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Schoolhouse Expo Is Less Than A Week Away!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m rather excited for Schoolhouse Expo next week. As a matter of fact, I’ve already been making arrangements to attend by rescheduling appointments that would have fallen right in the time frame of attending. It wasn’t until today that I realized I didn’t have to! All of the sessions are going to be recorded and I can listen to them later if I can’t sit in on that exact session. I’m so ditzy, I baffle myself some times…


Schoolhouse Expo

Another reason I am ecstatic is because of the fact that where our family resides in Southern California, there are not a lot of opportunities to attend conventions and seminars about homeschooling. Sure, there are some, but we never have the money to attend the few here and all of the others seem to be on the other side of the country. More and more, I’m beginning to think we live on the wrong coast…


Most of all, this expo is happening at just the right time to get myself in gear. We will be starting school next month, and while it is on my mind and I’ve began making some notes, I’m not totally ready to begin planning. Folks, I haven’t even set our budget or made a list of what exactly we need. I know, I’m really cutting it close with procrastinating this! I believe Schoolhouse Expo is going to be just what I need to get excited and break out the planners, curriculum, and sticky notes and get to planning.


Will you be attending? It’s really easy. Like I said before, you can attend online and the cost is really affordable. All you have to do is go to SchoolhouseExpo.com and click on the button that looks just like the photo in this blog to purchase your “seat”. The Old Schoolhouse has really made this so very simple and affordable for all of us busy homeschool families. What a blessing they are to all of us! Hope to see you there!


Disclaimer: I was given a free ticket to Schoolhouse Expo in exchange for this post.


Coming Soon: Schoolhouse Expo (And today, a GIVEAWAY!)

*This post may contain affiliate links

The Old Schoolhouse has so many resources to offer homeschool families. There’s The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, a FREE magazine that you can read online every month either on their website or on an app with your phone or tablet. I even read it recently on an airplane at 30,000 feet. The articles in this magazine are incredible. In fact, it’s so hard to believe it is free. The magazine is loaded with high quality articles full of advice, ideas, reviews, and sometimes even some freebies. Then there’s SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a membership website full of curricula that can either be used as supplements to what you already use or as a full stand alone curriculum for your children, ebooks, planners, and more. (If you join now, your first month is only $3! There are yearly memberships available as well.) Schoolhouse Library is the newest resource of The Old Schoolhouse. For a one time membership purchase of $25 your family has access to an entire library just for homeschooling families. And of course there is Schoohouse Review Crew ( ūüėČ ) among several other branches of resources. But today we are going to talk about one of my absolute FAVORITE resources, Schoolhouse Expo. No, this isn’t the monthly Schoolhouse Expos you are thinking of. Yes, those are great also… But this is the granddaddy of Expos…


Giveaway for 1 ticket to Schoolhouse Expo from Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven August 4-11


While comfy on my couch, headphones on one ear, coffee in hand, and most likely my hair a horrid mess I will be listening to some of my favorite homeschool speakers for 5 days this month. I don’t have to get a baby sitter or worry about packing a suit case. Since the daily sessions begin at 10am pacific time (That’s 1pm eastern) I will have just enough time to get the kids out of bed, clothed, and fed. Chores will be done. My children can play and enjoy some games while Mom learns and equips herself for the upcoming year. (Can you guess what I’m excited about yet? I’m such a homebody… And it shows!)


Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? I would say you wouldn’t believe the price, but you’ve already seen it in the graphic above… But seriously, $24 for an expo of this size? That’s a bargain! If I were to travel (cost right there), stay in a hotel (more money), attend a conference… you get the picture. This way, I’ll be listening to speakers like Marie Rippel, Tyler Hogan, Molly Green, Jay Wile, and others while chatting with fellow homeschoolers. What if the kids interrupt, you ask? Not a problem. All sessions will be recorded and available to attendees to listen to later.


Just think, if The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is so great every month… I can’t wait to see how the Schoolhouse Expo is!


If you’re interested in attending Schoolhouse Expo, you can click here to purchase a ticket. But if you want to wait and see if you’re able to win this spiffy giveaway, that’s okay too. ūüėČ


The winner will be announced one week from today and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. (I’ll send the winner an email, don’t worry busy moms.) Sorry, but entry is only open to those in the United States. You can see the rest of of the terms and conditions in the widget below where you enter.

Hope to “see” you there!


Disclaimer: I was given a free ticket to Schoolhouse Expo in exchange for this post.



Giveaway! Schoolhouse Planners

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I don’t know about those of you that homeschool, but for me this is a crazy time of year. I scramble around trying to figure out what I’m going to do this next year and how to make it all flow smoothly. One great tool that helps me pull it all together is a planner.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine & SchoolhouseTeachers.com (An amazing homeschool resource website owned by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine) has been gracious to offer 1 “Big Mama” planner and 1 student planner¬† to one of our readers!

Schoolhouse Planners Giveaway

These thorough planners are PDF editable format and can be printed out as many times as needed. All planners are available for purchase individually on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, however if you are a member, you can enjoy them for free! The cost of membership is $3 for the first month, and $12.95 every month after that. Another option would be to join for a year at the rate of $139 and receive some extra goodies.

1017317_546087365453470_1308755149_nThe “Big Mama”¬† Schoolhouse Planner ($39) would be the planner for the teacher in your home. However, it is not only for homeschooling. It also contains forms for your home management binder to help run your household. The 2013-2014 Schoolhouse Planner, according to the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website (Though owning the planner myself, I can verify), contains the following:

  • Helpful articles written by homeschooling experts like Kim Kautzer, Dr. Mary Hood, and Cindy Wiggers, as well as homeschooling parents just like you.
  • Interactive calendars, planning pages, field trip logs, and transcripts.
  • Must-have lists, including books of the Bible, grammar and spelling rules, a periodic table of the elements, U.S. Presidents and more!
  • Helpful household forms such as chore charts, grocery lists, and meal-planning charts.


There are 4 other planners available for students. They are as follows:

1013688_546087405453466_1501674660_nThe Special Learner’s Schoolhouse Planner ($29) is a great option for those who have children with special needs. I plan on using this planner, along with the “Big Mama” planner, this year as I have a child with moderate-severe autism among other things. Features of this planner are:

  • Helpful articles written by special needs experts like Carol Barnier, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, and Melinda Boring, as well as homeschooling mothers of special learners.
  • ¬†Interactive calendars, planning pages, and household organization charts.
  • ¬†Homeschool Individualized IEP, medical and therapy forms, and weekly food and behavior diaries.
  • ¬†Task analysis cards to help teach life skills.
  • ¬†And much more!


946520_546087292120144_1115095582_nThe Primary Schoolhouse Planner ($9.95) is another planner I’m excited to be using this school year. My son desperately needs to learn organization and how to keep track of things. It includes:


  • ¬†Engaging articles written just for primary students.
  • ¬†Information lists such as Caldecott and Newbery award winners, grammar rules, story starters, math tables, and animal classification chart.
  • ¬†Calendars, planning pages, field trip report sheets, book and video logs, chore charts and a Bible reading schedule.
  • ¬†Recipes for delicious dishes they can make themselves.


995668_546087275453479_1793378920_nThe Intermediate Schoolhouse Planner ($19) is a great tool for your 5th – 8th graders to learn more responsibility and keep organized. It comes packed with:

  • Interesting articles written just for them.
  • Planning sheets and calendars
  • Forms for writing goals, course objectives, and book reports.
  • A kid‚Äôs financial record, Bible reading schedules, and an address book.


947145_546087262120147_56744759_nFinally, The High School Schoolhouse Planner is a resource that can help prepare your teen for adulthood. Inside, you will find:

  • Encouraging articles for him written by homeschool graduates, as well as expertly written articles to help with study skills, college planning, and creating a high school course.
  • Calendar and planning pages, record-keeping forms, transcripts, and forms for goal planning and objectives.
  • ¬†A guide for planning a high school course of study.
  • ¬†A college checklist, forms for tracking scholarship information, and for exploring career ideas.
  • ¬†Logs for tracking community service, discipleship, bible memorization, and independent study.



So what are you waiting for? Enter in the Rafflecopter below! Again, one winner will receive 1 Big Mama planner and their choice of 1 student planner. This giveaway will be ending on Saturday, July 13th, so don’t delay!






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