All About Reading Color GIVEAWAY!!

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun giveaway for you today! As you know, we loved the All About Learning Press All About Reading program, and they’ve just released their AAR versions in COLOR!

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Check out my reviews for all of the AAR Levels here:

 

These books were some of my kids favorite all time stories. They are fun and engaging, and my kids loved to read through them, and I never got complaints when it was time for reading. I’m so excited to see that they have released this fun new full color version. Their stories were wonderful before, but I love the addition of color to the illustrations!

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The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well.

For our reading lessons, the kids also really enjoyed the fun hands-on activity book. The lessons involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. And they really liked to play all of the games that are included too.

“I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell grade 4

 

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The program also has guided hands-on lessons and activities for you to go through with your student to practice phonics sounds, and improve reading fluency.

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I don’t know what it is about the AAR story books, but my kids loved them all! They loved to read these books just for fun so that makes reading time a breeze!

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Check out All About Learning Press for more information on their levels and spelling program!

Not sure what level to start your child on? No worries! All About Learning Press has a placement test to help you figure out where to begin.

 

GIVEAWAY!!

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I’m giving away  one level of your choice for the new All About Reading Color Version! Enter to win below!

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Friends & Heroes Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! Most of us are back to school now, and I thought it would be fun to have a Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum giveaway for you all, so make sure to read to the end for the giveaway info!

For anyone looking for a new Bible curriculum, now’s a great time to check out the Friends & Heroes fun and engaging bible study series!

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Click here to take advantage of their New Year’s Promotion see details below:

    • 10% off purchases of $50 or more
    • 20% off purchases of $125 or more
    • No coupon code needed
    • Promotion ends February 4, 2019

Haven’t tried this curriculum before? Check out my more detailed reviews for Friends & Heroes below!

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The Series 1 Homeschool Bible Study Includes:

    • Episodes 1-13 on six multi-language DVDs
    • 36 weeks of homeschool Bible study curriculum
    • Plus bonus material which includes family activities for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter.

Features of the curriculum:

    • Each week includes a bible study which are approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether or not you are viewing the video that day.
    • A 10 minute devotional.
    • A memory verse
    • Optional activities including fun interactive games and puzzles.
    • A teachers guide
    • Printable pdf files that you can use with multiple students.
    • This curriculum is geared towards students 7-11 years in age.

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The Series 2 Bible Curriculum includes:

    • 36 weeks of homeschool Bible Curriculum
    • Each week includes 30 minute to an hour of video viewing (approximately)
    • Fun interactive lessons that dig deeper into many of the Bibles most important stories
    • Approximately 10 minute devotional to help apply the themes of the week’s Bible study.
    • Memory Verses
    • Optional interactive games, puzzles to reinforce each weeks lessons.
    • CD-ROM printables that can be used with multiple children
    • Parent’s/Teacher’s Lesson Guide including answer keys and certificates of completion
    • Student Workbook of activities
    • Friends and Heroes DVD containing full length adventure episodes
    • Multi-Language Version including 10 different languages and subtitles!

GIVEAWAY!!

Enter below to win a $50 gift card to the Friends & Heroes website!!

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Homeschool in the Woods Review and Giveaway!

Homeschool in the Woods Review and Giveaway! 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!

Hi friends! As most of you know we’ve been using the Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport units for several years now and we love them! We’ve gone through all four of their Project Passport units and I’m excited to try the Ancient Rome unit coming soon!

And I have a fun giveaway for you all as well, so make sure to read through to the bottom of this post to enter to win one of these units for your family!

Previously we’ve used the DVDs, however this time I think I’m going to go for the digital download. Our newer computers don’t have CD Rom drives anymore, and the older CD drives are having issues Sad smile So I’ve found that we prefer the digital access better at this stage of the game!

Along with the Project Passport units, they now have a NEW section for A La Carte items which is really cool! Many of the items listed in the a la carte section are from the larger units, but at a lower price so you can use them to create your own unique history unit.

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I also have a Medieval Times Creative Writing Newspaper FREEBIE for you as well! You can get this fun freebie by signing up to receive their newsletters.

–>> Click here to get the Medieval Times Subscriber Freebie <<–

 

 

Want more info?

You can find more information on the Homeschool in the Woods products here!

Check out my Homeschool in the Woods product reviews here:

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Products we use along with this curriculum:

 

Preparing your Project Passport Materials

Step 1: Organize the teacher’s materials.

I get a lot of questions on how I organize all of these materials. The first thing I did was to look over the CD and pick out the teacher’s lesson PDF files. I then printed all of the “stop itineraries(lessons)” and set them aside. It took a little time, but once I figured out which PDFs were for me everything went smoothly.

And here’s my pretty teacher’s binder all done!

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Step 2: Optional – Print the text/reading pages.

For each lesson there is a reading text PDF that you’ll want to print out. I suppose you can keep this on your iPad or computer, but for me I like having things printed. So I printed all of those in order for each stop and set them aside. Again all of the lesson text pages are individual PDFs so printing took some time.

 

Step 3: Optional – Organize the Teacher’s Binder.

This is totally optional, I like to have things printed out. But you could always just open the TM on the CD each day and skip the printing. I purchased a 1” 3-ring binder for my materials. Inside I organized them like this:

  • Stop Itinerary/lesson plan on top, followed by reading text for that lesson, followed by any additional maps and teacher’s keys.

So in my binder it looks like Stop 1 followed by Text 1, Stop 2 followed by Text 2, and so on. I also added any maps or teacher keys behind the text for that stop. That way I can locate them easily. You can see this in the image below.

Next I put divider tabs between the stops and the Timeline teacher’s key. Since they add to the timeline as you go through the lessons, I wanted to have it all in one place for easy reference so I didn’t separate out those sheets behind the lessons like the other materials.

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Step 4: Read through each Stop and choose your activities.

As I mentioned before each stop has several activities to choose from. I doubt we’ll be able to do absolutely everything, so I went through and marked the things that I knew I wanted to do for sure. I figure later on if I want to add something in I can.

As I read through the lessons, I also marked the crafts or recipes we plan to try. I also created a shopping list of supplies so I can go get them all at one time. With the exception of recipe ingredients that might go bad, I will go get our craft supplies before starting so we’re prepared.

 

Step 5: Print Student Materials.

This portion definitely took the longest to accomplish. After selecting our activities in step 4, I went back through the stops and printed materials for our year. Each activity comes with very specific printing instructions. For example one might say:

Print 2 copies of page M-1-1 on colored cardstock

Print 1 copy of page M-1-2 on white cardstock

Print 1 copy of page M-1-3 on copy paper

I followed their instructions exactly, and printed enough materials for each student as necessary. You might consider printing as you go so you don’t waste materials if you decide not to do something. But I find that we get so busy during the year, I really don’t have time to do a lot of busy work like printing. So for me, it’s just easier to print ahead of time. Plus if I have it ready to go I’m much more likely to actually do it.

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Step 6: Organize Student Materials.

Next I went through and sorted all of the items I just printed in step 5. Anything I knew would be added to their student binder I three-hole punched just so it would be ready to go.

I then stacked the pages together in order and paper clipped 1 lesson’s worth of print-outs for all of my students together in one bundle. So it looks like this now, and I can just hand out papers as we go through each lesson.

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Step 7: Set up the Student Binder.

The next thing I did was set up the student binder. Each one of my kids will get their own binder. There is an option for a lapbook at the end of the year, and we may put one together, but for now we’ll keep our materials in their binder, and I’ll probably have them add the mini-book activities to their binder as well, maybe just glued to a piece of cardstock and inserted into their binder.

You might consider printing as you go so you don’t waste materials if you decide not to do something. But I find that we get so busy during the year, I really don’t have time to do a lot of busy work like printing.

So for me, it’s just easier to print ahead of time. Plus if I have it ready to go I’m much more likely to actually do it.

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Just to make life simpler, I also prepared a couple of things ahead of time that I knew would save us time as we went through the lessons.

The Newspaper: One thing they add to throughout the year is a newspaper. So I went ahead and printed the newspaper pages and stapled them together so that when we get to those lessons I can simply have them add their article to the newspaper. At the end of the year, they’ll have a completed paper!

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Post Cards: I also premade the postcard holder. For each lesson they’ll be adding post cards to it, and I decided that the holder would be easier to have done ahead of time. That way they can focus on creating their post card, and not having to make the holder.

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Timeline: I also printed their timeline and added it behind the post card holder as well. This way they can add their timeline figures to it as we go. They are the blue pages behind the green post card rack in the above photo.

 

BEFORE: So what started out looking like this…

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AFTER: Now looks like this… And make sure to hang on to the CD because there are listening/audio activities as well and you’ll want to keep your CD close by.

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Total Prep Time = Approx. 1 Day

I definitely spent an entire literally FULL day printing and organizing all of this material. But I all of the prep work is definitely worth it. Preparing for this curriculum will make our year go much smoother!

 

——>>  GIVEAWAY!! <<—–

Homeschool in the Woods is kindly sponsoring a GIVEAWAY for us as well! I’ll be choosing FOUR WINNERS and you can choose which digital download Project Passport you want from these:

Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Middle Ages, OR Renaissance & Reformation!

Enter below to win this curriculum for your family!

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Family Devotion Pack Giveaway

Family Devotion Pack Giveaway 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!

Good morning friends! To celebrate the new year, I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes is offering one month free of their weekly family devotions for one of my readers!

The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of devotions along with accompanying video adventures. Each devotion comes with a focus theme, a Bible story to read, a memory verse, then a devotion that includes some critical thinking questions, discussion leads, prayer time and a few extras including free printables and children’s activities.

They cover both old and new testaments where you’ll watch together, read together, explore together, share together, then pray together.

The devotions take about 30 minutes depending on whether or not you also watch the accompanying video which vary in length.

What’s Included in the kit?

The Series 1 Family Devotion Pack includes Episodes 1-13 on six multi-language DVDs along with 26 weekly family devotions.

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What’s the cost? (These are current prices at the time of this post, but always check their website for any price changes!)

  • The entire 26 week series is available for $94.99 (Includes downloadable devotional materials. Printed materials are also avail.)
  • 4 Week Trial is $17.99, then you can upgrade to the full version later if you decide you like it.

Friends and Heroes New Years Promotions (Promotions end January 31, 2018):

Want more info?

Click here for more information on the Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Pack. You can also download a sample devotion from their website as well.

 

Giveaway!

Friends & Heroes is offering one month of weekly family devotions as a giveaway to one of you today! Yay!

Enter through the rafflecopter below!

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MadamSew 32 pc. Presser Foot Set Christmas Giveaway

MadamSew 32 pc. Presser Foot Set Christmas Giveaway 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!

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Today’s giveaway is for the MadamSew 32 Piece Presser Foot Set!

Enter below to win:

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