Friends and Heroes Free DVD Offer!

Friends and Heroes Free DVD offer

 

We love Friends and Heroes! We were sent DVD 1 years ago to review and ended up buying the entire series because we all loved it so much! Friends and Heroes is back as a blog sponsor and has an incredible offer for you!

You can receive a free copy of Friends and Heroes DVD 1 with a new membership to the DVD Club. Just pay $1 shipping with no minimum commitment and you can cancel at any time. WHAT?  This gives you a wonderful opportunity to try the first DVD yourself and see if it’s a good fit for your family too.  If it’s not…cancel!  If it is…the DVD club is a great way to collect the DVDs over time for a great price!

You can see the details here!

Note ~ this special offer expires October 18, 2015!

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Wait!  Haven’t heard of Friends and Heroes? 

Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can learn about characters from the Old and New Testament.

My kids LOVE these DVDs.  We own the entire series and have watched them several times.  They learn so much history from these, I love it!

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Giveaway!

We also have a fun giveaway for you today, for the Friends and Heroes music CD “What about Love?What-about-Love-CDCover540w

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Teach Your Child to Read Free Flash Cards and Giveaway!

I am excited to have Janine from True Aim here to share how she teaches her children to read with a Free printable and giveaway!

Teaching your child to read is easier than you think and it can be a lot of fun! With just 10-15 minutes a day, you can help give your preschool or kindergarten aged child a head start, or help them improve their reading skills.

First hundred words free flash cards printable

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When I decided to start teaching my child to read early (around 3 yrs old), there were so many different programs! It was a little overwhelming. I tried Teach Your Baby to Read, The Reading Remedy, Starfall and many others. They were things I liked about them, and things that I felt were missing. There had to be a better way. After researching, My husband and I came up with our own program. The Blue Manor Phonics Reading Set helps your children learn to read by teaching the sounds of the letters first, and in all caps. This is to prevent children from memorizing the shape of the word and has them focusing on what the letter sound is.

Teach your child to read phonics curriculum

The Phonics Book in Level 1 starts with a few basic sounds and has your children blending the sounds to make words right away! This helps motivate them because it makes it more meaningful to them than just learning a bunch of random sounds. Plus, practicing combining the sounds is the KEY to reading. Here’s a quick video to show you what Level 1 looks like.

 

After completing Level 1, your child will have learned to read their first 100 words! Then they will be ready to read the early readers perfect for their level. These readers are unique in that they have the pictures featured on the next page so your child practices blending the letter sounds instead of being distracted by the pictures. You can use the curriculum just like it shows in the video; review and learn a few sounds each day for 5-15 minutes or however long your children like. Most of the time we do that because it is just SO easy and then sometimes we use activities to reinforce letter sounds or combinations that they are struggling with. Here are some examples of the activities we like to do.

Learn to Read Activities

1. Letter Sounds Bean Bag Toss

2. Alphabet Cube Puzzle Printables

3. Race to a Letter

4. The Reading Road

Use this FREE printable of the First Hundred Words flash cards that go with the curriculum to play exciting Flash Card Games and make it fun for your child!

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To get a FREE children’s eBook each month, sign up for the Blue Manor Newsletter!

 

Teach Your Child to Read Giveaway!

5 lucky readers will win a FREE Phonics Reading eBook Set from Blue Manor {enter to win using Rafflecopter below.

You can also save 50% on the Blue Manor Preschool Set until 9/30 with code: 1plus1E50

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The Me, Me, Me Epidemic ~ Book Giveaway

Me, Me, Me Epidemic Book Giveaway ends 9.12.15

We had the privilege of reviewing Amy McCready’s new book, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic, and now get to host a giveaway so one of you can have this awesome book. You can read our original review here!

 

What are some key signs that a parent might have an entitlement problem in their household?

You might have a entitlement problem if your child:

  • Expects bribes or rewards for good behavior
  • Rarely lifts a finger to help
  • Is more concerned about himself than others
  • Passes blame when things go wrong
  • Can’t handle disappointment
  • Needs a treat to get through the store
  • Expects to be rescued from his mistakes
  • Feels like the rules don’t apply
  • Constantly wants more…more…MORE!!!

Sound like a child you know? In truth, there’s not a child alive who doesn’t exhibit some of these symptoms from time to time. Whether you’ve got a big entitlement outbreak at your house or only a minor case, the tools in The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic will help you move your kids toward greater independence, responsibility and contentment.

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends 9.12.15, US/Canada Only

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USA Geography Package Giveaway from Barker Creek

Barker Creek USA Geography Pack Giveaway ends 9.6.15

When I planned my USA Geography curriculum for this homeschool year I immediately went back to our StickerUSA book.  I used this book years ago with my children, you can see a post here showing my kids using it. When Barker Creek joined us as a blog sponsor and asked if I’d like to host a giveaway for StickerUSA and other geography items I immediately said, “YES!”

They sent me some awesome magnet sets to add to my plan this year and my kids love them.  We received flowers, birds and abbreviations. The magnets are very sturdy and thick.  I am very pleased with the quality.

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I sorted them out by state in baseball card sleeves like this…

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We are studying 2 states per week {see our entire plan here} and our magnet board is slowly growing.  The board is SO nice for review, I love the magnets!

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We aren’t using the StickerUSA book this year since we already worked through this book years ago.  Here’s some pages I dug out to show you!  We all loved this book when we used it!

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Here’s more about this book, which sells for $19.99 on the Barker Creek site here.STS5520

Newly updated to include figures from the 2010 census, there is a tremendous amount of information packed in this highly interactive sticker book. We’ve used the best state outline maps we could find to help your students learn their state names, capitals, state birds, flags, flowers and postal abbreviations. Children will love using the 300+ brightly colored stickers included in this book to “fill-in-the-blanks” on each state activity page.

As a special bonus, our StickerUSA™ book includes 50 state flashcards. The flashcards are printed on perforated card stock so they are ready to be punched out of the book and be used! We’ve also included fun facts about each state, information on time zones, regions of the U.S., major mountain ranges, rivers and much more. Working with more than one child? Not a problem! The activity pages, stickers, and flashcards in this book are reproducible for home or classroom use.

 

The Giveaway!

 

USA Geography Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Barker Creek, you can read more about their company here!

We are giving away a StickerUSA Activity Book, a magnetic KidBoard (your choice of red or blue), and your choice of states & capitals OR any two of birds, abbreviations, or flowers magnets.

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway ends 9/6/15 and is only open to continental US address.

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Life of Fred Elementary Math Giveaway!

Life of Fred Giveaway

Educents is the first online marketplace forEducents educational products. In just 2 years we’ve saved homeschoolers & parents over $20 million on much-needed educational products and resources for their students. We hope we can help you discover and save BIG on all the educational products you deserve! Discover thousands of educational items at the absolute BEST price available all at your finger tips!

Click here to browse and discover all our affordable deals.

One of the amazing deals featured at Educents is Life of Fred Math. Up until about 2 years ago I had never even looked at Life of Fred, and had no clue what all the fuss was about.  I bought 4 of the elementary math books to use with Krash last year as a supplemental review and we fell in love! 

We are now using the same books with Ladybug this year, as more of a main math program for 1st grade. Educents kindly sent us the remaining books in the series for this review, since we only owned the first 4 books of the series. The photo below shows all 10 of the elementary math books.

Dr. Schmidt recommends that all students up to 4th grade start with Apples and work their way through the entire elementary series.  Krash is in 4th grade this year and finishing up the series this year {we hope}.  Ladybug is in 1st grade and just started!

Life of Fred

 

These books looked strange to me at first. Take a peek. Does this look like a math book to you?

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Not really, huh?  But it is math. presented in a engaging, purposeful and silly way.  Our entire family now really enjoys Life of Fred math! The strangeness is what has really drawn us in.  The characters are quirky, the stories are funny, and the math is practical.

Want a deeper peek?  Scroll down to the product description section on this page and there’s a link to see inside of each book!  There’s also a great overview video!

We just started with Ladybug and I captured a bit of learning with her Dad during her first week. They sit together like this most days and will use a dry erase board to complete the problems at the end of each chapter.

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Here’s a video I made showing them in action.  It’s about 6 minutes long, giving you a peek into chapters 1 & 2 from Apples.

 

For more added fun, invite your dog!

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The creator of the series, Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt is a former high school teacher and college professor who created the character Fred Gauss to give students real-world examples of how to use what they are learning. Kids love these adventure-focused and engaging stories. With 10 different Life of Fred books, they will have never-ending fun while developing their math skills. This giveaway features the full Elementary Math Series, a $139.90 value – but the educational experience is truly priceless!

Click here to find out more about the Life of Fred books, and click here to read even more.

Click here to read about how an inspiring homeschooler uses the Life of Fred books in her lessons.

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