Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Get a free 1 yr subscription and more from Home Educating Family Magazine...

Over at Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies, you can get a 1 year subscription to the Home Educating Family Magazine and 3 e-books : Avoiding Common Back to School Mistakes, Ages and Stages, and Focus on Special Needs.

Just head over to Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies for more information and claims these freebies-Good through October 25th, 2013.

Enjoy the Ride!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book "Spotlight"...Cinnabar, The One O'clock Fox

We recently read "Cinnabar: The One O'clock Fox" by Marguerite Henry for our Read-a-Loud:
(Recommended Reading Ages: 8 and up)

We borrowed this book from our local library -recommended as a Read-a-Loud in the Noah Plan Curriculum while studying George Washington.  I haven't used the Noah Plan as our primary curriculum in a while. But I'm still drawn to it's Biblical Principle focus in all areas of learning and life, and occasional reference their guides, as well as, use the book lists.

Story is based on a supposed legend of a fox that would appear at exactly one o'clock to be hunted  by George Washington and his party of hunters.  Marguerite Henry writes from the perspective of the fox (who displays human qualities) and his enjoyment of the chase. Our family very much enjoy the light hearted adventure and has sparked an interest of learning of foxes and their behavior.  This story, also, added another dimension to our first president as not only our first leader and general-but an avid hunter.

Should you pick this up, I hope you enjoy it as much as our family did.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More Freebies!!!!...Homeschool Enrichment Magazine

All issues from 2012 of the Homeschool Enrichment Magazine are available for download for free for a limited time.  This is very time sensitive, so click the link and get your freebie now!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Quality Christian Ebooks...

Homeschool Giveaways has a 12 Classical Ebook freebie event going on now and ending on
August 16th - sponsored by Quality Christian Ebooks.

Click the here or the link above to check out this Freebie.

Click here to learn more about Quality Christian Ebooks.

Enjoy the Ride!

Math Mammoth-Freebie!

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Maria Miller @ Math Mammoth from the goodness of her heart is giving a way one of her math e-books for a limited time
(now - August 18th).

Our family (three/five children) use Math Mammoth.  I have really been blessed with the purchase and use of her materials. It's reasonably priced and leads up to independent learning which is a blessing for mamas of multiple learners.  Like every homeschool mama who sits and ponders are their kids really getting what they need out of a curriculum- I started to doubt it's effectiveness, because in the back of my mind was "What if there's something better?"  Then over the summer break my children have showed how much they learned and understand the concepts taught to them through this curriculum.  This put to rest any doubts or insecurities I had developed.  And again, I trust and love Math Mammoth. :)

So, go ahead and click the link above and take advantage of  this free offer.

Note:  I do not get compensated for this referral.  We use this curriculum and have been blessed by it educationally and financially.

Happy Homeschooling and Enjoy the Ride!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Preparing for the Next School Year 2

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Getting Ready for a New School Year!!!

Hi there!  It's been a while since my last post, took a break to refocus on family and home priorities.  It was a much need and well spent break.  But from the looks of it I have some updating to do on this blog. Yet, it feels good to get back into the swing of things.

For a couple weeks now the local stores have had school supplies on sale.  I don't know about you but this is when I load up on the things we need.  Usually, I hit these sales at the last minute scrambling and rummaging through the left overs.

This year, I took the second week of July to sit down and take inventory of our school supplies -because I knew the stores were prepping for their back to school sales starting the last two weeks of July.  It's so much cheaper to stock up at this time than to pick-up an item when it runs out.

Things I purchase:
  •  3" 3-Ring Binders - to file kids work and my paperwork/lesson plans
     (re-use for next year until no longer functional)
  • 1" 3-Ring Flexi Binders for any books I print out
  • Dividers with tabs
    (separate subjects)
  • Cahier books for journals
  • Packs loose Wide Rule paper for kids / College Rule for me
  • Computer paper
  • jumbo pencils
  • pink erasers
  • mechanical pencils (for older children)
  • refill lead and erasers for mechanical pencils
  • box of crayons for each child (keeps everyone happy)
  • liquid and stick glue for each child
  • construction paper
  •  scissors each child
  • rulers each child
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • water color paints
  • rubber bands
  • stickers
  • tempera paint
  • index cards for our vocabulary
  • Clips
  • Staples  (book making)
  • Duct Tape (for projects and book making and well... it's Duct Tape!)
  • Organizer Pockets for storage of Pencils and erasers in the Binders
  • Reinforcement labels for loose papers in binders
  • Pens for Mom to grade with
  • Dry Erase Markers Big and Small
  • Dry Erase Boards - Awesome for Preschoolers and Elementary learning to read and write
 I thought about back packs-but we don't do enough traveling to justify the expense and with 5 kids it's too much to try to keep track.

I don't normally have to pick up everything.  But this is what is on my inventory list and if I'm out or low I stock up at this time on these items.

This is also a good time to pick-up dress clothing and shoes for the kiddos.  I typically shop Goodwill or thrift shops for our clothing.  But for dress clothing I hit the sales for those two to three nice outfits for special occasions.

So, when do you prepare and where do you shop for the next school year?  Maybe your ideas to could help any newbies or families stuggling to make it work.
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