A Light for My Path ~ Review & Giveaway

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I am excited to share a new book from Apologia called A Light for My Path by Davis Carman.  I was sent this book to review and am honored to have Apologia as a blog sponsor. Help your children fall in love with God’s Word while learning their ABC’s with this beautifully illustrated book based on Psalm 119. This is so much more than an ABC book, introducing the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet and twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

A Light for My Path is simply beautiful.  I showed it to my daughter, who loves animals, and she was in love.  She looked at it periodically for a couple of weeks and then it was on my desk for awhile and out of her sight.  A couple of weeks ago I set it back out and just happened to be there when she saw it.  I promise these photos are not staged, at all!

She went nuts hugging all over the book, so excited to see it!

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It was really quite amusing, and yes I was thinking to myself, “Man these will make great photos for my review post!”

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I did ask her to show me a page, which she is doing below.  This gives you an idea of what the book is like on the inside.  Each page features a beautiful illustration and a large letter.  The left page says the same phrase on every page, so we shortened it as we read.  It does get repetitive when reading to a 4 year old, although some will love this, she did not. 

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In the back of the book, you’ll find Psalm 119  {which is an acrostic poem} written out in full.  You also see the Hebrew letter of the alphabet that correlates with each stanza at the top of each page.  What an amazing learning tool right at your fingertips!

We love this book and are happy to own it thanks to Apologia!


Along with this new book, Davis Carman has also written another amazing book we own and love, Good Morning God.  I purchased this book over a year ago and it is one of K’s favorites! Good Morning God

For our giveaway today, one of you will receive BOTH books {and the coloring book that goes with Good Morning, God}!

Apologia Giveaway

 

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open to US residents only, and ends on November 14, 2013.

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All About Reading Giveaway

All About Reading Giveaway

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I am thrilled to host a giveaway for All About Reading!  You choose the level if you win! 

You can read my recent review of All About Reading Level 2 here…

All About Reading Level 2 Review

If you are the winner, you may choose from any available All About Reading Level…

Pre-Reading

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

You will also receive the Deluxe Interactive Kit along with level 1, 2, or 3. {Pre 1 is already a deluxe package}

Use Rafflecopter to enter below {if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are viewing on a computer and on the actual blog, not email or RSS feed}. 

Giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and is open until November 11, 2013.

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Integrity Time Online Review & Giveaway

Integrity Time Online Review

I was given the following items to review…

After spending hours looking over this, I made the decision to use it for our character development this year!  It seems like a perfect fit and I think the music will really draw my kids in, they LOVE music!  Since my kids are ages 4, 7, and 11 I decided to go with the Know It {recommended for ages 4-7} curriculum, and focus on Ladybug and Krash mainly.  I won’t require PacMan to participate, but he will always be welcome.

To prepare for our year, I created a lesson binder, and a song binder.

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I also printed and laminated the characters and made popsicle stick puppets.  I had a long piece of styrofoam so I made a little display to make it easier to find them during our lessons.

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PacMan snapped some pictures while I was teaching the very first lesson, on our 2nd day of homeschool this year. 

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My favorite parts of this program are  the characters and the music.  When I presented the characters to my kids, they loved them.

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We met 4 characters on the first day,

  • Complaining Clemo
  • Helpful Henry
  • Positive Polly
  • Selfish Sellie

Just the characters alone were such a fabulous teaching tool as the kids could really relate to the faces the characters were making. 

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I made a playlist for the music and it was really easy to jump to the songs {which are specifically listed out for you in the manual}.

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What I Love ~

The music!  It is awesome and although not faith based, it aligns with my Christian faith.  The messages are definitely messages I want my kids hearing.  My kids LOVE the music, especially Ladybug, who dances around!

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The characters!  With the program, you get printable characters and I love the artwork.  The names are great, and are really meaningful to my kids.  This hands on addition makes the lessons come to life in a great way.

The lesson manual, song printables, and organization.  It really is all prepared at the beginning of the year and then I can just sit down and teach. It took some prep work in the beginning, but now I am done and just teach!

 

Thoughts to Consider ~

I have no negatives for you, just some thoughts to consider.  The curriculum is written to a class, not a family.  This is fine and is adjustable as you speak to your kids if homeschooling, but it is something I think as a homeschooler you might like to know!

There aren’t new characters presented with every lesson.  My kids LOVE the characters so I needed to bring them out for each new lesson.  I wish there was a new one introduced in each lesson. For lessons that don’t have a new character we just review and role play with the ones we have already met.

 

Final Thoughts ~

Obviously I have positive overall thoughts, as we have chosen to use this as our character program for the year. We are up to our 4th lesson, doing one per week, and I am already seeing great results.  The other day at our camper, one of our kids was being grumpy and complaining, and Ladybug said, “He’s being like Complaining Clemo!”  While it wasn’t exactly fabulous that she called her brother out, I was thrilled to see the lesson stuck!

If you are looking for a character development program to use, I definitely recommend looking into Integrity Time.  You can see more in my Learning with Ladybug series, where I share a bit about what we did each week!


Integrity Time is offering a giveaway for you!  Enter to win your choice of either Integrity Time Online Program!

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Based on the program you’d like to win, please choose which Rafflecopter widget to use.  The top is for the Know it {ages 4-7}, and the bottom is for the Grow It {ages 7-11}.  You may enter both, but you may only win one.

Giveaway is open worldwide, US winners will receive actual CDs, all others will receive a download of the music.  Curriculum is an online subscription. Giveaway ends 10/2/13.

1) 1 Integrity Time Online Know It 1 Year subscription and Know It! CD

· ABC Integrity Time Know It (preschool – 1st grade) is a unique program designed to teach our young children foundational values of Integrity. It includes 26 Lessons based on the ABC’s – A stands for Attitude, B stands for Behavior, C stands for Cooperation, etc. The children will learn through games, special snacks, fun puppets, and creative songs many lessons about the importance of choosing what is true and good and right.

· The Integrity Time Online subscriber will receive the entire 26 lesson curriculum in PDF format, along with excellent resources and supplemental materials to expand the Integrity Time Lessons.

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2) 1 Integrity Time Online Grow It 1 Year Subscription and Grow It! CD

· Integrity Time Grow It (2nd-4th grades) teaches children about some of the pitfalls which hinder integrity, including cheating, teasing, tattling, being mean, and being lazy, and shows how to avoid these pitfalls. The program encourages integration into the academic world of reading, creative writing, journaling, and art through guided journal entries, and student booklets. Integrity Time Grow It includes 26 lessons with 26 original integrity stories.

· The Integrity Time Online subscriber will receive the entire 26 lesson curriculum in PDF format, along with excellent resources and supplemental materials to expand the Integrity Time Lessons.

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Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway!

 

Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway

 

The 1st Annual "Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds" Giveaway

Welcome friends! We are excited to bring you a giveaway designed to bless homeschooling families with "last minute funds" to use to purchase curriculum in their homeschool. This year is the very first year and we have three amazing prizes!

 

  • We are giving away $750 in cash prizes to the homeschool community
  • THREE winners will each receive a $250 cash prize via PayPal for their homeschool
  • Must have a PayPal account to win

Heart Behind This Ministry

The Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway was created to bless homeschool families who are in need of financial assistance to purchase their homeschooling curriculum. The giveaway was birthed in the heart of Carlie Kercheval, founder of So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?, last year while praying for a friend who could not afford to buy her family’s curriculum due to the unexpected passing of her husband. It was from that moment on God placed a burning desire in her heart to begin to bless the homeschool community by providing funds for purchasing curriculum.

 

Giveaway Sponsors

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Enter to Win 1 of 3 $250 cash prizes!

Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Winner must be a US resident and have a PayPal account to receive the funds. All entries will be verified prior to awarding of prizes. Giveaway ends August 30, 2013.

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Blue Manor Academy Review & Giveaway

{disclaimer ~ Blue Manor is a blog sponsor, and I was given the Preschool and Kindergarten curriculums to review at no cost}

Blue Manor Academy Christian Preschool Curriculum

Are you looking for a Christian Preschool Curriculum that requires zero preparation time and no teaching experience?  Blue Manor Academy might have just what you are looking for!  We were able to review both the Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum set and are honored to host this giveaway for one of you!

Read their mission statement below to get a better feel about Blue Manor Academy…

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Who is Blue Manor? We believe that an Elite Education begins in the Home.  We are on a mission to help parents raise sons and daughters, whose legacies honor their families and glorify their God.  We create learning books for kids ages 1-12 and early learning curriculum – new books are added every month!  We inform and inspire parents and homeschoolers through our two blogs:  Blue Manor Homeschool  &  True Aim.

We need your support because WE are in this together.  Please join the Manor Homeschool Community today!

You have seen me home preschool my kids here on my blog and what I do would definitely not fall into the category of “zero prep” at all!  I enjoy all of the preparation I do for my young ones, but I know it is extremely overwhelming to many of you, which is where Blue Manor comes in. 

Today we are giving away 1 Full Preschool Curriculum eBook Set including 23 individual eBooks and an additional "how to" teaching manual.  Blue Manor Christian preschool curriculum will not only prepare your children for kindergarten, but will also lay a strong physical, intellectual, and spiritual foundation that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

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What Did We Think?

I was a bit skeptical at first to be honest, but I loved the simplicity of the ebooks and the information presented.  I already knew Ladybug loved the iPad so I loaded the curriculum books into iBooks and began using them with her immediately.  Obviously this isn’t a core part of our home learning, since we are mostly hands on, but this is a wonderful addition.  Here’s a screenshot of our Blue Manor Preschool collection in iBooks right now.  I don’t have all of them loaded, only the ones we are using currently, the rest are on my computer and can be transferred easily.

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What I love most is the realistic images, such as the example below.  Real world images and photographs like this are great to spark discussion and learning naturally. 

Blue Manor Preschool Senses Book Sample

Ladybug’s favorite books to snuggle up and learn with me are…

  • Animal Recognition
  • General Concepts
  • Seasons and Weather

I love that concepts that she needs to know appear in these books even though I might not touch on them in everyday life.  She really enjoyed talking with me about the different storms in the Seasons and Weather book…something we don’t often talk about {beyond the occasional thunderstorm}.  I am just skimming the surface of the material included in the K set also, it’s some great stuff!

    I have printed out the Drawing and Art printables, and we will be using those this year also!
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Is it for YOU?

Blue Manor Academy is a wonderful Christian homeschool alternative for the early years.  I would recommend it as a supplement for parents who already do tons of hands on learning, or for the parent who doesn’t like to plan at all but wants to be sure to cover the basics {and then some}. If your child like eBooks on the computer or iPad, this would be a fabulous choice. The base price is awesome for all that you gain access to, and the eBooks are very well done.  Regular price is $39.99 currently, but there’s a 30% discount code at the bottom of this post!

If you don’t have an iPad or tablet, I could see using the computer all of the time being a bit cumbersome, I personally wouldn’t like that.  The iPad allows for good snuggle up time with the books..

If you are a hands on preschool planning momma, this would just be an addition for you, if you can fit it in the budget.  That’s what I am, so we will be using it only as an addition to what we already do, which is mostly hands on learning.

The phonics system presented is not the method we follow, so if you already have a program in place for teaching phonics and reading, you might find a contradiction {mostly with the order of sounds presented and such}.  We use a different curriculum for reading so to not confuse her, I am choosing not to use any phonics/reading eBooks in the set, except just for fun.  She likes me to read the phonics books aloud to her!

You can learn more over at the Blue Manor website, their Preschool learning page has awesome resources for parents looking for the perfect curriculum for their preschooler including free learning sites, Answers to Common Questions like, "What does my child need to know for Kindergarten." and more!  They also have even more free resources including a Free Book of Virtues,  A Free Blank Calendar Customizable to any month of any year,  2 Homeschool video libraries; The Hows and Why’s of Homeschooling, and Why Public Schools are Failing.  Their Homeschool Blog is filled with current news and inspiration.

Want to see it more in action?  Here’s a video from their site:

You can also see another review, from my friend Becky at For This Season here.  If you watch her video review, you’ll see that we agree mostly!

 

Like what you see?

 

If you choose to purchase now,

you can get 30% off

using our special discount code: 1plusE30

You can also enter to win, if you are selected as the winner, Blue Manor will refund your purchase price!

We are giving away 1 Blue Manor Academy Christian Preschool Curriculum, use Rafflecopter to enter below {view on blog and not in email/RSS}.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends August 20, 2013

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