Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dr. Seuss's You Are Kind









You Are Kind is a book that teaches children how wonderful their kindness it. How they help others, stand up for right and are good listeners. All the beautiful things that come naturally to children that we have to help them keep as they grow into adulthood. This is a gift size book and would be a perfect addition to any present (or skip the card and give the book!)


Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Favorite Apple Read Alouds & FREE Apple Parts Printable!


apples printables books

September is always apple season for me. I like to re-read our collection of favorite apple books and add some new ones from the library. This year in our homeschool we are studying apples for the first week of Memoria Press 2nd grade Enrichment. We are to make a felt apple craft and look at the parts of the apple. My son asked to make an apple pie so I added some books that include that. I hope to make it to go apple picking as well!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Review: Nighty Night and Good Night





As parents, we all know the struggle of getting a too tired little one to sleep. Stories, drinks, pats on the back and songs often round out the routine. Nighty Night and Good Night is a story perfect for that bedtime routine. The Nighty Nights are a sweet group of stuffed friends that help their little friend Ben fall asleep by singing a lullaby to him. Filled with love and faith it is sweet, simple and a delight.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Little Women Fandango Giveaway! #LittleWomenL3







 Who is excited for the new adaption of a this beloved classic? I remember reading the book when I was younger and I watched the movie with Winona Ryder all those years ago. The story of sisterhood is a wonderful one and I'm looking forward to seeing how this new modern version holds up!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grandma Gatewood Hikes The Appalachian Trail




 Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail
by Jennifer Thermes



 It is hurricane season on the and the Carolina's are about to be hit with a bad one. In New Jersey we've been spared so far this year but a few years ago we had one that knocked our power out for days. I remember not being able to sleep because it was so hot!

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail is a story of endurance. Emma Gatewood is the first woman to 'thru-hike' the Appalachian Trail. This children's book documents her journey and some of what she faced. She became quite a sensation as her trip progressed and just two years later she did it again as a section hiker (someone who does each section separate.)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tips For Traveling with Baby! #GIVEAWAY





We have traveled with our kids since they were little babies. I remember taking my oldest to Lancaster, Pa for his first overnight trip. Back then I didn't know how to pack or plan, being a new mom caught up to me when we ended up at Walmart buying extra clothes.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Book Spotlight: Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth






The world is going to try to conform kids. We teach them in school to stand in line, raise their hands and sit still. While these are not harmful in any way it is something to see a child be wild, free and creative! I have two that are really like this compared to their more serious older brothers. The love to run, scream and jump. There is something special about this kind of child. Some might try to squash that energy but I love to cultivate it. We are looking into gymnastics and possibly martial arts for the our littles.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Get Creative with Handlettering & Journaling Sets - Review & Giveaway!




Journaling is so popular these days. I love the look of all those fancy fonts and the creativity of learning to do them myself. Having the proper tools and how to guides really helps with the success. I had the opportunity to try my hand with several wonderful kits - and I have a giveaway of the same for you all!

Incredibles 2 Coming Soon Digitally and on DVD!





Disney Pixar's Incredibles 2 

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We are super excited about this release. The digital releases early and has some neat bonus material. (I'm sure my kids will be interested in that since the love Frozone.) 

Details:


 Family members of all ages will be hypnotized by hours of delightful entertainment, with never-before-seen “Incredibles 2” bonus material highlighting the beloved characters in the film and the  filmmakers who bring them to life. 

When audiences instantly bring home the film two weeks early on Digital, they will receive additional exclusive featurettes, including two SuperScene Breakdowns and Samuel L. Jackson discussing his character Frozone a.k.a. “The Coolest Guy in Show Business.” 

Overall bonus includes an all-new mini-movie “Auntie Edna,” which gives  a glimpse of fashion visionary Edna Mode’s all-night endeavor to design a suit to best harness baby Jack-Jack’s expanding super powers. 

Also included are an inside look at the impressive production team at Pixar Animation Studios; documentaries highlighting the film’s relatable characters and stand-out scenes; 10 never-before-revealed scenes; filmmaker commentary; the touching theatrical short “Bao” and a corresponding featurette about how the dumplings sprung to life; and much, much more. 

Fans can reunite with this incredible family of Supers instantly on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Oct. 23, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 6.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

*FREE* FIRST DAY PRINTABLE SIGNS!



I love doing first day of school pictures. We usually go to the local park on our first day to do the pictures and I love having a sign to document the year. I created these just for fun for my family. If you can use them then feel free to print a copy. Naturally I just created the levels I needed but I did a generic 'school' one too! 



























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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Sacrifices of Homeschooling












 When homeschooling moms talk about homeschooling we tend to wear rose colored glasses and share all the beautiful parts. Truly there are some wonderful moments like being the one to teach your child to read and to see when it finally clicks. (That was a great moment!) If I'm being honest there is are some hardships and parts that are not so wonderful.

Monday, September 3, 2018

HEALED BY GRACE 2 Review & Giveaway! #HealedByGrace2L3










I love watching faith-based movies and I love how they have become so accessible in recent years. Film makers have realized that their is a large audience that one clean, family friendly movies to watch as a family. Healed By Grace 2 was a wonderful movie about forgiveness and redemption. Like most movies in this genre it can be a bit predictable but I didn't mind that one bit!


Book Review: A Chip Off The Old Block






 My 2nd grader is really interested in landmarks - A Chip Off the Old Block was a cute story about a little rock that travels all the way to Mount Rushmore. He visits his 'rock' cousins - Mount Etna, Half Dome, Devil's Tower and more along the way. He dreams of being important like his famous cousins and in the end he gets to help out at Rushmore. This is book was a neat way to learn about different rock forms and well known rocks.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway: The Night Knights




 With Halloween just around the corner, cool fall nights lend easily to the spooky and scary. My little kids love a little bit of fright but as long as it is gently done. The Night Knights is the perfect book to spark their imagination of what might go bump in the night. The premise is that there are possibly monsters out there but a group of brave Knights keep children safe in the dark. This book was fantastic! We really enjoyed the tale and I was excited to read that SONY has acquired the movie rights!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Blog Tour: Homespun ~ Amish and Mennonite Women In Their Own Words









 When I signed up to read this book, I honestly thought it would be very different than it was. I pictured stories that read like an Amish romance novel. Lots of settings that were primitive and simple. I was blown away by the differences but also pleasantly surprised. This is not an old fashioned novel Amish/Mennonite book. It is true stories from modern women with strong faith and values. The ladies share their wisdom, heartbreaks and thoughts centered around the home. You will meet young women, older women, women who give motherly advice and even that yet some that feel like your best friend. This book was refreshing, simple and sweet. I've really enjoyed it. I think it feels almost like a devotional or advice book but reads more like sitting over coffee with a friend. I felt encouraged after reading this.

~*~ SOCIAL CONNECTION ~*~



About the book:

Straight from the pens of Amish and Mennonite women . . .

Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun, Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns while we listen in. Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collects these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God. Hear from one woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister, from another about her longing for a baby, and from a third who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story is a testament to the grace of God and the blessings of community.

Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. Every Amish and Mennonite woman has a story. In Homespun, you get to hear some of them.

About the editor:

Editor Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Money Secrets of the AmishAnne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Story with Lynne Spears. Connect with her at LorileeCraker.com.


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

11th Grade Curriculum Choices for 2018-19





 Homeschooling is fluid. You don't always have to take every course in an particular order. You can do history in any order. You can take various electives or even dive deeply in a loved subject. I say all this because our path in 11th grade might look less traditional than your child's path. My son has completed chemistry and physics already because we did those combined with his older brother over the last two years. Of course post like these are just to give a little discussion on curriculum and ideas to inspire other families.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

National Tooth Fairy Day Giveaway with How To Trick the Tooth Fairy Book!!








Do you have a kid learning about the tooth fairy? What better day to learn than National Tooth Fairy Day? My 3rd son has a bunch gaps where his adult teeth are coming in. He has been so excited and frankly he looks adorable! It is so much fun to bring the excitement of the Tooth Fairy to another child in our family.

Has your child ever wanted to prank the tooth fairy? I'm pretty sure each of my children has tried to 'make a tooth' and hide it under their pillow after they saw that they would make money losing that first tooth! In How To Trick The Tooth Fairy - Kaylee sets out to prank the tooth fairy and that is when the fun begins!


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

It's Show and Tell, Dexter! Book Review & Giveaway!





 Back to school means new experiences  and in It's Show and Tell, Dexter! That is just what we learn all about. T-Rex Dexter is nervous about going to Jack's first show and tell. He tries to come up with a bunch of ideas to make himself better but in the end realizes that just being himself is the best way he can be. This book was adorable - Dexter gets really excited as he tries to calm himself for the big day. I love the message of being yourself being the best at the end. This is a really cute book for back to school.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Who Eats Orange? Book Review & Giveaway!






 I love books that can easily turn into a whole learning experience. That is exactly what we did with Who Eats Orange by Diane White. This book explores colors, foods and animals. Honestly, homeschooling friends, you could make this into a long unit study on any of the topics. This book is fun all by itself to read too. We really enjoyed it. We read it, then pulled out some paints and then had a yellow snack.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2nd Grade Picks for Homeschool 2018-19





 I don't think there will be many surprises here with what we are doing for 2nd grade. We had such a solid and fun year with Memoria Press for 1st grade that we are continuing with almost the complete core for 2nd. I'm not subbing in much this year (last year I added some history with Abeka) because I feel like it is very complete if you do all the enrichment.

In addition to the bookwork I will continue adding seasonal crafts, library books and activities. We do mastersclub at church and a nursing home ministry once a month. Our local homeschool group has sports, field trips and craft parties. I think I'm getting excited to start! 


Monday, August 13, 2018

Mae's First Day Of School Review & Giveaway




 The very first day of school is a big deal. I remember when we sent our oldest to school, their Daddy even took time off to see them to their classrooms. We do now homeschool but I will never forget the look on my oldest's face that first day. He looked too small and too sad to leave him.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What If Everybody Said That? Book Review & Giveaway!

 Do you sometimes speak without thinking?


Do you sometimes think about yourself only when thinking?


Do you sometimes say things you don't mean?





 Let's face it sometimes we really don't put a lot of thought into how our words affect other people. I know I'm guilty and I'm an adult. I see my 7 year old really starting to learn that his words are not always kind. We all need gently reminders that what we put out there can really hurt someone's feelings. In the days where bullying is prevalent and so many schools are trying to eradicate it a book like - What If Everybody Said That? - can really help kids to visually hear and see how the words they say really matter.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Reading: The PRINCESS AND THE PIT STOP Review & Giveaway!






The Princess and the Pit Stop is a fun look at classic fairy tales in a new environment. Our Princess is in a race and finds out she is dead last. She races hard to pass all your favorite fairy tales. It is quiet fun to see them racing and mentioned. This is a story about a girl that never quits and achieves her dream. There is a sweet message there.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Picks for 2018-2019






 If you've been following my blog for any time I don't think you will be surprised by my main curriculum choice for preschool. I wanted something fun with lots of literature and Memoria Press has all of that. In fact the whole preschool level is just reading books and doing activities. There is some bible stories and recitation. I bought the whole core from Memoria Press. The only thing I did different is I bought all the readers from Thriftbooks.com.  (This is was the cheapest option to own the whole reading list.)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Blog Tour & $50 Amazon Giveaway for The Banished Lands by Benjamin Mester!

Do you love diving head first into fantasy lands with tales of old and prophecy? Then The Banished Lands is just the book for you. We start out with a young man that is thrust into a whole wild adventure with war and danger. Mester brings us along to meet several key players as they travel across dangerous terrains and fight battles. This book had a lot of action. If you like Lord of the Rings - then this book will totally appeal to you. While the story is different it has that epic story quality. The author took his time laying the story while not revealing all or too much too fast. He described the characters and the surroundings so well that you can see the entire seen. This book is also completely appropriate for children as there is no adult material. Just two quick kisses but nothing heavy. I really appreciate that as a mom of teens who often look for books they feel comfortable reading.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Reading: Froggy's Lemonade Stand










 Have you read any of the books in the Froggy series? There are books for sports, going to the doctor and even getting a doggy. In Froggy's Lemonade Stand, Froggy learns the ins and outs of running a lemonade stand. Mostly though he learns about working together with his friends and having a good time. While he doesn't make a penny running the stand he had a blast with his friends that day. I loved this book because it is silly and fun and perfect for summertime. My son has been wanting to do a lemonade stand and this book has set him forward towards doing that next week.












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Friday, August 3, 2018

BEST DEALS ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES -ALL PRIME!!!










 Back to school shopping can be daunting. I know I look for great deals because honestly the cost adds up quickly. I typically go the local rounds of Target and Walmart then I start looking on Amazon. I love the convenience of free prime shipping and not having to leave the house. I've done the searching for deals for you making shopping a breeze!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

NCircle Entertainment DVD Giveaway!




 I love sharing new, family friendly DVDs with you and this month I have three! I'm pretty excited because the age range between the three is from preschool to grade school which means both of my little boys are happy! Pirates, Monsters and Princes are all covered in these great movies!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - Coloring Pages




 Anyone else excited about the new Disney film Christopher Robin? It looks so sweet! I can't wait to see it!!!





Saturday, July 28, 2018

Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener GIVEAWAY!!







 There are some supplies that you purchase when your a new homeschooler that you think you will need, the kind you only use once or twice a year like a laminator and then there are the supplies you use daily. The ones you can't live without. Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener is the one we use every single day. I went through two expensive sharpeners and so many cheap little hand helds before finding this outstanding product.