Archives for May 2012

Maestro Classics CD Bundle Giveaway

I am excited to share Maestro Classics with you today!


The Maestro Classic CDs are wonderful mini-units that help introduce symphony and orchestra to younger students. Maestro Classics produces “Stories in Music” which are a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12, but can be enjoyed by everyone, yes…even us big people! Each CD comes with a booklet full of lesson activity ideas and games to play while listening, my kids personally love the cd insert. The CDs also include information on composers and historical facts when appropriate to the musical selections. The stories are engaging keep kids attention while at the same time introducing them to classical symphony and orchestra.

If you aren’t familiar with Maestro Classics, I recommend going to their website to learn more.  If you look for this graphic,


down at the bottom of their site, you’ll find answers to common questions about the series! 

One thing I love about Maestro Classics is their homeschool music curriculum guide.

We personally own Peter and the Wolf and my kids love it!  I hope to own more of their CDS in the future!IMG_9603

Maestro Classics would like to give one of you a four CD classical music set, called the "Story Pack" which includes…image


Mike Mulligan 

mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel_newVirginia Lee Burton’s classic American storybook, a childhood favorite for generations, is brought to life with this beautiful new music for orchestra and Irish bagpipes.
In the story, Mike Mulligan refuses to give up his aging steam shovel Mary Anne as they travel to find one last job together. A tale of loyalty and friendship, perseverance and good ideas, this musical CD won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award.

The Tortoise and the Hare

tortoise-and-the-hareHare, certain that talent and new running shoes will win the race, stops for a little French onion soup at the bistro along the route. All the small animals in the forest cheer poor, slow Tortoise along, while Hare, who is far ahead, decides to take a nap. The charming musical score, complete with “The Pretzel Vendor of Paris” song, won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award. 

Casey at Bat

casey-at-the-bat_newWhen the Mudville Nine are almost certain to lose the game, Mighty Casey takes his turn at bat, and the fans hold their breath as each pitch is thrown.
The upbeat, jazzy music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is highlighted by cheering crowds, vendors hawking their wares, the cheers of spectators and the sounds of the ball being hit, which bring the story to life.

Juanita the Spanish Lobster

juanita-the-spanish-lobster_newThis new musical work from England combines flamenco guitar music with bel canto opera, poking fun at both, while telling a delightful story. The music of this tale invites you to not only have fun listening but also to learn and sing along.

You’ll get a kick out of the high level of quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the dynamic storytelling and the multifaceted tongue-in-cheek humor. Fun for all!

Great for kids ages 4-12 and their families (These stories in particular are nice for younger kids, since they have fewer possible "scary" moments, with the exception of Juanita, where there is one very short "scary" moment when she is captured in a lobster trap, but her friend saves her very quickly)


To enter to win this $65 set, use the Rafflecopter form below.  If you don’t see the Rafflecopter form, and you are reading in email or RSS, be sure to click over to the blog itself to enter!

Giveaway is open to US and Canada, and ends May 31, 2012.

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Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 37 months old~

We took a week off from Animal ABCs or any theme and Ladybug just played with whatever I had available.  I was busy helping Pac finish up his last 2 weeks of 4th grade and Krash is with the grandparents.  I am busy in prep mode for the summer and next year.  I wanted a week off of planning anything for her!  She had a great week despite my lack of planning!


I had one thing set out all week long, our big container of jewels.  I didn’t even really think about having these out, but the entertained her every day this past week, in many different ways.  Here she was finishing up a big sorting project.  She had sorted them all by color and was dumping them back into the big container.IMG_6656

A little cup stacking…IMG_6659

Skylanders are school toys right?  She had a whole set up with the Skylanders and the Automoblox cars.IMG_6644

Marbles came out too and also kept her entertained for hours.  At first she was very UNHAPPY with Stella joining her.IMG_6729

We talked about sharing and finally she was sweet.IMG_6742

I made her some magnets for the cookie sheet out of the jewels and she loves them!IMG_6750

She asked me for her Tot Time Notebook and we colored in it together.IMG_6768

Showing me her face she drew…IMG_6785

Massive amounts of cutting, MASSIVE.IMG_6791

I lined up the skyscraper building set for her and showed her how to balance the marbles on top, she loved this!IMG_6793

Then she got creative building things herself!IMG_6800




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  • Moments to Remember

    Moments to remember


    Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember.
    The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

    It has been a light school week for us as Pac finishes up his last 10 lessons of 4th grade, and Krash is down in NC visiting with the grandparents all by himself!!  It is so weird without him around, we miss him terribly!

    Daddy is leading a college mission team this week, which makes for extra work and a very missed Daddy.  One of the group’s projects is cleaning up the community garden in the vacant lot behind our house, the kids enjoyed a day off of school to help with some of the work.  Seeing Daddy was definitely the highlight though.IMG_6684

    Ladybug wasn’t much help, she was in charge of picking flowers for usIMG_6700


    I love Ladybug and her strong emotions.  She asked for her Tot Time Notebook and did NOT want me taking pictures of her.  Guess what?  I did anyway. 😉

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    She absolutely LOVES Buck Denver {that’s what she calls it} and the What’s in the Bible DVDs, she asks to watch them a lot.  It got really quiet one afternoon while I was not with her while she was watching.  I came in and found this.IMG_6769

    PS-Sara, do you like her hair clip? 😉

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    Link up your moments to remember post below, be sure to provide a link back and be sure to use a permalink to link up your exact moments to remember blog post {not your blog home page}. Your post can be as simple as one photo, or as detailed as tons of photos and tons of words!  This linky is for homeschoolers, or families who are keeping their kiddos at home during the early years {we consider you homeschoolers too}.

    When adding your link, just put your blog name for the title and choose an image from your Moments to Remember post for the thumbnail.

    Next week, link up with Homeschool Creations!

    Let’s Explore Botany Bundle

    The Let’s Explore Botany Bundle is for sale in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!  This is the first of the premium bundles that will be for sale in the future.  The basic Calendar Connections cards will stay FREE, the premium design will bundled with the eBook for sale, for just $1.50! 

    Let's Explore Botany Button


    The premium calendar cards print front to back and have a more unique design featuring a title on the front of the card.Slide4



    I have printed our botany set in preparation for next year {we didn’t use them this year}, here’s what they look like…IMG_6709


    The bundle also includes a page with the direct link to the Let’s Explore Botany eBook…so it will open separate from the calendar cards. Slide2

    The pages of the eBook look like this…

    Calendar Connections Botany Digital Version 1 Calendar Connections Botany Digital Version 18 

    Learn how to put eBooks onto your iPad or other device here!

    I am grateful to Shannon for partnering with me on this project!  Shannon will have a brand new homeschooling blog very soon, you’ll be able to get to know her better!  We both thank you for your support through any purchases you make of these bundles we are putting together!  I am planning to slowly convert all past sets and any new sets to the bundle format.

    Purchase your Let’s Explore Botany Bundle here!

    Letter Mazes A-Z ~ Subscriber Freebie

    I have a new Subscriber Freebie for all of you who subscribe to the blog {details are below if you are unclear of what it means to subscribe or how to subscribe}.  I have been working on the individual Letter Mazes for quite some time now and am thrilled to say that they are all finished!

     Letter Mazes Bundle

    I even made some edits thanks to a few tips from a few of you who are using them.  I will continue to offer the individual files for FREE here, but will be selling the bundle of all letters A-Z in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop soon.  BUT, you can get it for FREE through May 31, 2012 if you are a blog subscriber!

    Not sure what to do with these?  Here are a few ideas for you in this post about the letter mazes!IMG_6655

    The Letter Mazes A-Z Bundle will only be offered for free with a special link at the bottom of the daily 1+1+1=1 email or RSS feed every day through May 31, 2012.  It won’t be anywhere else right now!  Eventually the set will be for sale, so get it for free now while you can!

    If you don’t subscribe yet, just click here for email and then be sure to confirm your email address once you get the initial email from Feedburner {be sure to check your spam folders if you can’t find the email}.  If you’d rather read in an RSS reader like Google Reader, just click here!  If you have any questions, just leave me a comment!  I am grateful for all of you who follow here regularly and hope this freebie blesses you!