USA State Mazes

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This project has been in the works for a while now, and I’m so excited to release it this week in time for the 2016/17 school year!  50 State Mazes is a great addition to your US History or Geography studies and the perfect accompaniment to our USA State Activity Pack.

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This new activity pack is included in our $15 USA Activity Bundle which includes:

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U.S.A. Activity Pack

5o State Activity Pages: For each of the fifty states children map the location, capitol, landmarks, abbreviation, nickname, state flower, and state bird.  Children color the state flag as well as the state flower and state bird with ample room to add interesting facts and notes.  This activity pack includes two games to finish out your unit: USA Bingo & Roll Across America.

 

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U.S.A. State Bird Art Cards

Children can color their way through our Nation’s state birds with these fun and realistic art cards.  Each bird is shown with it’s unique markings for children to copy and color their own.  Each bird features a coloring card, visual fact card for children to fill in, and memory matching cards. This set include 27 different birds as many states have the same state bird.

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U.S.A. 50 State Mazes

50 State Mazes includes a fun and challenging maze for each of the 50 states.  This activity pack is sure to excite your children during your U.S. Geography studies.  Suggested age range is K-3rd for a challange, but older children will enjoy them as well.

 

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Back to Homeschool Curriculum Discounts

Discounts

If you’re like me you like to stretch every single penny with your homeschool curriculum.

Sometimes I’ll wait ALL year for a curriculum to go on sale just to save $2.50.  No Joke.

I even pass up the 16 cent spiral notebooks during the Back to School Sales, because I know we’ve got 65% of our pages left from last year. Our binders are tattered and worn, but if they still work they still work.

When I do buy school supplies I try to focus more on quality than quantity, and I look for resources I know will last through different seasons of our homeschool.

Almost half of my Curriculum is digital. I purchase many eBooks for their re-usability factor, and many online subscriptions that can be used with multiple children.

Investing in a Home Binding Machine was one of my smartest purchases for my classroom.  It takes me less that five minutes to print, punch and assemble a curriculum for my children, and provides me with options to switch things up as needed.

I also create many of my own resources and share them with our newsletter readers.

If you don’t already, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.  It’s free and it’s a great way to stay updated with our newest freebies and eBooks added to our curriculum store.

We also feature many exclusive offers from Top Homeschool Curriculum publishers.

Currently, our newsletter is featuring  50+ Deals on some of your favorite publishers at up to 89% off. 

There are products in Math, Language Arts, Science, Special Needs, Technology, Phonics, History, Geopgraphy, Art & Music and even All in One Curriculums.

You don’t want to miss these deals or the ones we have planned for our future newsletters.






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Homeschool Art Curriculum

Draw3dPinAs a kid I loved Art.

It was my favorite subject.

Besides Recess and P.E. of course.

Art is something I try to include in my homeschool curriculum every year, but it always seems to take the back seat when life gets busy.

(If you follow my blog you may notice that I post TONS of art projects over the Summer when we actually have time for art.  I call it Summer Art School)

Anyway, this year I found an amazing drawing curriculum that is ONLINE and requires NO help from me.

Let me repeat that.

NO HELP FROM MOM.

I provided art journals, #2 pencils, and when asked a drawing stump.

But that was it.

I set up their username and password and let them be for a couple of weeks.  (i.e. Take it over Mark Kistler, this Mama is tired!)

Imagine my surprise when I picked up my daughter’s art journal and found this. (Continue Reading)

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Homeschool Music with Ocarina Fundamentals

20140520_143438Is is just me or did this past year FLY right on by?

Are there pages left in your workbooks?  Curriculum unused or tossed aside?

Did you cover everything you wanted to?

Are you feeling guilty over the following subjects: Music, Art, PE, Foreign Language?

Well, don’t.

YOU DID IT!!

You made it through another year and everyone is still alive.

(That is what counts right?)

We all have curriculum that didn’t work, or things we just didn’t get to.

It’s homeschooling.  It’s real.  It’s life.

And there is always next year.

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If you’re looking to get a head start in your curriculum planning, come read our review of Ocarina Fundamentals and check MUSIC off your to-do list.

Be warned, this is very easy to learn and a tad addicting.

Even for Mom.

*Ahem*

 

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Spanish

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Homeschool Spanish Review

New and unique to homeschoolers, Real Homeschool Spanish takes the entire family on the journey of language learning. Our easy to use curriculum is made specifically for the Home Educator and the home learning enviornment.

Speekee Revies

Featuring a lovable character named Speekee, this program includes 10 streaming episodes of Spanish lessons for children. Songs, Animations, and more make this a fun way to introduce your children to a second language.

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Reading

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Reading Eggs Review

Reading Eggs is an online reading program for children ages 3-13. When you join Reading Eggs you get access to two different levels of their program, Learning to Read, and Reading to Learn:

Christian Light Review

Coming soon!

Reading Kingdom Review

The Reading Kingdom is an online subscription website that teaches children to read and write up to a third grade level. The program was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, and incorporates elements of phonics and whole language skills by introducing children to six different reading and writing skills:

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Music

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Ocarina Fundamentals Review

Ocarina FUNdamentals is specially designed for parents who want to teach their children music. STL Ocarina has put together a package of fundamental resources for teaching children how to play the ocarina. The set includes a 12 hole plastic ocarina, Method book 1 on CD, Method book companion CD and an instructional DVD.

Kinderbach Review

There are 6 curriculum levels to Kinderbach, each with a very detailed syllabus of what skills are being addressed. Each level is scheduled to last 10 weeks (with 4 lessons/week) For each level of Kinderbach there is a cooresponding PDF workbook:

 

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Math

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Teaching Textbooks Review

Top Pick! Review Coming Soon

Math U See Review

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Envision Math Review

Envision Math lessons start with review, new teaching, guided practice, independent practice, and then connections. Quizes, Reteaching, and algebra connections are offered throughout.

CTC Math Review

CTC Math is a supplemental online math program for K-12. 1,367 animated and narrated math lessons (VIDEOS!!!) A bank of over 57,000 interactive questions Diagnostic tests Instant feedback to students and regular reporting to parents

Aleks Review

ALEKS is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.

IXL Review

IXL is a K-12 online math program that aligns itself with common core state standards. Each grade is organized into subcategories making it easy to cover a specific topic with your child. While there are no pre-teaching exercises, there are explanations for children when they receive an incorrect answer.

BIG IQ Kids Review

Big IQ Kids is a an online subscription service providing teachers and parents with customizable resources they can use as supplemental learning opportunities. There are different levels of subcription available, and subjects are offered separately as Math, Spelling, Vocabulary, U.S. States, Long & Short Vowels, and SAT Vocabulary Prep.

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Language

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Preschool Printables

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I have recently updated our Free Preschool Printables section of PreschoolMom.com!

We have over 30 themes with numerous printables and activities you can use in your homeschool or classroom.

Here’s a sneak peek…..Click Here for links to all these units!

Be sure to check out more resources at KindergartenMom.com

BTW- We have a separate newsletter for our Preschool Mom website! 

Many of these sets include handwriting practice, alphabet themes, printable charts, file folder games, wordwall cards, crafts, science activities and more!

Alphabet Printables

American Sign Language Printables

Australia Printables

Butterfly Printables

Colors Printables

Community Helper Printables

Days of the Week Printables

Dinosaur Printables

Click Here for Full List

 

 

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Math Fact Monkey on my Back

Oh Golly.

You know.

I think this is probably one of THE MOST talked about subject in homeschool circles.

Or maybe it’s just me….
running around in circles
asking the question:

HOW do you get your kids to memorize those math facts?

What works with one of my kids, doesn’t even sink in with the other.

And everytime I DECLARE that we have learned our math facts,
I soon find out that, “OOPS! We didn’t learn our 8’s as good as we could have”

Tell me please that I’m not the only one.

This is the point in which you would inturrupt me
with a big, “I KNOW! Mine TOO! I tried this,
and that and the other thing but we still haven’t got them all down.”

Then we would laugh and hug and say,
“Oh I’m so glad your kid doesn’t know his 8’s either.”

Happy Happy Day.

Or
Something like that.

But you see,
over these past zillion days we’ve been struggling with math,
I’ve realized that there isn’t a MAGIC anything that is going to make
it sink in.

The only formula that seems (to me) to REALLY works is repetition and time.

One thing were doing this year to brush up,
re-learn, and speed-up are daily math drills:


More Minute Math Drills

(yes. in addition to our daily math lessons)

We simply take 5 minutes each day and dedicate it to learning math facts.

5 little minutes gives us time for 5 speed tests.

The book is a simple progressive collection of math facts.

Here’s how we spice it up:

-We set a standard beginning goal as we start each new set of facts
-Then the goal each day based on yesterdays performance
-Kids are rewarded with a sticker for meeting the days goal.
-A Full sheet of stickers (for us about 70) equals an ice cream social

It only takes Five simple minutes a day
and Math Fact Guilt is gone out the window.

(try it….it’s cheaper then therapy)

And yes, the children are getting FASTER and more accurate,
but seriously,
I’m more excited to kick the Math Fact Monkey on my Back to the curb.

We have both Addition/Subtraction and Multiplication/Division with this series.
I would definitely recommend using this system for
Five Minutes a Day x Four Days a Week

Yes.
You read that right.
Four Days a week.

On Day Five you might want to play a simple math facts game like this one.

You might even be able to WIN one exactly like this.

Sometime.

In the near future.

HINT. HINT. AHEM. HINT.


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Heritage History Giveaway!

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN DRAWN!

First Winner was comment #160: Ann R. who said, “My girls enjoy the Little House books. My son enjoys books about knights and the Lord of the Rings.”

Second Winner was comment #67: Melody Lunsford who said, “Christian Europe and British Middle Ages would go along with our Mystery of History Vol. 2 material. Thank You for having a giveaway!”

Congratulation to both of our winners!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can still take advantage of the
FREE Curriculum CD Offer below, but do note that it only goes through the end of October.

It’s time for another fantastic giveaway from our sponsors!

But First, Write Down This Code!

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It will get you a Free Curriculum CD from Heritage History.
You can read about the offer here

Now, on to the giveaway…

When I first learned of Heritage History,
I was a bit confused as to what products they offered,
and what would be the best fit for our family.

So I wanted to take a second to show you the different ways
Heritage History can become a part of your daily learning:

1. Read pre-1923 books online for FREE.

You can choose from hundreds of living books, and search by author, genre, title, and even civilization. If that weren’t enough, they have color coded them by reading ability.
Bookmark or Pin this page, you’ll love it.

For those of you interested, you can read the Worldview
Heritage History uses to selected each title.

2.Order single E-books based on your current studies.

The benefits of ordering a book can make all the difference in how you access the resources.
When you order an e-book you receive a PDF version and two different e-book versions.
This allows you to print multiple copies to use in your classroom,
and to save the book to your personal computer or tablet. Also the formatting of a purchased book
has been handled with detail. The captions, tables and other parts of the book have been preserved.
You can download a FREE e-book here to see the difference!
(instructions for loading it to your tablet can be found here)

3. Order a Collection of e-books surrounding a theme or topic:

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Heritage History offers TWO different types of CD Collections:
Classical Libraries
Classical Curriculum

These collections of e-books have been specifically chosen to help ease the burden for homeschooling families. With these selections, you can easily provide your children with living books that compliment your current studies.

As with the single e-books, each CD comes with a PDF and two e-book versions of each title.
There are on average about 50 different titles for each collection,
and the price of the CD’s range from $19.99 to $24.99

Last month Heritage History has sent us a CD copy of
Early America from their Classical Library Collection

I was happy to see that it was filled with over 80 titles covering the American colonies to the First World War.

The American library focuses less on politics than many American History curriculums, but includes biographies and short stories about explorers, settlers, inventors, military heroes, writers, presidents, and Indian leaders. American Indian history is treated thoroughly, with over sixteen books on the subject. American Negro and Spanish American histories are also covered thoroughly.

My children are still considered early readers (green books)
so I was happy to see this series by James Otis:

It made me giggle because these are like the original Dear America Journals.

Storytelling just never goes out of style,
children love to read personal accounts of a living history.

We will be using these alongside our American History studies through out the year.

You can read more about the James Otis series here.

See all the 80+ titles included in the Early America series here.

So now that you know all about Heritage History,
are you ready to WIN some classical titles for your classroom?

Heritage History is offering up winner’s choice
of one Classical Library CD, and one Classical Curriculum CD!

There will be TWO Winners!

How to Enter:
1. Check out the Classical Library CD’s, and the Classical Curriculum CD’s.
Come back and tell me which title from each that you would want.
(If you’re the winner, you’ll get BOTH your picks, so choose wisely!)

Additional Entry:
2. Leave me comment with your children’s favorite History story.

Contest ends Friday, October 4, 2012 11:59pm.
Winner will be drawn at random, and this post will be updated.


Disclaimer: As an affiliate of Heritage History I received free product for review purposes, and a percentage of sales is credited back to me. All opinions are my honest thoughts about this product.

You can read our review of the Young Readers Collection here.

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Family Time Fitness: Homeschool P.E.


As a child I can remember trying ALL sorts of different physical activities in Gym Class.
Juggling, Unicycle, Three Legged Race, Wall-Ball, Four-Square, Square Dancing………
Oh how I loved Gym class…..
Tell me I’m not the only one!

I’m totally for recess and free play too,
but sometimes learning and participating in a planned activity can be just as (if not more) fun!

Especially for those of us with a competitive spirit.

Ahem.

Unfortunately, as a Homeschool P.E. Parent,
I’m not very good at “planned” physical activity.

Unless it involves planning to take my children to practice
where someone else teaches their own planned activity.

But even then, it isn’t very convenient
to spend twenty minutes dressing and loading up the children,
forty minutes drive time there and back,
and $8 in crazy gas prices
just to get in ONE hour of planned physical activity.

Spare minutes are hard to come by,
and I’m pretty stubborn about spending 60 of them just shuffling the children around.

So guess who has come to my rescue:

That’s Mike Hanik.

He has reached Homeschool Superhero Stardom as a co-owner
of an amazing Homeschool P.E. program called Family Time Fitness

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Family Time Fitness sent us a great package of P.E. curriculum they have bundled
together and called Fitness 4 Homeschool Core 1
What’s Included in FTF Homeschool Core 1:
The curriculum comes in a download format, so you can print out what you need or load it up on your tablet. I printed up the first two sections and bound them together, hoping that by the third section I would only need the summary pages.


Start Up Guide
(tips, assessments, and required equipment)

260 Preplanned Lessons for ages 4-13
(Warm-Up, Activity, Cool Down and Suggested Outdoor Activity total time 30-45min)

1 Page Summery:
(all the days activities on one page….LOVE THESE!)

Video Demonstrations
(over 200 examples of exercises, here’s a sample)

And More!
(Encouragment Emails, Online Webinars…)


Here are some Action Shots:


(the scooter was part of our relay race…don’t you just love the leg!)

What I like:
-Activities are easy to learn
-Activities are varied and entertining
-Minimal equipment required
-One Page Summary is great!!
-Cost $57 for an entire year, and can reuse again!

What I don’t like:
-Nothing!

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Family Time Fitness HS Core 1 Retails for $57
they offer other products that are worth checking out as well.
Basketball Sports Module
Foundational Strength Program for HighSchool

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If you aren’t currently teaching P.E. in your homeschool,
(as I wasn’t) Here are some articles to think about:

P.E. vs. Playtime
Physical Fitness and Anger Control

Discalimer: As part of the TOS Crew Review I received Family Time Fitness Core 1 for free in exchange for my honest opinion about the curriculum.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  Read what other Crew members thought about Family Time Fitness here.

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Coming up in July:

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Thanks to our July Sponsor: Speekee~

You might remember that last month I mentioned Speekee’s new homeschool curriculum? Well it’s ready and LIVE on the site,
so now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Free trial.
Here are some details:

“This is a 40-week program divided into 4-day weeks with an activity per day. Most activities are around 10-15 minutes in length and all are very easy to follow. As we are happy to reiterate, there is no need for the parent to have a knowledge of Spanish when using Speekee with their children; teacher and student learn together.”

Here are some screen shots of what you can expect:

(You can click these a couple times to see larger versions)

Needless to say I’m super excited about this!
I don’t know Spanish so I can appreciate the guidance that comes with a program like this.
Starting in September we’ll be using Speekee’s 4 day outline alongside one day of Co-op Spanish class.

And I want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone for sharing a link to
The Crafty Classroom!
Here are the Top Five referring websites:

Homeschool Creations
No Time For Flashcards
No Ordinary Moments
Totally Tots
1+1+1=1

Thanks Friends!!!

Lynn and I are working on a new bible lesson for Preschool Post,
The theme will be Responsibility with a preschool theme of Cats!
We’re placing this into our October lessons, but as always you can use them
whenever you need!


I’ll be posting more Bible Verse Printables on Totally Tots!
We’ll be starting up the third CD of Seeds family worship music.

I also plan to share a little bit about what we’ll be using for our
2011-2012 Homeschool Year…Once I finalize all my chocies that is!

So that’s what’s coming up!
Subscribe or Stay Tuned!


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Cha-Chigga!

Before you look at the photos, please note:

All previous Awana Cars manufactured in the McClintick household have been so “Special” that I have never shared their actual glory online, in print, or even via word of mouth….well, except this one for Sparks, but that was just to point out how special it was.

But Anyway….this year….We’re in like Flynn….(do they still say that?)

….and we no longer have to feel the shame of walking in the church with a beat up cardboard box with a few crayon scribbles on it, trying to pass it off for an El Camino.

Never Works.

AND this year I don’t have to pull out my usual routine and try to explain to the other parents what happend to our car….. This year I will not be saying….

“Oh! That’s not you’re car honey! What happened to that amazing 6 cylinder Lexus your Daddy built for you. The grill was custom chrome, we spent a lot of time on that, what happened to it? Remember the windows were overlayed with plastic and tinted only at the top so you could see through them? What? It got stolen? Oh, honey, I’m sure they are just borrowing it, just for a little while…….Here, why don’t you use this car here…(enter cardboard box with crayon scribbles and paperplate wheels)……Oh honey I know it’s nothing compared to the LX Hybrid Coupe but we must be willing to part with our Earthly treasures….it’s a commandment.”

Totally don’t have to say that This Year:

Because…Tonight we sent the boy off in his very own Mater Tow Truck:

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And I’m Proud Humbly Aware that This is the first year that we didn’t have the worst car out there.

…..NOT that it’s a competition. Or anything.

But………You know…IF it were a competition…… or something…..Or if there were someone that gave out points…..Or even like say….maybe….candy, like Hersey Kisses….Or any other kind of AWARD…….like that…..It would probably go to the most awesomest, coolest, functional best car….that was there that night…..

They DIDN’T have anything like that, but if they did…..you know…..

I’m Just Sayin‘………

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First Grade Curriculum

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I DID IT!

I’m totally done.

I’ve got it ALL!

It feels SOOOOOO Good.

Since this was my second year picking out homeschool curriculum, I really feel like I know what I’m doing.

(Snicker)

Seriously though, I was able to pick and choose things that we’re more tailored to my daughters learning style

(And my lack of ability to keep a schedule)

Since we’ve moved from KG to First Grade, I’ve decided to at least keep a little bit of a schedule for Sissy….who I hoping will be able to do a bit more independent work this time around.

I’ll post more about our Daily Schedule soon

But for now Check out what I’ve got planned for the next year.

It took me HOURS, but I Posted All My Picks including why I chose them here on our main site. Every Book is linked up to a Photo, Description, and My Review of why I Picked the Book so if you want to know more about a title, just click it.

(I KNOW!…..you can thank me later :)

I’m also going to update the reviews through out the year as I decide more on whats working and whats not working!

And I’m totally interested to hear if anyone has used any of these titles, and what your experience was of them

(even if you hated it….I want to know!)

So come back and tell me…………

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Garage Sale Finds

This is why I love garage sales….

I spent a total of $11 (which is like the price of just one thing from a Teacher Supply Store)

Unifex Counting Cubes: $1.00

USA States Fact Book: $1.00

2 Fraction Circle Set: $1.00

2 Tile Fractions Set: $2.00

And my very most favorite deal:
36 Premade Laminated File Folder Games: $6.00
(Did you get that? 36 games! That’s like what….15 cents a game?)

Anyone else snag some Garage sale goodies this summer?

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