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Schoolhouse Review ~ Activity Bags Science Experiments In a Bag (E-Books 1, 2 & 3)

Do your children love conducting science experiments? Do you need some "lab time" to meet your state's homeschool requirements? Do you, as the homeschooling mother, dislike the prep work involved in doing science experiments? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Activity Bags Science Experiments In a Bag could be just what you need!

I received a set of three e-books ( Book 1, Book 2, Book 3) from Activity Bags to use with my children in our family homeschool.  The experiments dealt cut a wide swath through the sciences, covering biology, general science, nature, chemistry, and the human body. I simply downloaded each e-book, opened it using Adobe Reader, and started "doing" science! Okay, there was a little more involved than that...but in all honesty, compared to many of the experiments we've done over the years it was almost as easy as 1, 2, 3!

All the experiments follow the scientific method ~ so your child will gain scientific und…

Liebster Award!

I received the sweetest email from my dear friend Michelethjs week. What a surprise to find she had nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! The award itself was a great surprise, but the real blessing was that it came from Michele! (You need to check out her blog ~ Faith, Family and Fridays!)Thanks for thinking of me, sweet friend!!

What is the Liebster Blog award? The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have not yet hit the 200 follower mark. The award is presented by a fellow blogger as a sort of pat on the back "you've got a great thing started" type of award. "liebster" is German for "favorite"

The rules-
1. List 11 facts about yourself. 2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award. 6. Thank the person who nominated you and lin…

Schoolhouse Review ~ Eye Level Reading Rulers (Crossbow Education)

I knew what I hoped would happen when my daughter began using Reading Rulers (a very, very cool reading tool from Crossbow Education). But I knew I'd have to give this product a thorough working-over in order to know it was helping my daughter. So I worked it over...and I wasn't disappointed!

Crossbow Education's motto is "Reading Tools Anyone Can Grab" ~ and it's a fitting motto! I received their ten-pack of Eye Level Reading Rulers (assorted colors, currently costs $16.95) and my 12-year-old daughter started trying them out right away. She did a "test read" with all ten colors, and then began to narrow down the options based on which colors were most comfortable for her. She settled on celery because it made the text the most clear to her (I found pink worked best for me - so be sure to have your children try out all the colors to find their ideal match). To determine which one was ideal, she simply laid them side-by-side over the book she was read…

Take a Moment Today...

You've heard it so many times before, but it bears repeating simply because it's truth:  Take the time to enjoy your children today, because this season of your life will soon be gone.

It really does seem like just yesterday that I became a mom for the first time...but in all actuality, my first-born will turn 20 in about a month. Time flies, doesn't it?!

Wherever you are in your journey as a mom, take a moment today to enjoy each one of your children, exactly as they are, right now. Cement it into your memory, because it will mean so much to you in the coming years. Enjoy them now, store up memories for later, and be blessed all the way around!

Our children are a gift from the Lord, a treasure of unspeakable worth. Sometimes when the days are long, the laundry pile has become mountainous, and homeschooling feels overwhelming, we forget that simple truth. Step back, take a deep breath, and enjoy your kids today. You'll never once regret it!

May you be richly blessed t…

Who Doesn't Love a Freebie?

On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14th, you can get a fantastic eBook for your Kindle absolutely free. And this isn't just any old book - it's a spelling book that will bless your homeschooled kiddos. But it's only FREE for two days, so get a move on this one!

The book is titled "Spelling Made Easy:  Learn Your Words in Half the Time" and was written by Pat Wyman (founder of If you haven't heard of her, check out her website.

Click HERE for the direct link to the FREE book on Amazon. Feel free to share this link with your friends, and remember you only have two days to get this brand new book for free!

Happy spelling, everyone!

Day 230 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Schoolhouse Review ~ Pearl Harbor (from Box of I.D.E.As.))

Sometimes you are blessed to come across a product that every member of your homeschool (i.e. all your children!) learn from and enjoy doing. The World War II Pearl Harbor educational module from Box of I.D.E.As. is one such product. If I could sum up the way my children & I feel about it, the word would be ~ LOVE!!

A general overview of Box of I.D.E.As. is this:  a variety of topic-focused, activity based learning modules are offered in pdf or print format. Each Box contains 10 or more modules with exercises that fit the topic. Topics available include Salt, Laundry, WWII Kitchen, Pigs, Quilting, Civil War Overview, Eleven, and Pearl Harbor. These fantastic units have well researched web links for further study, and include a devotional booklet designed to biblically examine the subject matter. A perfect curriculum choice for multi-level teaching! Most modules in each Box can be used in any order you choose - just pick one and start exploring! (The exception is the Pearl Harbor