Blue Manor Education Preschool and Kindergarten eBook Giveaway

Blue Manor Preschool and Kindergarten eBook Giveaway

We are excited to have Blue Manor Education as a blog sponsor and reviewed their eBook curriculum here.  We have another giveaway for you, this time for both the Preschool and Kindergarten eBook set!

Here’s more about Blue Manor Education, straight from Janine, the creator!

Blue Manor Education creates learning eBooks for Kids ages 1-12 and early learning curriculum – new eBooks are added every month! They inform and inspire parents and homeschoolers through their sites Blue Manor & True Aim.

As a parent on the hunt for the best Christian Preschool curriculum, I am sure you know just how crucial the first five years of your child’s development are and that those first five years will have a far greater impact, for good or bad, than any other stage of development.

At this time, our accelerated preschool curriculum is your best friend. We have compiled everything that your preschooler needs to know into one comprehensive eBook set. Next, we spent over a year testing and adjusting our program, as we discovered new and improved ways to present the material. We have a finished product that you will find is highly accelerated, yet easy to teach and easy to learn.

So, if you plan to give your child a tremendous head-start and you can spare 15 minutes a day, then Blue Manor’s Christian Preschool Curriculum is the perfect solution. Our preschool curriculum is designed to help ambitious parents like you, give your child an elite physical, intellectual, and spiritual foundation – a foundation that lasts a lifetime. Parents love our preschool curriculum because it requires no lesson plans and no teaching experience, while producing outstanding results. Start with LEVEL ONE today, and you will be amazed by the ripple effects!

Join our Free eBook Club for Kids! Your children will love our original easy to read stories! Each month you’ll receive an offer code for one of our children’s eBooks for free! To see a sample, download our Free Book of Virtues Now.

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Giveaway & Discount Code!

Blue Manor is offering my readers a 30% discount! 

Use code 1plusE30 for 30% off! This code expires on July 31, 2014.

AND…

We’re giving 1 Preschool Curriculum eBook Set & 1 Kindergarten Curriculum eBook Set. This is a $79.98 value! Enter below using Rafflecopter!

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If you are reading in RSS or email, be sure to come to the actual blog to enter! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends July 23, 2014.

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Fort Magic Review and Giveaway

Fort Magic Review and Giveaway

{Disclaimer ~ we were given the Fort Magic kit free of charge for our review.  Fort Magic is also a blog sponsor.}

When the Fort Magic box was opened for the first time there were many ooohs and ahhhhs!

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We unpacked it all together, as the kids anxiously awaited the moment they could get busy building!

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It wasn’t long and they were hard at work, each building their own fort.

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This was only the first 30 minutes!

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The kit does not come with covers, but that’s fine, we used flat sheets for ours!

Fort Magic is a unique fort building kit, which includes all you see below…

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Every Fort Magic kit includes 382 Pieces:

  • 165 Straight and Curved Sticks in seven different sizes!
  • 87 Connector pieces in five varieties of shapes and sizes!
  • 130 easy to use fabric and accessory Clips! Securely fasten sheets or fabric to ANY shape design your child invents!
  • A full color Instruction Manual with over 20 designs to build!
  • A high quality Storage Bag that securely holds all of the Fort Magic pieces – so clean up is quick and easy every time!
  • A 30-day Money Back Guarantee!
  • Full Manufacturer’s Warranty on all parts!
  • Fabric Covers are not included.
    There are many ideas for building included in the kit …
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It isn’t just forts my kids are building, they also built a “telephone” that went all through the house.  Here’s Ladybug in the living room…

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She’s talking to Krash who is up the stairs in another part of the house!

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Here’s a couple of the forts they have built using their own imaginations {not the guided models}…

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This one Krash made alone, it has a little hallway entryway {the pink part} that turns to go into the main part. Inside he had a whole room set up and hung out in there for hours.

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They also chose one of the designs from the included guide to build,  the castle.

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We worked on some character development during this process.  It isn’t always easy for two boys to both be the boss. This kit builds forts and character, all at the same time!

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They LOVED it!  They set up house in it and have played for days.  I even overheard them talking about how much better this design was than their original designs.  They loved how big it was to fit them all and their stuff, even strings of lights and a glow light build they have strung from the ceiling!  As you can see, both K and L can stand in it.

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Overall we are very pleased with Fort Magic.  I expected it to be a bit flimsy and was blown away with how sturdy it is once built. The only downside {according to my kids} is cleaning up the forts. My kids built a new fort a day for about 2 weeks straight and then they stopped for a bit.  When I asked them why they stopped, clean up was the answer.  It takes awhile! Cleaning up is a good character quality to instill, so this complaint from my kids is not a complaint from me! The kit comes with a nice bag to hold all of the pieces so it doesn’t take up much storage room when taken apart. 

You can see more reviews and photos from other families here!

You can purchase Fort Magic for $199 from their website here, or from Amazon.

We are giving away a complete Fort Magic kit valued at $199!  Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open to US and Canada and ends 6/25/14. Be sure to click over to the blog if reading in RSS or email.

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Learning Resources Counters Review and Giveaway

 

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We love our counters from Learning Resources!  We were sent Garden Critters and Dinosaurs to review. Ladybug LOVES these, I mean loves.  She brings them places, plays with them all over the house {and outside}. They are a big favorite already!

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I gave her the Garden Critters first, awhile back and she fell in LOVE {here’s the original post these photos are from}.  She loves bugs so these have been played with a lot!  Here you can see her playing with them in her Wheat Berries.

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She is a color sorter, always!

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Adding other toys into play with counters is always a good thing.  I gave her the dinosaurs a couple of months later and they were just as big of a hit.  I can’t begin to tell you how much she asks to play with these! She used our color blocks to sort the dinos by color.

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Here she was putting the pterodactyls  to sleep, the babies are lined up and she’s holding the mom and dad.

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Below she was making a leveled house for the dinosaurs and I got a whole story about this creation. 

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The Learning Resources Counters come with a definite recommendation from me and from all 3 of my kids {I asked them}. Ladybug loves them the most but Krash plays with them a lot too.  These are well made, durable and adorable. Counters are good for free open-ended play and also can be used extensively for early math. Counting, patterning, sorting and more becomes much more fun with special counters! I am so thankful to have these 2 sets!

You can purchase many of the Counters here from Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website. Below I will link to the different ones they carry…

Garden Critters Ocean Counters Jungle Counters

Farm Counters Transportation Counters Dinosaur Counters

See all of our Learning Resources reviews here

Want to win a set of your own?

If you are the winner, you pick the set you want!

Enter using Rafflecopter below, if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in RSS or email. Giveaway is open for US only and ends May 28, 2014.

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Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set Review and Giveaway

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set Review and Giveaway


We are in love with the new Geometric Shapes Building Set from Learning Resources!  I was sent this toy to review and have one to giveaway to one of you!  I got to choose our review items {we have another coming soon}, this set appealed to me for many reasons.  Mostly I loved that all 3 of my kids would love it. We have played with it a LOT since it arrived, but one day we had an outside play session and I grabbed these pictures!

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This set includes 90 sticks in 3 sizes (2¼", 3½", 5¼"), 32 curves, and 48 connectors (approximately 1" in diameter). Below are samples of each item…

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They have all had fun creating things. 

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P made a head scratcher, and L is showing off her umbrella.

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The Geometric Shape Building Set comes with a definite recommendation from me and from all 3 of my kids {I asked them}. They all love building toys and will play and build for hours. There are enough pieces to build all sorts of items as an open ended free play toy.  You can also use this set for math instruction, showing 2D and 3D shapes, like those shown below and more!

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Learning Resources has a similar set called, Dive into Shapes! A "Sea" and Build Geometry Set which we also have.  It comes with less pieces but has instruction cards.  We love both sets. If you are looking at these sets, be sure to look at both to see which would be a better fit for your family or class. Dive into Shapes is on Learning Resources here and on Amazon here.

You can purchase the Geometric Shape Building Set on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

See all of our Learning Resources reviews here

Want to win a set of your own?

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Integrity Time Bible Review and Giveaway

Integrity Time Bible Review

{disclaimer ~ we were given Integrity Time Bible free of charge to review and have decided personally to use it as an ongoing part of our homeschool}

We have been using and LOVING Integrity Time Bible.  We reviewed Integrity Time here, and we enjoyed it also.  However, as a Christian family, the Bible version is an absolute perfect fit for us!  We have used lessons A, B and C so far.  I have personally read through a majority of the lessons already and begun preparing for the remainder.  As I said above, I love this so much we have decided to use it all the way through!  You will continue to see it on my blog in my Learning with Ladybug feature {since she is my target student for this}.

I keep all of the lesson PDFs on my iPad in iBooks.  This is a screenshot of my “Integrity Time” folder…

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For each unit, I have printed out the verse, any object lesson printables, as well as the visual aid {usually a character}.  Below you can see letters A, B, and C.

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Ladybug absolutely loves the Bible characters.  Letter A was Jesus {having a Christ like Attitude}, Letter B was David {David’s behavior was the focus}, and Letter C didn’t have a character but a blocks graphic {to represent Christian Cooperation}. The character printables are BW so I lightly colored them in myself before laminating them.  I also hooked ours to a popsicle stick.

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Each letter has a key verse that emphasizes the word.  Below you can see Ladybug proudly displaying her Letter A verse after coloring it.

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Along with the word, verse,and character/image, there is also an object lesson to help reinforce the idea and verse. For Letter A we had verses about Jesus’ loving attitude that we used.

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For Letter B we had a target, and we used this to talk about how even when we love God {as David did} we still often miss the target with our behavior.

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Letter C stemmed off of the Tower of Babel and talked about cooperation along with building a tower together.

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We are adding this in as a part of Ladybug’s Character Education.  She struggles a bit in this area and I need something focused.  I have chosen to do one lesson per week, and have Krash join us.  He needs this too and enjoys the lessons.

Before each lesson, I read through the lesson on my iPad and make sure I understand the Bible lesson. You can see a full sample of the Letter A on the Integrity Time Bible site here.

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After I have prepared any printables and lesson items, I call the kids over and they sit as I read the lesson to them.  I do not read it word for word, as it is written to a class.  I adapt the lesson to be for home {easily done}.

There are way more printables included than we use, here are a few, you can click to enlarge them.

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Keep in mind this program is written for a group setting, and would be wonderful for a Homeschool Co-Op, Sunday School, or Children’s Church class! There are parent sheets, handouts and more!  It is also very easy to adapt for home use.

If you are looking for a character education program, I highly recommend taking a look at Integrity Time Bible.

Word has it there is a 20% off sale going on right now! No coupon necessary!

Enter to win the Integrity Time Bible Curriculum below, along with the Integrity Tunes Music!  This is a $120+ value and I am thrilled that one of my readers is going to win this!

Giveaway is open worldwide {it is a digital product} and is open through April 16, 2014. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below…

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