Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Giveaway, a Fabulous $5 Sale and Manuscript Curriculum Picks!

I was on Christianbook.com last night ordering a few more pieces of curriculum for next month - wow, has time flown by!

While looking around, I found a couple of great deals, and a nice giveaway I thought I'd share with you all! The giveaway that's going on right now is for this really cute
602979: HCSB UltraThin Reference Bible, Pink & Brown Simulated Leather HCSB UltraThin Reference Bible in Pink & Brown Simulated Leather
The giveaway ends on June 30, 2013.

AND, these great $5 deals! One of my favorite books, Not a Fan, is on the list! Plus, a lot of VeggieTales DVD's, too!

While I was searching to make this post, I found another great deal I wish I'd seen last night. This one is currently only 0.50! We have the free Kindle version of Elsie Dinsmore, and I have a feeling Caraline, a new fourth grader, would love this literature study to go along with the book. Here's the product description.

822022: Elsie and Me: A Study in Christian Literature,  Student Workbook Elsie and Me: A Study in Christian Literature, Student Workbook

There's so much more in Elsie Dinsmore than meets the eye! Dig deep into the meanings and lessons written into the classic children's book with Elsie and Me: A Reading Companion to Elsie Dinsmore. Leveled vocabulary lessons, comprehension short-answer questions, literature analysis studies, and a personal challenge are given for each chapter. 79 pages, softcover. Page-numbers in the book are referenced. Grades 4 & up.

So, what did I pick up last night?

Well, I ordered a Bible story dot to dot and handwriting books for the boys. I've used A Reason for Handwriting in the past and I really like their approach to teaching manuscript. I think the boys will enjoy the super quick lessons, too.

Here's the links and descriptions for what I purchased:

785624: A Reason for Handwriting, Level K, Complete Homeschool Set A Reason for Handwriting, Level K, Complete Homeschool Set

By A Beginning Advantage

A Reason for Handwriting provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing effective handwriting skills. Enforcing context, children will learn how letters are part of words. Each lesson includes guidelines for writing the letter, as well as an illustration and accompanying word that includes that lesson's letter. Children practice the letter, color the picture and complete tracing the dots that make up the word for a fun, complete handwriting lesson.
This Level K book features instruction on how to properly form letters with guidelines, how to hold a pencil, correct posture, tracing letters and lines, and more. Practice sheets provide room to trace letters before writing them individually. 144 pages, softcover.
This included teacher's guide includes instruction for all A Reason for Handwriting books, from Grades K-6. Within each book, additional lesson information is given for each chapter, including the lesson focus, directions for performing the writing, teaching tips, and extended teaching. Student page numbers are referenced. 252 pages, softcover.


78539X: A Reason For Handwriting: Manuscript B--Student Worktext, Grade 2 A Reason For Handwriting: Manuscript B--Student Worktext, Grade 2

The pages of this fun workbook feature manuscript handwriting based on scripture verses. Verses are chosen not only for the correct letter combinations, but also for inspirational content. The treehouse is transposed onto the beginning of each line of the manuscript ruled pages and is used as a guide for students to learn the proper sizing and spacing of letters.
After the introductory review lessons are complete, students begin a schedule of lessons that include daily writing practice of selected words in the "Scripture of the week." On Day 4 the student writes the complete verse and then on Day 5 they copies it onto a border sheet from the back of the workbook.
Border sheets are outlined with wonderful black-line drawings and graphics that students can color to decorate their handwritten verse. They are wonderful "treats" for grandparents or shut-ins, aunts and uncles or friends to receive in the mail. Your young student will have an opportunity to spread the gospel and send a smile to someone they love.

And, since all of my little ones love to connect the dots, to color and stickers! I thought this was a perfect FUN activity for them!
473616: Dot To Dot, Coloring and Stickers 2 Dot To Dot, Coloring and Stickers 2

Create you own Bible story scenes by connecting the dots, coloring in the pictures, and finding where the stickers go! Each of the 16 pages has a partly colored dot to dot picture to complete, as well as various spaces to place stickers from the 2 pages of stickers found at the center of the book. A short explanation and question about the Bible story appears at the bottom of the page, along with a reference that points to the applicable Scripture reference. Ideal for Sunday school prize giving, holiday clubs, and group activities. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

OK.There's only a few more things I need to round up for our next school year. One, is deciding on a spelling program for Caraline and Ryan...

How is your planning for the next school year coming along??


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Visiting Sweet Home Alabama

Wordless Wednesday link up:

Wordless Wednesday on Only Passionate Curiosity

Following Compassion Bloggers in Nicaragua ~ Read and Be Moved!


Our family sponsors a Compassion child in Ecuador. (Our church home is in partnership with the Compassion program our little friend is apart of. We hope to visit one day!) She's a bright and sweet-as-can-be nine year old little girl, the same age as our girl. When she writes to us, she always tells us how grateful she is of our sponsorship. She never forgets...and she ends each letter with a beautiful colored pencil drawing. It warms our hearts. We enjoy writing to her and sending extra little gifts such as notebooks, stickers and puzzles, too. She has our heart.
The day we toured Change the Story: The Compassion Experience and found our new friend!

Compassion bloggers are on the ground in Nicaragua and posts are beginning to pour in. I encourage you to take time to read about their incredible experiences.

Read and be moved as  Brianne, Traci, Edie, KellyShaun, Christy, Mike and Keely  bring Nicaragua's story in pictures and words to us....

If you'd like to help, consider praying for everyone involved with this trip, their safety and health. And so importantly for the children and their families, that their hearts will be open to the love of Jesus. If it's on your heart consider sponsorship, too. I promise it's a decision you'll never regret.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Weekly Highlights ~ Making Kites and Taking it Easy After our Vacation

June 3 - June 7

We got back from six days in the Smoky Mountains just thirty minutes before midnight Saturday night. It took a couple of days for us to unwind and rest from our vacation. I'll have an update on our trip, soon. I'm almost finished writing about Day #1.

So this week it was nice to sit back and take a break. We read a lot in our new read aloud, Little House in the Big Woods. Since we stayed in a log cabin deep in the woods during our trip, I thought this would be a great time to begin reading this classic, again. We are nearly half way through.

I read the whole series to Caraline when she was in first grade. The boys were too young, but now they are the perfect age! And Caraline is enjoying hearing these sweet tales again. The boys are loving it, too!


We received two review packages in the mail while we were gone. One is Awana Homeschool for each child! Our family is involved in Awana through our church and to be able to pour through the At Home materials over the next few weeks is going to be so exciting! 

 Each little one (and Mommy) has already completed a week's worth of sections and memory verses!

This is the second review item we received  Classical Conversations: Prescripts Cursive Words and Drawing.  Caraline has pulled this workbook out everyday on her own. Practicing cursive and the drawing activities are fun to my sweet girl! 
 One of Jonathan's favorite past times is to dig for worms ~ anything creepy crawly really. He was recently on the hunt when exclaimed in his adorable voice, "No worm can escape from the Jonafin!" Hilarious. And I must admit, this is true. He is a very skilled earthworm hunter. He's collecting the bigger ones into an old water table. We are going to go fishing with his catch.

Supercharged Science's e-Camp opened this week. The unanimous vote was to begin learning all about kites in the Kites Dynamics Lab. We made bat kites! It doesn't have to have wind to fly. The kids are loving this class. They can't wait to make a kite that will lift them off the ground. We just need pretty strong winds for that one to happen.

Near the end of the week we got into the Rocketry Lab. Ryan was memorized. We've since ordered an Estes Alpha Rocket and kit! He is so excited!!!

Ryan was the first to get his bat kite the highest!

 Caraline got the hang of it, too!

And boy did Jonathan think it was cool!! He made this one nearly all by himself!

 Caraline decided to try a glue and sand art project.
 Refilling the sandbox was one of our best decisions! Our sweet ones have spent hours playing in this little square!
Our girl Sandy loves to join in the fun, too. I love how she has to be touching someone when she sits. Notice her hind leg on Jonathan's.

 The kids discovered this strange insect. We thought it was a spider at first, but after closer inspection he has six legs and antennae. We didn't get too close - he looks ready to sting. We still don't know what this guy is - do you?
 The little ones (Mom and Dad, too!) have loved playing this review item from  Bird Cage Press for the past several weeks.
 And I'll leave you with this cute little picture of Betsy snuggled with Ariel, Caraline's cheetah cub. 

We are linking our Weekly Highlights with our friends at Homegrown Learners' Collage Friday, Weird,Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up and Great Peace Academy's This Week.
Homegrown Learners

This Week @ Great Peace Academy

~ Hope

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