Category Archives: Giveaway

FREEBIE: Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Copywork

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I just put up a brand new item in my store on Currclick…and the best news is, this one is free!!! Check out Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Copywork, just in time to celebrate the holiday.

Handwriting, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, mechanics, AND Bible, all in one easy lesson? It’s simple with Bible Copywork. Your student can study the biblical meaning of Thanksgiving while carefully copying Scripture in their own handwriting. Simply print off each page and let your student copy from the model onto the provided lines. Product includes 27 verses with regular lines for older students followed by the same verses with dotted lines for younger ones. 

And while you are there, you can check out the rest of my products as well.

Mother’s Day Sale at Currclick

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This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thank you!

Currclick is currently having a Mother’s Day Sale!  Head on over to check out up to 70% off selected publishers (including Crestview Heights Academy!) and find 11 freebies.

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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Hi, everyone!

We had a co-op field trip today (which I hope to post about later this weekend!) and so I am just now getting to the winner of last weeks blog hop!  Congratulations to Tracy, who will receive a Well-Planned Day Planner.  I will be contacting you for the email and mailing address you want me to send in to Home Educating Family.  Congratulations!

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Fabulous Field Trips: Blog Hop and Giveaway!!!

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This is the last of four weekly blog hops that I have been doing with the Home Educating Family Review Team. This week, thanks to Home Educating Family, I get to give away a My Well Planned Day paper planner. You can find out the details at the end of this post!

Of the four topics we were given for the blog hop, this is my favorite. Today I get to tell you about field trips that we have taken. Homeschooling has afforded us the opportunity to take our kids on trips when most other children are in school. Homeschooling is such a natural part of our life that no matter what we are doing, we use it as a learning experience. However, some of the trips we have taken have been intended to be purely educational. For example, we have visited museums and historical sites. Then there are the trips with our homeschool group, where we are able to combine a learning experience with a delightful time of fellowship. Other times we take a trip and school as we go.

Beginning homeschoolers sometimes have difficultly letting go of the mindset that if it isn’t done sitting still at a desk or table..or at the very least, at home..it isn’t really school. When you can shift from that into seeing that your whole life can be school, homeschooling becomes a lot more fun. The learning our family does on field trips becomes some of the longest-lasting education we do. And there are just SO MANY choices! We have visited museums, forts, the capitol building, the ocean, the lake, the police station, the fire station, plays, and an apple orchard, just to name a few. Here are some photos from some of our most memorable field trip days:

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I also wanted to encourage you by saying that the vast majority of our field trips are done less than an hour away from our home; many, in fact, right in our own town. If traveling for a field trip just isn’t in the budget right now, with a little creativity you can come up with all kinds of places to visit right near home. A farm, a factory, the dentist office, the newspaper office, a store, the city offices…there are just so many possibilities! Smile Call up a friend or two, pack a lunch, and take a tour of a local business followed by food and fellowship in the park. You will all feel recharged and ready to attack more math problems and reading books when you get home!

Last weeks winner was Laura Lynn Rice who was the fourteenth comment on my blog post.  Congratulations! Once I get in contact with you, Home Educating Family will be sending you your On-the-Go Planner!

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This week, thanks to Home Educating Family, I am able to give away My Well Planned Day paper planner to one of my readers!

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You have until midnight next Thursday (October 11th) to enter.  I will be using random.org to choose a winner, which I will announce next Friday (October 12th).  If you enter, please be sure to check back on Friday to see if you are the winner.  I will need to forward the winner’s name and email to Home Educating Family so that they can send you the prize!

Here’s how to enter:

You may have up to three entries per person.  Any extra entries will be deleted before I determine the winner.

1. You may have one entry just for leaving any comment on this post.  I’d love to know more about you, but even just a “nice post” will do!  Smile

2. You may have one entry for “liking” Crestview Heights Academy on Facebook.  Please leave a separate comment noting that you have done so.  If you already like CHA, just let me know that in the comment.

3. You may have one entry for tweeting about the contest or posting about it on Facebook.  If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook, you can email about the contest or just tell a friend.  Leave a separate comment for completing this activity as well.

Due to international sweepstakes laws, this giveaway is for US entrants only. This giveaway is not tied to any social media site. All prizes must be claimed within eight weeks. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the blog hop. I hope that you enjoyed it. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Please go check out the rest of my team’s blogs and read about some more fabulous field trips.

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Blog Hop and Giveaway: Homeschooling Outside the {Curriculum} Box

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I am participating in a blog hop with the rest of the Home Educating Family review team every Friday for four weeks! And if that weren’t exciting enough, each week I am going to be able to offer a giveaway for a product from Home Educating Family!  You can find out the details at the end of this post!

If you have been reading my blog for very long at all you know that my favorite “perk” about homeschooling is the flexibility it gives. I firmly believe that we are all unique and learn in a variety of ways. As adults we have, for the most part,  the freedom to choose an occupation that fits our strengths. Our children need some freedom in this area as well.  Children, especially young children, need to be taught where they are at. What works for one child may not work for another. Even in our home my children have two very different learning styles, neither of which matches my preferred teaching style. But that’s okay. In our home I have the freedom to choose activities and curriculum that will work for each child or for all of us.

Today’s topic is “Homeschooling Outside the {Curriculum} Box. I’ll be honest, I never really taught inside the “box”. I rarely choose curriculum that has explicit “say this, say this, say this” type instructions. Even if I do choose a curriculum like that, I often don’t follow it exactly. I use my curriculum more as a guide and add to it as I want to. That said, we DO use an overall comprehensive curriculum, My Father’s World. And I LOVE it! Our curriculum does a great job of laying everything out, but still giving a parent the freedom to choose how it is presented.

Since I haven’t homeschooled IN the box, I thought I would go a slightly different direction with the box theme and tell you about something that happened to me the first year I homeschooled. You see, I was fairly confident in my abilities as a beginning homeschool mom.  After all, I WAS a licensed elementary school teacher, as everyone would point out when I told them of our schooling decision. Sure, I could do this. I was a teacher after all.  So, armed with that confidence I attended my first homeschool conference with a friend of mine. We spent hours that weekend pouring over the curriculum halls to make sure that we picked the PERFECT curriculum. After all of the looking, talking to the vendors, and our own discussions we chose the same curriculum.

The curriculum we chose was a unit-style curriculum, Biblically-based. You could use it with your whole family.  It had wonderful, hands-on activities.  I took it home and with great excitement..and tons of confidence..planned out our year.  When I think back over all that I have learned, I have to laugh at how sure I was of myself at that time.   My confidence lasted less than a week and I learned quickly that having an education degree does not necessarily make you an experienced homeschool mom!  Smile   The curriculum that I chose simply did not work well for one young child.  If she had been older or if there had been more of them, I think it could have been wonderful.  It really is a good curriculum.  But she wasn’t and there weren’t.

Still, I tried really hard to make it work. I was frustrated.  She was frustrated.  And then I learned one of the best lessons I have learned as a homeschooler: if it isn’t working, DITCH IT!  It just isn’t worth the frustration of trying to make something work. I know that curriculum can be expensive.  I know that for many of us frugality is a way of life.  But it really, truly, isn’t worth it.  Don’t allow your curriculum to box you in!

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This week, thanks to Home Educating Family, I am able to give away an On-the-Go Planner to one of my readers!

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You have until midnight next Thursday (October 4th) to enter.  I will be using random.org to choose a winner, which I will announce next Friday (October 5th).  If you enter, please be sure to check back on Friday to see if you are the winner.  I will need to forward the winner’s name and email to Home Educating Family so that they can send you the prize!

Here’s how to enter:

You may have up to three entries per person.  Any extra entries will be deleted before I determine the winner.

1. You may have one entry just for leaving any comment on this post.  I’d love to know more about you, but even just a “nice post” will do!  Smile

2. You may have one entry for “liking” Crestview Heights Academy on Facebook.  Please leave a separate comment noting that you have done so.  If you already like CHA, just let me know that in the comment.

3. You may have one entry for tweeting about the contest or posting about it on Facebook.  If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook, you can email about the contest or just tell a friend.  Leave a separate comment for completing this activity as well.

Due to international sweepstakes laws, this giveaway is for US entrants only. This giveaway is not tied to any social media site. All prizes must be claimed within eight weeks. Thank you!

I can’t wait until next week, when I will be able to announce the winner of this contest and tell you about next week’s prize!

Please go check out the rest of my team’s blogs and read about how they make their homeschools unique.

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Giveaway Winner, Postponement, and Second Breakfast

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Due to technical work on the Home Educating Family website today’s blog hop will be postponed for a week.  Please check back next week because I will have another great prize to give away!  Today’s winner is announced at the end of this post!

Today is the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  We are huge Lord of the Rings fans here and, with The Hobbit movie coming out later this year we are reading The Hobbit and all three Lord of the Rings books this year for school. 

To celebrate the anniversary today has been designated “Second Breakfast” day.  We celebrated in fine style, with scrambled eggs and sausage, bacon, waffles, and juice.  Any other day we would call it “brunch”.  Smile  Here are the kids enjoying their second breakfast:

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And our winner is….comment number six.  Congratulations to Tammy Darling who will win a Home Educating Family calendar.  As soon as I get your address and email I will forward that on to HEF and they will send you  your prize.  Thanks for entering!

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Making My Homeschool Unique: Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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I am participating in a blog hop with the rest of the Home Educating Family review team every Friday in September!  And if that weren’t exciting enough, each week I am going to be able to offer a giveaway for a product from Home Educating Family!  You can find out the details at the end of this post!

There are both advantages and disadvantages to homeschooling.  In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages is the flexibility it offers.  Flexibility in methods and resources we use, classes we teach, and even when we homeschool.  Our state does have some requirements that we need to meet, such as a minimum number of hours of instruction and certain core subjects we must teach.  Still, there is a great deal of flexibility available to us.  Today I am going to talk about how I take advantage of this flexibility in our scheduling to make our homeschool unique to us.

When we began homeschooling I pretty much followed the local public school’s calendar for my teaching schedule.  There are some good reasons to do this, the most obvious one being that we were out of school on the same days so I didn’t have neighbor children ringing our doorbell to play on days that we were in school! Smile  When I first started homeschooling I also had a home daycare and following the school calendar meant that the school aged children I kept were not at our house during school hours.  Later on we moved and I quit doing a full day care.  I soon realized that modifying our schedule would meet our needs better.

Over the years our schedule has evolved as our life changed.  My husband’s schedule has changed greatly since those early years.  I now school two students rather than one.  My son definitely does better with a routine and he learns better when we don’t take huge breaks.  We currently use a modified year-round schedule.  We start a new school year the third week of August and we school full days until two weeks into May.  We school all of September and January.  We take one whole week off each month in October, November, February, March, and April and two weeks off in December and May.  We school half days in June.  This gives us all of July and two weeks of August off.  I need that time to enter all of my information into my online planner and for my copying, filing, and organizing.

This schedule fits us very well.  We are off during the weeks that our extended families plan family reunions and other events, as well as major holidays.  June tends to be very warm here and my kids choose not to be outdoors most of the time, so schooling then seems natural to us.  And getting a WHOLE WEEK off during many months of the school year gives all of us time to recharge our batteries and get some extra housework done without having the re-entry issues we sometimes have when beginning in August.  Having that six week break, however, gives us a true “beginning of the school year” day, so we can take those first day photos right around the same time everyone else is heading back to school as well.

Having been a public school teacher it took me awhile to let go of school looking like public school.  But when I did, it brought a great deal of freedom.  We are not limited to certain months, days or hours for schooling.  Some weeks we do some of our schooling on Saturday or occasionally Sunday.  I prefer to work in the morning and early afternoon just because we are often busy in the evenings and my energy level is low, but every so often we will do some school work in the evening. 

If you are a beginning homeschooler, or if you have homeschooled for awhile but just really feel that you need a change, try to let go of the school mindset and think about how you can make your homeschool work for you.  Your homeschool does not need to look like anyone else’s.  It can be uniquely yours!

Now, for the giveaway information! 

I randomly chose the winner using http://www.random.org. Congratulations to Angela, whose comment was the second one on the page!  You have won a one-year subscription to Home Educating Family Magazine!  I will be contacting you to get your mailing information so that you can begin receiving your magazines. 

This week, thanks to Home Educating Family, I am able to give away a wall calendar to one of my readers! 

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You have until midnight next Thursday (September 20th) to enter.  I will be using random.org to choose a winner, which I will announce next Friday (September 21st).  If you enter, please be sure to check back on Friday to see if you are the winner.  I will need to forward the winner’s name and email to Home Educating Family so that they can send you the prize!

Here’s how to enter:

You may have up to three entries per person.  Any extra entries will be deleted before I determine the winner. 

1. You may have one entry just for leaving any comment on this post.  I’d love to know more about you, but even just a “nice post” will do!  Smile

2. You may have one entry for “liking” Crestview Heights Academy on Facebook.  Please leave a separate comment noting that you have done so.  If you already like CHA, just let me know that in the comment.

3. You may have one entry for tweeting about the contest or posting about it on Facebook.  If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook, you can email about the contest or just tell a friend.  Leave a separate comment for completing this activity as well.

Due to international sweepstakes laws, this giveaway is for US entrants only. This giveaway is not tied to any social media site. All prizes must be claimed within eight weeks. Thank you!

I can’t wait until next week, when I will be able to announce the winner of this contest and tell you about next week’s prize!

Please go check out the rest of my team’s blogs and read about how they make their homeschools unique.

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