks
and two science curricula, one of which is also from Cathy
Duffy’s Top 100 picks
, as well as:

  • A Complete Geography and History Curriculum
  • History Timeline/Book of Centuries
  • Renaissance and Reformation Notebooking Pages
  • Classical Music Curriculum
  • Creative Writing Course
  • Math Materials
  • Keyboarding Course
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Bundle for High SchoolersThis bundle features:

  • New Testament Bible Curriculum
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • A full year of math curriculum
  • Resources for World History and Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Home Economics
  • College Prep Tools
  • Grammar
  • Creative Writing Course
  • Anatomy Science Unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks,
    and more!

You will receive enough materials for a full year of
high school!


Charlotte Mason BundleThis bundle features a complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason
Methods for:

  • Language Arts
  • Handwriting, and Reading
  • Geography
  • Nature Study
  • Artists Study
  • Poetry
  • And a variety of “extras” just for mom!Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90
    value all by itself) of great, classic audio books!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Bundle Just for Moms!Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using
our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak
to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into
shape and train your children to do their chores effectively using a popular
book “chores program”.This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring
calm to the chaos. Get them all for just $10!

“Build Your Own” BundlesOur “Build Your Own” bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!

When you purchase a combination of any 2 “Build Your Own” bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

 

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Win a Vera Bradley Backpack!

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I don’t know about you, but we’re going to need some new backpacks before the fall.
Would You like to win a Vera Bradley Campus Backpack?  There will be 95 winners!
Winners can pick from the following colors: Pink Swirls, Ziggy Zinnia, or African Violet.
Each backpack is valued at $109.
Enter the giveaway by heading to  and submitting your email address on the form at the top of this page.

You will also receive an exclusive coupon code for $20 off $75!
The giveaway ends Wednesday, July 9th at 9:00 PM ET.

The winners will be chosen via a lottery drawing on Thursday (7/10) and notified via the email address they used to enter.

Here’s the link to enter!

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Giveaway See the Light Art Set About Moses!

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I have loved every single art project we have done with See the Light! Each DVD contains 3 separate projects for the kids to do, and the artist-teachers are so good!

This month’s special is for one we haven’t seen yet–but I know we’ll love it, too!   GOD’S Special Surprise DELUXE GIFT SET is on special during the month of July and August! Families will thrill to the love and faith required of a mother desperate to save her baby boy from certain death. Children and adults will admire the bravery of a sister who dared to speak-up to a powerful princess. It’s the dramatic story of baby Moses, God’s Special Surprise to the Israelites, brought to life through art and sound. This story builds the faith of children and encourages obedience to the Word of God.

Included: DVD w/ 285 minutes of content, black light, fluorescent pencils, fluorescent chalkuary. The regular price: $29.99. During the months of July and August you can purchase God’s Special Surprise $25.00 + FREE SHIPPING in the USA.

Coupon Code to use: STL

(Disclosure: I am an affiliate of See the Light, and this post contains affiliate links.)

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Giveaway Kids Backyard Explorers Kit

 

 

Are you spending some time outdoors this summer?  I know I have a couple of kids who love the summer to look for insects in the backyard.  They are going to have so much fun with the Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit.

Enter below on the Rafflecopter to win an official Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit!
The Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit includes:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses

About Orkin Bug Wisdom

When life hands you dung, just roll with it.  At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways. Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!

 

The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

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These short videos are so cute!

 

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway open to the U.S. only.  Winner will be chosen on Thursday July 10 and will have 24 hours to reply to my email.

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Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses

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(Disclosure: I am working to promote Orkin LLC on this post and will receive a Backyard Explorers Kit.)

Win a Vacation to Myrtle Beach!

I have another awesome giveaway today!  (To check out the others, see the tab that says “Current Giveaways” or see the last couple of posts.)

Today you can enter to win a free vacation to Myrtle Beach! I’ve never been there, but have been close and it was a wonderful trip for my family.  I know many today aren’t able to get away because of finances, so I pray the family who wins this trip will truly be blessed by it!  Just read on for the details and be sure to get as many entries as you can!

(The following post was written by Heather at FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com)

Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Giveaway

It’s sweet summertime and there is one word on the minds of moms everywhere…..

VACATION!

Ahh, glorious vacation! But if you’re like me, with even the thought of vacation, you’re seeing dollar signs.

What if I told you that one lucky reader will win a FREE 4 Day/3 Night trip to the incredible, oceanfront Sand Dunes Resort and Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC resort along with FREE water park passes, FREE golf, FREE breakfast buffet for children, and MORE?! Keep reading to find out how your family could be our lucky winner!

But first, what if you’re not the lucky winner, but still want to take your family on a fun and memorable vacation without breaking the bank? How do you do that?

5 Tips for a Frugal {and FUN} Family Vacation

Here are 5 Tips for taking a frugal {and fun} family vacation:

1. Stay within driving distance. This is a no-brainer, right? Airfare is expensive and unless you can find a totally awesome deal, it probably isn’t within the vacation budget. At least not for us. Chances are most of you are within driving distance to somewhere fun…the beach, mountains, state park, a different city, etc.

2. All-inclusive is good! Find a vacation spot that not only includes your lodging, but also food and entertainment! For example, when we stay at a Sands Resort, we not only get an incredible suite, we also receive complimentary tickets to Wild Water & Wheels water park, FREE Golf at Diamond Back Golf Course, kids eat free for breakfast every morning, FREE passes to the Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park and more! These extras are not only fun, but save us money on entertainment!

3. Book a room with a kitchen! This allows you to cook your own meals and cuts down on the expenses of eating out!

4. Travel off-season- this is especially easy if you’re a homeschooling family! We’ve scored some awesome deals during the off season. For example New Year’s Eve, we stayed at a Sands Resort for less than $50 a night! It was a perfect {frugal} overnight trip!

5. Find discount codes! Like this one….

Huge Savings at Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach, SC

Frugal is good…but FREE is better! One lucky family will win a 4 Day/3 Night trip to the beautiful oceanfront Sand Dunes Resort and Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC! This includes accommodations for up to four people, FREE tickets to Wild Water & Wheels, FREE golf at Diamond Back Golf Course, FREE passes to Ocean Drive Pavilion, FREE breakfast for children each morning, FREE admission to the on-site Sands Water Park and more! You choose your dates any time during August or September {with the exception of Labor Day weekend!} This incredible package is valued at over $1000! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway will be open through 11:59pm EST on July 2nd. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 7th. Good luck!!

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Giveaway of The Lego Movie!

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Have you seen The Lego Movie? We have and LOVE it!

I’m excited about today’s giveaway–it’s for a copy of The Lego Movie DVD!

My family just got back from Legoland California and we got to see the set.  Fun!!!

And if you’d like to have a little fun, create a mini 6-second LEGO GIF Video! Feel free to get creative! – Videos instantly get posted to this YouTube channel for everybody to enjoy!

The instant family classic, The Lego Movie arrived on Blu-ray June 17th!

About The Lego Movie

The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

Enter on the Rafflecopter app below to win a copy of The Lego Movie on Blu-ray!  The winner will be chosen on Monday June 30 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  Some people on the winner’s list will also be sent mini Lego Toys!  (You can do a Google search to find other bloggers giving away a copy of The Lego Movie.)

Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Open to U.S. and Canada. You must be 18+ to enter. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Please note that the assets included within this message were delivered to you to promote Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Any actions (including contest and competitions) that you complete with the provided assets are your liability, and should comply with both local and international laws.

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Giveaway from Diana and Friends Experience History Through Music — $700+ Value!

Diana and Friends Experience History Through Music Giveaway — $700+ Value!

Ok friends, today I have an incredible giveaway for you to enter — over $700 worth of products! I am taking part in a review team for the launch of Diana Waring’s new Experience History Through Music books and CDs. We have really been enjoying listening to the songs and reading about the history behind them. There is even sheet music, so we can play and sing along. See more here:

 

http://www.dianawaring.com/store/experience-history-through-music

I’ll be posting my review the week of June 30. But in the meantime, check out these awesome prizes and enter the giveaway!

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To celebrate the release of Experience History Through Music, I am joining members of the Diana Waring Launch Team for an amazing giveaway. Friends of Diana have joined in and as you can see, someone’s homeschool is going to be greatly blessed!
Here’s what you could win!

From Diana Waring Presents

american history -- never this funExperience History Through Music – set of 3 books with CDs ($50/set) Diana Waring Presents is about to bring back into print the BEST folk music you have ever heard, combined with the fascinating stories they represent in American history!   The Experience Music Through Historyseries includes: America - Heart of a New Nation, Westward Ho! - Heart of the Old West  and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The musicians are amazing, every instrument is real, lots of great vocalists, and more toe-tapping music than you can imagine! The books tell the stories behind the songs.  Together, they bring American history to life through it’s music!!With fascinating history books and toe-tapping folk music CDs, American history has NEVER been this fun!
EncouragementCollage2Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection ($25) Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.

From A Journey Through Learning

Logo New 300 trans$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the A Journey Through Learning store, applicable toward any digital download purchase.

From Homeschool Legacy

westward ho I 300x400Westward Ho! Part I ($19.95) Load up your wagon! Discover the extraordinary times of adventurous frontiersmen and brave pioneers as you travel cross-country along the Erie Canal,  Oregon Trail, and even “remember the Alamo” in Westward Ho Part I.
Westward Ho! Part II ($19.95) Continue the exciting saga begun in Westward Ho! Part I as you journey with the forty-niners, ride the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, experience life on the prairie, and discover the exciting era of cowboys and cattle drives in Westward Ho! Part II.

From Knowledge Quest Maps

HardcoverCD_ecover_croppedMap Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History ($55) Map Trek is a historical atlas plus outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don’t remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.

From Home School Adventure Co.

PAPS-R-96dpi shadowPhilosophy Adventure™ Digital Download ($39.95) Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.

From Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom and Real Life Press)

fpf3-bundle-covers-180x180Firmly Planted Family Devotional Digital Volume 3 ($39) The Firmly Planted Family Series is divided into ten-week studies and is your key to making sense of the Bible—even if you’re learning right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for children of all ages. And the companion student workbook is filled with age-appropriate, full-color, reproducible activities for children of any age!

From Raising Real Men

RRM-Mom-Dad-300x295Free Registration to Boyhood Boot Camp or Boot Camp 9-12 LIVE webinar series (winner’s choice) plus Mom & Dad Special Raising Real Men (Book for Mom to read in the bathroom + AudioBook for Dad to listen to on the commute) ($62-69)
My-Beloved-and-My-Friend-Cover-Border-201x300Free Registration for Marriage Retreat Online plus His & Hers Special of My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses (book + audiobook), ($65)

From Institute for Excellence in Writing

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From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

ST-Affiliate-300x300_zpsb38aa8aeSchoolhouseTeachers.com ($139) A one year membership to the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Nearly 100 classes for Pre-K to High School, taught by expert teachers, and lots of extras including the Schoolhouse Planners, Schoolhouse Expos, monthly free ebook downloads and more.
Big-Book-14-Cover-113013-e1392516063206The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 2014 Print Book ($15) Be encouraged, enlightened, and educated with the all new 2014 Annual Print Book published by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.You’ll get a year’s worth of homeschool support in almost 300 pages in this full color one-of-a-kind print magazine for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers. This is a magazine you’ll refer to again and again.

From Writing with Sharon Watson

the-power-in-your-hands-front-coverThe Power in Your Hands ($53.96) With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, they’ll learn what they need to know for high school and will be prepared for college writing.
69276_1454187188126914_157492202_nWriting Fiction [in High School] ($35) Are you raising the next C. S. Lewis or Jane Austen? Help your students develop their fiction-writing talents with Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life.
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$500 Cash Giveaway to “Beat the Heat”!!!

Welcome to the $500 Beat The Heat Cash Giveaway!

Woo-hoo!  Wouldn’t this be great to win?  What would you use it for?  Tickets to Six Flags?  A weekend road trip?  A new grill for the backyard?  Some new clothes and shoes?

I’d use it toward a wonderful String Camp that my kids are going to be involved in this summer.

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Review/Giveaway of “Talking With Your Daughter About Understanding Boys”

Bob and Dannah Gresh have done it again with another home-run book!  Talking With Your Daughter About Understanding Boys is a “Great Dates for Dads & Daughters” book.  If you are looking for a wonderful bonding experence between Dad and Daughter this summer, this book provides exactly what you need!  (And there’s a giveaway, so read to the bottom of the post!)

Talking With Your Daughter About Understanding Boys is a paperback book of 178 pages.  It’s divided into 3 parts.  In part 1 you’ll read the reasons why we need to teach our daughters–especially tween daughters ages 8-12.  And you’ll learn why a lot of this information is best coming from dads.  With Dads encouraging and teaching their daughters, the girls are much less likely to enter into risky behaviors.

Part 2 gives you the fun stuff–8 dates that dads can do with their daughters.  Each date has a theme and a specific lesson to learn, a prep talk for the dad, an activity (place to go/thing to do), ways to prep your daughter for life (teaching her how to search the internet, for example), the Talk for Dad to have with Daughter (complete with pull-out sheets to fill in), and an MP3 episode to listen to that you can download from the Secret Keeper Girl website.

Here an example from Date #2.  The objective is to begin to understand what it means to be a girl.  The key verses are from Proverbs 31.  The materials needed are baking ingredients and an empty kitchen, because Dad and Daughter are going to make a dessert together!  There are a few different recipes to choose from (or pick your own!).  There are a number of Prep for Life ideas such as letting your daughter pay for the ingredients at the store.  Of course, you’ll play your SKG MP3 episode just before you start in the kitchen.  There is also a suggestion for a movie to watch together while you eat your dessert.  Finally, there is the Talk With Dad time.  The pull-outs included in the book guide dad through the whole discussion.  The one for Date #2 helps to identify the strengths of the woman from Proverbs 31 and to help your Daughter recognize her own God-given strengths.

The 8 Dates are:

1.  Doing a Prank and learning to understand boys.

2.  Cooking a dessert and learning to understand what it means to be a girl.

3.  Watching a movie (The Princess Bride) and discovering the difference between true love and counterfeit love.

4.  Doing a hike and learning to believe that her value comes from God, not a boy.

5.  Doing a treasure hunt and discovering that she is a treasure and should expect to be treated as one.

6.  Planting something and learning to grow by feeding herself with God’s Word.

7.  Star-gazing and learning to rely on God for guidance.

8.  A Celebration Date with Mom and Dad and beginning to view marriage as a picture of God’s love for His people.

 

Part 3 has some extras, like a 7-day devotional for dads and daughters to do together, ideas for single moms, and the “pull-outs” that the girls will write on for the dates (and possibly keep in their scrapbooks!)

I am positive that my daughters will love these dates with their dad.  They do require some planning.  But they’re so worth it!  I have also done some of the dates with Mom and Daughter.  Good memories.  :)

Check out these other books by Dannah Gresh.  I have loved them ALL!




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And now the giveaway!  

Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  U.S only, 18+ please.  Winner will be chosen Monday June 9 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Talking With Your Daughter About Understanding Boys in order to write this honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

Review/Giveaway of “The Kid Who Changed the World”

I have a Review and Giveaway today of “The Kid Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews, illustrated by Philip Hurst, and published by Tommy Nelson.

The book tells the story of a kid who had a dream and how his dream came to fruition through those who came before him. This children’s book is based on Andrews’ book “The Butterfly Effect.” Decisions we make (and encourage our children to make) can change the world.

And that’s what happened with Norman Borlang. Never heard of him? He had a desire to feed the hungry and through the influence of his mentor Henry Wallace, he made some special seeds that would grow into super plants that would feed more people than ordinary plants.

But Henry was mentored by George–George Washington Carver that is. And George was adopted by Moses and Susan Carver. All of these people were necessary for Norman’s dream to come true!

The basic message of the story is that little things can make a big difference if God is in them! Everyone can do something that will change the world.

This is a beautiful and inspirational book for kids, ages 8-12. It’s hardback with a cover and has lovely illustrations.

Now it’s time to enter the giveaway! Enter through the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen on June 6, 2014 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. U.S. only, 18+


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Review/Giveaway of “Zippy’s Club” by Candida Sullivan, a book about bullying

If there is one subject that isn’t addressed as much in homeschooling as in the public school, it would be “bullying.” I am happy to review a book today that addresses that issue: Zippy’s Club by Candida Sullivan.  (And there’s a giveaway, so read down to the bottom of the post!)

The author Candida believes in miracles. She was born with a rare condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome, which generally causes death in most babies before they are born. She knows it is a beautiful blessing she survived and wants to show the world that her scars are not a punishment, but instead are a wonderful expression exemplifying God’s love and mercy for her life. She believes God spared her for a reason and wants to spend her life telling of the hope and love God placed inside her.  The Amniotic Band Syndrome caused deformities in her hands, feet, and skin.  And as a result Candida was the recipient of bullying.  Unfortunately, she decided to bully others as well, until she realized the best way to deal with it was to treat others with kindness.

In her third book about Zippy, this sweet zebra with no stripes is trying to create a club to fight against bullying.  He has a list of “chores” for all his club members to do in order to make the world a better place, so they decide not to stay.  Later he finds out that the Toby the lizard is being bullied by the snakes.  Toby thinks the best way to fight back is to learn to be mean like they are.  Zippy decides to go to talk to the snakes.  But they bully him as well–and it goes too far when they push Zippy off the cliff.  Now all the animals realize that they must stand up to the bullies and do what is necessary to make the bullying end.  Thankfully, Zippy is alright, and the club starts strong!

The book was a wonderful introduction about bullying for my kids, ages 5-10.  They saw it in action in the story, but there were also pages in the back of the book for parents or teachers to lead discussions about bullying.  I did this with my kids.  We talked about what it is, how it affects people, and what to do about it.  We also talked about how being a bystander is not acceptable.

Another wonderful thing about the book is that they encourage you to start your own Club to fight against bullying.  They even have a Zippy Club Kit which has a script of a play, a CD of masks for the characters, printable coloring sheets and stickers, a poster, badge, and membership certificate!  You can get the kit by emailing ZippyKit@ShadeTreePublishing.com.

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Finally, I LOVED the illustrations!  Jack Foster is a wonderful illustrator. Your kids will be enchanted.  You can see more about Zippy at Candida’s website.

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See below for other books by Candida.

Zippy’s Big Difference is a story about
how Zippy the zebra came to
appreciate that which makes him
different from others. It deals with
the emotional struggles facing
children with disabilities and tackles
some of the tough spiritual questions
they have.

Zippy and the Stripes of Courage is a
story about how Zippy the zebra
came to accept himself for who he is.
It teaches children to celebrate one
another’s differences and to treat
others as they themselves want to
be treated.

Underneath the Scars is a journey of
emotional and spiritual healing
associated with physical deformities.
You will laugh, cry, and reflect as
Candida shares her story and the
woman underneath her scars.

And now– a Giveaway of Zippy’s Club!  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  Winner will be chosen Tuesday 5/27/14 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email!

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(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Zippy’s Club in order to write this honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

Giveaway of The Well-Planned Day Wall Calendar 2014-2015!

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I’m so excited to be able have a Giveaway of The Well-Planned Day Wall Calendar 2014-2015!  I have LOVED this calendar for the past year, and now have my new one up.  It goes from July-June of every year.  The boxes for each day are huge–so I can fit in everything I need to write there.  There is also a great quote each month, and lots of space at the bottom for notes.  Maybe someday I’ll switch to an electronic calendar, but for now, I just want my Well-Planned Day Wall Calendar!

Enter to win one through the Rafflecopter app below.

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May Featured Item

The Busy Mom Bundle:

Bundle Includes:
 - 2014-2015 On the Go Planner
 - 2014-2015 Well Planned Day Wall Calendar
 - 1 Year Subscription to Home Educating Family Magazine
Just $35.63 (Save 30% off Retail when you Bundle!)
(Details about the giveaway: Winner will be chosen on May 17 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. U.S. only, 18+)

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