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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! 

Additional Freebies, Sales and Giveaways 

Last Chance Offer from Notebooking Pages

Do you use notebooking pages during your homeschool time? 

Our homeschool has gone in cycles over the years with notebooking pages. While we don’t use them exclusively, and we homeschool using a variety of learning tools, they are one thing that we do use consistently. I love their flexibility and the opportunity they give our children to record the things that “stick” with them from their learning time. There’s something about having your own thoughts written down that helps cement those facts.

Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership

NotebookingPages.com is a site that we use as a resource for our notebooking pages. Years ago I purchased a lifetime membership to their site and have utilized it as we have worked on various subjects. 

Beginning in April, Notebooking Pages will be changing their membership structure to a MONTHLY paid subscription plan – no more lifetime membership options. The GREAT news is this: if you purchase a lifetime membership BEFORE MARCH 31, you will have lifetime access to their brand new site!!

Visit NotebookingPages.com to learn more about their LIFETIME memberships and their notebooking (& copywork) web-app, The Notebooking Publisher™.
 

These are pages you can use from kindergarten all through high school. There is literally something for every level and subject area of learning – and so many more new things to come. I’ve been going through the site the last few days and completely forgot about some of the pages they offer, so my printer is getting an extra workout this week!

Here are a few things you may want to pay careful attention to, since the timeframe grab the lifetime deal is narrowing. 

 

You have less than 4 weeks to get your LIFETIME membership to BOTH sites!  https://notebookingpages.com/memberships.

 

Important Dates:

  • March 31st: The LAST DAY to purchase a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership and/or individual Notebooking Pages products.
  • Between March 18 – April 15: Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Members receive their (grandfathered) lifetime membership to the new site.
  • Between March 18 – April 15: Apps at the new site go on sale to Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Members.
  • April 15th: Grand Opening of our new site.  Membership program and apps go on sale to the public. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I buy the LIFETIME Membership using the 4-month installment plan?
    YES!  All the way up until March 31, you can pay either the one-time payment of $97 or use the 4 payment installment plan ($10, $29, $29, $29).
  • Will you be shutting down NotebookingPages.com?
    Yes, the shop and free resource center will shut down.  The shop closes on March 31st.  The free resource center closes on April 15th.
    No, we will keep open member areas and customer accounts to allow lifetime members and customers to download their purchased files indefinitely.
  • What about my Notebooking Pages purchases & member downloads?
    NotebookingPages.com will remain open to lifetime members and customers so they can download files just like they do now.
  • Do Notebooking Pages Lifetime Members get access to both the old and new sites?
    Yes! Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Members will have lifetime memberships to BOTH the old and new sites. All new updates and products will be added to the new site.  However, members can continue to access NotebookingPages.com for all of the previous files.
  • Do Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Members have to pay for the new apps?
    Yes.  Lifetime members will pay for access to the apps.  However, the apps aretotally optional.
  • Will you offer a lifetime membership option at the new site?
    No. The only way to get a lifetime membership to the new site is to purchase a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership by March 31st and be grandfathered-in.

Links with Deadlines:

 

Wonder Crate Subscription Box – Sparking Curiosity in Kids

Our family received access to the Wonder Crate Bill Gates subscription box in exchange for our honest review, and I was compensated for my time writing the review. All opinions are our honest thoughts and we have been using the program during our school time. Please see our disclosure policy.

Learning through literature is one of my favorite ways for our kids to gain knowledge. When we can tie-in fun activities that go hand-in-hand with our reading and deepen our understanding on a topic – well, that connection can be priceless.

The past two weeks Kaleb has been working through a new subscription box called Wonder Crate, based on inspirational role models and providing activities that will spark curiosity in kids. We received Curious Minds to Build a Better Tomorrow: Bill Gates and You! 

Each Wonder Crate is based on three core areas – 

  1. A BOOK to Inspire – each Crate includes a book from the Who Is book series.
  2. Activities to Empower – fun activities to spark curiosity and connect children to their own possibilities.
  3. Ways to GIVE BACK – a portion of sales from each box goes to a child that is making a difference.

 

What’s Included in Wonder Crate

Wonder Crate is targeted toward kids that are 7-11 years old. Our youngest son is 12 (6th grade), but his current reading level is right on target for this program. EachWonder Crate includes the following: 

  • Who Was book to introduce kids to brave, forward-thinking role models.
  • Fun activities to spark curiosity and connect children to their own possibilities.
  • Stories of kids their own age that are making a difference.
  • A collectible “Roll Models” card game to make inner exploration FUN.
  • A subscriber email with additional resources and links to videos for families.

The first month of the subscription program also includes a metal carrying case and fun decorations for your Wonder Crate. 

 

Our Thoughts on Wonder Crate

I am a huge fan of the Who Is / Was series, and we have read through several of the books with our kids. For those that are struggling readers, they are a perfect length and not too overwhelming, but chocked full of great information on influential leaders in our world, both past and present. 

The first step for us was reading through the Who Is Bill Gates book that came in our Wonder Crate. Since we were learning about the life of Bill Gates, our activities focused on coding and computer activities: creating a binary code bracelet, creating our own games using scratch, the roll models game, and learning about the young inventor of the month who has created his own app.

The scratch activities were some of Kaleb’s favorite activities (mine too). Wonder Crate provided three step-by-step scratch programs for us to create from simple animation to an interactive game. 

Kaleb started with the simple animation scratch activity, and this is one that turned into a more extended activity for us. He used the card to create the animation and then decided to mix it up a little more by changing the background and having his character kick a ball into a goal. From there we added in an additional character and had them kick the ball back and forth as well as had the activity “reset” when we pushed a specific key on the keyboard. (I’ll admit that I was really having fun with this one too!)

The second scratch activity we worked on showed us step-by-step how to create an aquarium and animate fish to randomly swim across the screen. Kaleb learned how to add sound and change “costumes” on the fish, filling his aquarium with fish of various sizes.

Our crate also included an activity (and video link) to learn about binary code. Instead of spelling out his entire name, he chose his initials and made a smaller bracelet. 

Each Wonder Crate comes with the Roll Models game that isn’t quite as much about “winning” as it is about being more aware about our actions. Players roll a multi-sided die (many more than 6!), draws a card from the pile, and answers the challenge question. 

Each of the questions requires a little thinking and the opportunity for kids to share a real life experience and tie-in their learning. It’s a great opportunity for conversation and encouragement. Kids can earn points based on their answers, but we didn’t keep score – the conversation was better. 

Overall some of the activities were easy enough for Kaleb to complete on his own, but a few required a little more assistance from me (the scratch activities online, for example). Younger kids would likely need a little more assistance in working through their Crate, but truthfully I had just as much fun as Kaleb working through our Wonder Crate – and may have worked on one of my own animations when he was done.

Subscribe to Wonder Crate

Wonder Crate offers single crates, or a monthly subscription option of 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Choose the option that works best for your family and your Wonder Crate will be on the way to your home! Bundled options offer additional savings if you choose to prepay. 

If your family is interested in adding Wonder Crate to your homeschool time, be sure to use the coupon code HOMESCHOOL and get 15% off a 3,6 or 12 month subscription. Please note – if you would like the Bill Gates Wonder Crate, orders must be placed by February 15, 2019.

Single boxes and tees are also available in their store https://www.wondercratekids.com/shop/all/

 

An EARLY Holiday Sale from Bright Ideas Press

From November 15-18, 2018, you have the opportunity to save up to 20% on products from Bright Ideas Press. Our family has used (and still uses) a variety of their products over the years, from Mystery of History, Wondermaps, North Star Geography, and Christian Kids Explore Chemistry – and we have loved them. 

Sales on their products don’t happen often, but here’s a peek at the savings.  

Shop and save 20% on Bright Ideas Press published products.*

This includes many of your favorites:

  • The Mystery of History Volumes I-IV
  • WonderMaps (including WonderMaps – Ancient Civilization Edition to complement The Mystery of History Volume I and WonderMaps Medieval Edition to complement The Mystery of History Volume II)
  • North Star Geography
  • All American History
  • Christian Kids Explore Science series
  • A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poetry
  • A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers
  • Civitas: The Government Card Game

*Bundles, audio books, and clearance items are excluded.

Additionally, you can save 15-20% on online classes for middle and high school students. If you have a subject that’s become a regular challenge for you or your child, check out the courses offered through Bright Ideas Press! Many of their courses can be joined halfway through, allowing you to make some needed changes and revitalize your school year!

If you’re feeling like something’s got to be different next semester, take a look at their classes. Both self-paced and online teachers are available.

These are the lowest prices you will find in their store.

Ready to save? Save now on your favorite homeschool curricula or those online classes you have been eyeing.

 

This four-day event will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2018. (All times are ET.) No coupon required. Sale prices will be reflected at checkout. Additional coupons cannot be used in conjunction with this sale.

 

2 Day Flash Sale!! Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with a Freebie from Me!

For just TWO DAYS, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) is available again for purchase. Over $3,000 worth of products for $29.97.

There is so much goodness wrapped up in this bundle – from ebooks to classes. It can be mildly overwhelming at first, but there is a little something in each category that will help you out: from housekeeping, budgeting, mothering, cooking, to homeschooling.                                 

A Peek at What’s Inside the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Within the bundle, you’ll find resources that teach you how to:

  • Organize and declutter your home so it’s beautiful and easy to clean
  • Accomplish more in less time so you can balance your many roles
  • Grow stronger relationships with your spouse and your kids
  • Serve healthier meals in a fraction of the time
  • Decorate, budget, parent, plan, take better care of yourself, and so much more.

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses (aff link). There are some fabulous resources from bloggers like Ruth Soukup, Money Saving Mom, Anne Bogel, Tsh Oxenreider, Erin Odum, and more!

There is a catch though – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) re-release will only be available from 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 6th. JUST TWO DAYS!!

 

Bonuses for You!

Your purchase of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle also includes the following bonus offers: 

  • FREE 2-month subscription from Scribd, $17.98 value
    **New customers only, subscription automatically renews after 3rd month
  • FREE 1-month subscription from BookRoo, $24.95 value (U.S. shipping: $5, Canadian shipping: $16 CA)
    **FREE download of 3 minimalist Bookroo posters for existing customer
  • FREE Printables Collection PLUS $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop & 3 Art Prints from Hope Ink, $52 value
  • FREE Natural Eye Shadow Kit from Orglamix, $15 value (shipping starting at $6.99, calculated at checkout, international shipping available)
  • $15 gift certificate toward the Faith Collection from Cultivate What Matters, $15 value (shipping starting at $3.95, calculated at checkout, international shipping available)
  • FREE 1-month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $19.95 value (U.S. shipping: $4.95, international shipping: $9.95)

**$15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers

As an added bonus, if you purchase your bundle through Homeschool Creations, you’ll get a FREE copy of my 2018-2019 Yearly Planner.  Purchase through THIS LINK and then email me a copy of your receipt  – and I will send you your freebie! 

Your Purchase is 100% Guaranteed

You can buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family, you’ll get your money back in full!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Don’t forget – this bundle is only available until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Writing About Books: Book Reports and Beyond (Limited Time Freebie)

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Maybe your kids are all that into book reports. I get that, we’ve had some kids who do and some kids who whine until all eternity. Especially if you have kiddos who aren’t strong readers. Our boys have been anxious enough about reading, so when writing a report is added in, it makes it tough. 

That’s one reason I am SO excited about this limited time freebie from WriteShop. 

The Writing About Books: Book Reports and Beyond e-book offers loads of ideas that get kids talking and writing about the books they are reading, from the earliest picture books to high-school level novels. The various activities will invite them to do one or more of the following:

  • Show how well they understand what they have read
  • Describe parts of the book
  • Summarize the story by giving an overview of the book’s theme, plot, and/or main characters
  • Give an opinion

In addition, you’ll find printable reading logs for all ages, book-themed journal prompts, and other creative ideas to encourage children and teens to respond to literature. Sprinkle them into your weekly reading and writing lessons and watch students make more meaningful connections with the books they read.

What Is Included in Writing about Books?

Discussion Activities and Tips for Writing about Books

  • How to choose picture books—plus links to top book lists for children
  • How to use picture books with middle-grade students
  • How to teach young children to talk about books they have read
  • How to teach middle-graders to respond to literature 

37 Ideas for Creative Book Report Alternatives

Go beyond book reports by encouraging your kids to try alternatives to writing about books. Some activities incorporate crafts, drama, or games. Others stretch higher-level thinking skills as students imagine a new setting, keep a journal, map out a character’s journey, or think about plot twists. And many of these ideas can be adapted for different ages and interests, from pre-writers to teens.

There’s something for everyone, including:

  • The crafty kid
  • The list maker
  • The letter-writer
  • The imaginative student
  • The map-maker
  • The deep thinker
  • The student who loves technology

17 Printables for Writing about Books

  • Reading logs for K-high school, suitable for both fiction and nonfiction selections (can serve as book report alternatives)
  • Printable writing prompts about books and literature
  • Book discussion bookmarks
  • Elementary and teen pages for recording favorite book quotes and passages

Writing About Books is designed for grades K-10, they can be adapted for other ages. This freebie is a special gift for subscribers of the WriteShop site (and you’ll get other great tips and freebies along the way!). Be sure to subscribe to get your free copy. Future purchase will be $3.50.