Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

homeschool giveaway christianbook.comA self-admitted curriculum junkie. I covet homeschool curriculum of all types, sizes and shapes. I love homeschool curriculum giveaways for this very reason.  Digital curriculum, hard-cover books, manipulatives, workbooks, you name it: it’s on my wish list.  I think one thing I love so much about being a homeschool evaluator, and consultant is that I have the opportunity to see and review (and talk about) curriculum every day!

I also know that I am not the only one who loves getting the mail and seeing the Christianbook.com sale flyers just sitting there waiting to be dog-eared and marked up. I have so many things on my wish list from those sale catalogs!

Final August Homeschool Giveaway

The giveaways here at Our Happy Medium for the month of August have blessed so many of you, and I want to keep that going! This time, for our final giveaway this month, I decided to partner with some homeschool blogger friends to bring you a Christianbook.com gift card worth $100!

Purchasing Homeschool Curriculum Online

I have ordered almost all of our homeschool curriculum from Christianbook.com this year, and just yesterday called their customer service to ask a few questions about something new we’re trying. (Blog post on that to come.) As always, their customer service rep was super-fast to answer, really knowledgeable and helpful, and really nice! If you haven’t ordered from this company before, I highly recommend them. They have coupons for free shipping very often and frequently run great sales in addition to their already lower prices. Will you be the winner this time? Please note that by entering this giveaway you are agreeing to be added to our email lists.

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Giveaway: Online Writing Course for Homeschoolers

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Online Writing Courses for Middle and High School

Does your middle school or high school student love writing? Does your student hate writing? Does your student struggle with how to write the perfect 5-paragraph essay? No matter how your student feels about writing, our online writing courses for your homeschool will help your student become an excellent writer in a few short lessons.

Why Your Student Needs to Master the 5-Paragraph Essay

Writing a great 5-paragraph essay is a skill that your student must master for many reasons. Your student will need to demonstrate this skill in future course work in middle school, high school and college. This is a skill that your student will need to demonstrate on college applications, standardized tests, volunteer and/or job applications, and more. Here’s how our How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay” course will help you and your student. (more…)

Teaching Textbooks Giveaway

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Homeschool Math with Teaching Textbooks

We have used a lot of different curriculum for math over the years, and Teaching Textbooks is by far, our youngest daughter’s favorite. You can read about the top five reasons why we love Teaching Textbooks here. 

As a homeschool evaluator, consultant and coach, I have seen a lot of different choices of math curriculum over the years, and have tried out many of them. Sometimes I even tried to get my girls to love a certain curriculum, even though it clearly wasn’t a good fit. Since I do subscribe to a natural learning style, I allowed my daughter to choose her own. She chose Teaching Textbooks, and it works for her.

Stick to One Curriculum

It is a good idea not to switch up your math curriculum after the middle school years because you want to stick to one way of teaching. If your child is used to a spiral approach, a linear approach to math may not work. Teaching Textbooks has a spiral approach, which works for my youngest.

Giveaway

If you have always wanted to try Teaching Texbooks in your homeschool, enter to win the level of your choice below. If you’ve found a math curriculum that your kids love, please let us know in the comments below!

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Benji & The Giant Kite

When I was contacted about this children’s picture book, I wanted to take a look at it because I love children’s literature, especially if it teaches a lesson. I think you, dear readers, will like this one, too. And now one of my lucky readers can enter to win this giveaway and add this to your own library! Just enter to win below.

From the back cover:

Benji wants to buy a giant orange kite. But it’s very expensive, so he works hard to earn the money by helping his mom in the garden. Finally, the exciting day arrives when Benji can fly his beautiful kite . . .

A picture book about making your dreams come true. For kite lovers ages 4 and up.

Every child can relate to wanting a thing so badly that they’ll do anything to obtain it. This book’s main character is no different. Benji absolutely loves kites. Kites of all kinds, sizes, colors and shapes. But when he sees this orange kite, he knows he must have it.

I really like that Benji helps his mom with the gardening chores in order to earn what he wants. You already know that I think it’s very important for young children to pitch in with chores. I also like that Benji perseveres even though he thinks the day will never come.

Another Great Message

It may surprise you to know that after all of Benji’s hard work, and after the joy of obtaining (and flying) his beautiful orange kite, he chooses to let it go. This goes against much of what our culture teaches our kids: you want something, you work hard to get it, and once you, do it’s yours to keep. Why would Benji want to give up his beautiful kite after waiting so long to obtain it? This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your child their thoughts about Benji’s decision. Who says young children can’t engage in literary analysis?

About the Author

Alan C. Fox is the bestselling author of three books for adults, PEOPLE TOOLS, PEOPLE TOOLS FOR BUSINESS, and PEOPLE TOOLS FOR LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. His two children’s books are BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis 2017) and BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE (Clavis 2018). An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and relationships expert, Alan is also the publisher of the poetry magazine, Rattle. He founded a charity that works to maximize the potentional of youth as well as an organization that encourages young people to become active in helping others. Alan lives in Los Angeles, California. To learn more, visit Alan’s website: alancfox.com

About the Illustrator

Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, creates colorful illustrations for children’s books, magazines, postcards and more. She lives in The Netherlands with her partner Philip, her son Guus, daughter Fien, and their dog Jip.

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How to Get Kids to Love Science With Mason Jar Science

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As a homeschooling mom, I can say kids either love or hate Science. Sometimes us moms often struggle with ideas on how to keep our kids interested in science. One way that I have found that works for us, is through hands-on experiments. So, when I heard about the Mason Jar Science book, I knew I had to give it a try. Once the book made it into my house, the kids were instantly interested just by the image on the outside of the book. Now daily, the kids are trying new experiments, and I could not be more pleased.

About Mason Jar Science

The book Mason Jar Science, written by Jonathan Aldolf and consists of 40 different Science experiments for kids. These experiments cover many different areas of science so that kids can get an idea of all of the different types of science. When I say different areas, I am serious when I say the book Mason Jar Science covers a lot, Chemistry, Botany, Earth Science, Physics, and Biology are just a few of the different specialty areas that this book covers.

What Kids and Moms Love

Hours of family fun

I can say, that my daughter loved all the experiments that she has done so far. Even my boys are starting to get more interested in Mason Jar Science. One of my daughter’s most favorite experiments so far has been the “Make a Bug Vacuum” experiments. Basically, this experiment allows for kids to capture small bugs like ants in a safe environment, so they can use a magnifying glass to see the insects up close. Now, my sons have even come up with the idea that starting an ant farm would be fun. As much as that is not on my list of “wants,” it does make me happy that my kids are starting to expand their interests.

Great Visuals

The book, Mason Jar Science also has great visuals. Couple this along with the very simple to understand instructions, and both parents and kids can participate in these activities with ease. Mason Jar Science includes many images of the setup processes, and how they should look at the end. To me, this is a win-win. Although I always recommend adult supervision, some of these could be done with minimal adult supervision.

Easy Experiments that entertain kids

Along with the great visuals, these experiments are simple and straightforward. One thing that parents dread is lengthy, complicated instructions for a kids experiment. We want easy, well-written experiments and Jonathan Aldolf has hit the nail on the head with how he has written this book.

Using the Scientific Method

One of the first things kids learn in Science is the Scientific Method. Well, Mason Jar Science explains the process of the Scientific Method, and why it is so important. I enjoy hearing my kid’s questions, hypothesis, and their experimental outcomes. The joy that is on my daughter’s face, when her prediction is correct, not only boosts her confidence but also makes her want to explore more in the Science world.

Easy to obtain items

One of the best aspects from a mom’s perspective is that most of the items for experiments are things that we already have laying around the house. I am not forced to make a trip to the store with a laundry list of items. By using things that we have around the house, not only am I able to repurpose items, but I am saving time. As a homeschooling mom, my time is precious, and I would much rather spend it with the kids, versus having to go shopping for hours.

My Final Thoughts on Mason Jar Science

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for all families. I can see where my homeschooling families can incorporate these experiments into their curriculum. I can also see where public school students can learn more at home too. With public schools cutting funding for Science experiments, kids can still learn.

Have you heard of Mason Jar Science? If so, what is your favorite kid’s experiment?

Would you like to win a copy of Mason Jar Science? Comment below and let us know how you’d use it!

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