Saturday, March 30, 2013

Make Money In Your Spare Time

How do you successfully make money blogging? Still a question I would LOVE to find an answer to. Basically what I've concluded is this: Blogging needs to become a FULL TIME job or an intense second time job! Both of which I do not really have the time for as a homeschooling mom. There is enough on my plate as it is! BUT, with that said, if you enjoy being on social networking sites and being connected with like minded folks online as I do, then it could be an exciting hobby with some perks! Basically, I don't make a whole lot of money, but I do make some and I have received plenty of wonderful products that I have been able to review. I prefer not to say that I get "free stuff" for blogging because honestly, I do spend time reviewing and posting and in my opinion time is money! Therefore, I consider the products pay for my work, as most bloggers do! 

If I had the time to preform all the intense tasks of growing my blog in the areas of Facebook page likes, blog page views, a great Alexa score and Google Page Rank,  then I might be a good candidate to share how to make money for an income, but, I'm not there. 

What I WILL do is give you two links of trusted sites that I personally and currently use to make just a small amount of pocket change on the side. I'm not being paid to promote any of these sites to you, I honestly use and have received payment from these companies.

Beyond Hello Mystery Shopping

Sponsored Tweets Get Paid To Tweet


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends Review


As a Purex Insider I have been able to review several different types of products geared towards moms. Now, I've had the opportunity to try something the whole family can enjoy! Even though our family isn't a big cereal-for-breakfast kind of family, we do enjoy it for a snack once in a while! I love most anything honey flavored and I'd have to say Honey Bunches of Oats is on the top of my list! So when I was chosen to review their newest flavor, "Tropical Blends," I was thrilled! When I received it in the mail I immediately opened  it up and informed the kids that it was "snack time!" The two predominant flavors are Crispy Mango and Crunchy Coconut. Does it get any more tropical than this? The way the box is designed is a tropical looking pattern with an orange palm tree on one half of the front cover promoting the mango and a green tropical flower pattern on the other half promoting the coconut. At first glance I thought maybe there were two separate cereals in the box. Maybe one box with two bags? But when I opened it I realized it was just one cereal, hence the name "Tropical BLENDS." I figured out that the whole point was that they were blending the two flavors together, I guess it was just a quick judgment I made without really thinking, hahaha. When I opened the cereal the aroma was quite tropical. A tad unusual for cereal, but still inviting! Mango and coconut are two of my favorite flavors, but having it in a cereal took a little getting used to! Once I took my first bite I enjoyed it jut as much as any of their other varieties I've tried! All of my kids enjoyed it, my five year old loved it the most and wanted seconds!

Enter to Win!!! One Winner receives 2 COUPONS for a Free Box of HONEY BUNCHES OF OATS TROPICAL BLENDS. Enter the Rafflecopter Below to Win!

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Post provided a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends so I could review them. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh Review and Giveaway

The New Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh brand antiperspirant and deodorant provides odor protection for up to 72 hours. The pulse activated wetness protection is formulated to keep you dry all day long! Dry Idea's motto is Never Let Them See You Sweat because we all know that there are those certain occasions we absolutely, positively want to be sure that our clothing are sweat free.

* School Plays
* Dance Recitals
* Picture Day
* Oral Report Day
* Prom Night
* Weddings

Really, the list goes on. But usually it is when you are speaking in front of people, or having pictures taken that you want to be certain to stay dry! I'm used to using a solid type of deodorant so when I received Dry Idea's roll-on liquid deodorant I asked myself how can a liquid can keep me dry? Well it does! And it smells great too! This is the first time I've tried a roll-on type and I have seen no visible flaws or sweat stains on my clothing. Actually, I don't have to worry about that white streak showing up on my clothes like you do with the solid kinds!




If you want to give it a go enter the Rafflecopter below to WIN 3 Coupons for Dry Idea's Advanced Dry Fresh!!!

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Dry Idea Brand provided a free sample of their Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh brand antiperspirant and deodorant as I could review it. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

It's SPRING!!!!!

 Happy First Day of Spring!!!!! 


To celebrate our 100th Day of School the other week, we planted 100 plants! (Well, actually we got a little carried away and did a tad more than 100). We simply put soil in newspaper and once they grow to be small plants we will plant them outdoors. If they grow too fast, before the frost danger then they will have to hangout in the greenhouse for a bit. Needless to say, the signs of spring are here! 


We also bought some chicks from Southern States! The kids are loving them!


And the biggest news of all, our nanny goat just had twins! Lots to do here on our little homestead!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Essentials In Writing Review


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If you are looking a quality writing curriculum to incorporate into your homeschool,  Essentials in Writing
is a perfect fit! I have had the opportunity to review their First Grade program and have been extremely impressed with the quality, content and high interest level that my son has for this program. 

 For $40 you receive a DVD with video lessons and printable PDF worksheets. 

If you prefer not to print out the worksheets, you can order a workbook for $20 more. 

This program is available for First Grade through Twelfth Grade
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Although this isn't labeled specifically as a "Christian Curriculum," I found it refreshing that these lessons were filled with biblical principles and concepts. I am constantly looking at different materials and curriculum ideas and sometimes I have to sift through certain things. I find myself  searching for the good and omitting the bad. We set some pretty high standards in our reading and video watching in our home so sometimes when different things like, magic or lying, appear in our homeschool material I think, I might as well just send my kids to public school! What I'm saying is, if I'm going to homeschool, I want to do it right. And I want quality curriculum that meet my needs and live up to our family's standards. 

One day, my son who reviewed this program was having some issues with his little brother. When his dad left the house that morning, he told him to write three things that day that he liked about his brother before he came home that night. My son kept putting it off and we went on with our day. Then, we began our Essentials in Writing lesson. First, he watched a short video that went along with the lesson that day, (about five minutes long, roughly). Then, we get to the coinciding worksheet. At the bottom of the worksheet it says to write several sentences about a sibling. And be nice! I think God was seriously trying to tell my son something that day! 

The amount of work required in a day's lesson is right on target. First, the student watches a short video on the provided DVD taped in a classroom setting teaching the principles of the lesson.



Then, the student receives a worksheet to reinforce and practice what was learned. My son loves the video. The lessons are quite short so some days he would want to watch several at a time. One day I said, okay, we are going to learn about predicates. Apparently, he watched that lesson already and told me what it was even before we began. I was impressed. 

What I enjoyed about the program was you could split up some of the lessons over several days if you needed to. For example, the parts of the letter. I was so excited to teach my son this because of it's practicality. There were several worksheets provided for the one lesson so we just broke it up over a few days. Then, once he had a basic understanding, he wrote his first, "proper" letter with all five parts of the letter and sent it off to someone who needed some cheering up! 

I also liked how many of the writing assignments make the writing personal and allow for creativity. It made my son think outside the box. He was also able to write down things such as his favorite pet, best friend's name and things that he enjoys doing. Writing can be such a tedious task for many students and these worksheets weren't dreaded by any means but were fun and engaging for my son! I will continue to use this with him over the next few months and look forward to seeing his progress!


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kindergarten Touch Math Review

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Some students love math. Actually, my first grader looks forward to his math lessons and when asked what his favorite thing in his homeschool was, he replied, "taking math tests." What? I certainly cannot relate. I dreaded math in elementary school all the way through college! I guess for him, it just "clicks," it makes sense. Every child is different as I'm learning now that I'm homeschooling my kindergartner. The program I used last year with my older son was Abeka. Very structured. Worksheets. A lot of repetition. It worked great with him. Not so much with his younger brother. And that's one the reasons I'm so excited to have the chance to review different types of materials this year. I have a chance to see what is out there. Instead of becoming frustrated when what I think should work isn't working, I can simply change not only my curriculum but my method. I received the Touch Math curriculum for Kindergarten which includes the downloads pictured above. I received Units A- D which retail for $59.95 each. (If you buy all four together it's $199.95). They also have materials for pre-k through second grade.

The name of the program says it all, TOUCH Math. The program is designed for tactile learners who thrive with hands-on learning activities. Instead of handing your child a "hundred chart" each day, you work with manipulatives and worksheets to help your child understand the concepts of what each number value is. Instead of simply teaching them "the number 2," you are teaching them that "2" is actually a symbol for a specific quantity.     


How It Works
It is recommended that you double the age of your child and spend that many minutes working each day with them. When I started, my son was four years old. That means, 8 minutes a day. Simple yet effective. What makes this program unique is that it does not plan out every single detail for you. Rather, it provides you with methods, ideas, concepts, and goals. For example, in the first module (which is what my son has been working through) one of the goals is to count to 50. The instructions for each day do tell you what is excepted and which worksheets to use, but how you do it is entirely flexible. You can count objects in the room, outside or right in front of you. 

Instructions
We would use our own manipulatives to encourage counting. Our time each day was usually spent doing the worksheet and using counters, like the monkeys pictured below, or wooden blocks that I had in the house. 
We used our own counters that we had on hand
Student worksheet.
I printed mine in grayscale, they can be printed in color

Progress Chart


Not only was I able to review the curriculum, but I received their  3-D Numerals  which includes a CD with printables.

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Touch Math also provided the Touch Math Tutor Kindergarten Software that retails for $99. Thanks to this program. The software and the concepts learned in Touch MathThis was the first time my son really has had success with addition. At first, he would actually use the physical touch numbers on his lap as he played the game on the screen and successfully solve addition problems. Once he got the hang of it, he was able to look at the touchpoints on the screen and figure it out from there. He enjoyed the games and the challenge but he actually preferred the time spent at the table working on the hands-on learning!



Click here to head over to their site where you can watch video samples of the lessons on the software! I found the quality of these videos to be outstanding compared to educational games that my children have tried over the past few years. It uses the different states for the levels and teaches your student where on the map each state is and gives some facts about each one!

I also received Touch Shapes which cost $30 on their site that can be used to teach basic shapes such as triangles, circles, squares, etc.


The curriculum takes shapes a step further and uses the shapes to help with addition and subtraction! Several of the lessons incorporate these shapes with their worksheets for hands-on learning!


Overall I would recommend this program for a homeschool family with children with developmental delays or for those who just need the hands-on style learning environment! I could see this working well in a public or private school setting! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to review these products!




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Thursday, March 14, 2013

EGM READS Review


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READS Parent/Child Reading Comprehension System  is a homework helper supplemental program designed by EGM Educational Systems, LLC to help parents encourage their to children become independent learners! A great additon to any reading program. When children are in the grades between 1 and 4, their reading and writing skills are developed and strengthened. Children are usually required to read, at home, for at least 20 minutes on their own. This program helps to make their reading time fun, engaging and successful. How many times has your child read a book and you asked them, "what was the book about" and the only response was a shrug of the shoulders. This program helps to eliminate this scenario and allows parents to help their children with reading comprehension skills! 


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$19.95
READS HOMEWORK HELPER INCLUDES

 Parent's Manual
Question Cards, on a ring
Reward Chart
Stickers
Magic Finger
Reading Guide Strip
Speedy Speller, a Handbook for Readers and Writers
Storage Pouch
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WHO?
  • Children Grades 1-4
  • Can be used for struggling readers who have a hard time with reading comprehension
  •  For those who tend to "rush through" their reading
  • Can strengthen reading skills in advanced readers 
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WHAT?

Remember when you first started reading to your child? You probably used your finger as a guide to help them follow along. This package includes what they call the "magic finger" that the child can use to help them keep their place while reading. Also included is a reading guide strip that the reader places on the sentence they are reading so they don't lose their place. How many times has your child read to you only to re-read the same sentence several times because they were confused as to where they were at in the story? My son seemed to prefer the finger over the reading strip because it was fun and engaging but I could see how the reading strip would be successful for many students! What I love about this program is it seems to help with the transition from reading with a parent to reading on their own. When I would first have my first grader go off and read on his own he would pick the shortest, easiest book because he wanted to take a short cut. Since I've started the READS program, he actually enjoys reading and doesn't try to simply take the easy way out. 


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HOW?

I enjoyed the interaction encouraged between the parent and child in this program. It causes the child to be involved, engaged and thinking. Before the child begins reading the parents allows the student to choose a question card to think about throughout the reading. 


These question cards and the sticker reward chart are my son's favorite aspects of this program. This is definitely a program I will continue to use throughout the year and am excited to do so! Pictured below is the speedy speller which is perfect for my son! If your child needs help spelling a word when answering their READS question, this "mini dictionary" is perfect for little hands! Actually, we use this in other subjects in our homeschool because of the perfect selection of words in this speller. It isn't overwhelming and easy for a beginner to use! 



My son loves to write, but spelling is a challenge. This speller helps him tremendously! All in all this program is a great supplement whether your child is in public school, private school or a homeschooled! This is not a curriculum but can be used with any reading program that your child is already using. Excellent materials that can be sued year after year for a great price!  
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Schooling in the Kitchen


This year I started using the "My Father's World" curriculum with my first grader. There are parts I love about it and parts that I don't care for. But overall I would say it has been a great fit for our family! I'm open to new ideas for second grade but I definitely want to use this with my younger ones when they are in the first grade! What I love about it, is the focus on biblical history. It's basic yet informative and has been engaging my first grader tremendously! The writing, history, phonics and crafts all tie together with a common biblical theme. Many hands-on activities are suggested including making "Lentil Stew" similar to what Esau sold his birthright for in the biblical account of Jacob and Esau. We've even had a traditional family Jewish meal which my kids truly enjoyed!





The Lentil stew was a bigger hit than I thought it would be! The kids helped make it and even wanted seconds at mealtime! What a way to make the Bible come to life in their little minds!

Not only to we use the kitchen for some of our Bible lessons but for science experiments as well! The chemical reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda with vinegar, making rock candy, and seeing what happens to food coloring when you drop it in soapy water. 

But of course "school" doesn't really ever end for us, or even "begin" for that matter. Our homeschool is all about creating an atmosphere for growth. For learning. For education. As soon as our feet hit the floor in the morning there is work to be done and things to learn. My boys love to not only help make breakfast but my oldest has now learned how to make his own scrambled eggs (with supervision of course)! And my younger son is with me in the kitchen three meals a day helping me put cheese on salads, stirring sauces or melting butter. My goal is to not only teach my kids to cook but to enjoy it! Not to make it a tedious task but an art form!
If we really think about it when are the three most difficult times in raising young children? Usually it's:

1- Mealtimes
2- Bedtime
3- Going Out in Public

If you've ever seen the show "Supernanny" you know exactly what I am talking about. These are usually three of the top areas that need to be dealt with in the area of unruly children! If we can teach, train and thrive in these three areas of child-rearing, I believe wholeheartedly that we will have raised solid, responsible, stable adults. Think about it, some of the issues that adults struggle with today are eating healthy, getting good rest, and social disorders! If we can raise healthy eaters, good sleepers who are socially well-rounded then I believe we've succeeded! 

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Delight Directed Teaching

 Behold, Children are a Gift
 of the Lord. 
The Fruit of the Womb 
is a Reward. 
Psalm 127:3 



It's your first child.  A toddler. They are driving you, up.the.wall. Everybody and their great-grandmother of your sister's neighbor tells you, "they grow up so fast," and "enjoy them while they're young." The gray hairs are increasing and your patience is running thinner and thinner each morning. You've always wanted to homeschool, even before you started having kids (maybe, I know with several of my homeschooling readers that isn't necessarily the case). But the stress keeps getting to you and yes, you consider sending them off to.....never mind. Here we are.We bury those feelings and decide to go for it and homeschool! Yes we go through ups and downs on the emotional roller-coaster but, we've made it this far and we can keep going. 

And not only can we make it but we can thrive!
And honestly, we are not alone. The difficulties and struggles I face each day, you've probably faced them too. Maybe not the same scenarios per-say, but the same emotions. The helplessness, the wondering if I even know what I am doing at times. We are all different, yet we all struggle at times with the attitudes, the tears and the wondering. So why do we keep pressing on? Because...

 It is not. about. us.  

Some of you were used to having a few hours to yourself each day when your kids were in school, but you gave that up. Others quit their career to stay at home and teach your children. We all make sacrifices. From the time our children were born new sacrifices had to be made. God had called us to be parents, everything we knew about life, now changed forever. When we choose to homeschool our children we know we must count the cost and we've found that

The cost of complete sanity is worth it for the sake of our kids.

In the past two years of homeschooling I've learned this. I love being with my kids! And the way that I can honestly say this in complete truth is by understanding that homeschooling does not have to be like public school. Once I truly "got it" and understood that homeschooling is simply creating an "atmosphere of learning" everything changed. For the better. When I would try a method of learning that would cause complete frustration on my part and the kids I would have to ask myself this question.

Is there a better way to present the material?

Usually the answer is yes. If I just have a few workbooks to "get through," I feel as though I have missed the point completely. Yes my older ones obviously do worksheets and my oldest takes tests but my methods have drastically changed over the past couple of years. We love to read. To be engaged. To partake in hands-on activities.
Churning Our Own Butter
Homeschooling does not have to be full of just "getting through " the day but an enjoyable learning adventure. When the kids were younger there was a time when I dreaded waking up in the morning because I feared what I would have to sacrifice that day. Now, I look forward to what is in store and look forward to spending time with my children both teaching and learning from them!

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Teaching Creatively Giveaway

This year is my first year as a reviewer with the Schoolhouse Review Crew! It's only March and I've already reviewed several products and have enjoyed this opportunity immensely! Next week, I will joining over 40 other members of this crew in what is called the, "5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop." Join us as we share our experiences, joy and challenges in the world of homeschooling!

Day 1: Delight-Directed Teaching
I will be sharing with you a little about our style, where we do schooling and basically how we run our day!

Day 2: Schooling in the Kitchen
You'll see how we tie in the skills of the kitchen directly into our lesson plans!

Day 3: Toys, Games and Puzzles
We LOVE games in our homeschool. I'll share what games work, what don't, and why!

Day 4: Homeschooling in a Crisis
What do you do when mom is sick??

Day 5: Hands-On Projects
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a Gourd Birdhouse!



I'm joining in with Marcy @Ben and Me and Sam @Sam's Noggin to bring you this awesome giveaway during the 5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop, hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew

The Blog Hop won't begin until Monday, but we are starting the fun early by giving you the opportunity to win incredible bundles of books and homeschool resources!

There will be a total of 3 winners chosen -- one GRAND prize, a 1st RUNNER-UP and a 2nd RUNNER-UP! The contest will begin at 12am on March 9 and end at 12am on March 17.  Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter, but read the contest rules in this post, first. 


The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive ALL of the following -- a $525 value!

Geography Matters -- Profiles from History Package ($50 value) Looking for a way to help your students connect with history? The Profiles from Historyseries is dedicated to telling the stories of people, whose lives are worth remembering. Whether they made a discovery, led heroically in a war, created a masterpiece through music, or art, used a pen to change the world, or impacted humanity with their bravery—they made a difference. We can learn so much by looking at those who came before us. Be ready to change your mind about history, with Profiles from History, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.




The Old Schoolhouse Magazine --  1-year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a new Print Issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, and a Homeschooling with Heart Tote Bag ($90 value)
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an online classroom and has more than 2 dozen expert teachers who cover 25 different subjects presented via teaching videos, ongoing lesson plans, worksheets, lapbooks & unit studies, writing prompts and other assignments to choose from, students can additionally interact personally with the teachers by asking them questions and gaining feedback.


Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett -- Passport Geography set, consisting of the Combos (K - 12) for United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany ($50 value) 
Taking an in-depth look at world geography with the new Passport Geography™(PPG) series by Amanda Bennett. These one-week studies use a cross-curricular approach (covering geography, history, science, etc.) to take students on virtual journeys around the globe. Each study is interactive, including daily lessons for both elementary grades and Jr/Sr High grades, with no prep required.

Shining Dawn Books -- Early Spring Bundle ($21 value)
Early spring is known for its wonderfully rainy weather, leading to lots of beautiful fungi. It’s also the season when animals busily go about their regular activities after the relative quietness of winter. This bundle will help you to explore each of these exciting aspects of the spring season in-depth.


A+ Tutorsoft -- 1-yr subscription to the online A+ TutorSoft math program -- winner's choice from    grade levels 1st-4th ($150 value)
A+ TutorSoft, Inc. provides Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Full Curriculum products to help students improve their grades at all levels. Our Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH helps homeschooling families as well as public and private school teachers and students. A+ TutorSoft offers everyone a FREE 30 day trial on all products. Visit the top right corner of our website: http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/. And through 3/31/13 they are offering 50% off all products with code spoffer50!

Five in a Row -- Complete Digital Holiday book ($34 value)
A complement to any lifestyle of learning, this book is different from the Five in a Row manuals. It doesn’t give a specific book to study for each holiday, rather it is a treasury of traditions, memories and ideas for making your own! Each unit also includes calendar pages, blank pages for recording your own memories, and combinations of traditions and recipes, book and movie suggestions, quotes, decorating ideas, and more! 

Knowledge Quest -- Wonders of Old Timeline Book ($25 value)
Wonders of Old is divided into four historical time periods: ancient, medieval, new world and modern. Significant dates are listed at the conclusion of each section as a helpful reference. This hardcover book measures 9x12 and is printed on extra thick 70# paper for durability.




In the Hands of a Child -- 1-Year Super Membership ($75 value)
Super Memberships Save You Time and Money! Each month Super Members receive two free downloadable Lapbooks. These Lapbooks are always brand new and have not been released for sale to the general public. Super Members also receive:
  • 15% discount off all purchases of existing eBook Lapbooks.
  • A free Birthday
  •  Lapbook10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit

Southern Hodgepodge -- A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook ($20 value)
Looking for an easy way to add art to your days? With A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – just add chalk pastels and paper! Short lessons for a whole year, 100 pages of tutorials, art for all ages.

Tricia Goyer -- Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska ($13 value)
Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town's colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.

Frontier 2000 -- No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned Me a Master's Degree by Age Sixteen by Alexandra Swann and Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years As a Homeschooling Mother by Joyce Swann ($20 value)
No Regrets: The engaging story of Swann's experiences growing up as a Southern Baptist homeschooled child from New Mexico earning her education at a highly accelerated pace. At the age of fifteen she became the youngest student ever to graduate from Brigham Young University in its 111 year history.

Looking Backward: From 1975-2000, Joyce Swann homeschooled each of her ten children from the first grade through master's degrees by the age of sixteen. In this book, she discusses the methods she used to teach as well as the obstacles that threatened her success.

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The 1st RUNNER UP will receive ALL of the following -- a $225 value!

Geography Matters -- Cultural Geography Package ($50 value) Have you ever thought that geography was a boring subject? Then you've never used these books! Eat Your Way Through the U.S.A. and Eat Your Way Around the World are a taste buds-on approach to geography. Each state or country has its unique geographical features and agricultural products. These influence both the ingredients that go into a recipe and the way food is prepared. Why stop with only your taste-buds? Let's involve all the senses by adding Geography Through Art! This hand-son approach will supplement any study of geography, history, or social studies. Geography Through Art is sure to make a lasting addition to your home or school library. You'll find yourself reaching for this indispensable guide again and again to delight and engage students in learning about geography through the culture and art of peoples around the world.

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett -- Discover the Senses Download N Go ($9 value) In this study, your child will investigate a new sense each day, learning what it is and how it works, as well as what it does for him. He will learn what impacts that particular sense. And he will meet some of history’s heroes, such as Louis Braille, who helped along the way. Each day, your student will explore and investigate, creating and adding more learning components to his Discover the Senses lapbook—building a wonderful reminder of all that he is learning to be enjoyed for years to come.
Shining Dawn Books -- Remarkable Rain ($9 value)
Quiet and peaceful, or wild and raging – rain comes in many forms. This NaturExplorers unit sets out to examine rain in all its beauty, observe its effects and make you look forward to the next rainy day!
A+ Tutorsoft -- 3-month subscription to the online A+ TutorSoft math program -- winner's choice from    grade levels 1st-4th ($50 value)
A+ TutorSoft, Inc. provides Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Full Curriculum products to help students improve their grades at all levels. Our Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH helps homeschooling families as well as public and private school teachers and students. A+ TutorSoft offers everyone a FREE 30 day trial on all products. Visit the top right corner of our website: http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/. And through 3/31/13 they are offering 50% off all products with code spoffer50!

Five in a Row -- Set of Five Audio Files from Steve Lambert ($20 value)
We all need some inspiration from time to time! Steve and Jane Lambert have been encouraging homeschoolers on their journey since 1994. These Five in a Row audio files have been recorded at major state homeschooling conventions around the United States and Canada and have been chosen because we believe you’ll enjoy it for its wisdom, humor and encouragement shared by Steve. Including: Where do I Begin?I Can't Teach All the Grades at OnceMaking Your Children into World ChangersOn Becoming Great Teachers, and High School and Beyond.


In the Hands of a Child -- 6-Month Super Membership ($55 value)
Super Memberships Save You Time and Money! Each month Super Members receive two free downloadable Lapbooks. These Lapbooks are always brand new and have not been released for sale to the general public. Super Members also receive:
  • 15% discount off all purchases of existing eBook Lapbooks.
  • A free Birthday
  •  Lapbook10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit

Southern Hodgepodge -- A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook ($20 value)
Looking for an easy way to add art to your days? With A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – just add chalk pastels and paper! Short lessons for a whole year, 100 pages of tutorials, art for all ages.


Tricia Goyer -- Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska ($13 value)
Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town's colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.


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The 2nd RUNNER UP will receive ALL of the following -- a $190 value!

Geography Matters -- Adventures of Munford Package ($35 value) Although he's just two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, Munford is all adventure. He can be rain, snow, sleet, or steam. He has traveled the world in search of excitement. Throughout history, he has been present at some of the most important and world-changing events. Fun and educational, Munford will inspire your children to learn more about many of history's greatest moments. These readers make a great addition to your learning experience in areas such as history, geography, and science. This book series is written on an elementary reading level, but provides plenty of read-aloud entertainment for the entire family!


Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett -- Discover the Senses Download N Go ($9 value) In this study, your child will investigate a new sense each day, learning what it is and how it works, as well as what it does for him. He will learn what impacts that particular sense. And he will meet some of history’s heroes, such as Louis Braille, who helped along the way. Each day, your student will explore and investigate, creating and adding more learning components to his Discover the Senses lapbook—building a wonderful reminder of all that he is learning to be enjoyed for years to come.

Shining Dawn Books -- Remarkable Rain ($9 value) Quiet and peaceful, or wild and raging – rain comes in many forms. This NaturExplorers unit sets out to examine rain in all its beauty, observe its effects and make you look forward to the next rainy day!

A+ Tutorsoft -- 3-month subscription to the online A+ TutorSoft math program -- winner's choice from    grade levels 1st-4th ($50 value)
A+ TutorSoft, Inc. provides Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Full Curriculum products to help students improve their grades at all levels. Our Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH helps homeschooling families as well as public and private school teachers and students. A+ TutorSoft offers everyone a FREE 30 day trial on all products. Visit the top right corner of our website: http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/. And through 3/31/13 they are offering 50% off all products with code spoffer50!


Five in a Row -- Volume 4 Digital Unit of Winner's Choice ($9 value)
Five in a Row was created by Jane Claire Lambert, a successful homeschool teacher with more than 17 years of experience. To use Five in a Row, just pick one of the 70 books used in Five in a Row, locate the corresponding lesson plan in your teacher’s guide, read the story aloud each day during the week and use Jane’s suggestions and lesson plans to lead your children on a wonderful learning adventure. It’s that simple! Each unit covers Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, Applied Math, Science and Art in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning.


In the Hands of a Child -- 2-Month Super Membership ($45 value)
Super Memberships Save You Time and Money! Each month Super Members receive two free downloadable Lapbooks. These Lapbooks are always brand new and have not been released for sale to the general public. Super Members also receive:

  • 15% discount off all purchases of existing eBook Lapbooks.
  • A free Birthday
  • Lapbook10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit


Southern Hodgepodge -- A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook ($20 value)
Looking for an easy way to add art to your days? With A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – just add chalk pastels and paper! Short lessons for a whole year, 100 pages of tutorials, art for all ages.


Tricia Goyer -- Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska ($13 value)
Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town's colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss. 



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