Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup {& Coupon Code for Homeschool Bundles!!!}

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Don't forget that the BIGGEST HOMESCHOOL SALE OF THE YEAR is still going on for a few more days! Have you seen all the great bundles yet, some that are even up to 92% off? They are great on the budget and if you were on the fence about it we have some good news for you. They are offering a coupon code for $5 off for today only! And don't forget if you buy TWO you get a third one FREE!

Let's Celebrate! Save $5 on your bundle order today only!

See here is an example of how it would look below:

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

The coupon code is: BYB527

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Monday, May 25, 2015

18 Helpful Tips for Getting Homeschool Curriculum That Won't Break the Bank

Sometimes when you are planning a new homeschool year the budget might be tight and paying for expensive homeschool curriculum can sometimes be very daunting for a homeschooling mom. Just recently I was talking to someone on the phone who called for advice of where to get curriculum that wouldn't break the bank . So today I wanted to share a couple of helpful tips that will help your dollar stretch when purchasing curriculum for a new school year:

1. ThBuild Your Bundle Homeschool Sale-- I wanted to mention this first since it is time sensitive- this is a BIG sale (the biggest online sale that I know of) that I mentioned yesterday where you can build you own bundle of homeschool books, buy premade bundles, get free bonuses, and if you buy two you can get a whole bundle for FREE--not to mention that bundles are as high as 92% off! This amazing sale will end June 1st so be sure not to miss it--click here to view all bundles!

(this is just a quick peek of some of them!)

2. Ebay--For years I would find my usually expensive curriculum way cheaper at Ebay. Teachers guides/textbooks and answer keys are also a wonderful find here!

3. Craigslist--Check out their book, garage sale, and free section.

4. Amazon--Amazon has great items at often rock bottom prices that you can find used. Click here for homeschool curriculum  and school supplies.

5. Garage Sales--Several times I have found other homeschooling families who have had sales in my area who were getting rid of some of their books. I was able to purchase whole boxes of items--what a steal! Be sure to go when teachers are having sales too, you can find all kinds of great teaching supplies.

6.  Homeschool Support Group--Moms in your support group are great for selling off their unneeded books. If you have a homeschool support group or circle of homeschooling mom friends you could also do a book swap and/or ask them to let your borrow some books for a  year.

7. Online Groups--I am part of a Facebook Homeschool trading and selling group and there is so much available at such low prices!

8. Homeschool Used Curriculum Book Sales--Find out when these are in your area and save the date. Come prepared with list in hand of what you need and be ready to make a killing.

9. Homeschool Conferences--There are booths set up at these conferences that sell used curriculum and they also usually have a table for moms to sell their used curriculum. Be sure to check it all out and compare. Sometimes they will even have FREE boxes.

10. Library--Of course it is a great place to check out all kinds of items you need from books, audio and video--but also don't forget to find out when their used book sales are on. We have purchased loads of books and readers this way, all no more than a quarter each and sometimes less than that. At my library we have access to several other local libraries in the area and can request items from all of them.

11. Design Your Own--With the availability of the internet today, many ambitious moms are taking on the task of designing their own curriculum with low or no cost. Here is a book that I recommend which talks a bit about that: Homeschooling on a Shoe String.

12. Free Websites--There are free websites like Ambleside Online one that help you teach your children through the years. There are also tons of free sites that offer free printables for all kinds of subjects from handwriting to unit studies.

13. Thrift Stores-I have heard of mothers finding workbooks, classics, art supplies and all kinds of other things here. One mother had found a math workbook for just 20 cents for her fifth grader!

14. Sell Your Books--List your unneeded homeschool items on websites to make back some extra money to buy new books/supplies for the following year. I would also hold a garage sale in the summer for this very purpose.

15. Think Outside the Box--Don't feel pressured to just use what you see in the glossy homeschool catalogs. Be creative--there is always more than one way to skin a cat! Are there books already available in your home to teach a subject? Are there resources online you could use to teach a concept? I have heard of one mom who fell on hard times and used her older childrens old workbooks for her younger children by typing the lesson for the day on her computer and printing them out as new. Smart!

16. Buy with the Future in Mind - If you are buying for several children (like we are with 9 children) you might want to buy hardcover books that can be used over and over again. Passing down books have saved us a ton especially when they are durable quality hardcover type of books. 

17. Share with Friends or Family - If you have homeschooling friends or family that homeschools why not ask them to borrow curriculum they are not using? I've let several friends borrow mine and was glad to be able to offer it.  I really like this concept of helping each other and I like to do it frequently. This past year a sweet friend actually gifted us with curriculum that was worth $200 that we were wanting to use this year--what a blessing!

18. Bonus Tip--if you are a blogger you might want to consider approaching a company and exchange advertising for free curriculum or ask to do a review of an item you are interested in. (If you want to learn how to advertise on your blog, click here, I am having a sale just email me privately and mention this post!)

And might I also add that the most important thing that you should also do before anything here on the list is to PRAY!  

I assure you that God has answered
many a homeschooling mothers prayers and needs.

A helpful book I highly recommend would be:

This book has lots of great ideas and you can get a used copy for as low as a penny!

What other ideas would you add?


Now to those interested in the amazing Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale please remember that it ends soon, and once it is gone it is gone for good and I would hate for you to miss this great deal and it is only available for a short time.  Also, I wanted to let you know that they even have two Mom Bundles to encourage you --they have everything from preschool, elementary, high school, Charlotte Mason and more so be sure to check it out HERE!

Hope this post was a blessing to you!

How to Teach Character in Your Homeschool {& Sale}

As a homeschooling mom I know that one of the most important things for homeschooling moms to teach their children is not just the importance of academics and learning God's world around them but it is also that their children would grow in grace learn to have godly character. Wise moms know that this is greatly needed and will steer the course of their lives but they are not sure where to turn to for help.

The book of Proverbs is a great place to start teaching your children along with other stories of the Bible, but if you are looking to supplement with other curriculum that I wanted to share with you the Character Curriculum bundle from the Biggest Homeschool Sale of the Year-- Build Your Bundle sale that started today:

Lad's & Ladies of Wisdom - $15.00 Value

This curriculum for elementary children is a sequel to Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue, a preschool/early elementary character curriculum (sold separately.) It is made to be adaptable for grades 1-6. In the copywork/activity booklet you can choose print or cursive for copying, and select activities based on each child's abilities.

This curriculum provides you with 5 months of character lessons, which will take minimal preparation, and can be taught in 5-10 minutes a day. The lessons include a memory verse for the week, and 5 daily lessons a week. Provided in the lessons are a weekly memory verse, 3-4 KEYS that relate to applying the character quality in their daily life, games, object lessons, or role play, and a prayer for the child to pray about applying what they have learned. There is also a coloring page for each lesson. Included is a reward chart with a treasure chest, and space to display the "treasure" that they earn each week as they grow in wisdom.

This is an EASY and FUN way for you to teach your kids the importance of wisdom, and how to grow in the character traits of a wise person. This is a great way to help your kids grow and become lads and ladies of wisdom! Available as a supplement to the curriculum is daily Copywork and Activity book to go along with the lessons, also sold separately.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: The Character Corner

The Children's Character Building Collection - Set of 11 Titles - Retail $29.00

Each of these delightful volumes in the classic 19th century Children's Character Building Collection is full of Biblical truth, presented in the most winsome possible stories, sure to warm the heart and teach the mind of every family member.

This set includes all of the following 11 books:
  • The Bible in the Wall
  • Godliness is Great Gain
  • The Little Medicine Carrier
  • The Reward of Childhood Truth
  • The Weed With an Ill Name
  • Roses and Thorns
  • Tampering With Temptation
  • Wandering May
  • Little Daisy and the Swearing Class
  • Theobold the Iron-Hearted
  • A Little Rebel Becomes a Saint
Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Grace and Truth Books

Proverbs People Book One - Retail $12.00

The scorner, the wise man, the sluggard, the righteous and more all make appearances in the book of Proverbs, teaching us and our children the right way in which to walk. Each chapter features fill-in-the-blank and short-answer questions that can be answered by looking up different verses.

Each chapter is also illustrated with a story highlighting the merits or evil certain character traits can bring, and also includes a "fun quiz", coloring pages and application questions. Designed to help kids live out the message of Proverbs, the uncluttered layout makes Scripture the primary focus. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Character Concepts

Write Through the Bible: 10 Commandments (Cursive, ESV) - Retail $6.99

The text in this workbook (Exodus 20:1-21) is the Ten Commandments as delivered by God from Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments stand at the center of the Law of Moses and give us a foundational understanding of morality and the character of God.

This handwriting workbook provides 131 days of copywork practice, enough for an entire school year.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Intoxicated on Life

Growing in Wisdom - Retail $15.00

Your child will learn 32 types of negative behavior and their Biblical consequences. Through insights learned from God`s Word, your child will be guided in making an intentional decision to choose positive, godly character in their day to day life. God has the answer for turning our negative natural tendencies into choices which reflect the character of Jesus Christ.

Some of the topics covered are: Anger/Self-control, Tattling/Love, Unkindness/Kindness, Laziness/Diligence, Complaining/Cheerfulness, Lying/Truthfulness, Not Listening/Attentiveness, Selfishness/ Generosity, Teasing/Wisdom and 13 more! Help your children learn how and why to make right choices. For ages 8-13.

Another favorite by Character Concepts is Proverbs People, is also included in this bundle! It is geared towards upper elementary and similar in style to Growing in Wisdom.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Character Concepts

God's Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum - $17.00 Value

God's Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum is a hands-on, active preschool curriculum designed to lead you and your child, ages 2-5 - through the Bible chronologically and through thematic units. We explore God's Word and world over the course of 28 weeks!

The lesson plans include four main parts:
  1. Bible Adventure (Read the Bible story, sing songs, complete projects, and more)
  2. Theme Adventure (Explore the theme for the week through reading, crafts, games, and more)
  3. ABC & 123 (Tackle basic number and letter skills)
  4. Life Skills (Work on basic skills to prepare for life)
Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Motherhood on a Dime

Training & Correcting the Heart With Scripture - Retail $5.99

One of the most important things we can do for our children is to teach them God's Word. Correcting and training with Scripture gives us many opportunities to get God's Word in their hearts and minds. Our goal as we correct should be not to change their behavior, but to change their heart.

This book is designed to make it simple for parents to use God's Word for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Included is a Bible study of 21 character qualities, including the Bible commands concerning it, the negative consequences of it, and the positive consequences of following God's way instead.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: The Character Corner

My Brother's Keeper Junior & Youth Bundle - Retail $24.00

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER...Learning to love your siblings God's way

All the best tricks and parenting books cannot solve the age-old problem of sibling rivalry. The only way to truly change it is to change the hearts of our kids. And the only way to truly change their hearts is through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Meet My Brother’s Keeper. It’s a 4-week in-depth Bible study on the subject of sibling relationships. You will read stories of 10 different siblings from the Bible, some with beautiful stories and some with ugly ones. Through the stories of these siblings and the pages of Scripture, we will learn God’s true purpose for siblings and families, the issues that siblings face, the responsibilities that we have as siblings, and practical tools for resolving the inevitable conflict.

We are looking for real change in the hearts of our children through this study. The Bible passages are in-depth and challenge them to really think about what God wants for their lives!
  • A 4-week in-depth Bible study on the subject of sibling relationships
  • Perfect for family devotions, quiet time or homeschool Bible class!
  • Scripture references are listed, allowing children to look them up in the translation of their choice.
  • Multiple age levels that work on the same topic each day.
Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Not Consumed

Family Bible Bites Devotional - Retail $6.95

Family Bible Bites contains twenty one Bible verses for little hearts to learn and memorize and forty two fun activities to help them stick! Experts agree that with visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning activities, information and revelation stays with children for a long time. This book will nourish little hearts for the King and help you will build strong families, one Bible verse at a time.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: New Millennium Girls Books

People of the Bible Notebooking Unit Volume 1 - $10.00 Value

People of the Bible Notebooking Volume 1 contains 17 complete units and over 200 pages ready to use for creating fantastic Bible Notebooking projects!

People included in this volume: Aaron, Abel, Boaz, Elijah, Elisha, Gideon, Isaac, Abraham, David, Abigail, Andrew, Barnabas, Jesus, Paul, Peter, Matthew, John the Baptist

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Christian Homeschool Hub

People of the Bible Notebooking Unit Volume 2 - $8.00 Value

People of the Bible Notebooking Volume 2 Contains 10 complete units.

People included in this volume: John, Judas Iscariot, Luke, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Deborah, Hannah, Jacob, Job, Joshua

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Christian Homeschool Hub

My Journey with Jesus Christ - Retail $4.99

My Journey with Jesus Christ is a personalized devotional designed to help a child grow in their relationship with Christ while teaching them the key principles of the Christian faith. With places to write the child's name and sections to paste photos, draw pictures, and write the child's thoughts as they learn, the book is sure to be a lifelong treasure in their heart.

Each devotion includes a short lesson about a Christian principle and ends with a space for an adult to write a prayer or love note to the child. The book includes nine lessons that tell the Christian story from beginning to end. Each lesson ends with a space for the child to write a personal prayer. The prayer page is based on the ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication) prayer model. The book ends with several sections of supplemental material including puzzles and several types of handwriting pages (i.e., pre-printing, printing and cursive).

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Corine Hyman

Why I Give - An Activity Book - $4.99 Value

How wonderful would it be if we could teach our children to be a cheerful giver from an early age? Christmas is often thought of as the “season of giving.” However, as Christians we want our children to be givers year round, not only at Christmas time.

This book is designed to help your child cultivate a heart of giving. It includes several coloring pages (created by my 13 year old niece, Lyrique), activity puzzles and suggestions for homemade gifts that children could make. In addition, it includes a giving journal. Why I Give - Activity Book was designed to help your child embrace a spirit of giving.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Corine Hyman

Learning to Speak Life™ Complete Copywork Companion - Retail $8.99

This 94-page digital copywork companion packet contains all of the copywork to go with the Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit family devotional book, found in the Mom Bundle and the "Build Your Own" options.

This is a great addition to the 9-week family devotional and will help your child retain the information as well as sharpen their fine motor skills. Perfect for family Bible time and homeschooling. Use of the book is optional, but highly recommended.

What you can expect to receive (all included:)
For children 6 and under you will receive the 36-page copywork companion designed to coordinate with the copywork in each chapter of the Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional.

For children 7+ you will receive the 58-page copywork companion designed to coordinate with the copywork in each chapter of the Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional.

Go to this Bundle | Publisher: Learning to Speak Life™

 There are many exciting & helpful homeschooling bundles--

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

Friday, May 22, 2015

How to End Your Home School Year Strong When You Think You Just Can't Do It Anymore

This year had been a really crazy year for our family. We had a new little precious baby, were packed ready for a move that never took place, changed some of our diets due to sensitivities, dealt with all kinds of work & business changes (for myself and my husband), took on a few outside short term activities for some of the kids and still homeschooled our large family through it all.

And isn't that just like life to throw in a few curb balls in there along the way? Yes, I am sure many of you have had to deal with many things this last year, good and bad and here we are--many of us at the end of the year. But don't throw in the towel just yet! We can finish this thing strong, I promise you.

And here are a few ways to help with that:

1. Pray for wisdom- ask God for wisdom to finish the year strong and for Him to direct and order the last few weeks/days that are left for you this school year. He knows what we need before we even need it, He knows our days to the smallest detail of your homeschool day. We can trust Him to show us the way.

2. Simplify the last few days or weeks - Ask yourself what really matters--what really needs to get done? Will we cover it next year? For example, I went over some of the younger kids math books and had them focus on learning the main concepts they were taught instead of doing all the repetitious practice problems. I checked the math book they were going into next year and pleasantly found out that they are right on target (in fact, actually ahead!) and the whole time I though we were "falling behind". Don't let the thinking that you are falling behind pressure you and make you feel guilty. I think that homeschool moms never feel like they are doing enough and we don't need that extra burden on us. We just need to plow ahead and make sure we are even if we got a bit off track.

3. Reschedule - Are you looking at your schedule thinking that you are not ever going to end the school year because you planned too much or you have too much book at the end of the year? Towards the end of a year I might double up on lessons but have them do less "busy" work so we can move forward. Remember that not even public school teachers do everything in a book and don't finish everything. Our books are just a tool and we do not need to become slaves to them! I get really serious and change everything that was on the agenda and getting rid of what is not necessary and scheduling in what is.

4. Encourage - My son, Josiah (who is eight and one of the twins), finished a third of his math workbook in 2 days this past week.  I was so surprised! It just goes to show that they can learn quickly when they are ready and motivated. I took him out for ice cream and praised him for his efforts that went beyond and above what I asked. All the other children took note and got busy trying to finish up quickly. Don't forget to encourage all the rest (I like to point all the new things they learned this year and how well they have done) because I find that helps them to stay motivated and stay focused. Praise can go a long way so don't forget to praise abundantly.

5. Keep Perspective - there is light at the end of the tunnel and the end is approaching. That is something to celebrate! Keep focused on finishing but don't stress yourself out. Just do what matters and know that they have another whole year to learn where they left off.

It doesn't have to be complicated and try to keep in mind that the children are always learning all through the year. I do have another senior that I am graduating so I am making sure that she is squeezing in those last important things in (like her thesis paper) before she is done. My older children all work independently so I only had to readjust and tweak some of their schedules.

The important thing to remember is not to be afraid to change things up. Remember that this is your school and your kids and you can do what you like. We have the freedom to finish the way we want to and we definitely can finish strong with the Lord's help.

And before I go--I know that homeschool moms are always love getting new free curriculum so be sure to enter this super homeschool curriculum giveaway, it ends today!

What is the biggest challenge you have trying to end your homeschool year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup!

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Don't forget about what is coming next week---the BIGGEST HOMESCHOOL SALE OF THE YEAR! Enter the giveaway below to enter to win a bundle by clicking HERE or the image below. Pssst....if you click through you will also find a coupon code to use during the sale!

Now if you do join our link up we only require one thing-- PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:

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Giveaway Winners!

We have been so busy around here and are just now getting the chance to post all the winners from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Giveaway. I have reached out to some of you already so please, if you are a winner, please contact us so we can get your prize out to you!

And the winners are....*drumroll*

Kindle Fire HD - Caro Nadeau

Fruitful Vine Creations - Carolyn Serban

Essential Oils - CJ Walker

Lilla Rose - Chantel Poisel

Mary & Martha - Grace Snider

Joyful Aprons - April Landry

Girl and Her Goats - Pamela Bove

Kids Character - Tammy Jones

Wise Woman Consulting - Amanda T.

Every Day is a Gift - Tammy Cordery

Old House Mercantile - Kathy McNiel


Thank you for entering and I hope you enjoy your new gifts!

If you are interested in advertising on A Wise Woman Builds Her Home please contact us at wisewomanads@gmail.com or check out our rates page for details. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

A House Divided Cannot Stand

And if a house is divided against itself, 
that house will not be able to stand.

~Mark 3:25

You might remember this verse in the Bible where Jesus is casting out demons and He rebukes His accusers when they say that He gets his power from Satan. 

But today I want us to think about the principle of this verse and how it can apply to us today in our homes and marriages. 

We all know how important it is to have a strong home built on a strong foundation. But what if your home is divided?


Your home can be divided in many ways. One of the many ways homes are divided is when the wife and the husband are not getting along. There is arguing and strife, and the roles are no longer respected. The wife is not submitting to the husband and always finding something wrong with him. The husband has stopped loving his wife and shows it in more ways than one. 

The sad part of it all is that when there is not unity at the helm often times things can trickle down to the children and cause dissension there too. Children will watch their parents argue and soon begin bickering among themselves. Shortly after that you might even find a lashing out towards parents as well. 


God has ordered our homes and gave us guidelines to follow so that there may be peace and that we may bring glory to Him as we obey Him. It is so important that our homes do bring Him glory because God wants all area of our lives to be in submission to Him. It is easy to hide the messy behind closed doors to our friends and our neighbors,  but we need to remember that God has grace and mercy on us as sinners, and all of us (at one time or another) are imperfect in this area. We can all get off track---but the important thing is to get back on track with what His Word says.

A home in disorder or divided, that is up in arms against each other,  does not bring Him glory. We need to start with ourselves and ask ourselves how did we get to this place and get away from God's Word? Is there a pattern in our lives that is sinful that we have been allowing into our homes?


So often we let sinful ways into our lives and more often than not it begins with our thinking. We want to do things our way, we are prideful, we are self-centered. We want to control and then we act on it. A godly friend of mine used to say--"The battle begins in the mind." We need to take captive every though to Jesus Christ and align it with His word if we desire to have strong homes that flourish. 

I think about the foolish man who house was built on sand versus the wise man who build his built his house upon the rock. When the storms come and the rain comes crashing down--which will be standing? Now, let me ask you--will yours be standing?


So, dear friend, if you have a home that has been divided against itself take steps today to resolve these issues immediately. Often times it begins with ourselves. Ask yourself:

1. How have I sinned? - Yes, you. Not your husband, not your children. Get yourself right with God first and ask Him humbly to show you the errors of your ways. So often we are too busy pointing our finger to not notice the three that are pointing right back at us. 

2. Do I need to ask for forgiveness? -This can be hard but it is a necessity. Just do it! We can break free of old sinful patterns in our lives when we do this. It helps free us up for walking unhindered in our relationships and with the Lord. 

3. Do I need to forgive? Maybe you are holding on to unforgiveness and somewhere the root of bitterness has crept it's way into your life. Forgiveness is a must. 

4. Do I need to repent and change how I have been living to make my home a home that can bring God glory? It is not enough to ask for forgiveness but true repentance will bring change. Worldly repentance will not. Take purposeful steps to prevent the same cycle of sin from happening again. 

5. What steps do I need to take immediately to bring restoration in my family (with my spouse, children, parents, etc.)? These steps will be different for each person. My thought for you is to pray over what it will be. Ask for the Lord for wisdom and He will give it to you. Seek your pastor or a biblical counselor for advice if you do not know where to begin. 

6. What can I do to ensure that my home is not divided against itself in the future? Keep your home  and yourself God-centered. Be the example and set the pace towards peace and unity there.Pray over your home and remember that a humble and teachable spirit will go a long way. Meditate on God's Word if you struggle with certain sins. For example, if you struggle with anger you could memorize verses like "The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."

Let's build strong homes today
 to bring God glory
 and not let Satan get a foothold
 in our marriages and our children!

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