Girls of American History
by Justine Gamble
This amazing multi-sensory curriculum was written by a homeschool mom of five who followed the pattern of: read it, see it, write it, and do it.
Each lesson includes a suggested schedule where there is a list of field trips and activities such as play dodge ball, tour an automobile factory, or host a girls manicure day! Of course one of my favorite games is jacks since I remember that from when I was a child in the 60's.
I love the hands-on extension activities such as plan a meal with food from the book, plant a flower garden, or make jam! It includes vocabulary from the book as well such as manikin, choreographer, and amaryllis.
Included are some great handouts for learning the components of a fiction story like: breaking down Melody's character traits with her words, thoughts and actions.
This is a great resource for the creative soul! Tons of ideas of relative resources such as games and crafts of the 1960s and lots of book sources you can purchase or check out from the library.
This guide works much like a unit study where it gives you the skeleton and then you get the resources to use-it gives dozens of links to pertinent books on Amazon.
What a fun plethora of education resides in this book!
I highly recommend it!
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Let's Have our own Medieval Banquet
by Meredith Curtis and Lara Nolette
Get ready for a delightful adventure filled with kings and queens, knights and bards, and lords and ladies. This 58 page book is packed with information on the Middle Ages written by a person who planned and executed a Medieval Feast!
Learn about castles, heraldry, and nobility. Learn about medieval holidays like 12th Night and Saint Stephen's Day. But most of all learn about how to have a genuine medieval banquet adorn with all the pageantry, food and fanfare.
Definitions and explanations of the culture fill the pages such as: why people wore crowns, what was chivalry, and how to become a Knight or Squire.
This resource gives you a great detailed outline on how to plan your own Medieval Banquet from a list of all people needed to help plan the feast to what each family needs to prepare such as: a family crest to drape on their table and a head covering for the ladies.
There are even simple patterns for making medieval costumes like a Robin Hood hat and damsel hats for girls complete with dainty streamers hanging down the back.
This book keeps on giving with wonderful recipes for your feast! Such as a Coat of Arms salad mixed with fruits and vegetables on a large platter, honey oat cakes, and Drepe (chickened and almond milk).
I could see this performed in a backyard or a park, small or large scale-either would be loads of learning and fun.
There is a great list of resources to continue a study of the Middle Ages such as the Magna Carta by James Daughtery (Beautiful Feet Books), the story of King Arthur and his Knights, and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
You will love the photos of the fanfare like a castle cake and the royal table decked out in purple sashes and shields. And kids wont forget the pool-noodle jousting tournament!
I loved this book and highly recommend it for kids of all ages!
This delightful book is on sale now as a digital book in the Build your Own Bundle of Ebooks sale. With over 200 books to choose from from top publishers, you can build your own bundle and save TONS of money for your school. Check it out now, it only lasts through Tomorrow. (May 30)
Build a Green House of Faith in Your Homeschool
It was during the first few years of homeschooling when I met an extraordinary young lady. She was creative. She was mature. She was vivacious and responsible. And she was only 14!
As with most of us married with children, I didn’t go out often (something I would heartily change that if I did it all over again!). But when I did, I wanted to leave my children in a wholesome and safe environment. I had already experienced the downside of leaving my children with girls who came highly recommended from a nearby Christian school.
Upon coming home I discovered one had been on the phone with her boyfriend the entire night and that the other had played Barbie dolls with my eight-year-old daughter. I’m not opposed to Barbie dolls but wasn’t happy to hear that Barbie and Ken needed to take a shower that night– together!
Thankfully this new found girl was different. She had light in her eyes, a glow on her face, a purity of heart and a desire to love God above all else. I had to know. I had to ask her mother, "How did you instilled this into her daughter’s life?" Her answer? “Three or four times a week we listen to on-fire, faith-filled preaching videos with our entire homeschool family. We don’t wait for Sundays, we want to hear it all week long!”
The living Word of God streaming forth, coupled with this young woman’s faith, created a hot house for growing Christ-like character. I knew right then and there I wanted to emulate the same strength in my children. She reminded me once more that it wasn’t about math or language or ACT scores. It was about Jesus. It was about how my children would affect the world and their generation for the glory of God. And that has made all the difference!
I found some terrific resources for building character in the Digital Sale Going on Now. Over 240 affordable books to choose from. Included are books on Character Training like Parenting is Heart Work and It's the Heart and Not the Hemline. It ends Tues May 30th, so hop over and check it out! Great investment for pennies!
Mini Quiz Set
By Bonnie Rose Hudson
Ages 11 and up
Five different thematic packs, each pack contains 7 quizzes and puzzles testing your student’s knowledge of the history of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, China. Learn about famous dynasties, geography, daily and family life. Each pack is 17-20 pages long.
These quiz packs are a fun, versatile resource perfect for unit studies, review or launching an independent study on ancient peoples.
Each of the quiz packs come with a variety of puzzles and games, word searches, crossword puzzle's, decoding, matching, and true or false.
It's also a great way to give students practice by looking up that the answers and recording them. I thought it would be a great alternative to spice things up in history! Also they works great with multi-grade level children ages 11 and up so everyone can have fun together. I liked this perk!
Looking at this resource reminded me of the day when I taught a Rome Club Homeschool Co-op with my daughter's friends and we studied facts in a fun way at learning stations. This would be a terrific resource for this kind of thing!
Right Now this Resource is on Sale
as Part of the Build Your Digital Bundle Sale going on through this weekend. Over 240 eBooks to choose from:charcter books, elementary books, Mystery of History and many other Cathy Duffy tops picks. It's such a huge savings, its worth checking it out!
The Digital Classroom
A Homeschool Mother's Helper
With Kids on computers all day, it seems natural to incorporate digital curriculum into your school days. Using digital curriculum stored on your computer gives you the convenience and versatility you need for a smooth day in your homeschool. You can easily print out a history lesson, unit study or grab something last minute to keep a little busy!
Kids love reading lessons on their iPads and computers, so mixing in digital lesson time can help a tired subject matter or fix a wiggly child.
I love the convenience of having lessons stored on children's iPads to boost the effectiveness of the Traveling Classroom: errands, picking up a sibling from soccer or grandmas house.
When digital books go on sale you can literally get history, geography, biographies, math lessons and writing for pennies!
And I dont know about you but my bookshelves groan when I pass by. I'm a book lover at heart and picking out new books is like finding buried treasure but by having a combination of digital books, it saves me space and time having to weed through those shelves.
Have you ever heard of the Build Your Bundle Sale? It's a Digital Homeschool Curriculum Sale and this year it's bigger than ever. They have Over 240 products from top publishers discounted up to 96% in 20 bundles.
Each bundle has 10-15 themed ebooks such as the Brother and sister bundle with fun soldier writing books for him and biblical modesty for her.
AND they are so affordable! They start at 9.95 and you can even get 50% discount on credited online classes for teens. You can even mix and match the books if you would rather build you own bundle.
It's worth checking it out and even finding something new you have been wanting to try out!
Pirates or Privateers – you Decide!
by Sharon Gibson
Who doesn't love Pirates?This is an intriguing 24 page once a week unit study that can involve the whole family. It will immerse them in the history of pirates for 1st -8th grade. It even includes coloring pages for little ones!
I can see kids dressed in eye patches listening intently during a family read aloud of Treasure Island. There are other great suggestions too for movies, books and resources. It also uses history and geography with lots of biographical material like-Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Frances Drake.
Of course you have to play some games of the times like checkers and watch Pirates of the Caribbean! Lots of history teaches children what real pirates are from the fictitious pirates. And I love the true or false section like, "Did pirates really have wooden legs?"
Of course being a writing teacher, I also loved the section on creative writing prompts for your own pirate story! I thought this was wonderful! There are some fun suggestions like dressing up like a pirate and reading a biography and writing a report on your favorite pirate.
This book is not all fun and games though, you will learn a ton about the world history of piracy and privateering. It all starts in 3000 BC in the Cradle of Civilization with the sea people and brings you right up-to-date on current piracy.
This is a great resource! I can highly recommend it! Sharon writes more micro studies such as Early Settlers in America, Native America, Revolutionary War, and Westward Ho.
Good News-This Pirate Micro Unit Study is on Sale Now at a Huge Discount in the Build your Own Digital Bundle SALE in the Brother and Sister Bundle for over 50% OFF! The sale gives you options of choosing from TONS of ebooks and building your own bundle. They have bundles for Preschool, Elementary Bundles, Character Building Bundles, even bundles for Moms! It's a must see!
Reading and Comprehension with Aesop's Fables
by Bonnie Rose Hudson
10 Fables for First Grade
From the tortoise and the hare to the Lion and the Mouse, Aesop's fables teach children good life lessons.
Bonnie did a terrific job on capturing this!
Each fable has its own coloring page and coloring copy work page adorn with a moral from the each story in large print surrounded by a fun frame so the student can display their work when completed.
There are sight word puzzles, story vocabulary practice, and comprehension questions. What a power packed wonderful book for first graders!
Wonderfully fun pictures illustrates each fable. Cute little mice and kittens scamper across the pages! I felt so excited about it I wanted to do it myself!
This is a fun book and very well laid out. The font is easy to read and understand. Kids will love this book! It's filled with first grade literary work, language and vocabulary skills.
It's a meaty 108 page Language Arts books for first graders. Moms will love it because it's easy to read and teach.
This resource is digital and on SALE NOW for pennies with the
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Summer Boredom Busters
It's been a long school year and time for a much needed break, mom included. Your creative juices may have been spent but a summer free-for-all might bring the house down. How can you give some direction without planning out another 3 months?
Tackle, "I'm Bored!"
At the beginning of summer we always hosted a celebration. We made fun treats together like teddy bear jello cups and plotted out our summer. Each child received a piece of paper and stickers to write down ideas of things they wanted to do by themselves and as a group. We brainstormed as a family too and posted the lists on the refrigerator. This was great for littles as well who drew out their lists. The list might include: Build a fort with a sibling, read about pirates and do a pirate craft, or make new decorations for their bedroom. As a homeschooling parent, I made sure there were plenty of items on their "Do by Myself" list so I could take some much needed time off. I might participate in some small way, but I would not create or direct it. (I had my own list of things I wanted to do!)
After 3-4 weeks when it looked like they needed some direction, we would do a fun nature science project. (Which took pressure off of our schedule during the school year!)
Here are my favorite ones:
Collect butterflies and bugs in a container. Feed them with plants and sugar water. Identify them in a relaxed manner.
Collect frogs and toads, build a habit box for each. Feed them for the summer with bugs and raw hamburger dangled from a string! (Make sure you wash your hands after handling raw meat!)
For the artsy child, keep a flower journal and draw the ones you find at the park, lake, zoo, neighborhood. Paint a picture of them at home using a fun medium like bubble or marble painting.
Draw a summer chalk mural on the back patio with flowers, butterflies, bumble bees and fish!
For the kids who love animals, visit the zoo, farm, or nature center. Find new ones they haven't discovered yet. Let them take photos and create a photo essay, relaxed notebooking or video about them.
Encourage them to "Listen to Summer". Record or imitate the sounds they here in nature. Birds, locusts, frogs, bumble bees. Check out bird songs from the library.
Kids love taking photos so give them a reason to do it! Host
a weekly Summer Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt with other families. Print out the photos and
instruct the kids to record what they are learning by just observing
and being in nature. If you have a budding artist, they may also enjoy
sketching their finds in a notebook. Don't make it too education heavy or they may balk.
Signing up for a camp is a great way to keep learning relaxed during the summer and keep kids from being bored. Many community colleges and libraries host summer workshops for kids such as acting, science, creative writing and nature fun.
For more fun ideas check out the
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They have cool bundles for everyone! Brother and Sister Bundles, Elementary Bundles and even a Mystery Bundle!
Parenting is Heart Work #Review
Training Manual and Audio Sessions
By Dr. Scott Turansky
and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
This is a WONDERFUL book designed for one parent, a couple, group of friends, or church group to work through together. This isn't a "Let's just get through it," manual but a chew on it, apply it step by step and see great results book! All 214 pages are full of godly advice and practical tips to incorporate in your parenting. Boy, does it deliver!
This book comes with eight chapters and with each chapter comes a 45 minute audio session: Some topics covered are: Reach Deep into a Child's Heart, Attitude: A Window into a Child's Heart and How to Start Connecting with the Heart.
It also comes with practical tips such as a Tool Box of Consequences and a Five Step Routine for Giving Instructions like:
Get close to your child and no more yelling through the house because physical closeness will raise the felt value of instruction. Great tip!
This book is equips you for parenting all types of children: ADD, ADHD, ODD etc. even with children who are emotionally explosive or defiant. Because of its balance of clarity affirmation for missing teamwork this will really work with kids from 2 to 18 years old.
This book is brimming with inspirational definitions such as: "Cooperation is giving up your agenda for the needs of others." Such practical advice to help kids understand the heart of the matter! And it gives you a worksheet for each child's name to circle the level of cooperation to help them work through it.
In chapter 2 it talks about taking a tour of your child's heart where emotions, values, convictions, thoughts, fantasies, and desires live. Wow! I love this! The Heart is the central processing unit in every person. "Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks," Matthew 12:34. By helping a child change their hearts then you'll see lasting change in their life.
This certainly follows the scripture, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." It's a line upon line wonderful training manual full of Biblical wisdom! This works perfectly in a homeschool environment and perfect for every type of godly parenting!
I also like where they talk about how children are different processors – internal or external and their is great practical advice like helping your child enlarge their tolerance meter in order to avoid anger.
This book definitely equips a parent for the long haul. It's like a mini course on how to be a better parent brimming full of practical advice and scripture references. It makes a perfect gift for a new parent! And a wonderful resource for those who have a passion to train their children to be godly in this world.
I highly recommend it!
It is regularly $49.95 but you can purchase it in with a HUGE discount in an ebook bundle right now along with other great homeschool books in the
Build Your Bundle Character Digital Sale
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It's the Heart Not the Hemline - A Biblical Unit Study on Modesty
By Richele McFarlin and Lindsey Stomberg
128 pages - Ages 10-18
This is an inspirational 5 week study and journal on modesty of heart, appearance, speech and behavior.
Each day for five weeks there is a short lesson unveiling the simplicity and heart behind the aspects of modesty.
Each day has scripture memory activity such as copy work, quiz and printable activities. There are also questions for reflection and an activity in the lesson like making a collage or writing a thank you note to express gratitude to someone.
It's so much more than a don't wear this or that book!
You can even make your own Proverbs 31 memory verse match cards! I'm one for hands-on learning and this book is full of fun activities like: First Impression Charades and Girl's Spa Night recipes like: Brown Sugar and Honey Orange Body Scrubs.
Week two talks about the humility that enables us to be free from pride and arrogance. Therefore there is no need to exert yourself or pretend you're something you're not. This little book digs deep into the heart of the matter!
A printable prayer log is in the back giving spaces for memory verses, "Things I am Thankful For", prayers for others and prayers for myself.
I loved the colored printable wall art with Bible verses to help remember. This is nice!
There are also "Thoughts from a 17-year-old" with a useful perspective as well as thoughts from mom and dad.
I like that the copy work pages had both cursive and printing for different age groups.
This book is loaded with the word of God and a true perspective of beauty. It would be great to go through it with your daughter or a group of girls. I highly recommend it!
Right now this book is on Sale in the Digital Bundle Sale for an Incredible Value! You Can Find it in the Brother and Sister Bundle. There is even a buy 2 Get 1 Free and a Book of Bonuses for Each Purchase. Well worth Checking Out!