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.

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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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Virtual Field Trip to Washington DC

 

Virtual Field Trip

 

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We are about to embark on the best field trip ever.  We are taking a field trip to Washington DC for the Teach Them Diligently National Homeschool Convention where I’ll be speaking! If you are attended – you may have seen me at the  A+ Interactive Math booth. I encourage homeschool families that they need not fear math any longer & that you really can teach your child in math. When God calls, He provides – Amen?

In my preparation for this exciting journey, I have gathered resources and information for anyone who would like to visit DC and for those who will not be able to make the field trip in person . . .  interactive links for you to come along – virtually! 

As you work your way through the download doc – you will find pictures and links that will direct you to some of the most famous icons around the Capital. Instead of printing the document – you can use it as an interactive adventure by clicking on the various links.

Our journey begins at the National Archives where you can peruse through documents which have shaped our country over the years.  You’ll find free worksheets where your students can document what they are learning – whether they visit in person on online – with the FREE Artifact Worksheets.

National Archive docs and tour

Find original documents, photographs & information from the US Patents office: Child Labor Laws, articles, proposals and official documents that have shaped our Constitution.  Learn more about due process, and the rights of the accused to be represented by an attorney. Read a hand written notarized letter dated 1962 about due process and the lack of such. Learn about how certain civil rights issues became officially amended in the Constitution and read real letters by the people who made it happen.  Digging through the old documents is another way to make history come alive and helps you understand the people who have shaped our country.

Washington DC landmarks

You can then move on to explore the famous landmarks around Washington DC and the National Mall! You will find links to some 15 different Smithsonian Museums, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more.

As you read through the document and explore the links, you’ll find videos, pictures, and information you can read together. Take notes, print pictures, and create a special lapbook, or file folder full of information from your virtual journey!

Download Virtual Field Trip HERE

 

Homeschooling on the road: schooling through the holidays

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We love to travel and explore. Homeschooling has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to do so. Through blogging and taking advantage of the chance to help, speak, or do social media at various homeschool conventions – we’ve been able to see much of the country and enjoy adventures which would not otherwise be possible.

Blogging, writing and other homeschool employment has made it possible to gain access to the best curriculum on the market. It also helps us afford for me to stay home with the boys – even when that home is in the form of a mini van rolling down the highway, a tent or hotel room!

 

What in the world does this have to do with homeschooling through the holidays? 

Well, while others are sitting at their desk in school, we are likely to be kayaking or rafting down a river or exploring some new exciting territory. But, we also have to work our way through those fabulous curriculum supplies and meet our own educational goals. This often means homeschooling right on through the holidays.

Shaping young minds and providing the education for my boys is a huge responsibility and one I take seriously. In order to fulfill our requirements and meet our goals – we have made the commitment to school our children year-round.

Before you freak out, go back and read that part about how “while others are sitting in school, we are likely to be kayaking or rafting down a river!”

It’s not all bad this year-round schooling and it lifts the pressure off of the times where we are busy enjoying life to the fullest.

Homeschooling on the road or while vacationing during the holidays does not have to be terribly complicated. One great trick is to use what you have on hand, and take full advantage of the resources in your immediate location.

What does it look like in real life? 

On a recent trip to the woods for hunting season, our boys got some fantastic lessons in archery.

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I generally pack a basket or a bag of books to carry with us whether we are camping or staying in a hotel. The important thing is to keep it simple and remember, it doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. I do not bring heavy or expensive books along on the road, because that is just not the way we roll. We have plenty of time for that at the home front.

The dollar store and dollar section at Target are good places to pick up little books or workbooks that contain basic (sometimes even accurate) information. I am choosy about what I buy, but a simple book that lists the 50 states and capitals, or provides addition and multiplication practice is worth a buck here and there. It doesn’t even matter if they get dirty, lost, or fall into a bonfire. Hey, it can happen . . . trust me!

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Older children can read aloud while in the car, as long as they are not the car sick type. It is easy to drill bible verses, spelling words and vocabulary, and math facts while rolling down the highway or walking in the woods. Other tools we use to help us study while on the road:

  • laptop
  • tablet/Kindle Fire
  • iPods with educational apps
  • books on cd
  • educational dvd’s
  • composition books to use as nature journals or to record data
  • camera- nature photography and to snap shots of information and exhibits at museums

Another important tip is to visit museums and parks along the way. We don’t leave home without our ASTC.org  membership. I always search the list for places to go (for FREE) on the way to our destination, and in the city where we land. It is often worth leaving a few days in advance, even traveling a little out of the way to visit some of these places. When there is a tent in the back of the minivan – you can find housing most anywhere. But, I’ll save the frugal travel tips for another day.

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We happened to be on the road during Veterans Day this year. We stopped at a museum in a remote little town in Georgia. The Museum of Aviation is FREE and turned out to be one of our favorite places! History comes to life when it is experienced in this way. It was the perfect place to honor and learn more about the men and women who have served our country. We learned about the Flying Tigers of World War II and in particular about General Robert L. Scott, a Georgia boy who ended up as their leader. He is the kind of hero, and a strong man of character that we want our boys to identify with and look up to. There is some terrific video links and information on the web site here.

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I find this style of homeschooling to be extremely effective because it is hands on learning that (when reinforced and discussed properly) will be retained much easier than sitting in a classroom or behind a desk.

Of course, this was a hunting trip, and most of the time – the boys simply ran and played in the woods. They caught lizards, collected leaves (most of our leaves in Florida don’t turn colors for fall – so this is a big treat) and it is also a part of our nature science. The boys practiced archery. They did their reading.

At night we listened to a book about World War II as we cuddled up in sleeping bags. The boys  also did a few math worksheets. We socialized with our friends. We sang, listened to classical music in the car with commentary about the composers. We practiced our bible verses. Each day the boys did a quick sketch and wrote a few words about something they observed. All in all, I think homeschooling on the road – even during the holidays – is a great success!

Do you have any road schooling tips or tips for the Christmas travel season? We would love to hear about them!  

Kelli Becton2Kelli Becton of Homeschooling Adventurez (division of AdventurezinChildRearing) is a Jesus loving, homeschooling mama of three boys (biological and adoption).  They are an outdoor family, living and learning on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Kelli was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis over eleven years ago, and although there is pain, there is also great joy. She and her husband Mark have always loved the outdoors, and they spend as much time as possible adventuring with their boys. Exploring God’s creation is their favorite pastime. Jesus is their passion, and homeschooling their boys is a blessing. Kelli loves to write and speak to other homeschool families, sharing life’s lessons and what God has laid on her heart through their adventures. You can find Kelli on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Early on in our homeschooling journey, I began using the Bible as the foundation of our curriculum. Outside of the usual Bible stories, we use it to memorize scripture, and practice handwriting, print and cursive. It’s simple to use the Word (or our weekly verses) to pull out spelling, vocabulary and learn punctuation.

We use it as the foundation of our Science – as we believe that all of Creation points toward the Master Creator. We love exploring God’s creation, and using His Word to give him the glory as we do.

Psalm 104: 24-25

“How many are your works, Oh Lord!

In wisdom you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.”

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It’s the foundation in our history studies as it’s an incredible record of both ancient history as well as a guide to understanding today’s current events. Whether we are learning about faraway lands, or reading about the founding of our Nation, there are verses to use which add inspiration to our lessons, and which teach our boys that God’s hand is on them.

Job 12: 10

“In His hand is the life of every creature

and the breath of all mankind.”

 

Reading and studying the Word in our homeschool provides opportunity to bond in our families on a spiritual level as well as intellectually. I will read a portion of Scripture out loud, and then ask questions to find out whether or not the boys understand what they are hearing. It is amazing to see how the Holy Spirit grows them without my input at all. I love hearing their opinions about what they believe God is telling them. You can indeed have philosophical discussions with 6, 7, and 8 year olds. The bible is a terrific source for philosophy, and critical thinking.

No matter what you seek to study in your family homeschool, you can find creative ways to use God’s Word as the most reliable source available. You will not regret pointing your children towards the Scripture time and again as a standard of which to measure all else. Most of all, you can have great peace knowing that, as it says in Isaiah 55: 11,

” . . . it will not return void.”

 

Kelli Becton2Kelli Becton – Homeschooling Adventurez (division of AdventurezinChildRearing)

Is a Jesus loving, homeschooling mama of 3 boys (biological and adoption).  They are an outdoor family, living and learning on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Kelli was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over 11 years ago, and although there is pain, there is also great joy. She and her husband, Mark, have always loved the outdoors and they spend as much time as possible adventuring with their boys. Exploring God’s creation is their favorite pass-time. Jesus is their passion, and homeschooling their boys is a blessing. Kelli loves to write and speak to other homeschool families, sharing life’s lessons and what God has laid on her heart, through their adventures.

 

In the Storm



Psalm 29:1   

Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, 
Give unto the LORD glory and strength.

 

Psalm 30:12

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. 

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

I am meditating on the words of David. 
 God is whispering; tugging at my heart. 

 I want to give glory to Him in all areas of my life – to bring Him glory in all I do and say. This is not a new idea. It’s an old lesson, learned time and again. Destined to show itself repeatedly throughout my life – because I turned it over to Him. My life is not my own. And because I try and fail. 

 


In His faithfulness, He continually shows me the way to dig deeper, see more of Him. 
It’s easy  to see Him in the beauty of His creation and to bring Him glory and honor in it. 

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
 

~He whispers for me to dig deeper~

 

As I ponder these things – David comes to mind. Any time you study verses about praise and bringing glory to God – it’s likely to land you somewhere in Psalms – where you’ll  find David singing and worshiping – asking for help, protection, wisdom – and giving glory to God.  In looking at the life of David, a few things jump out at me. 
 
His faith was unwavering. He sought to honor God and give Him glory in all areas of His life. He messed up regularly. And, God called him a “man after My (His) own heart”. 
 

Acts 13:22

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king,

 to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, 
a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

My prayer today is that God will make me a woman after His own heart. I want to bring Him glory, and honor, and praise with my heart and my life. I want to show these things to my children and constantly point them to Him. It’s my desire to follow Jesus. 

 

God isn’t finished with me yet – but I’m responding to His whisper.

 I’m praising Him in the storm. 

I am praising God today – right here in this storm 

 

Kelli Becton2Kelli Becton – Homeschooling Adventurez (division of AdventurezinChildRearing)

Is a Jesus loving, homeschooling mama of 3 boys (biological and adoption).  They are an outdoor family, living and learning on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Kelli was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over 11 years ago, and although there is pain, there is also great joy. She and her husband, Mark, have always loved the outdoors and they spend as much time as possible adventuring with their boys. Exploring God’s creation is their favorite pass-time. Jesus is their passion, and homeschooling their boys is a blessing. Kelli loves to write and speak to other homeschool families, sharing life’s lessons and what God has laid on her heart, through their adventures.