How to Use Sensory Play in Your Homeschool

How to Use Sensory Play in Your Homeschool

When I had my first baby I had no idea what sensory play was, but I already knew it was important. After her birth, I wanted her to experience as much as she could whether it was feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling, or even tasting. In my mind the more she experienced, the more connections her brain made. So when I learned about sensory play it just made sense!

What exactly is Sensory Play?

Sensory Play is an activity that evokes the senses. Not all sensory play will evoke all the senses, but generally it will involve at least two. This can be as simple as playing with water and feeling the temperature as well as hearing the splashes and seeing the ripples.

Why do kids need Sensory Play?

All people, even adults, learn best when their senses are engaged. This explains why many of our memories may be triggered by just a smell. When a baby is born it knows little of the world around it and (like all of us) uses its senses to learn.  As it experiences different sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch the brain will connect them, so sensory play enhances learning. Sensory play also gives kids the chance to practice fine motor skills like pouring or pincher grasp. It gives them a chance to experience cause and effect when given things they can interact with like water, shaving cream, or food coloring. It gives them a chance to boost their creativity with free play and exploration of the world around them. And as long as you are there discussing what is going on (which supervision is needed especially with young children), it gives them a chance to develop a larger vocabulary and make connections to what words really mean. How can you know what a splash looks like or sounds like until you experience it and are given the words to go along with it.

I am sure you can see why Sensory Play is valuable to the young child. Honestly even my early elementary kids still love it, and they can start to learn even more from it. That vinegar and baking soda eruption is more than some stinky bubbles now; they can begin to learn the science behind it and think of ways to alter it. They are still learning vocabulary from it as well!

Another benefit I have seen in my own kids is that it can calm them down. If they are having an overly energetic day, a sensory bin can help them refocus and keep them entertained for a while. Usually after some time in sensory play they can come back to school work or house work or just quieter play!  This may not be true for all kids or even all sensory activities, but I have noticed it with mine.

Want to start some sensory play with your kids?

Here is how you can! There is really no right or wrong way to put together a sensory bin. Sometimes I use a plastic bin, sometimes the water table or bathtub, sometimes our homemade light table or just a table depending on what we have.  Think of some things you can include in your sensory play. You can use play dough, rice, beans, soap bubbles, marshmallows, shredded paper, and on and on;  really there is no end to what you use. You do need to think about your own child and if they are likely to taste whatever you put in it. If you have young children who still stick everything in their mouths (which they do for sensory input) you may want to stick with edible sensory fun like pudding, yogurt, jello, or homemade edible play dough. You can keep it simple or add a fun theme.  if you do choose to add thematic components make sure you organize them aesthetically in the bin! If it is pretty and looks like fun, our child is much more likely to dive in!

I think one thing that stops some parents from adding sensory play is the mess it can create. It’s true, sensory play can be very messy. Some is definitely less messy then others though. So my tips for minimizing messes are:
  • do as much as you can outside (not possible in bad weather),
  • if you are inside, make sure the bin is on a easy to clean surface (not carpet),
  • or go one step further and place a large plastic tablecloth under the bin
  • or even let your child explore the bin in the bathtub where clean up is easy!

Sensory play really doesn’t have to be intimidating and most all children really enjoy it. You may find specific materials your child doesn’t care for, but don’t give up if a bin or two get rejected! If you need some ideas to get you started check out my Sensory page where I have listed some of the bins we have used.


Ashley is a classic strong-willed child,  she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian is 2005 only to realize a new dream had formed, having a family with her husband (another strong-willed child). After much heartache, they were blessed with 2 daughters and a son, who are all proving to be just as spirited as their parents! Though she still works part-time, she fills her days off with fun activities and lots of learning with her three kids. And this is where the blog comes in, Life with Moore Babies, is where she documents the activities they do and the places they go in hopes that someone might be inspired to do some “fun learning” with their own kids. You can find Ashley on FacebookPinterest,Google +, and Twitter.

FREE Jim Hodges Audio Book & Study Guide For YOU + Giveaway

Welcome!

It’s week 30! We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival. 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. We are a 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.

 

Jim Hodges Audio Books Giveaway

This weeks sponsor: Jim Hodges Audio Books Giveaway –  Win 2 Cds of your choice

Jim Hodges Audio Books Makes History Come Alive with Henty books and more…..

When we first began listening to our new audio book, True to the Old Flag, we were captivated as we heard Mr. Hodges change his voice in so many ways.  Whatever character he was reading about, he would become.  Voice inflections, accents and all!  We knew that we would NOT get bored!   He has a way of making the story so interesting & the listener feels as if he or she is right there with the characters of the book.  My son is always asking if we can listen to one more chapter, when it’s time for our listening session to end.

One of my hesitations to picking up a Henty book was because of the “old English”.  Well, Jim Hodges Audio books has helped me out with that one, too!  They have vocabulary guides to go with many of the Henty books that are available on their site. When we don’t know what a word means, we look it up in the vocab guide.  Talk about a time saver!  (Read more of this in depth review at Sidetracked Sarah)

What others are saying . . .

“What do you get when you cross a spellbinding story with an eloquent storyteller? You get Jim Hodges reading aloud a G. A. Henty book! We had to drive 6 hours this weekend and our family was enthralled! Mr. Hodges reads with a fluent style that charmed us all, from Drew (7 years) to Daddy (40 years).”
L. F. – Renton WA, TEACH Magazine

“A highly professional recording. Made history come alive for me and my sons. What a voice!”
D. J. – Fort Worth TX

“Whether you are out on a walk, riding in the car, or just sitting by the fire, you will be able to bring these G. A. Henty classics with you wherever you go. Jim Hodges has brought to life these Henty novels in unabridged, dramatic readings. The tapes are high-quality and well recorded with strong, clear reading – perfect for recapturing that “lost” time in the car.”
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Jim Hodges Giveaway-Audio Books

 

Products for younger listeners

If you have younger listeners in your homeschool, check out the following audio books:

Our Young Folks Josephus

Yesterday’s Classics

Still not sure how you will use these books in your homeschool?  Try listening to this free recording about how these products can be valuable tools in your homeschool:

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10th Anniversary Sale!

Save lots of money on Jim Hodges Audio Books: go to the August 2014 “10th Anniversary Sale Page!” 

This audio books giveaway will bless your homeschool with a resource the whole family can enjoy.

 

FREEBIE For Everyone!  

Would you like to try one of his audio books AND study guides for free?  All of us, get a free download of the book, Under Drake’s Flag!  Exciting, isn’t it?

Under Drake's Flag

 

Setting: AD 1580 – Sailing ships, The Inquisition – Circumnavigation of the Globe.

Story: With hearty singing of Psalms, Drake and his crew greeted the Pomo Indians who resided in an area known today as San Francisco. Sir Francis Drake is the first English explorer to circumnavigate the globe and thus sail upon the Pacific Ocean. Ned Hearne and three of his friends make up part of Drake’s crew. The boys will share in Drake’s adventures on the Spanish Main in the 1580s. The heroic adventures of Francis Drake and life on the Spanish Main (Central America) will come alive through the masterful storytelling of G.A. Henty.

 

 

In order to get this FREE full length audio book and study guide, just go here to Jim Hodges Audio Books and enter your email address and download code of HSEDrake.  This is only available for a limited time, so get it before it expires.

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One Special winner will win 2 Free Audio Books from Jim Hodges Audio Books.  Your Choice!  A great way to supplement your homeschool!!  Enter in the Rafflecopter below:

 

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Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

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The Homeschool Balancing Act

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Homeschooling and Getting it All Done

We moms know that life in general can be a balancing act, but when you throw homeschooling in with all the other stuff you have to get done, it can seem like an overwhelming task. On top of that, you might be teaching multiple grades, tackling high school subjects, or dealing with a curious toddler. Field trips, errands, sports activities, and trips to the vet keep you on the road A LOT. Some days, it seems like it’s time to get supper started before you’ve even pulled that first load of laundry out of the washer.

So, how do you manage the homeschool balancing act?

Well, I don’t really have all the answers, but after eleven years of homeschooling, there are a few things I’ve learned that I can share with you. First and foremost, accept that right now — this moment — this is life. Life isn’t a “someday when I catch up” moment. When you are in the thick of it with dirty dishes, piles of laundry, science projects on the kitchen counter, and fussing kids, embrace it, enjoy it, and make the best of it. You’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating, your kids are only young once. Don’t save your best for “one day.” Live it now: enjoy this time with your children.

This realization brings me peace, which helps me maintain focus. And that leads to number two.

You will never catch up. Accept it. There will always be more meals to plan, more dirty towels to wash, and more math problems to figure out. So instead of wasting your time playing catch up, chart a course for what you want to accomplish each day, and let the rest go. It will be there tomorrow. My household list includes getting the dishes out of the sink and starting a load of clothes before bedtime. (I can, however rest easy even if there’s a pile of unfolded laundry hidden away in my closet and a full dishwasher waiting to be unloaded.)

For school, instead of looking at a daily schedule, I focus on where I want us to be by the end of each week. Which leads to my third tip: plan ahead, but be willing to go with the flow. Having a written plan for schoolwork helps keep us moving forward, but I also embrace those “light bulb” moments when they arise. Sometimes, spontaneity brings about the most memorable learning experiences.

If you’re in the midst of planning for the new school year, and the task seems daunting, relax a little, celebrate this season of life, and give yourself some grace.

Anne CampbellAnne Campbell is the mother to three boys (in every sense of the word!) and a homeschooler for the past eleven years. She is the Managing Editor of Blog at Home Educating Family Association, columnist for Home Educating Family Magazine, and member of the Home Educating Family review team. As a former classroom teacher, she loves to share resources and ideas and encourage other moms and homeschoolers. When they started on their homeschooling  journey, her oldest son was in kindergarten. They decided to take it one day at a time, one year at a time, and now she has a high school student, middle school student, and elementary student, and all still at home. They fly by the seats of their pants most days, spending as much time as possible exploring nature, and seizing learning opportunities whenever they appear. You can visit her at her blog Learning Table. You can also find Anne on Bloglovin’FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Summer Craziness!!!!

Summers are C R A Z Y here!
We LOVE the mild mornings for outdoor play.

treehouse

They were enjoying some morning “coffee” in the crows nest. Most mornings are beautiful and our play yard is shaded wonderfully till about 10:30am.

This is normally where we play for the first two hours of our “movement” part of the day.

 

table

We really do enjoy the “hot” parts of the day in the school room. They can be active, yet not risk heat stroke!

 

We also love the hot afternoons for some much needed school time in the cool comforts of AIR CONDITIONING!
Yep, the open window explains why it was still so warm in there! 🙁

sleep

This is what happens when the two year old is tired and hungry AND it is lunch/nap time. Poor baby!

 

This particular day I was calling around for counter tops during school and time got away!  AWAY so much that princess put herself down for a nap! 🙁

We will work HARD on phonics.

We will hopefully drive home the basic addition 1 to 5.

HOPEFULLY, the oldest three will learn to write numbers to nine and all of their alphabet. (Sidewalk chalk is an amazing gross motor writing tool!)   I hate the clean up, but when the physical therapist and mom say  “use YOUR muscles”!  It is awesome for following those directions!

We school year round here.   Summers are much lighter “office” work, but still very strong on academics.   There are lots of adventures, from play dates, dinners out, hands dirty in various activities, LOTS of movement and songs.

 How do you do your summers?

 

Venus JonesVenus loves giving us a glimpse into her crazy, busy life as mom of 9, the youngest 6 of which she’s adopted.  She has been homeschooling for 13 yrs.  She recently started a new blog called Mommy Bear Blog and would love for you to follow her journey there.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry

Spaghetti Squash

It isn’t always easy giving something new a try, but I had heard about spaghetti squash a few times now and figured if it would help us eat better, we might as well try it.  My son is a bit of a processed food junkie and I will give in and buy some now and again, but I cringe, as I have never had some of these things (pasta in a can, I just can’t).

While at my local grocer, I picked out a medium sized squash and showed my hubby. He’s not a squash fan, so I received a funny look.  I bought it anyway.

When we got home I began googling how to cook the spaghetti squash and found easy instructions online at http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-178036 .  Preparation was simple and my chickens were happy for the seed and stringy innards treat. I found it looks like angel hair pasta when ready, but it has a little crisp to it and almost a nutty essence.

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After preparing the squash I set out to make it into my dinner. I used half the squash, five grilled chicken tenders, and about 1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed veggies as the base. I put this all into a frying pan with 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup of margarine.  I then cooked this on low until all the flavors had mixed well. When almost done simmering, I seasoned to taste with cayenne pepper, ground mustard, and ground ginger.

Dinner was delicious and I had two containers leftover for the next days of lunches. My leftovers the next day tasted even better!  That hardly ever happens in our house.

I now have half a spaghetti squash left to make something else with. I’m having trouble deciding between an American chop suey, with sauce and meatballs, in a soup, or in a spaghetti bake.  My sister-in-law even suggested a “pasta” salad with it.

What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?

 

Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

Weekly Giveaway: $50 Amazon Card + Freebies Link Up

Welcome!

It’s week 28! We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival. 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. We are a 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.

Back to School Money - $50 Amazon card

This Weeks Featured Giveaway 

Homeschool Survival 

$50 Gift Card from Amazon
You’ll be able to purchase supplies your family needs and take advantage of the wonderful “Back to School” sales going on daily!
The team here at Homeschool Survival came up with our own favorite product ideas for homeschool. These are things we use regularly and recommend to others to enhance the homeschool year!

With so many little guys in my house during the homeschooling day busy boxes are a must for me! I love how easy they are for little hands to use and the activities are endless. We use them to create pictures and other art projects. They are great for beginner writers and readers. Print off letters for them to “trace” with dots,  have them match dots to numbers, or play find the letter by printing off a sheet of mixed up letters and only dotting certain ones. ~ Emmalee Hoggatt, The Hoggatt Homeschool

 

laminator

 

I absolutely love this laminator. It’s very reasonably priced. We love to laminate play-dough mats and homemade games. Its a great access to our homeschool. ~ Jill Craft, Blessed Beyond a Doubt

My first choice of favorite homeschool product is Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock. It is really all I need for early elementary level science, and I continue to use it all the way through high school. It is a timeless nature study guide, science text, collection of unit studies, and field guide all in one. By far my best homeschooling investment.                  ~ Anne Campbell, Learning Table

I DO SO love a good globe and this one is very affordable! I’ve used everything from wall maps, to blow up globes in our family homeschool. This year we will be enjoying the real deal as we regularly study exciting people, places, and things from around the world!        ~ Kelli Becton, Adventures in Child Rearing

Educating the WholeHearted Child

Any time I need encouragement, as a homeschool mom, this is the book I pull out.  There are so many practical tips and tricks throughout the book that give me the perfect pep talk that I need.  It has everything from home organization ideas to curriculum ideas.  Really, everything a homeschooling mom would need!    — Sarah Robinson, Sidetracked Sarah & Owner of Homeschool Survival.  

Words are Categorical Series
We love learning grammar with the books in the Words Are Categorical series. These charming books teach students grades 2-4 with fun titles such as A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink (nouns) and Hairy, Scary, Ordinary (adjectives). There are also books for verbs, adverbs, pronouns, compound words, conjunctions, prepositions, synonyms, and more!              ~ Marcy Crabtree, Ben and Me
Smead Envelope with String-Tie Closure

Smead Envelope with String-Tie Closure, Side Loading, Letter Size, Green Poly, 5 per Pack (89523)

These are my favorite right now because I use them for several things in our homeschool organization. I use them to hold unit studies, all the printable packs I print out and I also use them for workboxes. I have tried multiple things as workboxes and these are my best find. They are durable and the boys can see the contents inside. They are strong enough to hold large high school size books, a folder and spiral notebook. I Velcro the workbox tags to the outside and tape their lesson to the outside. They close up tight and nothing falls out or gets lost!  Works great! ~ Janeen Herlugson, Sprouting Tadpoles

 

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One family will receive a $50 Amazon card to shop for their homeschool (or other family needs) 

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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    

Are you all finished with your homeschool shopping? What is on your supply list?

 

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!)

Gluten Free Porcupine Eggs

 

My grandmother, before becoming senile, often told us the story of the first time she made porcupine eggs for my grandfather. Newly married and on their own, she wanted to impress him with her culinary skills. She followed the recipe carefully and served the meal to him with a smile.

He complimented the great smell and how beautiful the meal looked. Taking a mouthful, he bit down…and cracked a tooth. My grandmother had missed the step in the recipe that called for cooking the rice before adding it to the meatballs.

Porcupine eggs, aka porcupine meatballs or stuffed peppers, are a great naturally gluten free meal. It is also one of my favorites, as my grandmother used to make it for us a lot (and she almost always remembered to cook the rice first!)

1 C cooked rice
1 lb ground meat (I use turkey or chicken, but beef is okay)
1 egg
3/4 C feta cheese (or another strongly flavored cheese) – optional
chopped garlic, paprika, diced rosemary, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste
red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers (the skins on green peppers tend to be too thick)
a bottle of your favorite marinara sauce (or if you make your own, about 3 C)
1 lb cooked gluten free pasta (for serving)
A crockpot

Remove the tops, seeds, and the white fibers from the peppers, keeping them whole. You can use mini peppers as I did, or you can use regular size ones. I like the minis because they’re cute. Rinse them inside and out, dry, and set aside.

Mix together the meat, rice, egg, and seasoning. Mix this very very well…smush the meat up very good. Once the meat, rice, egg, and seasonings are all mixed together well, fold in the feta. (you may have to adjust the amount of cheese depending on the kind you use. Some good alternatives: pepper jack, mozzarella, Parmesan – not that powdery stuff, real Parmesan- or blue cheese.)

Make sure the cheese is distributed through but try not to beat it up too much so when you get a piece of it, you know it. At this point I wear gloves, because I have long nails and I don’t want raw meat in there. Fill the peppers with the meat mixture. Press it in there as firmly as you can without breaking the peppers. It is harder to do with the mini peppers. A good tip is to hold the pepper firmly in one hand while filling it with the other.

You will probably have left over meat mixture. You can just form those into meatballs.

Once the peppers are filled and the meatballs are made, add the bottle of sauce to the crockpot. I use crockpot liners because I dislike having to scrub the bejeebers out of it! Place the filled peppers and meatballs into the sauce. If you used big peppers, they’ll stand up well in the sauce, but the mini peppers you’ll have to lie down.

Cook on low heat for 4 hours, then increase to high heat for another 1-2 hours until the meat is cooked through and the peppers are falling apart. Serve over the pasta.

Everyone in my family claims they dislike peppers, but everyone ate the porcupine eggs with gusto so…yeah, they’re pretty darn good!

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.

Do It Because It’s Right For Your Family!

Sometimes It's OK to Just Be

 

Now that summer is in full swing what do you usually do?

Are you taking summer off?

I remember summer vacation when I was a kid. Long hot days that I could basically do whatever I wanted with. The feeling of freedom. Oh to be a kid again.

Or do you begin your new school year during the summer? It might be scorching where you live. They are going to be inside most of the time anyway so why not? Beats getting bored and having sibling rivalry of some sort doesn’t it?

Whatever you choose, you do it because that is what is right for your family.

YOUR FAMILY, not anyone else’s.

I know it’s hard to remember that sometimes.

Maybe you wonder if it’s enough.

Yep, you’ve been reading too many homeschooling magazines haven’t you?

Or looking at everyone else’s awesome pics of school rooms on pinterest. Or?Or?

Just stop!!!

Take a breath. Are your kids smiling? Do they look content and happy? Are you? That’s good, right?

But if the answer is no, try to remember what I was talking about at the beginning of this post.

Try to remember how you felt.

You want your kids to have that, too? It’s ok to just be sometimes. If they need a break take it. Don’t be a slave to your teacher’s manual. Don’t feel like you have to do every page, every lesson. Skip around if you need to. Make it enjoyable. Soon you will see it come alive again. And if it takes a little longer so be it.

Just go with it. They’re worth it.

 

Lara VolkoffLara V. is a wife and mother to two sweet blessings whom she homeschools. She writes about her faith, her family, motherhood and her homeschooling journey on her blog at Learning Through My Eyes and can also be found on Facebook encouraging homeschooling moms of challenging children.

 

Weekly Giveaway and Link Up: Classical Composers

Welcome!

It’s week 27!  We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival.

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.

We are a 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.

 

Classical Composers

This Weeks Featured Giveaway 

Classical Composers Monthly

4 collections:
Classical Composers Collection 1 ($14.95 value):  Includes Schubert, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Tchaikovsky, von Weber, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bartok, Hindemith, Chopin, and Brahms.
Fine Art Pages Collection 1 ($14.95 value): A Printable collection of 25 famous paintings for you to easily and painlessly introduce fine art to your children.
Current Lesson - Classical Composer's Monthly
 
Jazz Composers ($14.95 value):  Learn so much about the development of jazz and American music in the 20th century with this collection of 15 accomplished jazz composers! Includes Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Thelonious Monk.
 
Great Scientists ($14.95 value)  Learn about 13 famous scientists: Archimedes, Bohr, Boyle, Copernicus, Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Hippocrates, Kepler, Linnaeus, Morse, and Newton. The scientists in this collection coordinate with those studied in Classical Conversations Challenge B.
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FREEBIES

Get a Handel composer resource, a Monet artist resource, a Duke Ellington jazz composer resource, a sample of our Fine Art Pages, and a free Archimedes scientist resource.

 

Birthday Sale

Their birthday sale is going on right now, so you can also get 25% off anything plus a free gift with purchase.  Full details are on the home page!!

Giveaway – Enter with 1 link or Enter with ALL!

One family will receive all 4 of the collections to enhance their homeschool – Valued at $59.80 
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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 

 

Do you have enough electives and fine arts in your homeschool?

 

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!)

Build Your Own Bundle Ebook Sale!!

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Whether you are just beginning your homeschooling journey, or helping your teens get through high school, or have children at every grade level, you are most likely on the look out for helpful resources that really make a difference in your children’s education and your family’s lives. Well, look no further! The very first Build Your Own Bundle Sale is going on NOW! And there is something for every one little ones and older guys, mom and the whole family, plus there are some terrific bonuses like freebies and coupons and discounts you’ll receive with every purchase. These materials are written by homeschooling parents like you and me, some are from well-known publishers. Why not pop on over and have a look – we have pre-packaged bundles for every age group, or pick and choose (within a category) to create your own unique bundle.

 

The first ever “Build Your Bundle” – Homeschool Edition sale is here!

For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling
homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 list!

The bundles are AMAZING, including products such as Learning Language
Arts Through Literature
, A Child’s Geography, Character Concepts,
Picture Smart Bible, Math Mammoth, and more! There are SO
many incredible products to choose from, all bundled up in grades/themes
OR you can “Build Your Own!”

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Our “Build Your Own” bundles offer you the opportunity to select
a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up
to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top
100 Picks! When you purchase a combination of any 2 “Build Your Own”
bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Buy more & save more! Purchase 2 “build your
own” bundles and get the 3rd one 50% off! See
site for details.

You will also find the following pre-assembled bundles with saving up
to 92% off retail:
Tot/Pre-K Bundle, K-3 Bundle, 4-6 Elementary Bundle,
Middle School Bundle, High School Bundle, Charlotte Mason Bundle, & the
Homeschooling/Homemaking Mom Bundle!
Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $377.35 - On Sale for ONLY $49.00 - One Week Only! Elementary Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $220.35 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! Middle School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $361.77 - On Sale for ONLY $59.00 - One Week Only!
High School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $381.68 - On Sale for ONLY $69.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $187.13 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $171.37 - On Sale for ONLY $29.00 - One Week Only!
K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $118.19 - On Sale for ONLY $10.00 - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Curriculum - You Choose What to Buy - Save up to 80% - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Resources, Curriculum & More - Save up to 60% - One Week Only!

 

Don’t miss out on this terrific deal! (this offer disappears at the end of the day July 28)

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