Day 4: Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Day 4: Homeschool Curriculum Sale! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Welcome to day 4 of my annual Homeschool Curriculum Sale!! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get my curriculum, the time is now! I only do this sale once a year, so don’t wait!

AND…I’m doing a different giveaway each day, so if you missed my previous posts for this week, you may want to go back and enter to win!

 

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How do I get the discount?

It’s simple! I’ve just marked everything in my store at 30% off, plus you’ll get an additional discount if you purchase 2 or more qualifying items totaling up to 40% off.

Please NOTE:  My eCourses and Amazon books are not included in this sale, sorry!

NOTE: I only do this sale once a year, so if you’ve been waiting to get something, now is the time. The sale prices are only valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 so make sure to get your orders in during that time. I will not be extending the sale.

 

Today’s Featured Products:

World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 & Vol. 2:

The World’s Greatest Composers series teaches students about 8 of the world’s greatest composers. The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces from each composer studied. They will also have learned several different styles of music, vocabulary, as well as have gained an appreciation for music in general.

For each day of listening there is an activity for students to complete while listening. This will help them focus on the music, and think critically about what they are hearing. By the end of the study, your student will have a completed composers notebook along with an orchestra and music lap book.

Each composer unit has 10 lessons, I suggest scheduling 2-3 days per week for the composers study. The curriculum will take 1 full year to complete at this pace. However, the lessons can be easily adapted to fit your schedule as well.

What is included in Volume 1?

  • Introduction to Orchestra
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Handel
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • George Gershwin
  • Composer Reports
  • Instrument Word Scrambles
  • Music Bingo Cards

What’s included in Volume 2?

  • Introduction to Orchestra
  • Johannes Brahms
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Duke Ellington
  • Aaron Copland
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer Reports
  • Instrument Word Scrambles
  • Music Bingo Cards

 

World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 & Vol. 2:

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Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists with my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 & World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2! Grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn!

In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well familiar with their style, methods, and images.

Who is this for?

I designed the artist units for elementary aged students, typically K-5, but I’ve had several people say that they’ve been used for older students with great success as well.

Each study includes:

  • Lesson plans for each week
  • Lap Book printables
  • Artist Notebooking page
  • Art Puzzles
  • Artist Flashcards

What Artists are included in Vol. 1?

What artists are included in Vol. 2?

Visit the Confessions Store to see all the goodies on sale!

This sale is valid from May 28- June 1, 2018 ONLY!!

I apologize to anyone who has purchased prior to today or who may miss this sale, unfortunately the sale prices are only effective for purchases made during the week of May 28- June 1, 2018 ONLY.

WIN IT!

Today I’m giving away one copy of my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum, and one copy of my World’s Greatest Composers curriculum!

I’ll pick two winners, and they can chose which one they want!

Enter below to win!

CAN’T WAIT?

Feel free to purchase this product during the sale so you can get the discount, and I’ll refund your cost if you win!

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Day 3: Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Day 3: Homeschool Curriculum Sale! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Welcome to day 3 of my annual Homeschool Curriculum Sale!! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get my curriculum, the time is now! I only do this sale once a year, so don’t wait!

AND…I’m doing a different giveaway each day, so if you missed my previous posts for this week, you may want to go back and enter to win!

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How do I get the discount?

It’s simple! I’ve just marked everything in my store at 30% off, plus you’ll get an additional discount if you purchase 2 or more qualifying items totaling up to 40% off.

Please NOTE:  My eCourses and Amazon books are not included in this sale, sorry!

NOTE: I only do this sale once a year, so if you’ve been waiting to get something, now is the time. The sale prices are only valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 so make sure to get your orders in during that time. I will not be extending the sale.

 

Road Trip USA:

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Come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of all 50 states, including state symbols, U.S. Presidents, famous people, landmarks, historical events, and much more!

For you history buffs, this is a great introduction for young learners! You will start out learning about the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War. Then you’ll move south to learn more about the Civil War and Underground Railroad. From there you’ll journey with Lewis & Clark through the mid-west, live with the Hopi in the southwest, then venture out into the wild west on a covered wagon ride!

What’s Included in this curriculum?

There are over 350 pages of fun filled adventure just waiting for you! The lessons are divided up into regions, so students will learn about the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, then finally The Western region of the U.S. The Teacher’s Manual includes everything you need for each lesson including any additional info, printables, and recipes for each state. There are 136 lessons total, you will cover 2 states per week and do several review lessons along the way.

Here are some cool projects we made during our Road Trip!

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Expedition Earth Geography:

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Get ready for an exciting voyage across the world! Come along as we walk on the Great Wall of China, wander through the Amazon Rainforest, and climb the Egyptian Pyramids! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of 31 countries across the globe. You’ll get hands-on with fun activities, crafts, recipes and more! So grab your passports, and get ready to go! It’s time for Expedition Earth!

Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5th grade students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities! I used it with my preschooler, 1st grader, and 2nd grader all together. (My preschooler didn’t do any reports, but she did learn the country names, songs, languages, pray and do all the fun crafts and recipe activities!)

The revised version includes Lap Books for each country, new information, internet links, and books.The Teacher’s Manual includes everything you need for each lesson including any additional info, internet links, reading assignments, crafts, and recipes for each country as needed. There are 32 weeks of lesson plans, plus a Christmas Around the World Unit. The Teacher’s Manual is outlined for you on a daily basis and even includes a Craft Supply Shopping List for each country just to make your life a little easier!

And here are a couple of the cool projects we did along our journey:

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Visit the Confessions Store to see all the goodies on sale!

This sale is valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 ONLY!!

I apologize to anyone who has purchased prior to today or who may miss this sale, unfortunately the sale prices are only effective for purchases made during the week of May 28-June 1, 2018 ONLY.

WIN IT!

Today I’m giving away one copy of my Road Trip USA curriculum, and one copy of my Expedition Earth curriculum!

Winner chooses which one they want!

Enter below to win!

CAN’T WAIT?

Feel free to purchase this product during the sale so you can get the discount, and I’ll refund your cost if you win!

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For Love of the Bard: One Model for a Shakespeare Club

Since my earliest days of homeschooling I longed for a cooperative learning community like the TBG community frequently described by Nancy Kelly. In particular, I was inspired by the group’s many Shakespeare performances, and eagerly looked forward to the day when my sons would be old enough for such a group. When my oldest child became the age at which Charlotte Mason began reading Shakespeare plays in the original with her students, I was thrilled to dive in with him. Why?

And Shakespeare? He, indeed, is not to be classed, and timed, and treated as one amongst others, — he, who might well be the daily bread of the intellectual life; Shakespeare is not to be studied in a year; he is to be read continuously throughout life, from ten years old and onwards. But a child of ten cannot understand Shakespeare. No; but can a man of fifty? Is not our great poet rather an ample feast of which everyone takes according to his needs, and leave what he has no stomach for? (Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character)

We were already familiar with the story lines of many Shakespeare plays, and I was eager to see whether this enhanced my son’s experience with the originals. I have no doubt that it did, as he laughed at all the right places and become appropriately exasperated in others. He didn’t — and doesn’t — understand every word, but he enjoyed the musical language and eagerly engages with the material. I couldn’t wait to enjoy this with a community of learners.

Shortly after beginning to read an original play together at home our Feast community decided to include Shakespeare on our Feast Days. Because our time together was limited, and because this group included several older Form I students as well as younger Form II students, we decided to read the Bruce Coville picture book version of The Tempest in lieu of the actual play. This was a good starting place to hook our young scholars with a love of the Bard.

After reading the book the participants voted on their favorite section of the book, from which I chose the corresponding scene in the actual play, which we then staged and produced to present at our end of the year Feast Family Day. It was a hit, and we all had a blast in the process.  Still, we wanted to create an opportunity for our students to perform a full Shakespeare play, and this desire led to the formation of our Shakespeare Club.

In order to increase the pool of young players we opened up participation in this Club to the entire community, which consists of committed Charlotte Mason families as well as some families only marginally following a Mason philosophy in their homeschools. Inspired by Amber Vanderpol’s plans at Flare of Light and armed with Shakespeare for Children: Six Scripts for Young Players, I began to plan for the Club while excitedly receiving emails informing me that eighteen children ages 9-13 wished to participate.

Also greatly inspired by Celeste Cruz’s Shakespeare Festival, the email announcing the Club included an invitation for those families unable to participate in our regular meetings to prepare a scene or soliloquy to recite at the performance of the play at the Club’s conclusion.  By combining the two ideas we hoped to create opportunities for every family in our community to participate on the day of the performance. While only one family chose this Festival option during our inaugural event, I have great hopes that many more will do so with our second performance-based Club in Fall, 2018.

I spent several weeks over the summer planning for a fall launch, and this greatly contributed to the positive experience that was our inaugural Club. I analyzed the script and broke it down into the various roles that must be assigned to participants. I calculated how many scenes each character appeared in, how many times they spoke during the play, and the total number of lines they would have to deliver over the course of the entire play. I wanted this information to help me to effectively cast the play. I didn’t have experience with the majority of the students who would be participating and I needed something to guide me in the selection process as I became familiar with their desires and abilities over the first two Club sessions. This was a time-intensive task, but I am very thankful that I invested in doing it properly, as it was immensely helpful in casting the players to their roles so beautifully.

Because we had more roles than we had participants, several players were assigned multiple minor roles. To assist with casting in this area the guide I created included a list of the characters that appeared in each scene of the play. I needed to know this information to insure that I didn’t assign a child multiple parts that appeared in the same scene of the play.* Despite this preparation I still assigned one child two parts that appeared in the same scene, but this was easily corrected with some minor changes to the script that did not change the overall feel of the scene. It was definitely a learning process for me last fall, and I very much look forward to refining processes the second time around.

In this first Club experience we met for two hours a total of six times. The first two meetings the group remained together for all activities, including reading and narrating the Bruce Coville version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a means of familiarizing students with the play. The young players also recited lines they had prepared in advance in front of the group and took turns reading from the script we would be using. These things afforded me the opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses as they delivered lines and read aloud, which was helpful in casting parts the following meeting.

During the final four meetings organization became a bit trickier. There couldn’t be any opportunities for sitting around for some players while the others were practicing their scene on stage. This is why it is so critical that other parents are involved in the operation of the Club — it absolutely cannot be effective without many hands — and minds! — pitching in. I was blessed to have one mother work alongside me for all of the meetings, and another mom joined us from meeting 3 onwards. As a result, one group could be working on blocking a scene on stage with me while a second group worked on projection and public speaking skills with another mom, and a third group worked with the third mom to prepare the props and backdrop for the play. We rotated through these groups with minimal transition time to avoid the inevitable goofiness and misbehavior that results when there is a lack of focused activity.

The cost for the Club was minimal and there were no fees involved to participate. We were able to use space at a participating family’s church at no cost. The biggest expense was having multiple copies of the script printed so that students could each have their own copy. Expectations were made clear to all parents from the beginning: parents were responsible for contributing to the cost of creating the backdrop (i.e., purchasing flat sheets that could be painted appropriately) as well as outfitting the young players with an appropriate costume (again, mostly consisting of flat sheets used as togas).  Instructions were for this to be an entirely home-grown production (i.e., we did not expect — or want — parents to invest money for a one-time performance). Instead, we wanted them to use what was available for them to outfit their players.

Our inaugural Club was intentionally designed as an introduction level to Shakespeare: we wanted participants to fall in love with the Bard through exposure to his word play and humor as well as experience the joy of performing. Feedback from the participants and their parents after the final performance was overwhelmingly positive, and no one wanted the Club to end: there was much clamoring for “more.”

Isn’t this precisely what we had set out to do? Hook our kids on a love of Shakespeare? That is exactly what happened. We determined that this performance-based Club would become a fall event in our community, and that we would use the winter Club meetings to dive in to reading a full Shakespeare play for pure enjoyment rather than for performance.

But that Club is a story for another day. Stay tuned!

 

*For those of you intimidated by what sounds like a lot of work let me assure you that the majority of this prep came at the front end of the Club experience. After the second session there wasn’t much preparation required for each meeting other than a rough outline of the schedule.

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Day 2: Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Day 2: Homeschool Curriculum Sale! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Welcome to day 2 of my annual Homeschool Curriculum Sale!! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get my curriculum, the time is now! I only do this sale once a year, so don’t wait!

AND…I’m doing a different giveaway each day, so if you missed my previous posts for this week, you may want to go back and enter to win!

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NOTE: I only do this sale once a year, so if you’ve been waiting to get something, now is the time. The sale prices are only valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 so make sure to get your orders in during that time. I will not be extending the sale.

 

 

 

How do I get the discount?

It’s simple! I’ve just marked everything in my store at 30% off, plus you’ll get an additional discount if you purchase 2 or more qualifying items totaling up to 40% off.

Please NOTE:  My eCourses and Amazon books are not included in this sale, sorry!

 

 

Today’s Featured Products:

LOTWBinderK4Binder

Preschool Curriculum: The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It is a 26 week curriculum that’s full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are 26 weekly lesson plans that guide you through each day. Click here for full details on the Letter of the Week preschool curriculum.

Kindergarten Curriculum: Following the Letter of the Week, I have a K4 Curriculum is great for kids age 4-5 who are ready for Kindergarten. The curriculum introduces beginning reading, math and handwriting skills that will give your student a huge advantage as they proceed through their elementary years.

Upon completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of simple addition and subtraction, place value, basic 1 and 2 vowel words, and beginning reading skills, logical thinking and much more! With this curriculum you also receive 34 weeks worth of daily lesson plans to help guide you through a full year kindergarten skilled activities.

 

Visit the Confessions Store to see all the goodies on sale!

This sale is valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 ONLY!!

I apologize to anyone who has purchased prior to today or who may miss this sale, unfortunately the sale prices are only effective for purchases made during the week of May 28-June 1, 2018 ONLY.

WIN IT!

Today I’m giving away one copy of my Letter of the Week PDF and one copy of my K4/5 Kindergarten PDF curriculum!

I’ll pick two winners, you choose which one you want!

Enter below to win!

CAN’T WAIT?

Feel free to purchase this product during the sale so you can get the discount, and I’ll refund your cost if you win!

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Day 1: Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Day 1: Homeschool Curriculum Sale! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hey guys, it’s time for my annual Homeschool Curriculum Sale!! Our school year has just ended, which means it’s time to plan ahead for next year! I’m busy gathering curriculum, planning, and getting things ready to go for our 12th year of homeschooling!

And just to say a big thank you to all of my subscribers, this week is our annual store wide SALE!

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NOTE: I only do this sale once a year, so if you’ve been waiting to get something, now is the time. The sale prices are only valid from May 28-June 1, 2018 so make sure to get your orders in during that time. I will not be extending the sale.

How do I get the discount?

It’s simple! I’ve just marked everything in my store at 30% off, plus you’ll get an additional discount if you purchase 2 or more qualifying items totaling up to 40% off.

Please NOTE:  My eCourses and Amazon books are not included in this sale, sorry!

TODAY’S FEATURED PRODUCTS:

Homeschooling 101: For those of you new to my site, or to homeschooling I wrote a book called Homeschooling 101 that will help answer all of your questions on how to get started homeschooling, choosing curriculum, creating lesson plans, and more! For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

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  • PDF DOWNLOAD(Available for storewide sale)
  • PAPERBACK(Not available for the discount due to Amazon)
  • KINDLE VERSION –  (Not available for the discount due to Amazon)

 

World’s Greatest Scientists Vol. 1: This series is all about famous Scientists & Inventors! As usual each study includes fun hands-on activities to go along with the unit to help students remember what they’ve learned, and also provide them with a fun reference too to review and recall each person they’ve learned about.

Each of my scientist & inventor unit studies contains educational lessons, activities and a fun lap book that your students will work on as they progress through the study. The lessons also include book reports, vocabulary, character traits of these important figures, major inventions and contributions, as well as some critical thinking skills. Units can be purchased individually or as a Scientist & Inventor Mega Pack. These studies are geared towards grades Kindergarten-4th, but can easily be adapted for older students as well.

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Scientists and Inventors included in the combo pack:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Henry Ford
  • Marie Curie
  • Thomas Edison
  • The Wright Brothers

 

Visit the Confessions Store to see all the goodies on sale!

This sale is valid from May 28 – June 1, 2018 ONLY!!

I apologize to anyone who has purchased prior to today or who may miss this sale, unfortunately the sale prices are only effective for purchases made during the week of May 28 – June 1, 2018 ONLY.

 

WIN IT!

Today I’m giving away one copy of my Homeschooling 101 eBook download, and

one copy of my World’s Greatest Scientists & Inventors curriculum!

Winner chooses which volume they want!

Enter below to win!

CAN’T WAIT?

Feel free to purchase this product during the sale so you can get the discount, and I’ll refund your cost if you win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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