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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:

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Middle School BundleThis bundle features a full language arts curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s
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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!

Diana and Friends Giveaway
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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Review of “Cover Story” Middle School Writing Curriculum

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I am so excited to share about my new favorite curriculum: Cover Story!  Have you ever heard of the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum for high schoolers?  I have been waiting for years to use that, but my kids still aren’t old enough.  So, when I found out that the same writer wrote a curriculum for middle school students I just had to check it out!

Cover Story is written by Daniel Schwabauer.

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What you get when you order it is:

1.  A Set of 7 DVDs (72 writing lessons and 12 optional grammar lessons)

2. Student Book (272 pages)

3.  Teacher Guide (147 pages)

4. Hardback Journal (219 pages)

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How to use the curriculum:

Cover Story is for middle school, grades 6th-9th, ages 11-15. It is meant to be a full-year curriculum and is DVD-Teacher led.  Parents will only be needed to check the student’s work once a month (for about 1-2 hours at a time, using all the helps in the Teacher’s Guide).  Kids will watch 3 DVD lessons per week, do the corresponding workbook assignments, and write in the journal 5 days a week for 24 weeks.

What will be accomplished:

Students will be guided through learning to write a wide variety of genres–short stories, different types of poems, reviews, letters, blog posts, non-fiction articles, etc.  The units are constantly changing, and this along with short lessons and daily writing helps kids stay motivated and see progress!  All of these different types of writing will be related to a theme of the student’s own choosing and will be combined together at the end of the school-year into their very own magazine!

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Why I liked it:

Daniel Schwabauer knows how to get and keep kids of middle school age engaged.  He’s funny, as well as smart, and the DVD lessons contain a variety of scene changes, including clips from movies!  Daniel also often wears different costumes, especially related to the theme of steampunk.  If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to watch it!

I also like that he teaches it instead of me.  Teaching writing is not a skill I have, so it’s important to have a good writing teacher teach my kids.

I’m really excited about using Cover Story because I’m pretty confident both of my boys will like it.  They did not do well with another well-known curriculum we tried using this year.

How we will be using it:

We will be using this curriculum next year (starting in September) with my two oldest boys in 7th and 8th grade.  We are also considering doing it with our homeschool co-op.

More Details:

The optional Grammar DVD is also taught by Daniel in a fun manner.  There are 12 lessons on one DVD which cover topics such as subjects and predicates, run ons and fragments, commas, and apostrophes.  This is extremely helpful for those who haven’t mastered important grammar concepts before.  However, they are optional if you don’t need them.

The Journal is entitled The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther von Steuben.  It’s not just a blank journal where the kids have to come up with their own ideas of what to write each day, but it has a running storyline through it to help the kids write.

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Samples:

Watch 3 sample DVD lessons and download the written student pages here!

 

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary set of Cover Story, as well as monetary compensation in order to write this honest review.)

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7 Sisters Homeschool introduction

 

Last weekend I attended a blogging conference and met 3 of the ladies from 7 Sisters Homeschool.  It was such a joy to meet them and spend some time together.  I will be looking at and using some of their innovative products, but thought I’d give an introduction today so you can check out what they have available!

Some of their products include:

Literature Guides

Writing Curricula (short story, research paper, etc.)

Career Exploration

Human Development

Psychology from a Christian Perspective

Social Skills for Children

A Successful Approach to Teaching Acting and Directing

How to Conduct a Homeschool Drama Camp

A Developmental Approach to Teaching Kindergarten

Click on the banner to visit 7Sisters!

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Homeschool Adventure–Studying Philosophy!

 

My oldest and I just started a new philosophy course this week, and we’re really enjoying it!

We are using the Philosophy Adventure by Stacy Farrell, published by Home School Adventure Co.  It includes biography, worldview, writing, and geography, along with philosophy.  The course can be used as a high school credit!


We also have the Bible Study called Philippians in 28 Weeks and the literary guide The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions.

If you’d like to read more about these curricula, check out their website and be sure to check back here since I’ll be reviewing them.

And enter the giveaways that are going on right now!

Monday: Philosophy Adventure
Tuesday: Philippians in 28 Weeks (ESV)
Wednesday: The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Questions
Thursday: Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal
Friday: a bundle of all 4 products

 

 

 

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Homeschool Essentials for Teaching Reading

Resources for Teaching Reading

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Our final Day of “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials” has arrived and today I’m sharing a comparison of the resources I use (and have used) to teach reading.

This is probably one of the areas that scares new homeschoolers the most.  How do I teach my kids to read?  It’s basic to learning anything else, so it must be done right!  Well, I’m here to tell you not to fear.  So many companies have written some awesome reading curricula.  See below for what I’ve used and what I recommend.

TATRAS: Teach America to Read and Spell

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What’s interesting about TATRAS (Teach America to Read and Spell) is that you teach all sounds of each letter/phonogram at once; it’s called “vertical phonics”.  For example, you teach the child that “a” has 3 sounds–like you’d hear in “cat”, “ate”, and “all”.  This helped me immensely when I first started teaching reading because I didn’t know that there were so many different sounds for the same letter or phonogram (like “er”).  Then, when a child is sounding out a word and gets the sound wrong, you can say “try the second sound of ‘a’ .”  What I don’t recommend about TATRAS is that it’s confusing for the teacher and not well laid out.  It is inexpensive, though!

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)

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The McGuffey readers are very old–from the 1800s.  I love the sweet old-fashioned stories in them.  My kids have enjoyed reading these 2 books.

Rod and Staff Bible readers

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What I most love about the Rod and Staff readers is that the kids are reading the Bible stories to themselves, before they are able to actually read the Bible.  I have had my kids read the 3 books of level 1, the 2 books of level 2, and the first book of level 3.  By that point, they can switch to reading the Bible pretty well.

The above 3 materials were all I used to teach my first 3 children to read. It worked great! We read through the phonograms from the TATRAS chart daily and memorized them. Then we worked on practicing reading from the readers. After a couple of years, they could read well.

I tried the same method with child #4, and it wasn’t working. So, I pulled out my copy of

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

I had bought a used copy years ago because I heard it recommended so often.  But my daughter only got halfway through when it became too difficult to continue.

I did start and finish it with child #5 though. He learned to read with it, so I do recommend this resource, too.  What’s nice about it is that it’s all in one book (don’t even need extra readers until you finish it).  It’s inexpensive and gives you an exact “script” to follow so you know what to say during each lesson with your child.  I’m not sure why, but I didn’t like this book very much and probably won’t use it again.

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Next, I received an offer to try

Alpha-Phonics

I had also heard of this resource for years but had never seen it.  I decided to start from the beginning with child #4  to try to help build up her confidence again. I also started at the beginning of Alpha-Phonics with child #6 and about two-thirds of the way through with child #5, so he could continue where Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons left off. Alpha-Phonics is definitely easier than TATRAS, but I still had the children memorize the phonogram chart.

A lesson page from Alpha-Phonics:

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I think Alpha-Phonics is pretty good.  It groups together many words from a particular phonogram sound.  Sometimes, though, there are so many words on a page that it’s pretty overwhelming.  For the most part my 6th child has really enjoyed it and has taken off with reading.

I didn’t get too far with Alpha-Phonics when I decided my struggling reader #4 had a reading disability, probably dyslexia.  I thought about getting her tested but decided instead just to use a curriculum written specifically  for kids with learning disabilities:

All About Reading

We have been using All About Reading since September.  I am very pleased with her progress.  No, she still hasn’t “taken off” like her 3 older siblings and 2 younger siblings.  But there is definitely progress and hope! The downsides of All About Reading is that it’s incredibly more time-consuming and more labor intensive for mom, has more “items” to keep track of, and is more expensive than all the other resources I mentioned above. But there are 2 types of people I would heartily recommend it for: if you have a student with a reading disability such as dyslexia, or you’re a mom who wants a very organized reading plan to follow. Plus, it’s a lot more FUN and colorful than any of the other resources I mentioned above! I am happy with her progress and will probably continue with level 3 when we finish level 2!

There is a box of phonogram and word cards, magnetic tiles to spell words and learn about syllable types, and a teacher book, as well as an activity book and readers.

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The readers from All About Reading have beautiful illustrations!  I really love these books.

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There is lots of hands-on practice.  It’s easy to cut these out right before you use them.

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If you’d like to try it out, here are some FREE downloads!  And I LOVE their new free phonogram sounds app (available on many different devices)!  This app might make my ubiquitous TATRAS phonogram chart obsolete!

Finally, here few “extras” that we love–and I really believe that these (along with all my reading aloud) have helped with pre-reading skills and readiness:

My 3-year-old uses the Starfall Website, watches LeapFrog: Letter Factory

(Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory DVDs)  (there is no better way to learn the basic letter sounds than watching “Letter Factory”!), and uses Dianne Craft’s Right Brain Phonics Cards.

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The Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers are great because very early readers can read a “real” book!

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We also have the Bob Books app on my iPad.

My Summary:

I used TATRAS: Teach America to Read and Spell to teach three children to readTeach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to teach one child to read, and Alpha-Phonics to teach one child to read.  They all worked for my non special-needs kids!  All About Reading is working for my child with a reading disability.  The best thing to do in choosing the best curriculum for teaching reading is to identify both your and your child’s learning styles and preference.  If you have further questions about what’s in one of these specific curricula or how it works, please leave a comment.  I’d be glad to help!

Do you have some different favorite “teaching reading” resources?  Please share in the comments what you use!

 

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

Be sure to read about more Homeschooling Essentials at the following blogs:

61. Lisa @ Our Simple Kinda Life

62. Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four

63. LaRee @ Broad Horizons

64. Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas

65. Amy @ Counting Change. . .  Again

66. Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

68. Adena @ AdenaF

69. Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

70. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
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Family Update

It’s time for a family update!  I had a crazy month last month with way more reviews and giveaways than I’ve ever done before.  It was fun, but meant that I didn’t have as much time just to write about what’s going on with us.  So, I hope you’ll enjoy this update today!

 

My First Teenager:

Yes, it’s official I finally have a teenager in the house–the first of many!  :)

 

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Football:

We had an interesting brand-new experience with tackle football this year.  My oldest son LOVES football and has been begging us for years to get involved.  We finally relented, and it was all he dreamed of.  But it wasn’t so great for the rest of us.  When you play football here where we live, it rules your life!  He did get a mild concussion in one of the games, which didn’t make me very happy.  He was out for two weeks because of that.  But the season ended well for them, and I’m glad he had the opportunity to do what he loves.

Spotlight:

We had 4 kids audition for the next musical for Spotlight Youth Theater.  Three kids made the show, and the other was auditioning just for experience.  Their audition songs were “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie, “Save the People,” from Godspell, “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled, and “You Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.  The show is Shrek the Musical and it’s the first time it’s ever been done by a children’s theater!  Our director and her team has spent numerous hours working on the script to make it family-friendly.  (We still haven’t seen Shrek the animated movies or the musical that just came out on DVD because they aren’t family-friendly.)  The kids are SOOOO talented–100 of them!  But because it’s a new show, we have to start from scratch with the costumes.  And, of course, I’m on the costume committee!  So, you may see me sewing up some fairy tale creature costumes in the next month or two!

And it’s not too soon to get tickets.  One show is already sold out!  Get your tickets here–and please choose Mayo for the referral student.  (We need all the help we can get for this expensive enrichment activity!)

I’m also teaching a Spotlight class now.  (Each student who auditions for a show must also be taking a theater/dance/or singing class.)  I have 8 adorable 5-7 year-olds.  It’s fun!

Lego Robot Competition:

My two oldest boys are joining 3 other boys for a Lego Robot Competition this next Saturday. They have been getting together for a couple of months to work on their “missions.”  They’ve never done anything like this before, so we’ll see how it turns out!  They have a “uniform” including duct tape hats.  :)

Band Concert:

This Thursday is our local Christian school’s band/choir concert.  They allow homeschoolers to be in the band, and we have really enjoyed participating there.  My oldest plays alto saxophone in the concert band (highest band), and my 2nd son plays percussion in intermediate band.  He’ll be able to join the concert band next semester.  We also just bought him a drum set (Craig’s list!) and he’ll start lessons on that in January.

Basketball and Gymnastics:

Upward basketball starts tonight.  It will be the sixth year for my 2nd son.  It’s a little odd for us because he’s the only one playing this time.  My oldest wanted to play for Onward (the junior high version), but it didn’t fit into the Shrek schedule.  The next 5 kids are doing gymnastics.  It’s been years since we done that.  Gymnastics ends in January and then we’ll start swim lessons again in March.

The Cousins at Thanksgiving:

Yes–all at my house!

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Queen E:

My kids sure do enjoy having a real live “doll” to play with!  Here they have dressed her up like a  queen!

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Homeschool:

Oh, yeah.  We homeschool, too!  :)  I’ve made a few changes to our homeschool curriculum list, so I need to get that updated soon.  We are in a co-op at our church each Friday.  The older kids learn writing, It All Begins With Genesis, and science.  The middle kids take geography, geography crafts, and science.  And I teach the preschool class!  In the afternoons they have archery.  It’s nice that we’ve taken off for December, though, because there are so many other things going on.

Here are a couple of the homeschool books we’re using that I love right now–
Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Young Explorer Series)

Pages of History Volume 1: Secrets of the Ancients

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

Grapevine Studies: Birth of Jesus Bible Study

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All About Reading, Level 1, Teacher’s Manual (All About Reading)

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Review: Little Passports

 

We received our first Little Passports package in the mail last week!  We got a little suitcase, passport, map, boarding pass, postcard, 2 stickers, a letter, and an activity sheet.  Each month the kids receive items associated with a specific country or state, depending on which subscription you buy.  What a fun way to learn about geography! The kids are now ready for their adventures.  I know the kids (as well as I) will be eagerly anticipating the next shipment!

Little Passports World Edition

Early Bird Sale at Little Passports from Oct 28th-31st!

Little Passports is the perfect way to keep your kids learning and having fun at home, on the road, over the weekend or even on a plane! From October 28th – 31st, Little Passports has a sale that will save you $20 on a new 1 year subscription when you use the code OCT20 at checkout. And for about $10 a month, that is definitely worth it! The packages take your children on new adventures around the US or the world, depending on what option you choose… but take a look at the subscriptions yourself and decide what you want here: Early Bird Sale at Little Passports from Oct 28th-31st!

Little Passports Sale

Dates: October 28th – October 31st

Details:
All discounts are taken off of the full retail subscription price, excluding the shipping and tax. This offer is valid on new subscriptions only and can not be combined with other offers.
3 month= $5 off the $41.85 payment
6 month= $5 off the $83.70 payment
12 month= $20 off the $131.40 payment

Code:
OCT5 for 3-6 Month Subscriptions
OCT20 for 1 Year Subscriptions

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Review/Giveaway of Grapevine Bible Study

Today I’m happy to share with you a review and GIVEAWAY of a new Bible Study my older boys started a few weeks ago called Grapevine Studies.

Specifically it’s the Level 4 New Testament Survey.  I wanted my boys to get an overview of the whole New Testament as they studied the Bible this year.  Each week they read a portion of Scripture, take notes on it by drawing Stick Figures and other graphics to help them illustrate what happened, answer review questions, and study deeper by using specific resources such as a Bible Dictionary (Vine’s), a Concordance, and a Topical Bible (Nave’s).  It’s been different from other Bible studies they have done in that they are doing a lot of the study on their own.  It’s more open-ended rather than being completely laid out for them.  I really like this aspect since it is stretching them more.

Here are a copy of pages the boys did:  (Sorry they’re side-ways!)

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The part that I don’t like as much is that there is supposed to be teacher instruction, especially in the area of application.  I don’t have time to do that with them (wanted a self-study for their Bible study this year), so what I have done is have them look up the answers themselves in my teacher book.  I also have them write ways to apply the Scripture at the end of each section.

I do recommend this Bible study and look forward to doing it myself when I finish the other one I’m doing right now.  I’m sure my boys will really learn a lot this year!

Be sure go to the Grapevine Studies website to look at their free samples.  They have Bible studies for all ages for use in all different settings!  You’ll find what you’re looking for!

Grapevine Studies has offered to giveaway the New Testament Level 3-4 Teacher and Student e-books.  Please enter through the Rafflecopter app below!  Winner will be chosen on September 26.

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Brand New Curriculum With Great Sale Prices!

This week 3 wonderful new curricula have come out:

  • All About Reading, Level 3
  • SQUILT Volume 2 (music curriculum featuring the Classical Period)
  • Fine Art Pages, Collection 2

I definitely recommend all of these.  If they catch your eye, be sure to get them before the weekend since they have great introductory sale prices.

 All About Reading Level 3 is now available! To celebrate, the full set is $20 off the regular price this week only (through September 15).

 

 

Or pick up a free Activity Book:

 

For a great and easy way to teach Music Appreciation, try SQUILT!

 

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Here are the Table of Contents for Volume 2:

And, finally, for Art Appreciation, you’ll like Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly:

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20% off the collection by using code FineArt2.  The 20% off coupon ends on Sept. 15, so hurry!

Be sure to go to the website because she has 3 Freebies so you can check it all out: –Handel composer resource –Monet artist resource –free sample of Fine Art Pages

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Review/Giveaway of Flash Kids Educational workbooks & flash cards

Today I’m reviewing (and there’s a giveaway!) Flash Kids, an educational product company.  They make work books, charts, flash cards, and activity kits in a wide variety of subject areas:  reading comprehension, math, sight words, study skills, writing skills, science, and geography.

We received 4 items to review.  These Spanish flash cards will be used quite often by my 9-year-old daughter who is studying Spanish this year.  It contains 86 great vocabulary words to learn.

 

She will also be working on her multiplication tables by playing this fun card game:  Multiplication War.  It’s the same rules as regular War, but they have to work out the multiplication problem on each card.

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My younger kids LOVED–and I mean LOVED–the workbooks they received.  After filling in all the pages, they got to put in two pages of stickers that were included!

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And now for the giveaway:  The winner (U.S. only) will get to choose any product from the Barnes and Noble Flash Kids page!  When I contact the winner, they will have 48 hours to reply back with mailing address and product they’d like!
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Home School P.E. with Family Time Fitness

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Are you looking for an organized P.E. program for you kids? I was recently introduced to Family Time Fitness.
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Head over to their website and see if it’s something you’d like to try! They even have a free trial!

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Review of Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly

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Today I’d love to share with you another resource we’ll be using in our homeschool this year: Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly.

So, what art will I specifically be sharing with my kids? See how long this list is–25 works of art!

Mona Lisa (da Vinci)
Starry Night (van Gogh)
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (Seurat)
The Scream (Munch)
Portrait of Dora Maar (Picasso)
Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio)
Apple and Oranges (Cezanne)
The Great Wave (Hokusai)
The Son of Man (Magritte)
Surprised! (Rousseau)
Yellow-Red-Blue (Kandinsky)
The Maids of Honor (Velazquez)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
The Kiss (Klimt)
Hunter in the Snow (Brueghel)
The Fighting Temeraire (Turner)
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (Renoir)
The Water Lily Pond (Monet)
Self Portrait (Rembrandt)
The Arnolfini Portrait (Van Eyck)
Number 6 (Pollock)
A Bar at the Floies-Bergere (Manet)
Dancers in Blue (Degas)
Nafea Faaipoipo (Gauguin)
Ophelia (Millais)

 

Review:   At first I was a little disappointed at how simple this curriculum is. It’s one page per piece of art. But then as I thought about it, I realized that this is really all we need right now. If it were more I wouldn’t have time (or motivation) to do it. And that is exactly what Erica’s purpose is: “What if I could introduce fine art to my children simply, painlessly, inexpensively, without taking up hardly any time, and in a way that would prevent the children from resistance because they wouldn’t even realize anything was going on?”

So, I have printed out the pages and put them in a notebook. We will be using these during our morning group time (for ages 3-9). I’ll show them the art, we’ll talk about what we see, and the other info on the page: who painted it, where, when, materials and technique, where it’s located, and an interesting fact.

And I really love her idea of printing out more copies (I’ll laminate them, too) and putting them up around the house. Then I can ask the kids questions like, “Who knows what art is on the backdoor? On the bathroom wall? In the pantry? This will be fun!

So, this is very do-able. We’ll just focus on three pieces of art for a month or so. Yeah!

Be sure to go to the website because she has 3 Freebies so you can check it all out:

–Handel composer resource

–Monet artist resource

–free sample of Fine Art Pages

Fine Art Pages and the 3 Composer Collections are a great price at only $14.95 each!

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I also reviewed one of the Composer collections from Classical Composers Monthly if you’d like to read about that. I’m really excited about using this with the kids this year!

Classical Composers Monthly is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

Let me know what you think of Fine Art Pages!

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From House to Home: SQUILT-Super Quiet Listening Music Curriculum

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Volume 1: Baroque Composers of SQUILT is now available!  SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time.  It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to add some composer and classical music study into your homeschool!
Ten pieces of great Baroque music are included in volume 1, as well as general notebooking pages, definitions of musical terms, and more for your kids to make their own music notebooks.  There are 51 Pages of material!
What will your children learn with SQUILT, volume 1?  Check out the table of contents:

Click here to visit Homegrown Learners to learn more or to purchase SQUILT–and if you get it Thursday or Friday, it’s on sale for only $4.99!

 

What are some ways to use SQUILT in your homeschool?
1.  Do one lesson per week.  Listen to the music daily (the YouTube links are included) and do a worksheet on 2 of the days.  It will take you 10 weeks to study the Baroque period.   OR
2.  Do one lesson every 2-3 weeks.   This will allow you to study the Baroque period for the whole school year.  OR
3.  Do one lesson per month.  This is more of the Charlotte Mason way of doing composer study–to really focus on just one composer for a longer period of time.
We’re excited to begin using SQUILT this year.  I’ll be posting more about it after we start!
Click here to visit Homegrown Learners to order SQUILT, Volume 1!

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CurrClick Pay-What-You-Want Sale!

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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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From House to Home: Giveaway from Classical Composers Monthly

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I’d love to introduce you today to a wonderful new way to teach music to your kids at home:  Classical Composers Monthly.  What you do is purchase a subscription to one of the Composer or Fine Art Pages collections.  Each of the 4 subscription choices are only $11.96 each with coupon code ChooseJoy in July!  There is so much jam-packed into each collection that it can easily take you a year to get through it all!  Also, you get to “keep” your links indefinitely, so you can revisit at any time.

Erica Johns is the creator of Classical Composers Monthly.  Here is what she says about it:  “I needed a straightforward, no-planning-required way to share more about classical music and the fascinating composers behind the music, without adding more hours to my teaching schedule, or costing a lot of money.”

And she has succeeded!

I got to review Composer Collection #2, which includes the following composers:   Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Gustav Holst, Camille Saint-Saens, Dmitri Shostakovich, Johann Strauss II, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, Gabriel Faure, and Sergei Prokofiev.

My kids and I looked at the Dvorak page first, but will be using all the rest as we go through this next year of homeschooling.  (It’s on my schedule during Morning Group Time.)  On the Dvorak page, there is such a variety of activities to choose from: podcasts, activity sheets, websites to visit, a musical timeline to put together, YouTube videos, downloadable music, and a stream of Dvorak music to listen to.  I was very impressed.  :)  My little guys especially liked watching the YouTube videos where you could watch the conductor and instrumentalists/vocalists.  I liked that I didn’t have to search for everything to find the best examples!

Be sure to check out Classical Composers Monthly to see if it would be a good fit for your family.  You can see what collections are available, read the FAQs, and if you’re a homeschool blogger, find out how to partner with them.  Also, just for signing up on the home page, you get 3 FREEBIES:  

–Free Handel composer resource

–Free Monet artist resource

–Free sample of Fine Art Pages

 Remember the 20% off coupon code ChooseJoy, good for your entire purchase during July!

And now the GIVEAWAY:  one free membership of Fine Art Pages!

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Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans! plus {Linky}

Today I’m sharing one of the most important posts I write each year:

 Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans!

There’s also a place at the end for you to link up your own homeschool curriculum plans. I love reading these, so link up at any time!

Below you’ll see each of my children and the curriculum I’ve chosen for them this year.  I try to combine as many grades together as possible (easiest with science, history/geography, and read-alouds).  My next challenge is to come up with a schedule where we can get all this done!  I’ll work on that and share it next week.  :)

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2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

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B (7th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group B Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Literature:  still deciding on this (Shakespeare plays and classic novels)

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 3 Figural

Grammar:  Finish 6th grade Daily Grams and start 7th grade

Latin:  First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

Institute for Cultural Communications (ICC) Speech class

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Violin

Football and Onward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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J (6th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Zeta and start Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies 

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 2 and start Level 3 Figural

Grammar: 6th grade Daily Grams

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Latin:  Finish First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Band at Christian School- percussion

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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M (4th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Gamma  and start Delta

Bible Study:  Explorers Bible Study (Jesus, My Shepherd), Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

LogicBuilding Thinking Skills, Level 2

Grammar: Find e-book or online materials

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Spanish: El Espanol Facil– The Easy Spanish  *  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

ScienceApologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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R (3rd grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Cursive Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  All About Reading, Level 2  *

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Math:  Math-U-See Alpha in the spring

Bible Study:  Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

 

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T (1st grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

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Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class

 

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L (Kindergarten):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

Spotlight drama class

 

 

 

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Z (3 years old): preschool

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Jesus storybook Bible  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

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E (1 year old)

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

read board books

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

Other Enrichment activities for the kids:

Art:  See the Light * Bible Story DVDs (Christmas and Easter), drawing/crafts for science animals, Global Art book for geography art projects
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Historical fiction:  A Benge biography from each continent—David Livingstone (Africa), Gladys Aylward (Asia),  D.L. Moody (North America), Nate Saint (South America), George Muller (Europe).  Any recommendations for Australia and Antarctica?
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Notebooking/Journaling/Lapbooking for history/geography and science:  maps, animals, people, cultural elements

 

Read-Aloud novels:  Dr. Doolittle, Old Yeller, Gentle Ben (Walt Morey),The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty, Rascal (Sterling North), Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White), James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
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Music:

Singing, worship team at church

SQUILT (Listening activites)*–Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time, volume 1 Baroque Composers

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and  Classical Composers Monthly *

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Art:
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Swim lessons

 

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Review of Rock N Learn Reading DVDs: 50% off at Educents!

 

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I received a set of four Rock N Learn reading DVDs to review for the sale which is now going on at Educents.  These 4 DVDs are usually $80, but you can get them for $40 for this flash sale.

Or, just get two of them for $20–now that’s a great deal!

The 4 DVDs my kids and I previewed were Letter Sounds (for ages 4-7), Sight Words Level 1 (for ages preschool and up), Sight Words Level 2 (K and up), and Sight Words Level 3 (Grades 1 and up).  The videos are animated with exciting characters (people and talking animals) who tell stories and go through different games and activities as they teach the concepts.  There is A LOT of fun and catchy music and singing.  Often the words are flashed on the screen so the kids are hearing it said or sung and seeing the word at the same time.  This will help them to really learn each word.  Each DVD is 50-60 minutes long.  There is a lot to them, including bonus features!

My kids, ages 8 and under enjoyed watching these DVDs.  I’m pretty sure they learned something, too!  If you need something to help enrich your child’s phonics reading curriculum, I think you’ll like these DVDs!

Go to Educents to get the special pricing, and to see what other great deals they have today.

(Disclosure:  I received 4 complimentary Rock N Learn DVDs in order to write this honest review.  I am also an affiliate of Educents, and this post contains affiliate links.)

 

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Review of “Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers” by Susan Kilbride

Today I’ll be sharing with you a review of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers by Susan Kilbride.  It’s a great resource for teaching science to ages 4-13, whether you are a homeschool mom teaching your own kids at home, teaching a class at a co-op, or teaching at a school.

There are 20 different chapters to do 20 different science units.  Ten are specifically for ages 4-7 (our senses, the human body, dinosaurs and prehistoric life, animals, insects and their kin, fun with magnets, stars and planets, health, beginning plants, and animal ecology), and ten for ages 8-13 (microcopes and invisible creatures, atoms and molecules, matter, chemistry fun, weather, force and motion, simple machines, light and color, and plants II).

A little about the author Susan Kilbride (taken from her website):  Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling mother with a degree in biology.  A few years ago she noticed that many homeschooling parents are either uncomfortable teaching their children science, or just don’t have the time to do the necessary research to teach their children science.  Susan wrote Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers with these parents in mind, using the same methods that she used when teaching her own son.

We tried out part of two lessons: Health and Weather.

In Health, we talked about eating healthy food and getting exercise.  They played a new game: shadow tag!

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For Weather we talked about evaporation and condensation.

Here we put water in a jar and will check it to see how much evaporates.

 

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Next we watched the steam escape from a pot of boiling water.

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And then I held a pot of ice water over the boiling water.  It caused condensation, which fell like rain drops!

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One thing I really liked about the book is that the lessons are very approachable for a teacher who has very little science knowledge.  The lessons are broken up into bite-sized segments, so you can do a little each day and finish a whole chapter in a week or two.  Or you can add to the lessons with books from the library, internet research, videos, lapbooks, etc. and stretch a chapter to last a whole month or longer!  There are many “activities” for each chapter as well.  Some are science experiments, but there are other fun types of activities as well (such as keeping a weather journal, playing shadow tag, and making healthy snacks).  Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, but you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to do.  Many of the materials are easy to find (and you probably have them around your house already), but others require a little advanced planning (like buying a microscope, slides, or iron filings).

There are two things that I didn’t like about the book.  One, it isn’t written from a Christian perspective.  I love teaching science so that kids understand that God made everything and so that they are able to recognize his handiwork in all they see and experience.  He is such a creative and an amazing designer!   Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers teaches evolution as fact, not theory.  The other thing is really just a preference.  I would love for the illustrations to be professionally drawn, and possibly even add colored photographs in future editions.  It would really add to the the quality of the book and make doing the activities/experiments easier.

Check out Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers at Amazon,Barnes and Noble, and Rainbow Resource.

If you’d like to try a couple of free units first, you can download Beginning Plants and Atoms and Molecules for free!

 

Be sure to visit the author’s website.  She also has a series of historical fiction books called Our America, which I’ll be reviewing in July!

 

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

 

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