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HUGE Black Friday Homeschool Deals (and Cyber Monday too!)

There are TONS of great deals for both your homeschool and just plain ol’ fun this weekend. Shopping online and staying away from the crowds is one of my favorite things to do (I honestly hate shopping in general, so these online deals make me happy!).

And if the weather is cold in your parts, like it is here, shopping from the comfort of your home is definitely a way to win all around! 

Here are a few discounts and codes to save up to 60% from companies our family has purchased from, used, and loved. If you know of any, feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

For Your Classroom

  • Disney Circle – Take $50 off the Circle!! This is a device we use to filter and turn on/off the wifi to specific devices in our home. It has been a HUGE help to our family over the last few years. You can “pause” devices with the simple touch of a button, block sites, and set limits for web time or see how long kids have been online via various devices.
  • Save $5 off a $20 book purchase via Amazon – use code NOVBOOK18 during checkout.

  • Compass Classroom – Up to 50% off and FREE SHIPPING!! – no code needed through November 26th.
  • Crafty Classroom  is offering 25% off your entire shopping cart. (CODE: BLACK25) and a  FREE 26-Week Handwriting Program with any order over $5 (CODE: CYBER2018). The Crafty Classroom specializes in top-quality, low-prep, hands-on teaching resources for K-5 students.
  • Masterpiece Society art classes are available at a 30% savings with code MASTERPIECE30 – art classes for Kindergarten through high school. 
  • Bright Ideas Press has extended their pre-holiday sale until November 26 – save 20% sitewide!!
  • Not Consumed Store – with $7 deals, BOGO, and FREE shipping sitewide, there is something for everyone available! 

 

Fun Delivered to Your Mailbox

  • Ivy Kids Kits – New Ivy Kids can subscribe and save 30% Black Friday through Monday with code IVYBLACK30. After Friday, take advantage of their reduced prices on all gift subscriptions and 10% off on all past kits w/code PASTKITS10 through 12/4.
  • Little Passports – $ any subscription! A perfect holiday gift for curious kids – use code BESTDEAL

  • KiwiCo – kits start at $7.95 – the LOWEST price of the year! Our kids have loved each kit we’ve used from

For the Entire Family

  • Our family has L.O.V.E.D. the CordaRoy’s beanbags that have joined our home and made great use of them these last few weeks with family visiting. During the day they are comfy bean bags, and at night they convert to beds for guests to sleep on (we have a full and a queen). Take 20% off sitewide with code BLACK20! 

 

Feel free to leave a comment below if you know of any other deals happening! 

 

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. 

Homeschool Giveaways, Coupon Codes, and Sales

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How are you all doing this school year so far? We’re almost 1/4 of the way through our work, even though some days it feels like we should be waaaaaay further! 

Below I’ve listed some time-sensitive giveaways, discounts, and special offers below, so if you are at all interested, I’d encourage you not to hold off!  

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

Save $10 on the Primary Assessment Pack

This educational assessment pack is one of those that will help you document progress without the tears and dread of traditional testing! Plus it gives you checklists to help reassure you along the way. It’s a win-win for all homeschool families with children ages 4-8 – and currently on sale for $10 off at Not Consumed

Win a $100 Gift Certificate for 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 spelling (you choose the level)! Giveaway ends 10-31-18, so enter now!

99¢ Shipping from WriteShop

WriteShop has been our go-to writing curriculum for all of our kids (read more about why we love it here). Until October 31, 2018, get 99¢ shipping on orders over $25

Featured Sponsors

Take a peek inside the October kit from Ivy Kids focused on the book Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert. 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. 

 

Additional Freebies, Sales and Giveaways 

Homeschool Giveaways, Links, and Coupon Codes

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I hope your week is starting off well! We lost power for a good chunk of our day, which threw a few things off, but decided to camp out on the couch and do some reading together, which is always something I love.

When I don’t fall asleep reading to the kids (ahem).

Below I’ve listed some time-sensitive giveaways (don’t miss the first two!!), coupons, and goodies below, so if you are at all interested, I’d encourage you not to hold off!  

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

$2000 Family Getaway GIVEAWAY


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Teach Them Diligently is giving away a HUGE prize pack to one lucky family!! Make sure you plan to join them on Thursday, September 20th at 9 pm Eastern as we celebrate the launch of 2019 together during our first Facebook party of the season. They’ll have even more prizes to give away, exciting announcements about 2019 keynote and featured speakers, details about the add-on programs for 2019, special deals for registrations, and more.

#TTD2019 LAUNCH PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights in the host hotel at the Teach Them Diligently Convention of your choice
  • Teach Them Diligently Family Registration
  • All Add-ons for your family (whether you want to enroll your kiddos in the children’s program or any of our other amazing add-on programs this year!)
  • $500 Visa Gift Card to help defray the costs for your family to get to Teach Them Diligently
  • Membership to Teach Them Diligently 365
  • *Actual value of prize will vary, based on host hotel chosen.

I’ll be speaking at several of their locations this year and hope to see you at one of them! 

ENTER NOW!! 

Win a $100 Gift Certificate for 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 $100 gift certificate to use toward any of their reading programs! Giveaway ends 9-30-18, so enter now!

Featured Sponsors

Take a peek inside the September kit from Ivy Kids focused on the book What Pete Ate from A to Z. 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. 

Free Proofreading Mark Printable

Something that has been so helpful over the years with our kids (and also when teaching writing classes) is this proofreading mark printable from WriteShop. You can download a free copy on their site HERE. 

 

Additional Freebies, Sales and Giveaways