Top Picks Homeschool Curriculum Guide Giveaway!

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Have you checked out the Top Picks 2015 Homeschool Curriculum Guide? It’s organized by subject and FULL of some of the very BEST homeschool curriculum choices! We love these companies and their products so much that we wanted to be able to give away a few to you for FREE! And by a few, we mean over $6300 worth of prizes!

There are five prize pack giveaways {thus there will be five winners}, and one giveaway that will have 200 winners! Yes, you read that correctly, one very awesome giveaway will have 200 winners!

So, let’s get started!! Use the Rafflecopter forms below to enter. All entries will be verified. The giveaway period will close on 7/10/15 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be notified via email on 7/13 and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!!!

Giveaway #1

This awesome prize pack consists of:

See the Light

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Bible Stories Boxed Set- $74.95 value

Explore the Bible through Interactive Art. See The Artist Draw the Bible Story. Hear The Dramatic Telling of the Story. Draw 3 Step-by-Step Lessons Related to the Bible. Share The Art and Story with Others. Over 17 hours of content! For ages 6+.

Red Wagon Tutorials

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Red Wagon Tutorials e-Notebook product offers a thirty-two class lecture series recorded in MP4-HD format which can be downloaded and accessed via Internet browser. These products are Red Wagon Tutorials exclusive productions. Each session in the series is sixty to ninety minutes in length, depending on how they are used. We currently have presentations available for General Science, Health & Fitness, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Advanced Biology, and Biochemistry. Also in the works are two additional high school course presentations: Zoology and Botany. Included in our products are the video links, lecture notes, tests, answer keys, and formal lab report examples used during class presentations. They are used by over 2100 students annually worldwide. Red Wagon Tutorials gives away one free e-Notebook to a missionary family working overseas for each one we sell. e-Notebooks retail for $175.00 for each course. Titles available for this giveaway include: General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Advanced Biology. Apologia textbook/solutions manual is required for the e-Notebook course.

Science4Us

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Science4Us is giving away a 3-month subscription of Science4Us for one student. The winner will receive access to the entire K-2 online science program that includes interactive lessons, hands-on activities and worksheets, lesson plans and automated reports. $23.85 value.

ChessKid.com

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ChessKid.com is the safest, most fun way for children to learn and play chess online. The scholastic extension site of Chess.com – the world’s largest chess website with more than 12 million registered users – ChessKid was started to provide chess coaches, parents and teachers around the world with the learning environment they needed to make chess a regular part of their children’s everyday lives. With comprehensive learning tools that include videos, articles, puzzle trainers and more – ChessKid.com has everything a child needs to go from beginner to strong tournament player.

ChessKid.com is giving away a 1-month Gold (Premium Access) Membership to all those who visit http://www.chesskid.com/homeschoolblogs— Basic Membership is always FREE, but this month members can gain premium access to try out the learning tools and playing platform that all our premium members enjoy.

ChessKid.com is also giving one lucky winner 35 1-year gold memberships. This is perfect for coaches, homeschool groups/co-ops. $250 value.

Critical Thinking Co.

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Win a Free Book Bundle of your choice from CriticalThinking.com! A $148 to $301 value (depending on the bundle you choose)! The winner gets to choose from 9 book bundles for grades PreK-12+. The award-winning PreK-12+ books, software, & apps from The Critical Thinking Co. teach thinking, reading, writing, math, science & history in a fun, engaging way. With every purchase, they donate two or more products to children in need.

Don’t want to enter the sweepstakes? Get Seven (7) FREE eBooks! A $53 value — yours absolutely free! No purchase necessary. Just visit: www.criticalthinking.com/hbn

Math-U-See

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We’re giving away one level of Math-U-See for Top Picks 2015, valued at up to $149!

The year 2015 marks 25 years of teaching math in a way that equips and encourages both teacher and student. Math-U-See is a complete K – 12 math curriculum focused on homeschool and small group learning environments. We “Build Understanding” in students by using manipulatives in a multi-sensory, mastery-based approach suitable for all levels and learning styles. Each level focuses on a specific set of concepts while continuously reviewing and integrating previous concepts; other math topics are introduced where appropriate.

We teach by concept:

  • Emphasis on the “why” of problem solving, not just the “how”

  • Focus on teaching students how/when to apply concepts

  • A systematic and cumulative approach that is definitive and logical

We are a mastery program:

  • Step-by-step procedures for introducing, practicing, mastering, and reviewing concepts

  • Designed to teach students specific skills in sequence as the student progresses

We are skill-based and multi-sensory:

  • Use of block manipulatives to teach concepts for every level

  • Teaching that incorporates multiple senses to accommodate each learner

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Giveaway #2:

 

This amazing prize pack is valued at over $380 and consists of:

 

Foreign Language for Kids

Sign 1 (New award winning) This year Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® is thrilled to be able to give away an annual membership to our online Spanish Program! The Membership includes full access to our complete, award-winning video series. In addition, the online program offers fun and interactive quizzes which will challenge your student and tell you when he or she is ready to progress to the next lesson. Our colorful Workbooks, which supplement the videos, are also included in the online program in a fully interactive format. The Workbooks contains, puzzles, word finds, and other fun activities to reinforce and expand upon what the videos teach. The Workbooks also add an optional component of culture and geography, which is presented in an entertaining way. The program is easy for parents to implement, even if they do not speak any Spanish. Students are engaged by the entertaining videos and excited when they realize that they are understanding and speaking some Spanish! At Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids®, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We are always available to answer your questions as your children progress through the program. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Applecore System

Giveaway Image Applecore is a simple, online record keeping service designed for the fast paced homeschool parent. You can easily track courses, grades, attendance and more, all with full reporting from transcripts to report cards. Your FREE, year long, Gold Membership will include the following: recordkeeping for all of the students in your household, course tracking, grade reporting, report cards, a portfolio, attendance tracker, a scheduler and transcripts. Applecore is happy to assist you in keeping your child’s records organized from year to year!

Simply Fun

FrontRunner_250 We’re not just horsing around! Exercise your math factoring skills and make your horse the Front Runner. The first horse to cross the finish line wins the race. Solve equations using the dice by plugging in the missing numbers needed to solve the equation. Feeling fearless? Use a Second Wind card to re-roll the dice and try again. Falling behind? Use a Nose Ahead card for a chance to make up some ground. Solving for multiple operators? Follow the 3 rules for Order of Operations and run a smooth race. Learn Pre-Algebra Equations, Order of Operations, and Factors. Perfect for ages 8 and up! Value: $32

Systematic Mathematics

1 Math Rescue Cover We say “NO!” to Common Core. Math Rescue is a nonconsumable DVD program for older students (8th grade or above) that are struggling in math, have gaps, or just need a refresher. It will give them a solid foundation of understanding in math, which will build their confidence and enable them to pursue algebra and beyond. Math Rescue is a “Weapon of Math Instruction”! This course can be used alone or followed up with our algebra sets. Math Rescue includes 1 data CD and 8 lesson DVDs – an $82 value! Check out our website to learn more about Math Rescue and our other materials. Email learnit@systemath.com with any questions.

Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids

 

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Sing God’s Word – Psalms in Tune(CD #1) and the associated Companion Curriculum (for CD #1); a $21.98 value.

 

 

Listeners will follow the adventures of Kori and Anthony who encounter Matt Cello (M.C.), Joni Microphonie, Buddy Bass, the Dissonance Brothers, and a cast of many other musical characters from Symphony City. Each song features a Bible verse or verses with dialogue that can be used as its own devotion, or each of the CDs can be enjoyed as a complete story. The Sing God’s Word CD series is a valuable teaching tool and each CD provides over an hour of audio entertainment.

 

Along with the eleven songs and the accompanying tracks of the story line, a simple companion curriculum has been created for each CD designed to meet the needs of preschool and younger elementary-aged students. The curricula can be used as Sunday school material, with Children’s Church small groups, as part of a home school curriculum or with individual family devotions. For each devotional segment, the curricula provide an activity/object lesson, commentary, an appropriate coloring page (a free download from our website), an accompanying Bible story from My First Study Bible: Exploring God’s Word on My Own by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and suggestions for movement or reflection for the song.

 

 

Apologia

Planner-500sq The author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling has helped thousands of families organize their curriculum and activities through her best-selling books. Now Debra Bell has developed a series of gorgeous planners tailored to meet the specific needs of homeschooling parents and their students. Do you want to do more than just survive homeschooling? Now you can thrive in the pleasure of God’s calling. Count your blessings while charting your family’s progress with this 52-week planner designed to help you document God’s faithfulness and activity during your homeschool journey. Features include: • Unique Lord’s Day planning grid • Flexibility to help you prioritize and plan for up to six children • Customized daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly planning forms • Forms for setting goals, journaling activities, and tracking reading lists • Year-end review pages This giveaway is for two copies of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner, valued at $29 each.

Spelling You See

400x400-sys We’re giving away one level of Spelling You See for Top Picks 2015, valued at up to $46! The Demme Learning family is proud to introduce a program that allows students to develop spelling skills naturally, at their own pace, with the direction and encouragement of the instructor. Dr. Karen Holinga developed this innovative approach during more than ten years of research and experience tutoring children who struggle with spelling. With Spelling You See, you can use Dr. Holinga’s approach to help your students become confident, competent spellers

 

  • Follows developmental stages of spelling

 

 

  • Tested successfully since 2000 by Dr. Karen Holinga, “The Reading Doctor”

 

 

  • Short, daily activities integrating copywork, reading, speaking, and listening

 

 

  • Promotes long-term visual memory of letter patterns that helps students, over time, to incorporate correct spelling in everyday writing

 

 

Research has shown that students spell correctly when words are imprinted on the visual memory. This happens with repeated reading and repeated copying of letters and words. Reading back what is written helps students cement the correct spelling in their long-term memories, enabling them to spell the words naturally in everyday writing. To enter Giveaway #2, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #3

Home Educating Family

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Family Magazine meets you at the intersection of your life and faith. Committed to engaging today’s homeschooling family in thoughtful discussions of relevant topics, we bring you the best articles by the best authors about the most important issues facing families today. No cookie-cutter answers here—only practical, current homeschooling advice and resources.

Teaching your children at home in the 21st century is starkly different than it was over thirty years ago when the homeschooling movement began. Families now have more options, support, and resources than ever before! Our mission is to keep you informed, so that you have the very best home educating experience possible. Family Magazine is committed to addressing those topics that influence us most deeply, such as parenting, marriage, biblical manhood and womanhood, and the family’s important roles in the church and the government. At the same time, we give you immensely practical advice on implementing the newest and best ideas in homeschooling! Homeschoolers have the advantage of avoiding some of the worst elements of our world, but we also have the responsibility of changing our world. We provides you with you the encouragement, inspiration, and information to do just that!

Win a 1 Year Subscription to Family Magazine!
In six print issues each year with first-rate graphic design and culturally relevant articles, Family Magazine has quickly become the most popular homeschool magazine on the market. Subscribe and join the discussions taking place in the homeschooling community today. Family Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published in February, April, June, August, October, and December
Please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery of your first issue.

Home Educating Family is giving away 200 one-year subscriptions to Family Magazine {valued at $25 EACH!}

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Giveaway #4

 

This incredible prize pack is valued at over $1800 and includes:

 

Easy Grammar

EGUS 8 TED COVER From the author: I created Easy Grammar Ultimate Series texts Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12+* to ascertain students have a well-rounded curriculum. As a former high school English teacher, I knew that the focus should be literature, writing, and speech. However, students still need to be introduced to grammar concepts and mechanics at higher levels as well as to maintain mastery through daily application of concepts. The Ultimate Series has been designed for that exact purpose. I’ve used both an escalator, building-block paradigm and a cyclical approach. The former allows students to learn gradually. (Overwhelmed students tend not to learn.) Cyclical learning involves introducing, reviewing, expanding, and/or applying concept—every 20-25 days. In fact, I have written a “Scope and Sequence” for capitalization, punctuation, and grammar for each grade level. (For example, in Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9, students actually practice using an apostrophe to form singular possessives during nineteen lessons (days). This spiraling approach enhances mastery learning! Daily Format: #1 Capitalization, #2 Punctuation, #3 & #4 Grammar Usage and Other Concepts #5 Sentence Combining for improved quality of writing. *The + denotes that Grade 12 is also applicable at college level.

Time4Learning

T4L_400x400_06-2015_Static Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. It can be used for homeschool, skill building, and summer study. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun! Real life concepts are taught with animation, adding a sense of humor, to make lessons engaging. The curriculum can be used by following our lessons plans or you can use the activity finder to hone in on a particular area of study. For example, if you want to work on fractions and nouns only, you can. With automated reporting, adjustable grade levels, and support, Time4Learning helps customize a curriculum to your child’s needs. Give your children the tools to work independently, study confidently, and excel in the comfort and safety of their own home. Over the past decade, Time4Learning has helped over 400,000 homeschool students including gifted, special needs, and mainstream, discover their learning styles and instill a love for learning. Whether you’re looking for homeschool curriculum, skill sharpening, or looking for educational summer fun, Time4Learning can help! Time4Learning is available on tablets now, perfect for traveling. Our award-winning curriculum is available all year long, is student-paced, and accommodates every family’s schedule, even on the go! Time4Learning is giving away a one-year free subscription, up to $1,440.00 value. This 1-year subscription is good for a family of 4 and children in any grade levels PreK-12th. Winner will receive access to a parent login, multiple student logins, all activities, tools, and resources.

 

Great Homeschool Conventions

2016 GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTIONS

WIN A FAMILY PACKAGE TO THE HOMESCHOOL EVENT OF THE YEAR

Winner’s choice of location Enter to win a Family Package to winner’s choice of location to THE HOMESCHOOL EVENT OF THE YEAR in 2016 (Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, or California). A Family Package includes a FAMILY REGISTRATION, up to 4 tickets to the TEEN TRACK, and up to 6 tickets to the GRAND FINALE EVENT. All tickets included in the Family Package are for use by immediate family members only – parents, children, and grandparents. Value: up to $150 SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention – Greenville, South Carolina March 10-12, 2016 TD Convention Center TEXAS Homeschool Convention – Fort Worth, Texas March 17-19, 2016 Fort Worth Convention Center MIDWEST Homeschool Convention – Cincinnati, Ohio March 31-April 2, 2016 Duke Energy Convention Center CALIFORNIA Homeschool Convention – Ontario, California June 16-18, 2016 Ontario Convention Center GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTIONS is an event not to miss! Hosted in major cities across the country, this event offers something for the entire family.  

 

        • Outstanding Speakers?

 

 

      • 100s of Information-Packed Workshops, including Homeschooling 101, Special Needs and Gifted, Parenting, and Classical Education specialty tracks

 

 

      • HUGE Homeschool Curriculum Exhibit Hall

 

 

      • REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track

 

 

      • High-energy Children’s Conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries

 

 

      • Exclusive special events for families

 

 

      • Plus much, much more!

 

 

We Choose Virtues

Parentig Cards As parents, do you struggle to set behavior standards your family will stick with? Is it hard to communicate your expectations in a positive way? Who said you have to figure this out all by yourself? We Choose Virtues has tools to help you. We take the guess-work out of parenting and put the fun back in! The Parenting Cards are a set of 12 virtue-training cards, teaching 12 essential virtues in just minutes a day. This flexible curriculum works in countless homes and homeschool formats, for ages 3-11. How it works: 1. Memorize simple action-definitions, antonyms and memory verse for each virtue. (front of each card) 2. Practice each virtue using real-life demonstrations provided, read about the Kids of VirtueVille, and take the virtue-user’s challenge. (back of each card) 3. Look for teachable-moments to reinforce the virtue throughout each day. 4. Encourage your children as they become even more obedient, honest, content, and kind! The Parenting Cards are included in the Homeschool and Family Kits, but we are giving away one FREE set! Moms are saying… “My kids beg for their We Choose Virtues lessons” “The yelling and screaming has all but stopped at our house. Amazing. Thank you, We Choose Virtues!” Retail $38.49 Promo Code VIRTUE15 for 15% off the Parenting Cards.

Apologia

YE-500sq The Young Explorer series is Apologia’s award-winning curriculum for students from six years old through sixth grade. These books are written directly to the student in an engaging voice and include notebooking activities, projects, and experiments. These courses may be taught in any order, depending on your child’s interests. However, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry & Physics cover more difficult concepts and are best used with older elementary students. Apologia’s spiral-bound notebooking journals contain lesson plans, review questions, additional project and experiments, full-color mini-books, puzzles, and more! Our standard notebooking journals are recommended for grades 3-6. Apologia also offers junior notebooking journals! Designed for younger scientists, these notebooking journals offer age-appropriate activities for grades K-2, including coloring pages, easy and fun science experiments, full-color mini-books, and simple vocabulary exercises. A suggested lesson plan makes this resource ready to use and enjoy. Perfect for younger elementary students or those students with limited writing skills. This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one textbook and one junior or regular notebooking journal, valued at a total of $68.

KidCoder

HSP_400x400 Win a KidCoder: Beginning Web Design course from Homeschool Programming! This popular first-semester course will teach your 4th-12th grade student how to create their own web pages, right on their own computer. No prior programming experience is necessary; all HTML and CSS skills are taught from the ground up. Students will complete a multi-page website with many professional features, using the free software tools already installed on their computer. The giveaway includes the optional instructional videos to provide audio-visual introduction and re-enforcement of the textbook. Together this package retails for $85! Parents do not have to be computer science experts; we gladly answer your technical support questions. This course is compatible with Windows and Mac OS. To enter Giveaway #4, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Giveaway #5

This amazing prize pack is valued at over $400 and includes:

WriteShop

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WriteShop Primary is a parent-led writing program that gently introduces K-3rd graders to the steps of the writing process through hands-on activities, crafts, and picture books. These creative activities produce ideas and smiles! When you start teaching simple writing skills at a young age, children are less likely to fear and hate writing later on—and when fun replaces fear, their confidence will blossom. Lessons are divided into Activity Sets to fully cover a topic without hurrying the child. Lots of examples make teaching easy for you. Each Activity Set includes time for you to model and teach writing in a relaxed, nonthreatening way. Reading and writing skills are not needed—all activities may be done orally.

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Winner can choose WriteShop Primary Book A, Book B, or Book C SET, which includes both Teacher’s Guide and student Activity Pack (available in both print and digital versions).

Time4Writing

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Time4Writing.com offers 8-week online writing courses for elementary, middle and high school students. Each online course is led by a certified teacher who provides one-on-one instruction, personalized feedback and guidance along the way. Time4Writing offers basic, intermediate and advanced courses that teach topics such as grammar, sentence structure, paragraph writing, essay writing, sentence writing, writing for the SAT and research papers. Each course includes fun, interactive lessons and writing assignments. Students can easily access the virtual campus with their own secure login from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Students work on their schedule, at their own pace, throughout the length of the course. Once an assignment is submitted, students receive constructive feedback from their teacher within one business day. Parents are able to log in as well to monitor reports and purchase additional courses. In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of a particular area of writing, Time4Writing also teaches students how to think and express themselves clearly and confidently. Each course comes with a 14-day money-back guarantee.

Time4Writing is giving away one writing course, equal to $99.00, for one student. The winner will receive access to any course of his or her choosing, which includes access to 8 weeks with a certified teacher, an online login, and all activities and tools within the course.

Geography Matters

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GeoMatters is proud to provide the digital download version of your choice of levels from our popular complete curriculum series, Trail Guide to Learning. The winner can select from Paths of Exploration (grades 3-5), Paths of Settlement (grades 4-6) or Paths of Progress (grades 5-7). The digital download contains the complete text of the curriculum plus all student notebook pages for each of the three grades indicated. A complete book list of readers, atlases, references and other resources that are used throughout the year are provided. The winner of this giveaway will also receive a discount to purchase the resource package.
The Trail Guide to Learning curriculum is multi-level for seamlessly teaching several grades together. Each of the six units making up the school year takes about six weeks to complete. All subjects (except math) are woven together to create a natural learning experience for one child or the whole family. Students enjoy learning with approach as they love the book choices and the supportive hands-on activities. In addition, the curriculum is intentional in helping your child develop thinking skills that will last a lifetime. Value $160.

Brinkman Adventures

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The Complete third season of the Brinkman Adventures Audio Drama Series. Set contains 4 audio CD’s with over 5 hours of quality family entertainment. The Brinkman family returns for another exciting season of missionary stories and family adventures. From dangerous terrorists and a Taliban jail to threatening wolves and hypothermia, new challenges push our characters to the limit of endurance and force them to face their deepest fears. Travel the globe from Ecuador to Kashmir and from Africa to Alaska as you listen to these amazing stories and discover God’s wonderful truths!

“Brinkman Adventures tell incredible stories that God writes about people who offer their will as His quill and their lives as His slate.” -Steve Saint- Author of End of the Spear & Founder of I-Tec

“Captivates & Inspires… For all ages!”

$27.99 value.

Apologia

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Our children are bombarded daily with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas–ideas about God, people, truth, beauty, and right and wrong. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are deceptive and even destructive. Because it is more important than ever that children learn to discern the truth, Apologia has partnered with Summit Ministries to bring the What We Believe series to your family.

The What We Believe series is an outstanding way to teach children the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, but it’s so much more! With this beautifully illustrated Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn to use Scripture as a lens though which to view the world around them. Featuring engaging stories, creative notebooking, and fun activities, this four-part series is presented in a conversational style that makes the study of God’s Word exciting and memorable for the whole family!

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one textbook and one junior or regular notebooking journal, valued at a total of $68.

 

iTalki

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On italki, there are over 2,000 language teachers who are available to teach your child privately by Skype at anytime.

italki is giving 5 lucky winners ~3 language lessons in a language of their choice for FREE. Each winner will receive 30 USD in italki credits which can be used to take ~3 language lessons on italki.

1-1 PERSONAL LESSONS

All lessons are private and give your child the opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment.

ACCESS TO NATIVE SPEAKERS

Whether your child is learning Chinese, French or Arabic, italki has teachers to cater for all language interests.

CONVENIENT & SAFE

As all learning takes place at home, your child can interact with a teacher from the safety of your house, and under your supervision.

CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM

Teachers will provide materials and suggest a customized curriculum based on your child’s needs.

Find a professional language teacher on italki.

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Giveaway #6 The final giveaway includes an amazing prize pack valued at over $480 and consists of:

Math Mammoth

mathmammotj Math Mammoth Light Blue Series (value: $175) constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7. Some of the main features of the curriculum are:

    • It is mastery oriented, concentrating fairly long on one topic, with fairly few topics per grade;

 

  • It focuses on conceptual understanding.

 

 

  • Visual models and exercises are used a lot.

 

 

  • Mental math and number sense are emphasized.

 

 

  • The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the explanations of concepts are found in the student worktext. Thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher.

 

 

  • The curriculum meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.

 

 

What is included? Each grade level in the curriculum consists of two student worktexts (A and B) which contain both the teaching (explanations) and all the student work (exercises). Also included are answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, and a versatile worksheet maker (Internet access required). Additionally, the download and CD versions provide these “extras”:

    • Files to replace the money chapter in grades 1-3 for Canadian, British, European, Australian, and South African currencies. The student worktexts use U.S. dollars as a default currency.

 

 

 

  • User guide

 

 

 

VocabularySpellingCity

vsc-homeschool-guide-400x400 VocabularySpellingCity Family Premium Membership for up to 5 students, valued at $29.99. VocabularySpellingCity is an award-winning website and app offering vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing practice.

    • Immediate corrective feedback, for a powerful learning experience

 

  • Ongoing exposure to words your child is studying

 

 

  • Time-saving! Spelling and vocabulary tests are automatically graded

 

 

  • Use with any homeschool curriculum

 

 

  • Thirty-seven engaging games and activities

 

 

 

Happy Kids Songs

happykidssongs Thousands of parents worldwide have learned how fun and helpful it can be to have Happy Kids Songs in their lives. No child can be happy all the time, but all kids can be happier with improved character, social & emotional skills. Happy Kids Songs are both highly entertaining and age appropriate—adult quality music, but with words and themes that tap into the most common issues confronting kids ages 4-8. There are 8 different award-winning albums to download, each with 5 songs. One lucky winner will win two FREE albums of their choice.

Beautiful Feet Books

BFB Top Picks Giveaway Item The winner of this giveaway will be awarded one free History Through Literature Pack from Beautiful Feet Books. Choose one of our award-winning K-12 history programs from a variety of subjects including Ancient, Medieval, Early American, or Modern history, among others. Each Pack includes a Study Guide or teacher’s manual, all required literature, as well as other required materials depending on the study. Study Guide outlines each program and will instruct teacher and student what to read, offer comprehension and discussion questions, vocabulary, copy work, coloring, notebooking, research and essay projects, web links, and more! Value range from $65 to $215.

Bright World eBooks

 

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“Ocean Forests” is the first app in a new digital reading series by Bright World eBooks. “Ocean Forests” acquaints children ages 5 – 8 with kelp forests, providing a nonfiction reading option for young readers.
In the storybook feature of the app children can choose to either listen to the story or read it on their own. Using a conversational tone, the story introduces children to life in the kelp forest. Giant kelp is the focal point of an environment that includes harbor seals, multiple species of fish, octopuses, sharks, sea otters, sea birds and more! Each page of the storybook provides an option for children to record themselves reading the story aloud.
“Ocean Forests” includes an Explore feature which allows students to move freely within a 3D environment, experiencing the kelp forest as if scuba diving! Children might tap on a gray whale swimming through the kelp forest and then hear a description of the gray whale’s long migration. There are many, many such auditory descriptions within Explore, all boosting children’s receptive language skills.
“Ocean Forests” also includes two games, one of which helps children make sight words of new vocabulary and the other challenges children’s reading comprehension. Available for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store, but one lucky winner will get a FREE download!
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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

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From makeup to candles, check out some of my favorite things for May!

Yes that title was inspired from the Sound of Music song being in my head. Our children have a huge obsession love of that song, and I hear it sung over and over again!

You might laugh (because it will seem so obvious), but I’ve come to realize that I really like clothes. And Makeup. Shoes (low on my list for some reason but I still like them). Hair accessories. Earrings (love!).

I used to feel like it was wrong to admit that. I didn’t want to be labeled as the vain girl who is always concerned with her appearance. I really don’t feel that I’m obsessive with it though, because I walk into church on Wednesday evenings looking dead tired and frazzled. I have the “Postpartum New Mom” written all over me, complete with the spit up and burp cloth always nearby. 😉

However the few minutes I do give to clothes and makeup I find super fun. It’s my grown up moment in the midst of being with young children all the time.

Here are a few of my favorite things for May.

Urban Decay Revolutionary Lip Gloss. I love this neutral pink color for summer!

 

 

1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss – I received some samples of this in my monthly Ipsy Bag. It’s the first lipgloss I’ve received from them that I just fell in love with. The Failbait color is a neutral pink that adds the right amount of color. I love creamy lipgloss that has a nice shine to it, and this one totally does!

I’ve had the page open to buy it for several days now but I still haven’t. It’s $22 and I’ve never spent that much on a lipgloss. I can’t decide! It is top on my wish list right now. :)

Flower wedge sandal

2. Flower Wedge Sandals – These I did order while they were on sale. I should have ordered them sooner as I’ve been looking at them online for a month or two now. I wear a 9.5 and they only had a 9 left. Yes I have big feet. :) I’m hoping since it’s a sandal that it will be ok, otherwise I’ll have to take them back. They are so adorable!

3. Dangle Earrings – If I had to pick just one accessory to wear it would be earrings. Especially dangle earrings. I’ve been looking for a dark blue pair of earrings and just ordered these.

Grove Lip balm and soy candle. This candle smells amazing and the lip balm is what I use every night to avoid waking up with chapped dry lips!

4. Grove Lip Balm and Soy Candle – I love this new product line from ePantry! The lip balm is a huge tube of creamy, nourishing lip balm that I put on every night. I keep it in my bathroom and it’s the last thing I do at night before I go to bed. I don’t wake up with dry chapped lips when I use this. It comes in a huge tube!

The soy candle is a wonderful orange smell. LOVE it! Through May 31, you can get $10 credit to ePantry when you sign up as a new customer, plus you will receive one of these soy candles for free ($12.95 value)! I love ePantry and order my Seventh Generation diapers, Mrs. Meyer cleaning products and some fun products like the lip balm from them.

It’s a great time to try them out with the free credit and free candle. Plus after you sign up, share your own referral link with your friends and receive $20 in credit through May 31st!

5. Build Your Bundle – Not makeup or clothes related, but it’s on my favorite things list for May! We were out of town until last night so I haven’t had a chance to really look through what I want to get from this week long sale yet. The Bundle for Boys looks great. What I like about this homeschool curriculum sale is that you can build your own bundle, basically create a curriculum package that you need.

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale Bundle for Boys

Today, May 27th they are having a one day sale! One of the ladies who helped put this all together is having a birthday, so to celebrate they are offering a coupon good for $5 off any bundle!
Let's Celebrate! Save $5 on your bundle order today only!

This discount is not good on previous bundles purchased, and only lasts today! Use the code: BYB527 to save!

How To Overcome Homeschool Burnout

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We have all had the bad homeschool day. The children don’t listen, the house is messy and you feel frazzled.

However sometimes it’s not just one day. It goes on and on, and you begin to experience classic signs of homeschool burnout.

We have all had the bad homeschool day. The children don't listen, the house is messy and you feel frazzled. However sometimes it's not just one day. It goes on and on, and you begin to experience classic signs of homeschool burnout.

Now, in case you don’t know what those signs are, they look something like this.

1. You start looking at a boxed curriculum that you can just hand to your child. You are really tired of stressing over pulling curriculum together and trying to teach it all.

2. Then you start thinking of doing strictly online school. Someone else can teach and grade but the child is still home!

3. Finally, the difficult homeschooling days continue and before you know it, thoughts of private school enter your head. You even start researching different schools in your area.

Have you been there before? I was shocked to find myself having these moments at the end of our school year. After all, I was homeschooled from K-12th myself; homeschooling should be easy for me, right?

I’ve discovered that coming from a homeschooled background helps you be more familiar with curriculum and confident in the fact that homeschooling works. It does not help you get through those heart wrenching, “can mama disappear in the bathroom for an hour” type of days. Being the student versus being the homeschooling mama is totally different!

For our family private or public school is just not an option. Yes, I actually thought about it for just a brief minute, but we feel like the best place for their character and spiritual well being is at home.

Notice I didn’t say academic. That’s because we are not homeschooling for academic reasons, even though that is important to us. I’m sure there are private schools that could give them an amazing education, but we want to be in charge of what goes into their heads.

So what can a homeschooling mom do when she experiences burn out? For me it’s been helpful to take an early summer break. We are taking May and June off school and will start back up again in July. I had a friend tell me she always does this so her children can enjoy the weather before it turns really hot. Since we are not big summer people (as in, we don’t live near a beach or swim all summer long), I knew this would be a good decision for our family. We did this last year and enjoyed it.

Look back over your year and see what made it so difficult. Did you have a new baby, move, go through a difficult church or family experience, suffer through an illness? Or did you possibly choose the wrong curriculum for your children and you struggled through it all year long?

I have realized our year was difficult because of my long and exhausting pregnancy, some of my expectations of how our year should go, and some attitudes that need changed in my children.

The pregnancy is over and I’m feeling better (not perfect but better!). After every pregnancy I struggle getting my hormones all back to normal (thanks to adrenal and thyroid problems) and struggle with being dizzy and overwhelmed when I’m out and about. The solution to that is we stay home a lot, and I work on trying to feel better.

My expectations need to change and I’m working on that. I really do want my children to excel academically. However I’m coming to accept that some of my children will be strong in certain subjects, but math is not one of them. As long as I accept that and plan our math curriculum accordingly, the year will go much better. We use Teaching Textbooks and will continue that, and eventually will get back up to grade level with the child that is behind.

Character Badges are a blessing in our home!

Attitude adjustments…that’s always a work in progress. :) We took a month off of using Character Badges when I had the baby and it was a rough month! The children were all ready to get back to their charts. It really is a blessing in our home and Sean is really involved in using it as well. We continue to press forward, pray for our children and have family meetings once in a while. :) It’s not just the children that need attitude adjustments. There are plenty of days that mama needs one as well!

I’m getting all our curriculum lined out for next year (I’ll share in a different post), and I’m excited over some things we choose. It seems the financial cost of homeschooling goes up every year, but it’s still far less than private school. A friend reminded me that sometimes it is worth it to purchase curriculum that will be a huge blessing to a busy mama. 

I like the curriculum kits from Timberdoodle, but I still love to pick and choose my own things and I can’t afford $800 per child. I’m using their kits as a suggestion guide, especially the hands on items they have included.

Sphere 2.0 Robot

For our sixth grader we just found the Sphero robot on Zulily yesterday and got it for him! It was cheaper there, plus I had some credit to put towards it. That will be a fun, end of the school day item he will love, but will only be used on days he cooperated and got his school done! You can learn some basic programing skills with the two apps that go along with this. Timberoodle includes this in their 6th grade curriculum kit and I know we will all enjoy it.

Our fourth grader loves history, and wants to read a lot. After looking at practically every history curriculum out there, I picked Beautiful Feet History that involved a lot of fun reading in his favorite time periods.

While I can’t make every subject fun for them, I’m trying to get more input from my older boys on what they like and buy according to their strengths and weaknesses, keeping in mind what I can handle teaching.

I’m also excited to choose some curriculum from the Build Your Bundle Curriculum sale that starts next week! You can enter to win 3 bundles here and receive a 10% off coupon to be used when the sale goes live! I can’t tell you what is in the bundles yet, but you might recognize some of these companies.

The Build Your Bundle Sale is coming soon!

 

Make sure you enter the giveaway!

Finally, I’m reminding myself to pray more about our homeschooling days. Instead of getting upset during a difficult day, give that anger over to God and pray more. My flesh can be so weak and I long to be a good example to my children of patience and long suffering. Starting the day out in God’s word is crucial, yet so many times we sleep in late and I tell the children just to start their regular school lessons and let that time with God go by. I want to do better!

I know I’m not the only mom that experiences burn out! What gets you through those difficult days (or years) of homeschooling?

 

The Best Homemaking Resource Of The Year is Here!

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My favorite resource of the year to share with you is here!

Over the years a lot of of different ebook bundle sales have been put together. I truly think the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is the very best one there is.

The wisest people are those who refuse to stop learning. They keep looking for new information, new ways to do things, and are willing to listen to advice from others who are pros at what they do.

Don’t be tempted to think homemaking isn’t important enough; that you don’t need to keep educating yourself. It’s vitally important, and not only affects what your house looks like, it affects your marriage, your children, and even how you can minister outside of your home.

I love a clean house but housekeeping does not come easy for me. I’m not a natural at it.  I really struggle getting breakfast on the table in the mornings, keeping up with the laundry, and having dinner ready by 6 PM.

(If you can’t see the above video, click on this link to watch it)

Resources like the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle are always a HUGE pick me up for me. I get excited about homemaking again, the same way I get excited about homeschooling after being at a curriculum fair.

If you can relate to what I just said, then Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you!

It’s a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audio recordings, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is an amazing resource, for one low price!!

I’ll share some of my favorite resources with you below!

The Healthy Breakfast ebook is amazing. I need easy, healthy, but yummy tasting recipes for breakfast. I’m really thankful for this new resource, as breakfast has been one big glob of oatmeal day after day. (No, I’m not a fan of oatmeal, I’m so thankful my children like it!). This 154 page ebook is $9.95 normally, but you get it along with 99 other resources for just $29.97!

I can’t just list one favorite resource from this collection. I love the Write Through the Bible curriculum, we have used them and enjoy it.

Large Family Homeschooling is written by Amy from Raising Arrows (one of my favorite bloggers!), and should be read by every homeschooling mom. The information in there is valuable and very well thought out.

Wordmarbles is a resource that my husband created! It is a fun way to encourage kind speech in your children.

Controlling the Spin Within is written by a new favorite resource –  Holly Dvorak. She did the free videos that hopefully you all watched on homemaking last week. I went through an 8 week live online course with her, and it was incredibly encouraging!

I really like the Build A Budget That Works Ebook. If you are attempting to create a budget, it gives planning sheets and clear instructions on how to set one up. It’s a great resource!

There are so many more categories and ebooks I haven’t even shared! Go see all of them here.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Complete collection of ebooks in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Don’t stress about all the books included. I’ll let you in on a secret.

I never use all the resources included! I just pick and choose what is important to me and ignore the rest. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed!

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

Bonuses you can redeem through the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value) Plus, get a coupon good towards $25 off $75 order at Deborah & Co. 
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

I have one more exciting bonus offer for you that is only available when you purchase the Homemaking Bundle through The Modest Mom! I know a lot of you enjoy the Cowgirl Dirt all natural cosmetics, so you will be thrilled with this bonus offer!

Cowgirl Dirt is giving away $10 off $25 coupons when you order the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through The Modest Mom Blog!

Cowgirl Dirt is giving away coupons good for $10 off your next $25 order! I’ve never seen them offer anything like this before, so I’m super thrilled they agreed to do this bonus offer for you all!

In order to redeem your bonus offer, please forward me your email with your receipt to verify you purchased a bundle. Send it to: Caroline@deborahandco.com 

 Time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

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Best wishes and happy homemaking!

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Disclaimer – Yes I’m an affiliate for the Homemaking Bundle, and earn a commission when you purchase the bundle though these links. Which is a win/win for both of us, I get to offer you an outstanding bundle deal, and we get to keep saving up money to purchase a house. :) Thank you for your support!