Saving with Educents!

Have you checked out Educents yet? It’s a daily deal site that offers great discounts (even has free items) on school items such as box curriculum, unit studies, board games, flash cards and so much more. It is free to join and so worth checking out. If you don’t see anything today you like just try back tomorrow or in a few days. They feature items for preschool-High school and even sometimes items for teachers and families.

I personally get a lot of our random unit studies from them (most of the time for free or at 75% off). Right now they have a special offer for me to pass on to my readers! All you do is sign up with your email and they will send you a coupon for $10 to use in the store! Depending on what your looking for, that $10 can really go a long way! And as always they have some great freebies going on right now. There really isn’t anything to loose by checking them out.

So how do you get the $10? Just click this link (or the photo in this post) and enter your email*. Simple and fast! Share this post with others who you feel would like this site and they also can get the $10 coupon!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all find some goodies to use in your homeschool.

*$10 coupon will only be sent to new members.
**I am an affiliate with this company but I do not make any money from you signing up, only if you buy items after using the $10 coupon.**

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Dry-Erase Learning Book Review and Giveaway!

Today I am giving a simple review of “Dry-Erase Learning Book” by The Board Dudes!

*This photo was taken from Amazon.com*

This dry-erase learning book has been perfect for Goober to use for practicing his letters, numbers, shapes, and learning basic math as well as having a nice space to draw without using up all of mommy’s printer paper! The 6 pages are very colorful each with a theme that makes each page fun to look at and do. We started using this in preschool for fun then in Kindergarten it became an everyday quiet time activity. Now that Goober is in first grade it is mostly used for the doodle section and sometimes he will just go do the other pages for fun. When we need a review of a letter or two we go back to this. It has held up very well but I have had to replace the marker once as it did end up drying out. But you can use any dry-erase marker so that wasn’t an issue. If using a paper towel or cloth to erase the marker, I would do that within the first hour as after that it seemed to need to be scrubbed off. I go to the the point that Goober, once finished with his page, will dry it off right away. 
Overall this is a product I would highly recommend for anyone with a preschooler or Kindergartner. 
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Fun with Wacky Lab

The other day we pulled this off the shelf (finally) and got busy digging for rocks. The kids loved it and I thought it was a great kit. But there are some things that I didn’t really think through that made this harder then it needed to be. Mommy’s thinking cap was not working right that day :). 

These are the fun tools that came with the kit. Goober loved them so much that he was trying to break bricks with them… I sent him to do it to the Lego sets instead and that worked so much better!

So by this point you should be able to see two things I should have done differently…. one, DO IT OUTSIDE!!!! And two, don’t use a brown bag or even the newspaper they suggest. Use what I was going to use in the first place, either a box or a disposable aluminum foil baking pan. Not sure why I didn’t go with my gut on this….

And then the third BIG mistake I made… I answered a business phone call…. 

…and came back to this….

…all over the table, floor, couch, and even footprints in the kitchen…

Thankfully it was all easy to clean up, it just took as long to do as it did for them to do the whole thing…. Someone told me after doing their kit that it took their child 4 hours. It took mine about one hour and took that long to clean it all up. 

But then we had a lesson in mopping!

And then we played outside while the floor was drying. Overall, I would do this kit again as the kids loved it and it really was a fun one. But I would take note of the things I would have done differently so that it would be more enjoyable next time. 

Kids love their rocks they found!

I found this kit and many more we hope to do soon at Toys’R’Us. 

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Aviation Study!

I am so excited to start our school year off with a study on Aviation. From the first planes to how they are made today and so much more. I wanted a “soft start” back into school and found that it was going to be national aviation day on the day I was thinking of starting so that is sort of why I picked this but in the planning for it I got more and more excited about it and I know my kids will love it! As I post this we are in the middle of our week long study on it. We recently visited an Aerospace Museum and saw an Air Show that has had them asking many questions.

Ok so what are we doing? A LOT!!! haha But really, below you will find what we are using for this study along with some fun activities.

“The Wright Brothers” lapbook by confessions of a homeschooler is the starting point. This is the bulk of our writing, reading, history, science and even some art. You can find the Unit Study here: The Wright Brothers Unit Study

Top:
Preparing for the week!
Bottom:
Kids starting their lapbook!

The Wright Brothers” by Mike Venezia is the book we read to go along with the lapbook.

We watched a “Magic School Bus” Episode called “Taking Flight” that talks about what is needed for the plane to fly.

We will be watching a few episodes of “How its made” that go over parts of the plane as well as maybe watching a “Myth Busters” episode (after I preview it to make sure its ok for the their age).

Along with all the above we will of course have to make some paper airplanes and fly them outside! Something I came across that I hope to have the kids do in the next few years is take a free flight with the “Young Eagles” program. If you have kids ages 8-17 look to see if its offered in your area! I’m going to wait to do it until both of mine are old enough but it looks like a lot of fun!

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Independence Day~Teaching our Kids

Yummy food, fun games, great time spent with family and friends, trips to the beach, patriotic music, and of course the fireworks! Those are all things that instantly come to mind for Independence Day. But is that all it’s about? Is that all our kids think of when we go to a 4th of July celebration? It’s great to have fun but we need to remember and teach this next generation about why we get to have this fun. For the younger kids you don’t need to go into detail and make them all sad but they need know the basics. And as they get older, we need to build on that so they really get the meaning of it all. So below you will find a bunch of links to fun activities that will hopefully help teach the basics of this holiday while having fun. Then below all that is a question, it’s one I would love to have responses too. I plan to share your responses with my kids and maybe even on the Facebook page to help others be able to share more with their children.

Lap books/unit studies/activity sheets:

4th of July Lapbook by Homeschooling in Heels
Independence Day Unit Study by Amanda Bennett

Recipe:

4th of July Fruit Pizza! (Easy to make with kids)

Activities/Projects:

Pinterest is full of great ideas, here a a few pages I found that I love!
Crafts 
Parties, books, and more for 4th of July

***The above links are not my work but the work of others who offer these items for free/small fee at the time I made this post. I have not used all of them so my posting of them is not me signing off that they are all ok. As parents we have the responsibility to check over what we put in front of our kids eyes before they get to it. Please note that while I think these look like great activities your opinion may be different so please check them out before  having your children use them.***

In your own words, why do we celebrate Independence day and what does this day mean to you/how does it affect you? Please share your answer with us!

Five Minute Friday: Lost

Thanks to Lisa-Jo Baker for the Five Minute Friday writing prompt. This weeks is : Lost.
After reading here head on over to her blog to find many other writers and their take on this word.

GO:

Lost in the chaos, lost in the mess, lost in the boxes that have taken over my home.

Lost is my peace, my understanding of what is to happen, lost is my control.

Through this move, all this is true, but there is joy in knowing that this is the start of a new chapter, maybe even a new book.

This is were we start over, find new friends, build new relationships, have a new life.

This is where God has allowed us to go and once things are settled, when the boxes are gone, that is when the peace and understanding that I’m missing will return.

This is a blessing, one we have yet to unpack. One I know will keep giving even after all the sadness of starting over is gone.

Learning to lean even more on Christ and lose myself in Him, this is what comes from the chaos, the boxes, the mess.

STOP

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Last days in our home…. Saying goodby.

                 Blue sky
            We have been going nonstop so I let them sleep whenever I can. 
          Yay! Another mess to clean up! 
             View from our yard. 
                     Amazing sunset! 
 Last photo of my amazing tree! Going to miss it. 
                     Goodby house! 

Just some thoughts…

 
These last five years have been so different from what I expected. Some of it has been great but most of it has been a challenge. And although I’m so glad we get to move on, I’m a little sad to leave. It’s here that our kids had many firsts. First steps, first words, first snow experience, first friends, first days of public school, first days of homeschool…. 
It’s here I got a better sense of who I am and who I for sure am not. It’s here I learned how to pick good friends, be a better friend, to say “see ya later” to dear friends, to forgive those thought to be your friends and to move on. 
It’s here I found out how much I love the State Fair! In fact it is one of the few things I will miss. I loved not only attending it but also working it. 
It’s here I learned that I will take a hot day over a cold day anytime! And that it’s better to not have air conditioning then to not have a heater. 
I could go on and on but I think you get the point. I’m so glad to be moving on but will miss the great friends I made and will miss the memories that we made here…. But that’s why you take lots of photos! So down the road you can still go back to them. 

Update #1

It’s been a crazy few months and I haven’t been able to post what I wanted too. So I thought I would provide an update to let you all know I’m still here!

 Homeschooling has been…going…. 
As all homeschool families we have ups and downs and I know it will get easier (I hope…). We have a lot of distractions right now that I know are the problem. We keep at it and will be taking a break soon. 
 We have great news! After being at this base for over 5 years, the Air Force will finally let us move!!!  Over the next few months that is going to be our biggest challenge and blessing. We can’t wait for this new adventure and all the opportunities that will come with it.

Preparing for this move and homeschooling have kept me busy and unable to post lately but I have lots of posts coming soon! I plan to do a few more updates but for now this will have to do. Thank you all for sticking around and reading my blog! There will be at least two giveaways coming up in the summer so don’t go anywhere! 😉 

(I will miss the sky here, the clouds are always amazing)