Growing A Homeschool Child

It’s that time of year!  Garden Season!

There are very few, if ever, any days in the garden that I’m not reminded of our Creator.

I see His beauty.

I see His grace.

Planting & Growing Your Homeschool

I see the awesomeness of Creation.  And without fail….I see how my garden is so much like our lives.  No wonder the Psalmists and Jesus Himself used nature to teach.  It’s always such a perfect picture and reminder of our own lives and journeys.  So, today, I’m offering advice on how to grow that Homeschooled Child.  Now remember, I’m no professional gardener, parent, or Homeschool Mom.  But our God….He is the perfect teacher and I think you just might find some inspiration, encouragement, and food for thought here in my Homeschool Garden instructions!  Happy Planting!

STEP 1

Prepare Your Soil.  This is SO important.  The type of soil you plant your seed in often decides much of the outcome of the plant…um, student!  A soil filled with scriptural vitamins and minerals and laced with a teachable spirit has proven to be the most workable and fertile ground!

STEP 2

Thank the Lord for the seed He’s given you to work with here, aka your student!  It’s important to take care not to damage the seed while planting.  Instead, carefully place your child in the correct depth of soil (level of learning) and cover with the right amount soil (curriculum) to allow them to sprout properly!  If and when in question, know you can always refer to the guidebook (your Bible) for proper instruction, guidelines, and help to make such decisions.

STEP 3

Once your ground (a strange mixture of their hearts along with your own) has been prepared, and your child properly planted at the right level and proper kind of curriculum for their needs, be ready to tend your garden while it prepares to grow.  This is a season of watering and waiting.  Remember to water (teach) every day, even when you don’t see results.  You must also allow adequate sunshine into this equation!  By exposing your seed to the light of God through scripture, experience, and great fellowship, you’re adding the other essential to growth!  While you continue to consistently water (teach) your child, changes are forming and growing in their hearts, minds, and souls, even when you can’t see!  Be ready for that first sprout!  It’s so encouraging and exciting to see the beginning of knowledge take root and begin to grow!  Be sure to thank God, pat yourself of the shoulder, talk to and praise that tender sprout, and then move onto step 4!

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STEP 4

Continue allowing your student the exposure to God’s light, the regular watering of your teaching, and of course regularly monitor your soil in case it becomes depleted.  If that’s the case, a good dose of fertilizer might be needed to give your student a boost.  The best fertilizers out there are study in God’s word, church events, camps and getaways, and sometimes even just an uplifting visit and outing with other homeschool families.

STEP 5

Stay on top of the weeds and grass in your garden!  The growth of these outsiders is normal and to be expected.  It’s important to watch for these distractions and negative influences on your student.  In our garden we’ve found these in the form of too much electronics, the distractions of busyness, and over commitment.  When weeds or grass first begin to sprout, pull them immediately before they become a problem!  I know that this isn’t always possible.  But don’t give up, do your best, and continue to clean out the grass and weeds from your precious garden.  When these things are around your plant, they take the needed nutrients from the soil away from your student for their own growth.  When left to grow too long, it becomes even trickier to remove them and they can even become so entangled in the roots of your own plant that their removal causes damage.  So, tend to the weeds!

Keep Those Life Weeds Awry

STEP 6

Enjoy the fruits of your garden!  This homeshool life is beautiful!  Beautiful on perfect days, on not so perfect days, and even on those days you may be tempted to run to the grocery store to meet your garden needs instead of working the hard but fruitful garden you’re growing!  Stick to it!  Enjoy the times of rest.  Be grateful for the days it rains and your garden is watered by God’s hand so you get a break.  Be proud of your fruit, that child you grow.  Be proud of the gardener, yourself.  And above all else, give thank to the Creator of them all!

 

Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool atStop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

DIY Fort Kit in a Bag

 

DIY Fort Kit in a Bag by www.sproutingtadpoles.com

My boys love building forts! They will go outside and spend hours putting forts together. They have to find just the right spot, spend hours putting it together only to then take it down, move to another spot in the yard and start all over. whew! Once they are finally established they act like secret spy agents and try to get to each other’s forts. It is really a lot of fun watching their imaginations take off! Even though ALL of my sheets and heavy containers seem to disappear, and no one knows where they went.  Hmmm….  Okay. Who am I to discourage creative thinking and logistics?

Our DIY Fort Kit

In an effort to save my household products, I decided to make them their very own Fort Kits in a special, personalized bag. Each one of them have their own bag with their initials on it complete with all the things a kid needs to build his very own, personal fort and even watch out for intruders. I found some old bed sheets that we don’t use anymore and also picked up 1 or 2 from Goodwill. I then went to the Dollar Tree and purchased flash lights, bungee cords to strap down the sheets, some spy kits they had at the time (you can’t complete a secret mission without cool gadgets) and magnifying glasses. I also added in some binoculars and walkie-talkies I found at the toy store. For these items, I did spend a little more money just so they would (hopefully) last longer. My boys are pretty rough on things and I wanted them to have items that actually worked! Toys R Us was having a sale on their science stuff around Christmas so I was able to get some night-time goggles and some pretty cool binoculars that have flash lights on them, for a great price. And of course, the final touch was adding a foam sword or plastic gun.

Once I had all of my stuff purchased, I went looking for some sturdy material that would hold all of this and could take a beating. I found some thick fleece scraps that were in my sewing scrap box and luckily, I had just enough to make 4 bags! I had two colors so I rotated the colors between the bag and the initials. I went to my mom and she helped me put these together (she did most of the work, while I watched!)

Here are some step-by-step photos:

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After we finished the bags, I gathered the materials for each one and stuffed them. I gave them to the boys for Christmas and they loved them! Mission accomplished :) . I no longer have household items go missing, yeah for me! I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you choose to make your own fort kit, send me some pictures and I will post them up here! Thanks for reading!

For more summer time activities, I have a post here – 32 Ideas for Summer Activities and Water Play

A great place to buy a fort kit is Fort Magic. (not an affiliate link) They have some really cool stuff!

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www.sproutingtadpoles.comI’m Janeen, a Christian homeschooling mom to 5 blessings from God. I am passionate about history and I love to plan and organize! We have been homeschooling for 6 years and started a new journey this year using Heart of Dakota. You can read more about our busy lives at Sprouting Tadpoles where I write about homeschooling, Heart of Dakota, history, toddlers and much more. You can also connect with me on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Using Answers in Genesis, Book for Kids in our Homeschool

Every morning after breakfast, we start our Bible study. This is a fantastic way for anyone to start their day. For me, it helps me refocus and appreciate my life, even on the hard days (you know……when all 4 kids have lost it and all you can do is wonder how far away bedtime is…oh….it’s only 8 a.m…this is going to be a LONG day!).

We use several Bible books throughout our day, but one of my favorites is, “Answers in Genesis, Book for Kids”. Have you heard of this series? Let me tell you, it’s fantastic!
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There are 6 volumes available. The most appealing aspect of these books is that they cover questions actually asked by children. And many of the questions are ones my kids have asked me and I was a little stumped on how to answer! So I’ve been very thankful for this set when I can read the questions to the kids and give them an answer they can understand and learn from.

Here’s what the 6 books cover:

Volume 1-Creation and The Fall
Volume 2-Dinosaurs and Flood
Volume 3-God and the Bible
Volume 4-Sin, Salvation and Christian Life
Volume 5-Space and Astronomy
Volume 6-Babel and Ice Age

There’s a very good range of topics covered in these books. We cover one question a day. After I’ve read the question and answer, we discuss it a little further and the kids ask questions about what they just learned.

The questions and answers are simple, but very informative in a way that children can understand it. We love this set! This would be great for homeschooling, church classes, or even families looking for something biblical for their kids!

Homeschool Giveaways – Week 24 with A Journey Through Learning

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It’s week 24 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week.

We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

Homeschool Survival is community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

This Weeks Featured Giveaway Sponsored by – A Journey Through Learning

2 Winners will win gift certificates for $50 each! 

AJTL creates lapbooks that can be used individually and also to complement your homeschool curriculum. AJTL has partnered with some of your favorite homeschool curriculum companies to bring you the best of the best in homeschool education.

Check out some of the curriculum lapbooks from Classical Conversations, Jeannie Fulbright, Founders Academy, Geography Matters and more HERE. View the stand-alone lapbooks HERE and AJTL newest products HERE. 

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Lapbooking Defined

For those who aren’t familiar with lapbooking in homeschool – here is information from the A Journey Through Learning site to explain a bit more on how to use lapbooking to add depth and inspiration in your family homeschool:

“Think of lapbooking as educational scrapbooking for any subject you would like. Your child records information, through drawing, dictating or writing, into nifty little mini-booklets. These mini-booklets are then glued into specially-folded file folders. We provide all the mini-booklet templates, topical information we call “study guides,” and all the instructions!

AJTL Lapbook Giveaway

When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Every time your child shows and explains the contents in his lapbook, he will be continuing to learn the information within it and not even realize it! Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down!”

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2 Winners will receive $50 gift certificates from A Journey Through Learning 
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Be sure to head over to HomeschoolSurvival.com to see what other Homeschooling Giveaways you can enter to win or Freebies you can get!  The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday! Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com 

 

Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)

Using Restaurant Menus for Math Practice

Keep Math Fresh with Menu MathIf you don’t school year round then summer time, down time can sometimes cause a serious case of brain loss. You know, the time when your children forget the entire last year of learning and you have to start all over again! Well, today I am sharing a fun way to keep math in the for front of their minds and also show them why we need it in the first place.

We are doing some fun restaurant pretend play with a hidden agenda.

First, you will need some menus. I asked several of our favorite restaurants for to-go menus or printed some of the internet to use. The important part is that they have prices listed.

Menu Math

Second, you will need this Receipt Printable.

Menu Math Printable Receipt

It is also nice to have play (or real) money so they can practice counting out change. I found some at our local Dollar Store.

Menu Math, Using Play Money

Then let your kids play restaurant and practice filling out the order tickets. Then adding up the totals and counting back change!

Menu Math

 

 

About EmmaleeEmmalee Hoggatt - Copy:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs atwww.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Mexican Posole From Scratch: Homeschool Cooking

Mexican Posole from Scratch

My husband, Mark, came up  this wonderful recipe for Mexican Posole from scratch.  It’s a terrific, tasty soup.  My boys love the flavor and I believe you will too! The rich taste of the homemade broth, combined with the hearty meat and crunchy fresh garnish is simply melt in your mouth – delicious!

We use recipes in our family homeschool

Why not use it to add a little spice to your homeschool study of Mexico?

We finish up our geography reading, and then head straight to the kitchen to cook up a dish from our country of study.  We use the time to discuss what we’ve learned and compare the differences from one culture to another.

Mexican Posole

Ingredients

  • Homemade chicken stock
  • Chicken or pork (shred or chunk small)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 3 cans large white hominy
  • 2 – 3 cloves minced garlic

 Mexican Posole from Scratch

 

Homemade chicken stock 

Cook full chicken, or leftover chicken with bones, onion, garlic powder, and celery if available – bring to a hard boil then turn down the heat and simmer for at least an hour.

Directions

  • Add first 5 ingredients
  • Simmer for an hour (do not hard boil or hominy will come apart)
  • Skim fat off the top
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serve hot in bowls and add garnish – salt and pepper to taste

Fresh Garnish

  • Cilantro- chopped
  • Jalapeno- deseeded and chopped
  • Green onions- chopped

Whether you are looking for a fun new dinner recipe or looking for ways to make your homeschool a bit more “hands on” by cooking the meals from countries you study – I hope your family will love this dish as much as mine does!

Do you use cooking in your family homeschool? If so, please share ideas in the comments on how you implement cooking into your lessons!

 

Minecraft with SKrafty Homeschool: Weekly Giveaway

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It’s week 23 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week.

We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

Homeschool Survival is community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

This Weeks Featured Giveaway- SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft

2 Homeschool Classes for the winner! 

SKrafty HS Classes

SKrafty is a Christian Homeschool company providing a FREE – parent monitored Minecraft server, but that’s not all . . .  they have homeschool classes designed to educate and inspire the homeschool family.

  •  Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Geography & MORE

Classes are extremely affordable – from $4.99 – $32.00 and include live classes and do at your own pace classes. Check out the FALL Line up to see what SKrafty has in store next! Go HERE to see available classes. 

Let your kiddos learn and explore the world of Minecraft on this Christian Homeschool – Parent Monitored – Safe Server! The rules are designed to protect kids from foul language, and rude behavior.

Playing by the Motto of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Read the SKrafty Server Rules HERE

 

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SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft – Summer Reading Program 

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Winner will receive 2 SKrafty Homeschool Classes with weekly Minecraft Assignments
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Be sure to head over to HomeschoolSurvival.com to see what other Homeschooling Giveaways you can enter to win or Freebies you can get!  The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday! Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com 

Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)

Homeschool Summer Break Survival

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The dog days of summer are in full swing here in Louisiana!  We follow a traditional school year.  Simply put, we need the break and we love to enjoy summer freedom!  It would also be way too easy to fall into a rut of discontent, boredom, or lack of structure.  Instead, we’ve found ways to dodge that bullet!  I’m here to share those!

First, although we are out of our structured school days routine, our family functions so much better with SOME kind of routine.  So, our summer days go kind of like this…..

  • No set wake up time, but once we’re up everyone still gets ready for the day and grabs a bite to eat!
  • The house hasn’t gone away, so neither have chores!  We do try to get them done early so we can enjoy the day
  • Outside time is a MUST.  I don’t care if they’re catching bugs, riding 4wheelers, or playing in the dirt, that’s the best part of summer!
  • Downtime is so important too.  Our heat here is brutal, so thankfully they’re all for it by mid-day and I get the break I need!

Second comes summer projects….

  • The Garden is big at our house.  It’s enjoyable to tend to and always a good teaching tool in so many ways.  The kids learn how to grow, harvest, and the basics of food storage.  They also get a good dose of summer work!
  • Where we live berry picking might come in second.  Different kinds of berries here are only ripe and ready for a small window of time, so we try to stay on top of gathering them for jellies, freezing, etc.
  • I have some major summer projects in mind.  They haven’t happened yet.  I hope to tackle revamps of all kids’ rooms before we hit the books again.  Until then, I advise you to consult your favorite Pinterest board for better advise :)

Third is the summer fun…

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • 4Wheeler Rides
  • Jeep Riding
  • Sleepovers
  • BBQs
  • VBS
  • Visits to Grandma’s

Last but not least are the MEMORIES…

  • I don’t remember my best childhood day in front of a TV or Video Game, neither will they!  So get outside and PLAY!

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Do you school year round?  If so, what is your family’s version of a Summer Survival Guide?  Do you have other suggestions?  We’d love to hear your memories as well!  Leave them in the comments below!

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

PE is More Than Just Gym Class

PE is More Than Just Gym Class

 

PE is just as important for homeschooled kids as it is for any other students (and adults, for that matter).  But, the flexible schedule of homeschoolers allows for much more interesting activities.  My kids both ride horses (my in laws have two, and my sister in law teaches them) and we take advantage of various classes that come up.

 

One of the other homeschooling moms offered a 6 week archery course that my kids jumped at!  My family has a long history of archery…allegedly going all the way back to William Tell!  My grandparents ran a mail order archery supply company and I have many fond memories of shooting targets in their backyard.

Both Curly and Mouthy are loving it, and are surprisingly good for having never done it before. Mouthy said, “I finally found a sport I can do without hurting myself!”

Bow hunting is very popular in our area so the mom offering the course plans to continue with more classes in bow hunting, target shooting, and competition.

(My high school gym class program included line dancing. I kid you not.  I’m from Northern New York, so line dancing might as well have been Greek to this group of non-Southern red necks.)

If you have a skill in a certain area, or even just enjoy it, think about offering it for the other homeschoolers in your community. The flexibility of homeschooling schedules (or as my friend Julie calls it, “car schooling”, since we are all always on the go!) can allow your kids a greater range of experiences than line dancing in a room full of sweaty, bored teenagers!

If you need some ideas, here’s some that will get you started:

  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Badmintion Tournaments
  • Croquet
  • Fencing
  • Knife Throwing (with care of course)
  • Hunting
  • Volleyball/Walleyball (some local gyms have Walleyball on lunch break or in the evenings)
  • Relay Races
  • Kickball
  • Karate
  • Flag Football
  • Playground Play
  • 5k/10k
  • Biking (as a family is always good)
  • Hiking

What else?  I know there’s plenty that I’ve missed.  If you were going to host a PE gathering for your homeschool group, what would YOU do?  Share it here so that it may help the other readers!

 

Kathy LaPan is a homeschooling mom of two in Northern NY. She has an MBA in finance and teaches through SchoolHouseTeachers.com. Check out her blog at Simply Homeschool Living.

Weekly Giveaways and Freebies LinkUp: Moore Family Films

 

Moore Family Films Giveaway

 

 

Welcome to another great giveaway this week on Homeschool Survival. It’s week 22 and we are excited to bring you, yet another wonderful opportunity for your family homeschool!  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing.

We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook.

We want to become a community where you can ask your questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and I’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

This Weeks Sponsored Giveaway:

Complete Collection from Moore Family Films – $65 value

Visit Moore Family Films HERE to get the details about their products.

 

The Moore Family Films DVD’s

Complete Collection

 Children are a Blessing  

“If we are to live our lives according to the Word of God, we must ask ourselves, ‘What saith the Scripture?’  Join the Moore family in this timely documentary as they briefly expose the evil history of the birth control movement on the 50th anniversary of “the pill.”  (View the trailer below.)  Listen as they transparently share their testimony of how God, in His grace and mercy, opened their eyes in spite of their own sinful beginning. Be encouraged as they casually answer questions often posed to large families. Then, experience the joy of Biblical family life as they anticipate, give birth to, and welcome their tenth child into their home. Most of all, be inspired to look to the Word of God for answers to everything in life, but specifically to see that Children are a Blessing.”

 

Moore than Making Maple Syrup

 “From the tapping of the trees on their beautiful Virginia farm, to the final process of canning the delicious syrup, More Than Making Maple Syrup will be sure to delight and inform the young and old alike. In 7 simple steps, you’ll learn more than just how to make your own syrup. With family unity as a theme, and with a good dose of adorable two-year-old antics and humor, your family will be inspired to work together on your own projects in your neck of the woods! ”

*NewABC Say It With Me 

ABC Say It With Me – Bible Memory Verses teaches children of all ages (and adults too!) a memory verse for each letter of the alphabet. But that’s not all!  Each letter also has a corresponding one to two minute vignette showing a visual depiction of the verse put into practice.

In this first film of the It Is Your Life series, get a refreshing glimpse into the daily life of the Mosses, a Christian family training their children in the ways of the Lord.  Learn about:
  • Why they educate their children at home
  • Why Beverly stays home to care for the family
  • How George leads his family in Bible reading and prayer
  • Why they trust God for children after 6 c-sections
  • How God brought their family through a time of trial
  • How brothers and sisters can be best friends

It Is Your Life – Moody Family 
“In this increasingly secular world, God is raising up families that love Him and seek to obey His Word. They aren’t  perfect families. But God, in His grace, is doing a work in their hearts and homes. In this second episode of It is Your Life, we’ll take you to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the home of the Moody Family. You will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired as Trent and Angela transparently share the joys and challenges of raising a Christian family in an ungodly culture.”

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 The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday! Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com   

Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)