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Every now and then there are some great sales and freebies that are too good not to share with you! They may have been share on the HC Facebook page {do you follow over there too?}, but they can often be overlooked. Here are a few things you might not want to miss.

Grapevine Studies 50% off

From now through February 7, 2014 you can save 50% on any Grapevine Bible purchases! That’s the BIGGEST sale of the year and one you don’t want to miss. Our kids love the stick figuring {you can see more about Grapevine here}, and it is great for younger kids as well. Even though the drawings seem simple, kids are learning Bible stories.


Friends and Heroes has a free Valentine resources including a word search, flash cards, and a video clip that talks about what love really is – something your kids will enjoy!


If you missed the parenting webinar Get Kids to Listen without Yelling or Reminding, watch a replay of the Positive Parenting webinar here. Be sure to also grab a copy of the note-taking pages as well that you can use while listening.. If you are further interested in parenting classes with Positive Parenting, use the code HC10 to save 10% on the special webinar pricing here.

Phonogram Sounds App


Don’t miss the FREE Phonogram Sounds app from All About Learning Press. Even if you don’t use their spelling or reading programs, this app featuring the pronunciation of 72 various phonograms will be a huge help to your family!

November Pocket Chart Calendar Numbers

It’s hard to believe that November is just a few days away! Here’s a head start for you, so you can print and laminate before the month of November actually begins. Get your printer ready, because there are a few more pocket chart calendar pieces to download today!

November Pocket Chart Calendar Pieces

Use the different colored number cards to try different pattern sequences: an ABC pattern, ABAB pattern, AABB pattern and other patterns you can make up together. Here’s an example of different patterns using the cards from September.

pattern example The set also includes a calendar header for the month of November as well.

November Pocket Calendar Header


Additional Calendar Helps

Here are a few additional printables and helps for you all, including the pocket chart that we use, laminating tips, and additional printables you may like:


Yearly pocket chart calendar numbers from Homeschool Creations copy Pocket chart holiday and special occasion cards


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Coupon Codes and Companies to Thank

We SO appreciate the following companies – be sure to stop by their sites and check them out.

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Teach Them Diligently Conventions will be at four locations across the US in 2014 – and would love to have you there. Teach Them Diligently was created to encourage families in discipleship, home education, and the mission of reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ! I’ll be speaking at three of the conventions {Nashville, Spartansburg, and DC} – hope to see you there!

Maestro Classics features stories set to classical music for children and families. Award winning musicians and storytellers will entertain and captivate their audience, while teaching children about classical music. Don’t miss the free curriculum guides to go with the Maestro Classics CDs!

Apologia has a great new book for preschoolers, A Light for My Path. This book is based on Psalm 119 and is an alphabet book written to help children develop an abiding love and deep respect for God’s Word.

Green Kids Crafts is a company that provides creative activities to do with kids through eco-friendly Subscription Services, Art Boxes, Birthday Activities, and Creativity Kits. With Green Kid Crafts, both parents and kids can enjoy sustainable arts, crafts, and science activities that spark creativity, build confidence, and cultivate respect and love for the environment. Try a FREE Green Kids Craft project for a limited time!

Miracle Mountain Ranch offers Christian summer camps including horse camps, adventure camps, and wilderness camps or retreats for father-son, families and horse lovers. They also have a college level School of Discipleship for teens looking for something other than a traditional college experience. Find out more here.

Reader’s Favorite Posts from October 2013

Curious to see what others have been reading this past month? Below is a list of the ten most visited posts for the month of October 2013:

PDF Printing Problems

Having trouble downloading or printing this file? Be sure to check out the post on PDF Download Problems for tips and tricks on getting the files to download properly. The solution is usually something simple and quick!

Character of God ~ Seeds Family Worship Song Download

Of all the music loaded onto my ipod, the albums from Seeds Family Worship are the ones that we turn to the most often.  I love that the music fills our house and hearts with lyrics straight from God’s word.

Character of God Cover

When their new album The Character of God was released last month, a friend was immediately on the phone with me and we had it ordered and patiently waited for it to arrive. The kids were THRILLED and may not have waited as patiently for it, asking every.single.day when it would be here. It arrived and just as the albums before, it is already well loved and learned.

There are seven albums now from Seeds – and that means over 80 verses that our family has learned through music! We firmly believe it is important to have the Word of God planted firmly in our hearts and love that this ministry helps us!

Want to plant a seed of Scripture into your child’s heart today? Seeds is offering a free song to my readers {God is Unchanging, Hebrews 13:8} from the new album – in exchange for a tweet. Quick and simple and all you have to do is click below to grab it.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. “

Hebrews 13:8 ESV


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Once you click the ‘tweet’ button above, the download button will appear. Click on that button to receive the download link.

You can find the songs from the album The Character of God on these other blogs. If you are looking for great Christmas presents, be sure to visit Seeds Family Worship and use coupon code HOMESCHOOLCREATIONS to take 20% off the individual cds – and remember that each cd comes with TWO so you can share with a friend!

Note: Free song download offer is good through November 30, 2012.

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Truth in the Tinsel

Free ‘”Wake Up the Sheep” Reading Game

Just wanted to give you all a quick heads-up on a FREE reading game download {available for a limited time!}.

Wake Up the Sheep is a little sneak peek into the Level 2 All About Reading Program. This game focuses on the the ‘ee’ sound in words.

You can download the Wake Up the Sheep game by hopping over to the All About Learning Press blog.

In case you missed them earlier, here are two more free reading games, Word Flippers and Be a Lumberjack. Both are currently still available on the site to download.

  All About Reading Level 2 sample: Be a Lumberjack

Our books for the Level 2 All About Reading Program just arrived yesterday and I’m happily pulling apart the word cards! We love the hands-on games that are a part of the program – and I’m sure your family will too!


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Old Schoolhouse ~ Digital Holiday Supplement

2009 Holiday Digital Supplement/Idea Book

I had an email in my inbox this last week from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine letting me know that they are offering a FREE digital holiday supplement to their magazine. I just had a chance to check it out and the pictures are amazing and there are some GREAT ideas in there!

{and free is always nice….}

The supplement has over 175 pages of recipes, crafts and ideas ~ and even includes all that you need to throw an authentic Thanksgiving celebration right down to the costumes {oh….Laurianna would be so in love with that….}.

All you need to do is click on the graphic above and you can download your own copy to browse through! Enjoy!


Fourth of July Resources

Fourth of July sorta snuck up on me. It wasn’t until I did this Friend Makin’ Monday post that I realized we’ve done little over the years for the fourth. Since we have no pictures at all to show for any 4th of July activities, I figured this would be a good year to start. I also posted some Fourth of July crafts {a cute hat and ‘sparkler’} that we made today over on our family blog, No Ordinary Moments, so stop by and check them out

If I get really ambitious, we might even do a little unit study, but in the meantime {and since one of you asked}, here are some resources for you to use for your own Independence Day study.

Heritage House Press
~ Free Mini Unit {act quick!!} all about the 4th! All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter. The link is on the page.

DLTK Independence Day crafts
~ some coloring pages, printables and great crafts

F is for Flag written by Shannon ~ great mini-unit for preschoolers!

Independence Day unit ~ notes and lesson ideas {grades 2-4}

First School patriotic mini-unit
~ geared toward preschoolers with craft ideas, printables and links to online activities.

Enchanted Learning ~ July 4th activity book

Create your own fireworks ~ link from PBS – need flash to do this one

Lapbook Lessons ~ Free 4th of July lapbook

Family Fun ~ they always have some creative and fun ideas for crafts, food and more!

Perkins Home ~ a little unit all about the 4th!

Crafty Crow ~ there are a TON of 4th crafts, recipes and activities here.

Road to Revolution {PBS} ~ teacher resources, games, and more based on the Liberty series

Tour the house of Betsy Ross
{virtual tour}

Listen to some patriotic songs

Have fun looking through the sites ~ and hope some of them help you out!


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