Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rime to Read

Rime to Read

A learning to read program! One that you can print or read books online! With the online version your child can click on highlighted words and have them sounded out for them. This is a new feature for Rime to Read and it really works. My youngest is just starting to learn about her letters and how they make words. So we sat down at the computer and read a few of the books online. She was amazed that she could read letters and make words. She has a long way to go to be a reader, but I was happy that she liked the books. I personally thought they were a bit plain. I remember though when my oldest started reading how she would guess what the words were by the pictures and what she saw there. I wished sometimes that there wasn't so many pictures and she could concentrate on the words, so that is what Rime to Read does. Less pictures and more words. I am excited to continue it with my youngest and to see her progress with the books.

So do you want to know more about Rime to Read.... well you can. They have a great website with a lot more information and you can view the first book FREE! If you decide to buy the books the cost for all 20 books is $44.99 or you can purchase them in 4 book sets at $9.99. The books are printable so you can use them over and over again. Once you purchase the books you have access to read them online as many times as you want. So you can use them with your younger children too. So go the website and check it out for yourself. I would like to say thank you to Rime to Read for allowing us the opportunity to try your site and have access to these books. They will be beneficial to my daughter learning to read and learning to read well!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Time 4 Learning

Time 4 Learning

We think that all the time is time for learning at our house! I want my children to learn about all the things that go on all around them. Of course we also use text book's to learn too. Which is not my kids favorite way to learn. Well let me tell you about a way that they LOVE!

We have had a chance to try Time 4 Learning with both of my girls recently. It is an online learning program. They set up an account for each child and the lessons are based on your child's level of learning. Of course if you want to change those levels you can change them to higher or lower if your child needs that.

They have a timer that you as a parent can set for a certain amount of time and the children must do that amount of lessons to get to go to the playground. The playground is all kinds of fun online games. Mine love the lessons almost as much as the playground. My oldest especially loves using the computer to do school work and looks forward to doing it as much as possible. She has learned a lot from Time 4 Learning in the short time that we have used it. She would love to continue the subscription!

Here is some basic information for you about Time 4 Learning!

  • 4 grade levels to choose from!
  1. Pre-K to 1st grade
  2. 2nd to 3rd grade
  3. 4th to 5th grade
  4. 6th to 8th grade
  • Cost is $19.95 per month for first child
  • Cost of $14.95 per month for each additional child
If you are looking for a curriculum that covers the bases and keeps track of your child's progress this may be the site for you. One thing to take into consideration is that this is a curriculum that is used by public schools. It is not a christian curriculum. My kids were using the younger levels and we had no problems with anything that wasn't pleasing to my family. We always have our children online with us and the volume is turned up to hear what they are learning. Just for your knowledge, if you are looking for strictly christian based curriculum, you need to try this for the free 14 day trial and see what you think before making your decision. Thanks to Time 4 Learning for letting our family have the opportunity to try your site.

Did you know there was a Little Man In The Map?

Did you know that there was a little man in the Map?

We have been learning the names of the States this school year and making a United States Noteboo
k. We have been learning each state and where it is located, the state flower, bird and flag. My oldest has learned a lot of information doing this and has developed an interest in The United States map. So we were excited to get this book in the mail. It is a cute book that teaches all the States with rhymes. My husband and I have really enjoyed sharing about The Little Man In The Map to all our family and friends! So many people have never noticed him there before!

I have always enjoyed learning things with rhymes and songs and so do my children. So this book is perfect for that! My kids like to make up songs and rhymes all the time for learning things. So if you are trying to create a joy for learning in your children go to Schoolside Press and see the book. You can get the book for $19.95. The Little Man In The Map Wall Map is $21.95! They have a combo special for both items for the price of $35.00. They are also offering FREE SHIPPING for the holidays! This would be a great gift for your children or grandchildren this year!

The Old Schoolhouse Black Friday Sale

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

is having an amazing sale on subscriptions during their annual Black Friday Sale November 26 – 30. For those 5 days only, they are drastically reducing their one-year subscription price to $7.95! That's the price you would usually pay for just one issue at a bookstore!

This is their lowest price ever on the magazine and they want all of you to take advantage of this offer and share the info with your friends.

Please don't miss out. Your one-year subscription will pay for itself time and time again as you receive practical tips and Biblical encouragement to keep going strong in your commitment to homeschooling and to the Lord. Since it's a quarterly magazine, they even have a monthly subscriber's only E-Newsletter called Teacher's Toolbox that will give you seasonal teaching ideas and a free E-Book download! It's like joining a unit study of the month club! The free E-Books alone are valued at almost $250/year. It's really perfect for people who are homeschooling on a shoestring or just wanting to add in some little extras to your teaching.

Plus during the Black Friday Sale, they have all kind of bonus gifts when you spend $50, $75, $100, or $150. Some are electronic downloads that you can download immediately, while other are physical products mailed from various vendors directly to your home.

AND, their Win Big contest is going on so if you just happen to be customer 67,000, you will receive a prize package valued at almost $500 which includes a $150 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store! Who couldn't use that? And you can qualify to win it no matter how much or how little you spend!

Mark your calendars for November 26 - 30th and do a little shopping from your seat, not your feet at the Schoolhouse Store's Black Friday Sale!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Homeschooling ABC's

Are you new to homeschooling? Maybe you are thinking of starting? I have been given the opportunity to receive most of Homeschooling ABC's lessons. I wish I would have had them when I first started homeschooling! When I first started teaching my daughter I had so many questions and was always searching for answers. If I had this program it would have gave me exactly what I was looking for. Although, I have benefited greatly from a lot of the information, even though this is my fourth year to Homeschool.

There are 26 lessons that you get when you subscribe. One lesson each week will come to your email. With each lesson also come a lot of freebies. Over $250.00 worth of free curriculum. In fact right now on the site there is a 5 day free mini class! You can sign up and see if it is something that you think would benefit your family.

The cost of the 26 lessons is only $10.00 per month for 6 months! That equals out to only $2.30 per lesson! I spent more on books that didn't help me! I highly recommend it! I don't think you will be at all disappointed with the lessons. In fact I can't wait to get the rest of them myself. So go and see for yourself at Homeschooling ABC's!

Thanks so much to Terri Johnson for allowing our family to review your site! We love it!

Giving Thanks for my Mother in law

My mother in law was diagnosed a few years ago with Alzheimer's and about six months or more ago, God started giving her back to us. She started remembering things that she had not been able too. So this year for Thanksgiving she wanted to make her dressing for dinner. So we brought her to our house and she and my husband made the dressing for Thanksgiving Dinner! This is a miracle for our family and one we will cherish this year. Here is a video of it I would like to share with you. Thank God for all his blessings......

Monday, November 24, 2008

Contest on Teaching Heart Mom

Packet CD Volume 1 Includes:

Back to School, The Penguin Packet, The Winter Packet, Fall & Halloween
Cute Red Penguin Socks A Yankee Candle Bath and Body works Hand Cream Pocket Chart Teaching Heart Mouse Pad Rhyming Words CD Game Sentence Strips All in a cute Holiday Basket ready to be given to your favorite k-3 teacher. Over a $70.00 Value

Information from Teaching Heart Mom site......

Last day to post an entry is December 10, 2008 and ONE Basket winner will be announced on Teaching Heart Mom on December 11 . Item will ship Priority Dec 12th or 13th. Just in time to give the basket to your child's favorite Teacher. If you are a teacher or homeschooler, then you can enjoy it before the Holidays. One entry per person.

This contest if for Website Owners, Bloggers, or Previous Costumers. If you do not fit one or more of those criteria, I'm sorry!

If I win this basket, oohhh I would be so happy! I am a homeschooling Mom and these things would be a blessing to our home and school.

If you fit the qualifications to enter the contest go visit her site and check it out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In loving memory of My Father in Law

On November 11th, 2008 my father in law passed away suddenly. He was 68 years old. He was a great father in law to me and a great Papaw to my children. I have always felt so blessed to be a part of my in laws family. They have always treated me just like one of their own children. When I first married my husband, my father in law called me his Yankee daughter in law! Of course the reason was that I was from Ohio and you could hear it in my voice. My father in law was a minister of the gospel and was loved by so many people. I just wanted to take this time to share with you a little about my father in law and how much that I loved having him as a part of my life. I know that he is rejoicing in heaven today and one day we will see him there!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Media Angels: The Missing Link: Found

We recently had the opportunity to read "The Missing Link: FOUND" by Christina and Felice Gerwitz. This book is just one of the Truth Seekers series which consist of 3 books all written by a homeschooled teenager! That is one big thing that really stood out to me! Wow, what an inspiration that my homeschooled children could write their own book one day!
This book was written for young people about pre-teen age, so it wasn't on my children's level. So Mom had to read it. I will say it was a bit difficult to keep my mind on it. Probably due to my age and to my taste in books to read. I feel that young people who like mystery novels and fast paced books would have no problem with enjoying the book. Here is a little bit of informaition about the book from the back cover.

Once again, the Murphy teens are propelled into another exciting adventure! While on vacation in the Keys, a devious plot unfolds, and the Murphys find themselves in the middle of a full-speed boat case and encounter with the FBI. Their vacation plans are then cut short by the arrival of a cryptic message form Dr. Murphy's brother, requesting his immediate presence at an anthropological dig along the Peace River. What Dr. Murphy, Christian, and Anna find there is anything but peaceful!

Encountering a deadly illness, the Murphys must also wrestle with a startling discovery and its potential results. The Missing Link has been discovered, finally providing evidence for the theory of evolution. But, what about the Bible? Didn't God create the world as recorded in Genesis? In addition, is there a connection between their adventure on the high seas and their discoveries a the dig site? Join the Murphys as they are faced with danger and a race against time in search for the truth.

So go right over to Media Angels and get your copy today. For just $8.99 you can get this book. For $22.00 you can get the 3 book set! They have lots of other books available at the Media Angels Store also. So go by and see what you think.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Contest at HSB

Do you like entering contest as much as I do? Well, I have one for you at Homeschool Blogger "On the Company Porch" blog ! Go here and check it out for yourself!

Readers of the popular Terrestria Chronicles allegory series will be thrilled to learn that Ed Dunlop has just released The Quest for Thunder Mountain, the first book in his new Tales from Terrestria series. The Quest tells the story of a young minstrel whose life is shattered when his career comes to an abrupt end. The book was written to help young adult readers experience the wonder of finding and doing the will of the King. You can see the TOS review of the Terrestria Chronicles at: .

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

McConnell Family Benefit

The benefit for the McConnell Family is this Saturday! November 8th

The McConnell Family lost everything in a fire on October 6th, 2008!

There will be a benefit for them at
Souls Harbor Apostolic Church
Hwy 15 S.
Walnut, MS on
November 8th!

At the benefit you can buy BBQ plates!
Starting around Noon
there will be an auction starting at
4:00 PM
All donations will go to help the family!

Can you help this wonderful family in
their time of need? If you would like to
help and you don't live in the area, feel free
to contact me at
or you can call either of the numbers on the flier. Thank you for your time and your help.
God Bless You!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Great New File Folder Site!

Great New File Folder Fun Site!

I have wanted to share this site since

I first heard

about it starting and now I get too!

I have already got me some great

File Folder


to make for my girls!

Go check it out and see what you think!