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Homeschool Scholarship Giveaway

If FREE curriculum for your child from now all the way through high school sounds like wonderful thing – you need to read on! 

Alpha Omega Publications has announced its largest giveaway ever—a full homeschool scholarship for the remainder of the winner’s K-12 career. This giveaway is available to any homeschooling student and will provide free curriculum beginning in the 2018-19 school year and running through completion of their senior year of high school. The winner will be able to select whichever of AOP’s award winning curriculum brands is the best fit for them.

Eligible candidates can enter once a day through June 28 for their chance to win.

Enter here: https://woobox.com/zkzdu2

Win $100 Cash, Over $5,000 in Curriculum, AND Get FREE STUFF!

Today is a happy day for you. There are some BIG things coming your way, but today I want to share TWO great giveaways for you (and some freebies!).  

Many of you are in the throes of planning our curriculum for the upcoming year, so you do not want to miss both of these giveaways: one for $100 cash (no strings attached) and the other for over $5000 in digital curriculum! 

First —> WIN OVER $5,000 in Curriculum!

Next week, the Build Your Bundle sale begins and to celebrate they are having a HUGE pre-sale giveaway where you can win over $5000 in homeschool curriculum!  

Here are the quick details:

  • One winner wins ALL 20 bundles – a $5,204 value
  • One winner wins a Premium Build Your OWN Bundle of Five – up to a $700 value
  • You will earn 5 points for each referral who enters using your unique link (you will get your unique URL after you enter)
  • If you refer a friend who wins – you BOTH win
  • Instant access to the FREE Homeschool Portfolio Pack for all who enter
  • Everyone who enters will get a special coupon code good for a discount on a Build Your OWN Bundle

Don’t Miss It!! —–> ENTER TO WIN HERE


Win $100 Cash – No String Attached! 

Since we all can use a little something to put toward our curriculum buying (or let’s face it – the unexpected dentist visit this week!!), I am personally giving away $100 cash. Use it however you’d like. Curriculum. Car payment. That dumb dentist visit. Or chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Use the widget below to enter. 

Giveaway open to those who can receive Paypal funds. 

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Download a FREE Homeschool Portfolio and a Coupon

Enter to win a HUGE giveaway, grab a FREEBIE & coupon code

If you’ve purchased from the Build Your Bundle Sale before you will definitely want to grab. Receive a coupon code, just for entering your email address! The Build Your Bundle Sale starts on May 7, 2018! 


The Build Your Bundle Sale will be ONE-WEEK ONLY

May 7 – May 14, 2018

Don’t miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year. If you enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, you will automatically get reminded!

Giveaway end Monday May 7th at 7:59am – enter now and grab your coupon code before it ends!

Giveaway Time – Q the Robot!

You may remember when Zachary built EEME’s Q the Robot about two years ago. He loved the project then and recently Kaleb had the chance to build his very own Q as well! 

I’ll soon be sharing more about Kaleb’s time with Q the Robot, but before that you definitely want to head over to Instagram and enter to win your own robot kit! I have to tell you, that little tongue in the picture below was cracking me up because it was out practically every step of the way in the building process (and it just makes me smile). 


Ready? ——-> GO ENTER NOW!! 


Giveaway open via Instagram. Ends Monday 4/9/18. 

A BIG Ol’ Box of Books GIVEAWAY

Our bookshelves need a little cleaning off, and one fun way to do that is to share the book goodness with YOU all and give them away to one of my readers. 

That is, assuming you love free books. :)

Many of the books are in brand new condition, but a few others may have some underlining or an earmarked corner or two. A chunk of them are from my past reading lists, but others are ones that have been pulled off the shelf to make room for another book or two currently on my list. 

Here’s a peek at the sixteen books that are in the box (feed readers, click here to see the list and enter the giveaway): 


To enter the giveaway, use the widget below to enter. Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 11:59pm and is open to those with a US mailing address only. 

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Our Favorite Homeschool Writing Curriculum

There was a time period many years ago where both of our girls hated writing. All the joy, fun, and creativity had been sucked out of that subject thanks to me and the belief that writing could only be done one way (thank.you.very.much), and there was no wiggle room allowed.

(I was desperately wrong, in case you were wondering).

Many of us get caught up in the ‘right way’ to teach something (or maybe that’s just me), and in the process we often forget that learning should be fun and something our kids desire to do. When the creativity literally shriveled up in our girls, it was a moment when I realized we needed to stop and bring the life back into a subject that was dry, dry, dry – and make it fun!

Enter WriteShop…

We picked up a set of holiday StoryBuilder cards from WriteShop before one Christmas break and suddenly, based on three little prompts, the writing floodgates opened and stories began to pour out of our girls. Notebooks were filled (and kept going and going) in just a short timeframe. The love for writing returned.

Ironically, we already had one level of WriteShop on our shelf, but I had put it aside for something else (hello, shiny). We pulled that book back off the shelf, ordered additional levels, and haven’t looked back since! WriteShop has become the writing program of choice for our children, and one that I wholeheartedly recommend to other families.

A Solid Writing Base


This year, Laurianna (11th grade) has been taking dual credit English classes at our community college that require a lot of detailed writing assignments. I’ll admit that at first I was nervous – would she be able to handle the requirements? 

In her sixth and seventh grade years, she completed both WriteShop I and WriteShop II and went on to work through three years of a high school literature program in which I based the writing rubrics off our time with WriteShop – and you all, she has been SO prepared! The foundation those two years gave her were truly the core of her writing.

Not only did the WriteShop I and II programs prepare her, they prepared me as a teacher to truly instruct her in the writing process (from essays to research papers), evaluate her work, and offer constructive feedback. As I mentioned before, the grading rubrics were highly instrumental in our high school literature program as well and helped in various co-op classes when needing to provide instruction and guidance to those students.

Really truly, the one thing that I keep repeating to my high school lit classes – being able to write a strong paper is one of the most important things in education. Choosing words carefully, writing a persuasive argument, proper spelling – writing is a part of almost every facet of our lives!

A few words written poorly can make all the difference, and I want our kids to have a strong writing background, which I know they will thanks to WriteShop.

I’ll also admit that the teacher’s guides in the WriteShop 1 and WriteShop 2 levels have greatly spoiled me. The grading rubrics and instructions are very clear – such a huge help to a busy homeschool mom, and the step-by-step program is easy to follow for both students and teachers.

Something for EVERY Grade Level

While I’ve shared much of our love for the WriteShop I & II programs, they truly have a writing program or tool for every grade level, and it’s never too late to jump in and start. Our younger children are also using their programs (Junior and now WriteShop I), and we have worked through all the levels of their programs in recent years. We really love it that much!

From grades K through high school, there is truly something for each of the children in your home to use. 


FREE Writing Prompts


Don’t miss their FREE writing prompts either! These are a fantastic way to get a peek into the WriteShop programs – and get hooked as our family did! From elementary through high school, there are mini-lessons, story prompts, word prompts, and programs to encourage and help even the most reluctant writers! Here are a few reviews that’s I’ve written in the past:

Writing doesn’t have to be another chore you add to your homeschool day. It can be fun and productive – and inspire your family to creative writing for years to come.

Ivy Kids Literature Kits – GIVEAWAY!!

One of our long-time sponsors, Ivy Kids, is dedicated to making children’s books come alive for families. Their focus is meaningful play based around a specific book to help children learn basic academic skills, engage in critical thinking, and build overall comprehension while reading together. Each month they create a new “kit” based on a children’s book that includes games, activities, learning guides and questions, crafts, and more for children ages 3-8. We have used several of their kits and absolutely loved the time we spent with them. Literature-based learning was the core of our early years with our kids and holds such wonderful memories. 

Ivy Kids is offering a wonderful giveaway to my readers this week – TWO Ivy Kids Kits: Night Animals and Elmer!! Both are described a bit below, but I’d encourage you to visit The Ivy Kids store and see all of the kits they have available, as well as their monthly subscription plan, where a new kit is shipped to you each month! 

Save 20% on Ivy Kids Kits!

If you’d like to try Ivy Kids Kits with your children, be sure to use the coupon code below!

Ivy Kids discount code

Subscriptions to Ivy Kids are available for one, three, or six months and add-on sibling kits are available for an additional $5. Try out any one of their past kits, but remember supplies are limited. Subscriptions are the best way to get the newest literature kit! Use the code IVY20 to save 20% off your first kit with any renewing subscription.

Also, all store orders over $60 receive free shipping in the continental US! Yay!

Recommended for grades preK – 3. Parent supervision is needed, but no prep-time is required. We wholeheartedly recommend Ivy Kids to other families.

Night Animals Kit

Learn more about this kit here

In this Ivy Kids kit featuring the humorous book Night Animals by Gianna Marino, you will find:

  • The book Night Animals by Gianna Marino, will introduce children to nocturnal animals through lovable characters and a humorous story.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Plush Skunk: Children will love to cuddle and play with this soft and adorable skunk while reading this month’s book, Night Animals
  • Ceramic Owl: Use paints to decorate a large ceramic owl. The owl will make a beautiful addition to a child’s room!
  • What Are the Night Animals Saying?: In the story, the author uses speech bubbles to tell the story. Now it is your turn to tell a story with the night animals and write what each animal is saying.
  • Paper Bag Possum: Create the fearful possum from the story by cutting and pasting the possum body parts onto the bag. 
  • Paint a Picture of a Skunk: Paint a realistic skunk by using the adorable plush skunk and skunks photos as a reference.
  • Nocturnal Animals: Learn fun and interesting facts about nocturnal animals. 
  • Nocturnal vs Diurnal: One player will have the Nocturnal board and the other player will have the Diurnal board. The first player to cover all the spaces on his or her board wins the game.
  • Sorting Eyes: Sort the night animal eyes by size and/or color.
  • Animal Eyes in the Dark: How many night animals are in forest? Use the colored wiggly eyes and the dark forest board to help you solve multiplication and division problems.
  • Bat Craft: Use scratch art and stickers to create a colorful bat to hang in your home.
  • Bats in the Night: Use finger painting and cut out bat shapes to create a night sky filled with bat silhouettes. 
  • Flying Bats: Players take turns flinging the bats at the creature cards. If the bat lands on a nocturnal animal, the player collects the card. How many nocturnal animals can you catch?  
  • One Night in the Deep Dark Woods…Use your imagination to tell a fictional story about a night in the woods.

Elmer Kit

Learn more about this kit here

In November’s Ivy Kids kit featuring the heartwarming book Elmer by David McKee, you will find:

  • The book Elmer by David McKee, a story about a colorful and humorous elephant that teaches readers to be themselves and celebrates the power of laughter.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Wooden Elephant: Use paints to decorate a large wooden elephant. The colorful elephant will make a beautiful addition to a child’s room!
  • Fingerprint Elephant: Create Elmer the elephant by stamping the entire paper elephant with different colored fingerprints. The fingerprint elephant will be a beautiful decoration for your home as well as a lovely keepsake of your child’s fingerprints. 
  • I Like That I Am…:At the of the story, Elmer learns that it is okay to be different and he likes that he is funny and makes the other elephants in the herd laugh. Now record what you like about yourself on the board provided and create a collage of your face. 
  • Elmer the Elephant Puppet: Decorate the small wooden elephant with paint and create a puppet to use as a fun prop while reading the story.
  • Elmer’s Letters: Player(s) select a picture card, identify the beginning letter sound, and cover the corresponding letter on the Elmer board. The game is over when all the letters on Elmer have been covered by the colored squares. 
  • Elmer’s Words: Find each sight word on Elmer and cover it with the matching colored paper square. After playing the game, reread the story and see how many times you can find the sight words.
  • Elmer’s Day: At the end of the book Elmer, all the elephants in the herd decide to celebrate Elmer once a year by painting themselves different colors. Pretend it is Elmer’s Day and use the crayons to color your face with designs, patterns, or squares. 
  • 3-Dimensional Mosaic: Place the colored cubes on the animal shapes to create colorful mosaics.  
  • Elephant Body Parts: Learn fun and interesting facts about an elephant’s body, like why they have such large ears and long trunks.
  • Elephant Body Part Labeling: Label the different parts of an elephant’s body. 
  • Elephant Headband: Pretend to be an elephant by creating a headband with elephant ears and a trunk
  • Roll-a-Square: Roll the die and cover the matching number on your Elmer board with a colored square. Be the first player to cover all the spots on your board to win the game.
  • Elmer Race! Roll the dice and place a colored square in the column displaying the number rolled. Continue rolling until the colored squares reach the top of at least one Elmer column. Which Elmer column will win the race?

Enter the Giveaway

Ready to enter? All you need to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to those with a US mailing address only. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:59pm.  

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