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ByAngie

Review: Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try App For Android

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Teaching my son to write has to have been the most challenging part of homeschooling thus far. In the beginning he had no interest, and later he lacked patience. Even using his finger to trace over letters on paper or in sand was a battle. I’m happy to say, this is no longer the case! All thanks to Handwriting Without Tears and their Wet-Dry-Try app for Android!

Handwriting Without Tears is a well known and respected company that offers a handwriting curriculum for grades PreK up to 5th grade for both homeschool and educators in brick and mortar schools. The format is full of fun, music, games, and many multi-sensory approaches to help make writing interesting and fun. One of the activities they have children do is use a slate chalkboard to write a letter or number, trace over it with a wet cloth, and then dry it with their finger. Recently they released an app that mimics these actions on a tablet (7 inches or larger) to learn how to write Capital letters and Numbers, and we were given the opportunity to review it. I really didn’t expect much of it, as I’ve tried different apps on our Android tablet to try and get Tommy’s attention in this area and they never worked. I must admit though, I was wrong. I eat crow. This app really does help!

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When you first open the app, you’ll need to set up a profile for your child. This takes but a moment and is really simple. You may have up to 4 profiles. So if you have more than one child you’d like to be working on this app, then you will have no problem. There is the option to turn off the background music, voice instruction, and sound effects if those are the types of things that you’d like to not have on. (I personally kept the music on so that if I was doing something else I could hear if Tommy quit working.) You can set it to be challenging or easier and to be “unlocked” or to lock at certain levels. We had our’s set for Easier and Unlocked.

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Now that you’re all set up, you have the option to choose from “Pick and Practice” (seen above) or “HWT’s Winning Order” (seen below) to begin. I started Tommy out with HWT’s Winning Order since he’d really had trouble learning to write.  The lessons give little nicknames to moves and lines, and make use of a happy face to show you where the top left of the tablet should be. Before your child starts, the instructor writes the letter in chalk for your child. Then your child will “wet” the letter with a sponge. Once your child has completed the sponge task, they are asked to “dry” the letter. After the letter is dry, they are given the chance to write it themselves with chalk. If they make a mistake, it does have them start over on the exact task they are on, and after a few failed attempts will show them how to do it again. Once they have completed an entire “round”, they are given positive recognition and receive a star. Tommy loves seeing how many stars he can get.

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Well, let me tell you honestly. He was quite frustrated at times in the beginning. It’s a tablet, so sometimes if your touch isn’t just write, it will say your finger is not on the board when it is, or will get “caught” if your sensitivity isn’t set right in the settings. But once he got the hang of how to handle it and I had all the kinks with the settings on the tablet figured out, he took off. I had him use it every school day and sometimes on weekends for about 15-20 minutes at a time.  He would, as most any kid would, occasionally complain about having to sit and write numbers instead of doing some fun learning game. But other days he saw it as a game and tried to see how many stars he could get on each letter or number. After the first few days, I gave him free reign to decide what letters or numbers he was going to practice on… and this is where it gets amazing.

"Spiderman" using the app

“Spiderman” using the app

One day, during math, I put a worksheet in front of Tommy. He had been working on the tablet for about a week and a half at the time, and like I said, I really didn’t expect to much out of it. I didn’t expect him to try to trace the numbers on the math sheet. In fact, I was only going to have him count them out and color in the apples. Lo and behold, he asks “Mom, can I write the numbers?” to which I replied “Go for it” in shock. I’m not kidding, he picked up his pencil and traced every single number on that page with no issue… and CORRECTLY! Okay, yeah, there were some mistakes. But to have him do it at all, let alone without help and few errors, I was ecstatic. I exclaimed, “Thomas! That’s awesome! I’m so proud of you!” and quickly gave him a sticker and hung the sheet on the bulletin board. The next thing he said was very Smart Alec of him, but I probably deserved it: “I’ve been using my Wet-Dry-Try tablet, Mom. I know how to write now.” He might as well added a big “Duh!” at the end of his sentence, but the boy knows better. 😉

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Now, his writing is not perfect. Nor does he not need further instruction to help him learn to print correctly. However, he has overcome so much stress and anxiety by using the Wet-Dry-Try app. Writing comes much naturally to him now. I am more than pleased! We’ve also discovered by letting him have free reign on this app that he is ambidextrous. Who knew? (It’s really not too shocking, as I am, but still, I didn’t know before… So throw me a bone here. 😉 )

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The cost of the app is $4.99, about the same you would spend on a slate board and chalk.

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Would you like to see more reviews by others on not only the Wet-Dry-Try app, but also other Handwriting Without Tears products? Click here to find more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

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ByAngie

Review: Flowering Baby

Do you have a young baby, toddler, or preschooler and want to begin working with them? Not necessarily “school”, per se, but educational activities that help them thrive and learn? Maybe you have older children, and the little ones want to have something of their own to do. Problem is, coming up with the curricula that would be flexible and beneficial with little stress would be a silly dream…  Well, maybe before, like when I started homeschooling a few years ago, but not now!

Let me introduce you to Flowering Baby, LLC, a curriculum company founded by a Mother and Daughter for ages birth through five that has taken the time to do the research, make the lessons fun, and package it all up so that all you have to do is run to the library and pick up a few books… Because most likely you have everything else on hand! Everything is in PDF format on a CD that will work on your computer regardless of it’s a Windows or Mac, and it is SO easy to follow. No having to read and re-read the instructions here!
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The sections are divided up first by years, and then by month. For Birth through Three, it is by age. For Three through Five, it is by calendar month. Also, years Three to Four and Four to Five have a monthly schedule that is accompanied by a list of themes from which you pick 2 for each month. See how little time you have to put into it? It’s already all put together for you!

To give you an idea of how the years are split up, I’ve listed their names with a link attached. If you click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of each page, you’ll be able to see a sample of that year. I’ve also included their prices below:

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For our family, we used year One to Two starting in the 19th month with my youngest child, Molly. I had intended to include my second to youngest, Johnny Ben, in this set also. He is 3 1/2 with developmental delays that we are in the process of having assessed and evaluated. While he participated to some degree, he really didn’t follow along, so I will only share how it worked with Molly.

Starting out was way too easy. The author lists a set of books (she states you may be flexible and choose a similar book if you don’t own the title or are unable to find it at a library), music, and supplies you will need for the month. For the first month we needed 3 books, a total of 6 supplies, and music by Tchaikovsky. The only supply I had to buy was some dry beans. I was able to use Pandora for the music, and we just so happened to already have the books. (I’m a book hoarder… Shhh…)

"Reading" one of our books that we read with the curriculum. Ignore the fact that the book is upside down, please.

“Reading” one of our books that we read with the curriculum. Ignore the fact that the book is upside down, please.

I never had a set time to complete our lessons. If a moment was available while doing school with my Kindergartener, Tommy, and Molly was interrupting then I would have Tommy work on something he could do solo and do Molly’s “school” with her. A few times we waited until after dinner to help wind down the night. A few mornings we did it right off the bat, and the rest of the times we did it right after lunch or nap. Naturally, there were some days that it just didn’t happen, but that’s okay. The curriculum is set up so that it is not done every single day of the month. So if we missed a day, we just picked up where we left off the day before. It is EXTREMELY flexible.

Most days the lessons were short and sweet, being completed in about 30 minutes. Reading a book or stating a poem/nursery rhyme and looking at pictures while listening to music. There were lessons that had us focus on speech by talking and saying words to each other. On some days, motor skills like walking on a curb or throwing a ball were covered. There were nights we all danced together. Every day is different from the day before or the day after, but kept simple and right on their level. I think Molly’s favorite was the day she was Mommy and I was the baby. Blame her? 😉 Tommy also enjoyed it, and invited himself to join in on just about every single lesson. Molly loved that, it made her feel like a “big kid.”

And yes, of course, there are a few messy lessons… I feel like I should include that note… Because if you’re like me, you hate messes and messy lessons. But you know what? I couldn’t resist. The activity sounded fun. And being that I was raised in one of those “no play-doh, no markers, and definitely no paint” homes, I decided I should give my children something I didn’t have. (Pardon the messy video editing, this was the first time I’ve ever done it!)

All in all, I have to say I LOVE Flowering Baby. Being so busy it takes out so much guess-work and makes teaching easy and learning fun. Besides, while I’m a homeschooling mom, I am in no way an expert on child development. Having a curriculum that was designed with whole child development in mind put me at ease to not feel at all like I was forgetting something that she needed. If you are looking for something for your littles, I would recommend Flowering Baby. (Sticky) hands down.

Interested in purchasing a copy of your own? Flowering Baby is offering a 10% discount to our readers when they use the  code “Blog10” when ordering.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Would you like to see what others thought of Flowering Baby? Maybe see some reviews of the other years available? Head on over to SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com to find more!

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ByAngie

Review: Apologia Exploring Creation With Zoology 1: Flying Creatures Of The Fifth Day

Since we made the decision to homeschool a few years ago, the name “Apologia” has been everywhere. I still remember the first time I went to Apologia Educational Ministries website and the excitement that came over me. Biblical creation based science and perspective, weaved with scripture and hands on learning! My husband and I decided then that when our children were old enough, this would be the company we would turn to.

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Recently, we were blessed with the opportunity to review Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of The Fifth Day textbook & Junior Notebooking Journal from the Young Explorers series that Apologia offers for grades K-6. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I broke into laughter, screamed, jumped up and down, and did a little dance when I found out this was on it’s way to our home. Did I mention we had company over for dinner? Yeah. But I’m not only a nerdy book loving homeschool mom, I’m also a science geek. So it was like Christmas came early for this girl, and I felt the need to rejoice.

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Flying Creatures of The Fifth Day covers exactly just that. ALL flying creatures, not just birds. Bats, flying reptiles, Beetles, and insects are included here as well. Using a Charlotte Mason-esque approach of learning, the study covers 14 chapters beginning with a lesson in what Zoology is and all about classification. From there it dives right into birds and flows through the rest of the topics. Each chapter has key points such as Try This!, Mid-Lesson Break, Mid-Lesson Experiment, What Do You Remember?, and ends with a project. The pages are easy to read and have stunning photos. Also included in the textbook is a link and password for more information on the lessons available on Apologia’s website. (This is an awesome feature that I suggest no one who owns these books bypass.)

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The Junior Notebooking Journal (suggested for early elementary) is really a nice addition to have, but not necessary to complete the lessons in the textbook. For me, I’d rather have the Junior Notebooking Journal as it is well organized, takes a lot of guesswork out of things, and you’re not printing out a lot of pages for each lesson. For example, listed in Junior Notebooking Journal is a suggested lesson plan that would have you cover each lesson (chapter) over the course of 2 weeks by working on it 2 days each week. It also contains coloring sheets, copy work (both manuscript & cursive), scientific speculation sheets, mini lapbooks and other worksheets. All pages are in black and white and are easily understood as to how to use them.

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My husband and I fell in love with this curriculum. It relates everything the way we would teach it ourselves if we had the time to sit down and write it all out. And being that the style of teaching was mostly narration was a big plus since that’s what we love. However, we quickly realized that a big chunk of each lesson was a bit too much for a Kindergartener to grasp. Understanding that the Young Explorers series is meant to be for grades Kindergarten through 6th, we expected some things to be a bit difficult. Yet we found early on that it was going to be pretty challenging to really do each lesson without sometimes teaching half of it. None the less, we persevered and continued on. Tommy would color while I read the reading for the day. Some days it flew (no pun intended) right over his head, and others did not. Weeks later he’s still talking to anyone who will listen, including strangers, about lift and drag, extinction, habitats, etc. so he definitely absorbed quite a bit. For the worksheets he would dictate to me what to write if it was too much for his little hands to do. We quickly adapted 3-4 days a week instead of 2 and found it to be much easier. By taking more time to read ahead the night before, discussing the best ways to explain the lesson to his eager little mind, we were also given an advantage. Experiments? Well those were easy. He LOVED the experiments…

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We plan to continue on and finish the books with our little improvisations. We may take it even a bit more slower, though, and do some other science activities in between lessons. If in a few weeks it gets to be too much, then we’ll set it to the side and come back to it later. Right now it is working, though. And when he is older, if it makes sense at the time, we’ll come back and do it all again with the Notebooking Journal (not Junior, for older children. Not reviewed in this post.) and let him find the things he missed before.

If Biblical Creation based science is important to you and your kids love hands on learning, then I would say this is definitely recommended as something you should try. But if your early elementary child is not yet writing very well and unable to listen for more than a few minutes at a time, I would wait a year or so before beginning.

The price of each item is as follows. By clicking on the links, you will find full product descriptions, sample pages, and table of contents.

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 textbook: $39

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 Junior Notebooking Journal: $24

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 Notebooking Journal (Not reviewed in this post!): $24

Other items you will need are basic items such as paper, crayons, & pencils. But keep in mind, you will also need to buy various products for the science experiments. So, if you are budgeting your costs before you purchase, I would suggest to look up the lab list linked on the textbook webpage.

I truly hope that you have found this review helpful. If you’d like to read how other homeschoolers felt about these books and others in the Young Explorers series, then click on the banner below.

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Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

ByAngie

Review: SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Sometimes, as a homeschooling Mom, you find yourself pulling your hair out. You either don’t know what to do next, or you need something to fill in the gap. Maybe you’ve hit a wall and don’t know exactly how to teach your child a subject that they want or need to learn. Then you sit and wonder, “Where do all these other homeschooling moms discover these awesome lesson plans and ideas?” This is followed by hours of trying to figure out where all of these fun new ways of teaching came from, and asking yourself where you can find inspiration.

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If you’ve just begun homeschooling or have been for while, chances are that you’ve heard of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. This is the magazine we all turn to monthly for ideas and encouragement. If you haven’t heard, they offer an amazing resource that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to review:  SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a one stop, everything included, subscription website that offers lessons, videos, ebooks, planners, checklists, and more. It can be used as a full curriculum, or as an added supplement. It covers all grades from Pre-K up to High School. This continually growing website quite possibly has content you have not even thought of including in your homeschool.

The cost is really a bargain, and there are a few subscription options. You can join monthly for $5.95 with the first month only costing $1. Or, you can sign up with a yearly subscription. Right now, I suggest taking advantage of the promotion they have going on: $49 for the full year that includes a handy tote bag, annual print book, and bonus gifts.

 

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For our family, even as young as my children are, I was amazed at what all SchoolhouseTeachers.com had to offer.

First of all, I love planners. I can never have enough of them. It seems I try a new one each year. My husband was extremely pleased to find out that included in our subscription, there are planners available for download. You know what that means… We don’t have to buy planners! There is a planner for Mom, Special Learners, Primary, Intermediate, and High School. What a stress saver!

We also utilized the monthly lap-book. It was fun, educational, and had content to be added each week. So fun!

There is daily work, monthly work, music lessons, foreign language, reading lists, hands on activities, and more. All lessons are written and/or given by well known homeschool teachers. It takes the guess work out of planning! To go one step further, there are daily checklists given at the beginning of the month so that you know what needs to be done each day to cover everything for each grade. How cool is that?

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My utmost favorite part of this site is the math section. It’s no secret; I am terrible at math. Dr. Peter Price has video instructions for the parent on how to teach mathematics to the student. He makes it simple for you to understand how to explain the concepts to your children in a way that they will remember what they’ve learned later on. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen my son so excited to sit and do math. We had not yet attempted to teach him addition, but with Dr. Peter Price’s “Count on 2” method, my son was doing it in no time!

We also really enjoy the daily copywork, weekly spelling lists, reading lists, hands on activities, and even the French lessons! Having The Old Schoolhouse Magazine archives available is certainly a bonus.

I honestly have nothing negative to say about SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I will say that it can take a bit of time to explore when you first begin your subscription. However, that’s a good thing. It really has THAT much to offer!

Our family will likely never go without it again. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has made homeschooling so much easier and has proven itself to be a truly invaluable resource.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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ByStephanie Mc

GIVEAWAY! A Noble Experiment: The History and Nature of the American Government

Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven has once again partnered up with DenSchool to help get the word out about yet another awesome giveaway!

TWO lucky winners will receive A Noble Experiment: The History and Nature of the American Government COMBO SET from Zeezok Publishing! This curriculum package is valued at $99 each!

A Noble Experiement is an Advanced Middle or High School American Government curriculum package. The set includes the book, DVDs, and CD-Rom Teacher Resources. DenSchool’s reviewer, Dalynn, was surprised at how much her advanced middle schooler enjoyed the program and even asked to use it! It was a blessing to see him working independently with the curriculum. She is one very pleased homeschool momma!

Stop by DenSchool to read her full review to learn more.

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ByStephanie Mc

GIVEAWAY! All About Reading Level 1 & Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit

YAY!  It’s a giveaway! DenSchool and the Cook Family Chronicles have teamed up to host a fantastic giveaway from All About Reading! One lucky reader will win their own All About Reading Level 1 and the Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit for their little one!  Good luck to the entrants from all of us here at DenSchool & Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven.

 

I am so excited that we are teaming up with this giveaway! Why? Because I’ve been eyeing this curriculum my own children for about a year now and I know what a great product it is! I’m so excited for one of you to win it, because I KNOW you’ll love it!

If you’ve been following Homeschool blogs for any length of time, you’ve probably heard plenty about All About Learning Press… But I still want you to read this great review by Victoria over at DenSchool. (Click Here!) She has some great input and goes into great depth with this review.

In addition, this great giveaway is being sponsored by Cook Family Chronicles. You want to talk about a fun blog? Check it out! I’ve been a follower for a short time now and so far, I’m loving it!

 

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Now, about the goodies:

All About Learning Press is giving away one All About Reading Level 1 and the Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit.  This giveaway ends at midnight on Sept. 14th. It is open to US residents 18 and over.

God Bless!
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ByAngie

Time4Learning Giveaway – 2 Winners!

Yay!  It’s a giveaway!  Two lucky winners will win one month access for up to 4 children from Time4Learning!  Enter today using the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck to the entrants from all of us here at DenSchool & Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven!

Whether you’ve been homeschooling for awhile or are just starting out, chances are that you’ve heard of Time4Learning.

An online based curriculum for grades Preschool up to 8th grade, Time4Learning offers flexibility and ease.

To view a full review at DenSchool by Mindy, click here.

Enter by using the RaffleCopter below. This giveaway is open until September 10th to those in the US only.

God bless!
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An Open Letter To Those Worried About Our Children’s Social Skills Because We Homeschool:

I think it’s time that I make an open statement on this controversial subject that keeps getting brought up to me by various people in our lives. I’m trying not to come across as “snotty”, but just trying to help you see it from my stand point. I’ve had people say some very mean and cruel things to me about our choice to homeschool over the last few years, so please take note that I’m not attacking anyone here or treating anyone as rudely as the way that I have been treated.

The more this topic is brought up, and the more people say “If they don’t go to school they won’t know how to act around other people”, the more I have to laugh.

School, for me, made me trust others less. I was bullied and left out because of my skin color, faith, shyness, and sensitivity. It took a long journey well into adult hood to learn to be outgoing and start conversations on my own. Why? Because most of my peers in school made that difficult. I just flat out didn’t fit in. (And no, that is not the reason I have chosen to homeschool my children.) The end result was my being afraid to spark a conversation with anyone face to face for many years.

Furthermore, since when is FORCING children to be social only with children their own age the only correct way to achieve “healthy” socialization? There are plenty of chances to let children branch out at church, sports, online/in person classes and lessons, family members, play dates, trips to the grocery store, etc. A few hours a day sitting quietly in a classroom with brief recess and lunch periods is supposed to make that much of a difference?

I would much rather that my children learn to interact with other people naturally.

Whether it be with the clerk behind the counter at the store, a child on the playground, a friendly adult at church… My children need to feel comfortable with themselves. They need to feel confident about their conversation. They need to know the appropriate way to engage someone. I never want my children to feel lost when approaching someone and come off the wrong way.

I have to say, my favorite part of all of these conversations and debates with others is the fact that everyone assumes that my husband and I have not researched the many studies on “Socializing Homeschoolers”. You know, because so many of us that choose to keep our kids at home are backwards and never think about what we are doing, right? Then there is the fact that everyone forgets that I, myself, was homeschooled for most of  (off and on) Jr. High & High School. So, I can only assume that if they do know this or remember, they think I’m a big social mess. And if I am? What does it matter. I’m happy regardless and don’t know any different… 😉

At the end of the day, my husband and I are not trying to ask any one else to conform their lives to the way we live ours or to make anyone feel as though they should make the choices we do. Why does everyone seem so determined to “conform” to their way of life?

Besides, our biggest concern is not their relationships with others in this life, but their relationship with our Lord & Savior.

I want to say thank you to those of you who have genuine concern for my children. But please, understand that we have made our decision, we have done research, weighed pros & cons, and had long discussions about this. We are not anywhere close to changing our mind. We deeply believe that for our kids, this is the best thing we could do. Please respect our choice.

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ByAngie

Oak Meadow Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

YAY! IT’S A GIVEAWAY!  One lucky reader will win the curriculum package of their choice for their child!  That’s right- the winner picks the grade level they need! Enter today using the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck to the entrants from all of us here at DenSchool & Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven.

 

Oak Meadow has specialized in Homeschooling Curriculum for over 35 years.  They are offering one complete curriculum package to one winner.  Their packages are priced between $118 (preschool) upwards to $415 for upper elementary grades.  You can view their bookstore here.

Denschool is hosting this fabulous giveaway. Read a very honest review here, where Victoria also includes some of her tips and advice on how to get the most out of your very own set of Oak Meadow curriculum.

As a homeschool parent myself, I must say: I am very seriously considering this curriculum for our own family. With plenty of literature books included in the kit, reading comprehension is inspired. I love how Victoria points out that in the 4th grade package, the child is encouraged to be independent. That the curriculum speaks to the child, not the parent. All with a gentle approach.

Oh, and one more thing… This package doesn’t seem to take up gobs of valuable real estate on your book shelves. Something that all homeschool parents could use more of is shelf space, right?

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re from the US or Canada, enter in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end on August 31st.

Have a blessed school year!
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ByAngie

Back To School Week: Praying Over The School Year

Regardless of if you homeschool or send your children to a brick and mortar school, there is one very important first step we all as parents need to do before anything else:

Pray.

Prayer is the key to success in all areas in life. Child hood education is so crucial to prosperity in adult hood. Obviously, we as parents all pray for the little minds of our little ones (and bigger ones!) to be able to absorb, find patience, and not be stressed. That their grades be good and their studies come easily to them. But often, as the school year begins, we forget about so many other factors we should be praying for.

I’m guilty for this also…

I’ve begun to make a list of items to pray over my children (both homeschooled and public schooled) as they begin this next school year… and to go over again every morning.

  • Spiritual Well Being: It is my greatest wish that all of my children know Jesus as their personal Savior. While my oldest 2 have accepted Him into their hearts, I pray that they keep their promise to the Lord and are not tempted to fall away from Him due to peer pressure and distractions. For my younger children, I pray that as soon as they are old enough to grasp the understanding of salvation that they will also walk the narrow way and seek a relationship with God.
  • Safety (Emotional & Physical):Things happen. Untied shoe laces trip little feet. Bullies are mean. Bikes crash. I don’t need to go on. My prayer is that the Lord place a hedge around my “babies” and keep them safe. At home, at school, and everywhere else!
  • Teacher(s):As I both have children who homeschool and go to public school, I am praying for myself and those who educate my children outside of the home. Also, my homeschooled children sometimes take online classes from educators such as Founders Academy. Then the ones who give my children lessons in extra curricular activities. I pray that their teachers are given strength, wisdom, patience, and find blessing and favor in the Lord. That they know how appreciated they truly are. And of course, that they treat my children nicely! 😉 For myself? I pray that I am guided by the Holy Spirit to choose curriculum, set my lessons in place, and for a HUGE abundance of patience.
  • Friends:I pray that my children find healthy friendships, can be a blessing to other children they know, and are treated by others fairly. That their friends will love Jesus. That they will be kind to others, and no enemies are made.
  • Other Staff: So many times as a parent we tend to forget the others who have a part in our child’s day to day life. The bus driver, the cafeteria staff, the school office administration, occupational therapist, recess monitor… They all deserve my prayers too! They are a large part of my child’s day also and deserve to be blessed.
  • Health: Everyone knows that as the school year goes on, kids get sick. Especially if they are in a class room with other kids who just so happen to be ill. My prayer is that they are protected and their immune systems strong!

What about you? Do you have a “prayer list” for the year? Have something I should add to my list? Feel free to share!