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Back to School Sale – Save up to 50% off Compass Classroom

 

 

Maybe being a little behind the curriculum ordering pays off – true confession. We don’t have everything figured out for the upcoming year yet. Or ordered. 

Over the last few years our family has delved into several different programs from Compass Classroom via video: WordUp! The Vocab Show (vocabulary), Visual Latin 1 & 2 (high school latin), and last year The Grammar of Poetry.

The programs we’ve used we have l.o.v.e.d. and until August 7th, their physical AND video-based homeschool curriculum is up to 50% off

Compass Classroom has a variety of classes to choose from starting with Biology, History, Logic, Latin, Vocabulary…and so much more. Be sure to visit before the sale ends! 

What I Bought from Build Your Bundle 2019

Build Your Bundle - The Biggest Homeschool Curriculum Sale of the Year
This last week you’ve likely heard snippets about this “huge homeschool sale” via graphics, giveaways, and social media. The Build Your Bundle sale officially kicked off on Wednesday, May 15th and will end on Wednesday, May 22nd. 

In case you’re uncertain how it all works, I’ll tell you this –  the first year it was held I was so very, very confused. There was a lot to wrap my brain around and by the time the end of the school year rolls around, my head is full of just wanting to be d.o.n.e. with all things school related. 

(Can I get an amen?)

BUT saving money on homeschool curriculum is something I do like, so I jumped in, trying to fully understand, and realized how much the could really benefit our family! Since then it has become one of my favorite homeschool sales of the year. 

In case you are feeling overwhelmed and haven’t quite figured out the ins and outs of the sale, be sure to look at this post for a more in-depth explanation on how the sale works. Definitely take a peek before May 22nd though – because the sale ends at midnight and then you can’t take advantage of the deals you find now! (Scroll down to see what we will be purchasing). 

In case you missed it, here’s the post that goes a little more in detail on the bundles: 

My FAVORITE Homeschool Sale of the Year! (8 Days Only)

The Items That Made My Basket

While I LOVE the pre-assembled bundles that have been put together,  I opted to build my own bundle. This year, the format of building your own has changed to make it even easier. Essentially, the more you buy, the more you save! 

Above is a graphic showing the items I purchased this year. There are several things that I am REALLY excited about: The Arrow book study, Math in the Cards, and the Ultimate US History Cheat Sheets.

Here are the items from my bundle: 

  • Math in the Cards: The Ultimate Math Card Game Collection
  • The Arrow: Literature Guide for Johnny Tremain
  • The Ultimate US History Cheat Sheets
  • Homeschool High School Grading Tool
  • How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay
  • The Bronze Bow – Study Guide
  • State Research Project with Bonus Lapbook

Overall the total value of my bundle was $140.93, but with the 75% discount, my cost was $35.24. Here’s a quick look at the discount structure for building your own bundle. Essentially, add WHATEVER you want to your bundle and at each level you save more. 

 

Themed Bundles

Preschool Bundle
There are 15 themed bundles to choose from, ranging in price from $10 to $49 and the above graphic shows what is included in The Planner Bundle (my Weekly Homeschool Planner is included!). Save up to 96% on the pre-assembled bundles that range in topic from Early Learning through High School. 

Most popular Bundles:

  1. Mystery Bundle
  2. Preschool Bundle
  3. STEM Bundle
  4. History Bundle
  5. Kindergarten Bundle

Most popular Courses & Memberships:

  1. Start a Blog and YouTube Channel for Kids
  2. Total Time Makeover for Kids
  3. Spanish for Kids
  4. The Joy of Handwriting Success Course Plus Copywork Bundle
  5. Accounting Fundamentals

Build Your Bundle - The Biggest Homeschool Curriculum Sale of the Year

Really – there is a LOT, and it is easy to get overwhelmed because of the bundle varieties. It took me quite some time to finally decide what to choose, especially because I wanted to make sure I got the best deal for us money-wise.

BUT, all that said, there are some amazing deals to be found! Set aside a little time today and start browsing. 

Just remember, you only have until Wednesday, May 22nd at midnight to purchase. 

If you have any questions about the bundles or the sale, feel free to email and ask too! 

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Fantastically HUGE Homeschool Giveaway (and a FREE Printable)

In less than a week, the 2019 Build Your Bundle homeschool sale is coming – Wednesday, May 15 to be exact. We are taking part again this year as a contributor (and also a purchaser) – and there are so many fabulous publishers and products to share!

Before the sale begins though, they are hosting giveaways for TWO bundles of every single item!! That’s over $3000 in products to two winnersPlus, if you enter before the sale launches on May 15th, you’ll get a $5 coupon to use on any Build Your Bundle purchase of $25 or more!

ENTER TO WIN HERE —-> Go do it now!! (I’ll wait.)

The Quick Details

Next week I’ll be sharing more of the full details on what we will be ordering from the sale, but in the meantime, here’s the nutshell version of what to expect: 

  • The giveaway starts May 10th and ends May 15th Enter now
  • Each giveaway entrant receives a FREE Kitchen Binder Printable Pack. 
  • Each entrant also receives a $5 coupon code to use during the sale. 
  • The sale runs May 15-May 22, 2019. 
  • There are some GREAT changes to the sale this year – making it so much easier! 
  • Each day there will be additional giveaways!! (YAY!!)

I’m still going through all of the items myself, but am really excited about some of the new publishers and items being offered (and you will be too!), especially since it’s a chance for me to save money on next year’s curriculum and try some products I’ve been eyeing!

The Giveaways, the Coupon Code, & the Freebie!

The main giveaway for TWO complete bundles starts May 10, 2019. All entrants from that point forward are eligible for ANY of the prizes below until they are given out.  But, you must enter before May 15th to receive the $5 coupon

Look at the other giveaways happening throughout the sale!

May 15
All Bundle Prize x 2 
Crayola 140 Count Art Set

May 16
Sharpie Assorted Colors 12-Count – 2 Pack

May 17
Pocket Notebook/Journal – 5″x8″ – 5-Pack

May 18
Child Artwork Frame – Display Cabinet 8.5″ x 11″

Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart

May 19
Scotch Thermal Laminator + 100 Laminating Pouches 8.9″ x 11.4″ – 3mm thick

May 20
Giant World Map – Laminated – 77.5″ x 46″

May 21
Fire 7 Tablet – 7″ display, 8 GB, with Special Offers

May 22
BlackHP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier with Ink Bundle

 

FREE Kitchen Binder

Along with your entry into the main giveaway, each entrant will receive a Kitchen Binder printable pack to download. There are some great meal planning helps in there for all families. :) 

Get a $5 Coupon Code

Every little bit helps when we are purchasing curriculum. In addition to the discounted prices in the bundle sale, entrants will also receive a $5 coupon code that can be used on purchases of $25 or more during the sale. Your coupon code will be given to you once the sale starts on the 15th.

There’s SO MUCH more to share, but that’s it for today! 

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For now, enter the giveaway,

grab your coupon code and freebie!

Time left to enter the giveaway to win ALL of the bundles…

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5 Reasons to Make the Switch to Teaching Textbooks Online

{disclaimer ~ this is a sponsored post in partnership with Teaching Textbooks}

It’s been nine years since our family made the switch to Teaching Textbooks and just over a year since we started using Teaching Textbooks 3.0, the online version of their program. While the academic content is the same, the 3.0 version offers additional perks to the traditional book and CD-rom method we have grown to love. 

Using Teaching Textbooks was a game changer for our family. We went from went from literal tears and frustration with math to happy kids who thought math was fun. I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if the online version was going to be a good fit for our family (and I may have balked a little bit at that new-fangled option), because I’m typically a pencil and good-old-fashioned-book kind of girl. 

But after a year using the online subscription-based 3.0 version I can honestly say we are even more in love with this incredible program. We have used Teaching Textbooks from Math 3 all the way through Pre-Calculus – read on to see why the 3.0 version has us hooked!

Access ANYWHERE

We’ve had quite a bit of sports-related travel in the last year with our boys and guess what? Math can be accessed anywhere we go, since most everywhere has wifi now (insert an evil *little* laugh here). No need to bring separate books or disks for anyone. One laptop and we are ready to work on math.

In addition, at home our kids typically work from different computers which means (with the physical disks) each year I had to reload the program onto a different computer. There was also the year one of our kids went through two hard drives on her laptop. With the 3.0 version, all the math levels are stored online and can be accessed from any computer in the house, and no disks need to be loaded or programs transferred from year to year. 

No Disks or Books

In the past, our boys were famous for misplacing their math disks. Or wrecking their textbooks. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 has been a fabulous solution for us because there is nothing to lose – everything is digital. This may seem trivial, but guess what we can never find when we need to flip back to a past lesson to review a concept – our textbook!

The 3.0 online version has an ebook that can be viewed in a different browser window or even printed off if you choose. One thing I love about this: I can pull up a browser on my computer, flip back to a specific lesson, and we can review and work on a problem on one of the kid’s computers. More than one person can be logged into the account at a time – hello, wonderful!

Grade Storage

We won’t talk about how many computer issues we’ve had over the years and how many hard drives I have in a drawer (for real).  With the 3.0 version, Teaching Textbooks stores your grades for you, even after your subscription is over. You don’t have to worry about where that grade book disappeared to – they’ve got you covered. 

As a parent of four, I absolutely love that my parent home page allows me to see all of the kids at a glance, including past levels. There’s not logging in/out of different levels because it’s all conveniently in one location. 

Also, did I mention that Teaching Textbooks does the grading for you? The program grades each question as your child completes it, giving instant feedback, and also provides a digital gradebook which can be printed off at the end of each section or as a whole. 

No Disk Drive Needed

When our oldest started taking classes at the community college, we needed to get her an inexpensive lightweight laptop and opted for a Chromebook without thinking that all the way through. With no disk drive or storage capacity, she was working from two different computers until Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Online was released. 

All of the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 programs work on MAC, Windows, and Chromebooks. Tablets and phones can be used as well with the Puffin browser (3rd party browser, support limited). For our family, the Chromebook aspect has been HUGE this past year. The full Teaching Textbooks 3.0 was one of the few programs we didn’t have any issues with! 

Completed Lesson Notifications

A more recent feature that has been added is the lovely “Completed” notification next to lessons that have been finished 100%. I have to say, this is one of my FAVORITE new features that has been added to the program. Prior to this update, the parent had to do a little more digging in the grade book to see if a lesson was 100% completed, but now – there isn’t any hiding if a kiddo “forgets” to do a problem. I’m going to assume it’s not just one of my boys that likes to try this…and maybe this would be helpful in your home too

There are so many other features to love about Teaching Textbooks 3.0 and you can read our full thoughts on it here, but if it’s something that has piqued your interest – keep reading to see how you can try it for free!

Try Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for FREE

If you’d like to test out the 3.0 version, you can start a Free Trial of the complete program, up through Lesson 15. The trial includes lectures, solution, eBook, and grading on each of the products. If you decide to purchase the full version, everything transfers over for you! 

And bonus – you can try ANY and EVERY level. They are that generous! Learn more HERE. 

Not sure where to start? Download and print a placement test online. 

 

Weekend Links: Sales, Giveaways, and Coupon Codes

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There are some VERY time-sensitive offers below, so be sure to check them out if you are interested! 

Here are a few links that may help you out as you wrap up your school year: 

 

Win a $100 All About Learning Press Gift Certificate!  

Our family has used both spelling and reading from All About Learning Press and 100% recommends it to your family. Don’t miss this fabulous giveaway from All About Learning Press – a $100 gift certificate toward anything on their site! Giveaway ends 5-31-19, so enter now!

FREE Trial of Teaching Textbooks 3.0

Have you heard about Teaching Textbooks 3.0 – the online version? If you’d like to test out the 3.0 version, you can start a Free Trial of the complete program, up through Lesson 15. The trial includes lectures, solution, eBook, and grading on each of the products. If you decide to purchase the full version, everything transfers over for you! 

And bonus – you can try ANY and EVERY level. They are that generous! Teaching Textbooks 3.0 – the online version 

Not sure where to start? Download and print a placement test online. 

FREE Terrific Tales Writing Prompts

WriteShop

This FREE set of writing prompts from WriteShop offers your young writers storytelling inspiration via their choice of 33 different narratives (both lined pages and printable card sets) and includes: 

  • A Unicorn Tale
  • Secret in the Attic
  • Treasure Trouble
  • Steampunk Alley
  • Peril in Paris
  • Keep Out!
  • The Great Museum Mystery
  • The Day Everything Went Wrong
  • … plus 25 more!

Win a Free Getaway Package!

Do you know a mom who deserves some special recognition and pampering for everything she does? Nominate her for AOP’s Mother’s Day giveaway, and you’ll both be entered to win a weekend getaway prize package!

Featured Sponsors

Save 10% on I See, I Spell, I Learn

Until June 30, 2019 you can save an additional 10% at the I See, I Spell, I Learn online store using promo code: HOMESCHOOL2019(expires 6/30/19).

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Also, save 10% in their Amazon store using the promo code 10HOMESCHOOL

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Additional Freebies, Sales and Giveaways 

 

Weekend Links: Giveaways, Sales, and Deals

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There are some VERY time-sensitive offers below, so be sure to check them out if you are interested! 

Here are a few links that may help you out as you wrap up your school year: 

Last Chance for a Notebooking Page Membership

March 31st is the LAST DAY to purchase a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership and/or individual Notebooking Pages products.

 

Win a FULL LEVEL of All About Reading!  

Our family has used both spelling and reading from All About Learning Press and 100% recommends it to your family. Don’t miss this fabulous giveaway from All About Learning Press – a full level of reading (you choose the level)! Giveaway ends 3-31-19, so enter now!

 

Chalk Pastels Spring Sale

Put a little art into your homeschool day with the You Are An Artist spring sale. Chalk pastels are one of the most forgiving art forms – we have had so much fun with them!! Sale ends April 7, 2019.

 

FREE Drag Race Activity

Rev up your engines and get ready to roll! In this fun Drag Race activity, your child will build a race track and race his car to the finish line as he practices reading and spelling words. Ready, set, go!

Mark Your Calendars


Compass Classroom is planning a BIG sale from April 3-10 where you can save up to 50% on various curriculum. We’ve used several of their products and love (and recommend) them. 

Featured Sponsors

Take a peek inside the monthly kit from Ivy Kids focused on the book Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! Save 20% on your first literature kit with code IVY20. You all – these kits are FABULOUS and so much fun for kids to work through!

Join their monthly subscription and they will send you an activity box each month with a brand new book and all the activities to go along. 

I See, I Spell, I Learn is having some great sales on their website at the moment. If you are looking for learning resources to help with sight words, phonics, and spelling, be sure to check out their site. We’ll be sharing a review of several of their products shortly, so stay tuned! 

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