What We Are Using To Teach Our Children About Sex

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I’ve never met a parent who is super excited to have the sex talk with their child. It can be a delicate subject, and one that can be uncomfortable to talk about with your child.

I had a super positive experience as a child with having “the talk” with my mom. I was 11, I went and asked her how babies get to be in a mom’s tummy, and as she cleaned her room she told me all about it. I don’t remember her being flustered, she calmly told me what I needed to know.

Not all parents are like that though. Many a child has been scarred by being told that sex is dirty, evil, something to be endured, or that it’s just gross. Some really conservative parents are so scared to let their children know, they don’t even say anything until right before the child is to be married!

Resources We are Using To Teach Our Children About Sex!

There has to be a better way than that. While we might feel like blushing or stumbling over our words, it’s totally possible to teach our children about sex in a way that the child understands it’s a God ordained act between married people, and it’s really a good thing, as long as you are married!

At one of the homeschool conventions we attended this spring, Sean and I both took some time to really look through a resource we wanted to use with our children called The Talk.
The Talk - Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality

Even though this book is designed for ages 6-10, we are going to use it with our 12 year old. It’s an amazing resource, and only has illustrated pictures, nothing really graphic to share with our son.

If you are needing more resources, Luka and Trisha just came out with a video course for parents called Having The Talk, which goes through each chapter of the book and how to talk to your child, what to share at what age, and what not to share.

I’ve been watching through this series and have found it to be a great resource. Included in this course:

8 instructional videos – around 25 minutes each.

Several mini-videos on specific topics

A free digital copy of the book The Talk

1 year access to all videos, and a lifetime access to the book.

They say this course is for parents of 6-10 year old children, but I find this is really up to the parents to decide when they want to talk to their children. We haven’t felt ready to dive deep into the actual details of sex with our oldest until now, and he is 12.

If you grab this course by July 7th, you also receive $73 in bonus offers!

Included in the bonuses is a favorite resource of mine for teaching girls modesty, It’s The Heart, Not The Hemline. It’s a 5 week unit study on modesty from a biblical perspective for girls ages 8-14 years old.

You might be wondering if we have talked to our oldest child about anything related to sexuality at this point? Yes, we definitely have. He just doesn’t know all the details. All of my children are very familiar with the term homosexuality, and that it means a man and a man live together like a husband and wife, again, they just don’t know the details.

My children all know that it takes a mommy and a daddy to have a baby. My oldest has also grasped that unmarried people have babies, and has asked a lot of questions regarding that. We are definitely right at the age to dive right into all the details, and I’m so very thankful for the wonderful resources that Luke and Trisha have come up with!
 

Staying Content With Your Homeschool Curriculum

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Your school year has either ended, or it’s winding down. Or you might do school year round, but at some point you turn the page on a new curriculum. For many of us, it’s the season of conventions and used book sales, the time to look and touch, handle the curriculum with our own hands. We might even pick up some new curriculum just to look at it closer at a used book sale.

Staying Content With Your Homeschool Choices!

It’s a fun time of year for me. I love the planning, the dreaming, the time where everything is fresh and new. I get to see other homeschool moms interact with each other, and I always leave this season encouraged.

However – (You knew something was coming!)

I’ve found it easy to get sidetracked. Blown off the path I had decided on by something else shiny and bright. 

Oh wait! There is the Veritas Press booth. Let’s go chase it!

The Sunlight curriculum looks so appealing with all those read aloud books. My children love literature, so this must be what I need.

Abeka has been around for years, and I’m afraid I’m missing gaps in my children’s education.

Teaching Textbooks will give my children the best math education, because I can’t teach algebra. Let the computer teach it to them!

The Simply Charlotte Mason curriculum has the Charlotte Mason method all put together in the history, art, and poetry packs. This must be the answer.

Math U See teaches math in a totally different method, and I’ve heard other children love Steve Demme. I’m confident this is what we’ve been missing!

And it goes on and on and on. 

It’s so easy to get sidetracked at conventions, talking to other homeschooling moms about what works for them, and even at used book sales. You have found something that works for your family, and you planned on doing it the next year. But Mrs. Jones just told you about her shiny new curriculum that has transformed their family. And Mrs. Smith said her children’s test scores improved by switching curriculum.

Suddenly, you begin to doubt yourself. Maybe you should switch things up yourself?

I found this happen to me at the last convention we attended. It was the largest one we had been to yet (14,000 people attended it!), and almost every vendor you can think of was there. Suddenly, I was seeing all this curriculum that I had previously only seen in catalogs. My head was swimming, and I begin to question myself and my choices.

Should I switch? Tapestry of Grace has been the curriculum that has worked the best for our family, but Veritas Press has such a nice booth, and I love the literature books! (I later discovered that Tapestry of Grace uses many of the same books!).

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you make a dramatic switch.

  1. How would I rate our previous school year? Was it one of our better years, or more stressful?
  2. Was it stressful because of life circumstances, or was the curriculum difficult to teach?
  3. Do I have the money budgeted to make a large curriculum switch?
  4. Should I switch our entire curriculum, or only switch a subject that wasn’t working well for us?
  5. Have I heard good reviews about this curriculum from families my size? A smaller size family might be in love with a certain curriculum, but it could be a horrible fit for a larger size family. Make sure you are matching up family size and keeping that in mind!

I took home all the catalogs to look at, and after the post convention fever went away, I remembered all the reasons why I love Tapestry of Grace, and will continue to stick with it. I’ve hopped from curriculum to curriculum over the past few years, looking for the right thing. I can’t switch again, especially with my oldest going into 7th grade.

Please know, the curriculum I mentioned above are all excellent companies. I even use some of the material from them myself, so this is not a negative post on any of those companies. If you use Abeka, or Math U See, or Veritas Press and it works for you, then by all means…stick with it. If you are drowning in your curriculum and the whole family is unhappy, try something new! Just don’t do it on an impulse, right at the convention. 🙂

Now that I came home, I’m working on purging curriculum for the used homeschool book sale in our area, and planning our new school year. As I’m cleaning my very messy bedroom, I’ve been watching these brand new videos on The Organized Homeschool, put out by my blogging friend Kim Sorgius, who is a master at helping people create homeschool systems that actually work. She’s a single (work at home) mom who has homeschooled her 4 kids for 12+ years and she has created an amazing new course to help others tame the homeschool chaos, too.

You’ve got to see the video of her homeschool room. She’s real, practical, and super encouraging. It’s going to shock you when you see her confession and then inspire your heart when you see how easy it is to take control of your own chaos.

Click over now and see what I’m talking about!

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I’m especially excited about the Portfolio Pack that is included. This is one of those items that I physically held and looked at during one of our conventions, and it was high on my wish list. So getting the digital item is great!

What I’m Going To Use for 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum!

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Sometimes it takes time to learn how much to push a child in school. By the time we finished 2nd grade this school year, I realized that Carrianna should have had more school work to keep her busy. She actually likes school. She loves handwriting, she loves math, she now loves to read…she is like a sponge soaking it all in right now!

I was trying to survive this past year with a very fussy baby. I’m slowly starting to climb out of that fog, and start planning the new school year.

Our core curriculum we use is Tapestry of Grace. This curriculum alone could keep you plenty busy during a school year! However, I use it as our base, and fill in with other curriculum, mainly just to help keep the children busy without me being with them every second of the school day.

I’ve found some fun curriculum that I’m going to use with Carrianna this year, and some other curriculum I’m thinking about using. Here it is (and also a great deal on how to save around 90% off on it for a few days!).

Third Grade supplemental reading with American History by Memoria Press

Third Grade American History Discussions Questions Book – I was browsing through the Memoria Press booth at our last homeschool convention we were at. This book quickly stood out to me as being perfect for Carrianna to use this year! She is eagerly reading through lots of books, but I would like to have a good list of what to assign her to read this year (outside of our Tapestry of Grace history books). It’s simply a small book of questions to ask your child as they read through a list of books provided. It has a fantastic book list, and I’ll use the discussion book to make sure she is grasping what she is reading.

It’s priced at $12.95, so it’s not an expensive purchase! I’ll get the actual reading books from the library.

The other curriculum I’m going to use is all found in the elementary bundle of the Build Your Bundle digital sale.
One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 87% on the Elementary #1 Bundle

The Reading Journal book is the perfect DIY homeschool reading curriculum for elementary grades.

Reading Journal – I already own this and I’m really looking forward to using it with my 3rd and 5th grader this year! It has 30 unique lessons that focus on vocabulary, word study, comprehension, and higher level thinking skills. The journal features each lesson 6 times throughout the year providing just the right amount of practice without too much monotony. You can use this Reading Journal with any book, and if you have the digital copy, you can just keep printing off pages to use over and over again!

It’s normally $27.00 to purchase, but it is included in the $40.00 Elementary Build Your Bundle!  You receive $304.18 in this bundle for just $40.00, lots of other resources are included!

 

Elementary Geography for 3rd-6th grade, Passport of the World.

Passport to the World and Children’s Atlas of God’s World – I’ll freely admit, we need to majorly work on geography! I’ve been slowly gathering resources, but I just saw this and it looks great! It’s good for 3rd-6th grade, and I love the christian emphasis in the atlas. Best of all, it looks very simple to use! This mama is all about teacher friendly resources right now!

Normally it’s $36.95 for the digital version, it’s currently in the elementary version of the Build Your Bundle for $40.00.

Learn the States Cliff Climb Flash Card Game

Learn the States Cliff Flash Card Game – remember I said we were going to work on geography this year? We will definitely be using this easy flash card game! Carrianna can even do it with her older brother, so they both receive practice!

Normally it’s $7.50, included in the elementary Build Your Bundle.
I’m also going to use the Anne of Green Gables copyworb, and some other resources found in this Brother and Sister Bundle. Even though she is not a teenager, she will love the coloring journal for girls! We could do it together.
One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 94% on the Brother & Sister Bundle

This Build Your Bundle sale ends Monday, May 23rd! If you don’t like the actual bundles that have been put together, you can create your own bundle! It’s a fantastic way to save on digital homeschool curriculum for the new school year!

If you have a large family, or a wide age range, here is a way to purchase all of the bundles and save even more money! Place 5 orders, getting a free bundle in every order! The value of everything combined is over $3500!

I’d love to hear what curriculum you are going to use for your 3rd grader this year! 

 

 

 

 

 

The Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale is Here!

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Guess what? The Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale is finally here! This was a big deal last year, because there really is no other sale like it out there.

You can:

Create your own curriculum bundles yourself
Build Your OWN Bundles (Pick & choose what YOU want to buy!)
Choose from an assortment of homeschool bundles in various grades and topics.

Buy two bundles and receive one FREE!

Buy 2 Bundles and Get the 3rd one for FREE!

Buy More and Save More!
Our Buy Two Get One FREE offer also applies to Build Your Own options! You can use this to purchase any two Build Your Own Bundles and get the third one of equal or lesser value for FREE!

Let me do some math for you:
Purchase 3 Basic Bundles of Five for just $50! That is 15 products priced $19.99 and under at a savings up to 83%!

Purchase 3 Basic Bundles of Ten for $78! That is 30 products priced $19.99 and under at a savings up to 87%

Purchase 3 Premium Bundles of Ten and get the best savings!
3 Products with NO PRICE CAP!
3 Products Priced up to $29.99
24 Products Priced $19.99 and under
Total potential value: $695.00 for just $118.00! You can save up to 83% with the Buy Two Get One Free when you Build Your Own Premium Bundles!

This is digital curriculum, which has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The plus side of it is that it can be far cheaper. You can print off multiple copies if you have more than one child. You can even use the curriculum with an iPad, instead of printing it all off! You might be like me and have overflowing bookshelves with little room for new books. Purchasing the digital curriculum will save a lot of room on your shelves!

For me, the downside of digital curriculum is that a lot of times you do have to print it off. However, I’ve still found it far cheaper a lot of times to have it printed off, or to print it off my computer at home.

One thing I do to save time on printing is to just have the files emailed to my local UPS store. We do a lot of our smaller print jobs there, and support another local printing shop for all our larger business printing needs. They do a great job of having it printed off and ready to go for me. If you can build this type of relationship with your local print store, it will make things easy for you!

So…on to the exciting part! Here are two of my favorite bundles in the sale!
One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 87% on the Elementary #1 Bundle

The elementary Bundle has some items in it that we will use for sure! Our focus this coming school year is going to be big on geography, it’s something we really need to work on. The Reading Journal I already purchased earlier this year, and it’s amazing! You can use this curriculum with any literature book, so it’s super easy to use!
One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 93% on the Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle

My 8 year old daughter loves to do handwriting. She said it’s her favorite subject in school! I’ve been looking for new resources for handwriting, and a lot of these copywork books will be fantastic to use. The Anne of Green Gables one looks so fun, and I love the Write through the Bible books!

You really should click through and check out all the different bundles! Here are a few more details about this sale.

You can pick a bundle that has already been put together, or you can build your own bundle! Either way, you save a HUGE amount of money!