Monday, May 23, 2016

Last Day for the Mega Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale!

If you are a procrastinator and have been waiting until the last day to save big money on homeschooling curriculum from the biggest homeschool sale of the year--the Build Your Bundle sale, you need to know that today is the LAST day!

A few reasons you might want to purchase homeschool curriculum from here:

1. It is all digital and will save space in your home.

2. The prices are amazing up to 96% off and hard to find elsewhere.

3. Saves you time from looking for curriculum in many other different places.

4. A wonderful selection, including bundles that are preassembled for you!

And a quick bonus tip ---if you purchase a premium product you get a $10 coupon. And don't forget the buy two get one FREE deal too!

You can visit the site and view all the bundles HERE. 

It ends at midnight!

I hope you are blessed by it!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

My Top Tips on How to Homeschool Young Children

Lately I have been hearing a lot of interest in homeschooling due to the the Obama administration and their public school bathroom changes.

I don't blame these parents who want to protect their children, and I think that homeschooling is a great way to go, especially since we have been at it for nearly two decades!

But I know there are so many questions that come with homeschooling and one of them is how on earth do I get started (which I address here) and how can I possibly teach my younger children?

I believe that it is important to teach our children and give them a good education, AND I also believe there is much more behind the scenes that goes one that moms need to hear.

So today I am sharing a bit of advice from a homeschooling mom from behind the scenes. I hope this helps someone today!

Here we go:

1. Pray - ask God to give you wisdom on your unique child. Your homeschool will not look like or be the same as other homeschooling families. What will work for you might be totally different so be sure to ask Him for direction. Don't be tempted to over compare.

2. Research Your Options -  there is so much helpful information out there right now, there is no reason why you can't get the best advice and homeschool tips right at your finger tips. There are so many different styles from relaxed to Charlotte Mason that you can choose any method or make up a mix of your own style. Don't be afraid to try something new!

3. Be Flexible - Just because you think something should be done a certain way, be sure to always add flexibility. That was one of the hardest things for me as a beginning homeschool mom! Once I learned how to be more flexible in every situation it greatly benefited me, my attitude, our school and my children. Nothing is written in stone, ya'll, we CAN change things! You can start school later, end early, wear what you want, teach what you want and exactly how it is taught.

4. Keep it Simple - sometimes I think if we feel that if it doesn't include blood, sweat, and tears that we think we are going anywhere. Sometimes the opposite is true for homeschooling. It is okay to keep homeschooling simple and not go crazy. Why reinvent the wheel when something simple is working just fine? Don't change things up and make them more complicated if you don't need to!

5. Don't Over Do It - When they are young you don't want to over do the book work but also want o be mindful to let them play outdoors, get fresh air and sunshine, enjoy many hours of free time and so forth. Contrary to our culture of busy, we need to actually slow down and give the gift of childhood back to our children.

6. Cultivate a love for learning - Don't be a drill master and make them do every workbook page and every single problem. That will quickly lead to burn out for both you and child. Actually help them cultivate a love for learning and realize that once they understand a concept they can move on.

7. Love them  and cherish your time together - Homeschooling is not just about education, it is about discipling them, loving them and yes, even cherishing your time together. What a wonderful opportunity you have with homeschooling, don't squander it and miss all the blessings!

8. Make it Fun - there is a time for work and a time for play. If your children are having a hard time understanding math why not whip out the manipulatives? Use legos, beans, stuffed animals to explain concepts and not just a plain old boring textbook. Do school outdoors or pop in a fun educational video instead.

9. Give Yourself Grace - Know that you won't be perfect and be okay with that. You will make mistakes and there might be gaps (we had holes in our public school eduation too, don't forget), but be assured that if you give them the tools and a love for learning that you are giving them everything they need to learn for a lifetime!

Would you add anything else?

Share them in the comments below!



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Did you know that you can buy two and get one free?

Here is a quick example of how it works:

This sale ends Monday so don't miss it!

You can find it HERE.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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!

And don't forget that there are only a few days left of the Build Your Bundle Sale!

View all the bundles HERE. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

8 Helpful Tips on How to Visit a Homeschool Convention

If you have never visited a homeschool convention before I highly recommend that you do. It is a great way to get encouragement, check out curriculum up close, and find a few deals and new friends along the way.

I try to go to one every year if I can. As the years have gone by I am more enticed by the the opportunity to browse the Exhibit Hall full of books, games, kits, and so much more. My husband and I look forward to this time together to check out new things for the children.

Since I know that many of you still have yet to attend one, I thought I would share some tips on how to best go about the day.

1. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing - some of these conventions are huge and take hours to walk around so be prepared and wear was you feel good in so you can go the long haul.

2. Plan early - Pre-register so you don't waste time when you get there. Book hotel accommodations if needed. Plan how you are going to eat (some places let you bring your own food while others offer food. If they don't find out what restaurants are nearby). You want to maximize your time there and not waste it on what could have been done beforehand.

3. Pray - I like to pray before I go. That God would help me to be wise with purchases and help direct me to the right curriculum for each particular child and their learning strengths. He has helped me every single time!

4.  Make a List - I like to make a list of things that I need for each child. One year I needed new Grammar books for all the children and ended up finding some fresh new material that they really enjoyed. Don't go without a plan and wander aimlessly.

5. Know what speakers and booths you will visit - Read the itinerary ahead of time so that you know who you want to sit in on and which booths you absolutely must visit. This helps save so much time and helps you maximize your efforts there.

6. Take note of curriculum - Take full advantage of being able to go through the books you have been curious about and take note of them. Sometimes the covers look more enticing than the inside! It is also a great chance to talk to the booth owners and ask questions. Sometimes you can find something even better by asking around or browsing the tables.

7. Bring extra cash - I always find a little something extra to bring home to the kids for fun or something that I just know will be a blessing for me as a teacher. Bring extra cash but be sure to not blow the budget.

8.  Know what to do with your purchases - Sometimes it is hard to carry that all around. You might want to use a stroller, luggage tote, or take your items out to the car periodically. Sometimes they even have a place where you can check your items in for a small donation.

And if you are looking for more ways to get great a deal on homeschool curriculum (and as homeschooling moms, aren't we always on the lookout?) don't forget that The Mega Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale 2016 is happening this week! I shared all the details yesterday but if you prefer you can just visit the site to view all the goodies! Some bundles start at just $10 and you can't beat that.

They even have a BUY TWO GET ONE FREE option!

You can find this deal HERE. 

This sale ends Monday at midnight, so don't miss it!

Do you have any tips to add for attending a homeschool convention?

Share them in the comments below!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Mega Homeschool Build Your Bundle is Here!!!

Are you a homeschooling mom?

If you are anything like me you are always on the lookout to find the best curriculum for the best price anywhere you can.

We are so happy to share that today The Mega Homeschool Build Your Bundle 2016 is back and they have an amazing selection this year!

I have been so blessed by this bundle in the past and so has my family. It is one of the bundles that I look forward to every single year and I know that many of you love this one too which is why we always try to take the time to share it here. Some of the bundles even start as low as $10!

Take a peek below:

Character Bundle

Character Bundle

If we train our children to excel academically, but do not train their hearts, what have we accomplished? This bundle provides a rich collection of resources to help you develop your children's character: Picture Smart Bible, Complete Character Training Curricula, Parent & Children's Bible Studies, Christian Parenting Books, and more!

Brother & Sister Bundle

Brother & Sister Bundle

Do your children love to color? Do you have a Lego fan in the house? Are you working on time management with your kids? If so, you'll love this delightful collection of Art Books, Teen Coloring and Devotional Books, Lego Challenges, Student Planners, and more!

Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle

Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle

Watch your children develop a love for history with Linda Hobar's The Mystery of History audio downloads. Math becomes more meaningful with Sir Cumference Set of 6 Living Math Learn N Folders (a
$90 value alone!). Help children retain what they learn doing Copywork and Nature Journaling.
Charlotte Mason taught that children learn best from "Living Books" - resources written by authors passionate about their topics. With that in mind, we assembled this amazing collection for our Charlotte Mason-inspired Bundle.

Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle

Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle

Do you use copywork, notebooking, and lap books in your homeschool? If not, try it! It's a wonderful and effective method of learning! This premium bundle features resources from popular publishers like BiblioPlan, Notebooking Pages, A Journey Through Learning - and it covers a wide array of subjects including American History, Anatomy, Nutrition, Famous Poets, Church History, and much more!

Early Learning Bundle

Early Learning Bundle

It's never too young to start training your child's heart! This Early Learning Bundle contains age-appropriate Character Training and the K-3 Picture Smart Bible. It also features basic skills resources including a Complete Preschool Curriculum, a Reading Curriculum, an Art Curriculum, Activity Packs, and more!

Elementary #1 Bundle

Elementary #1 Bundle

Are you ready to launch your children into a lifetime of learning?
Teach your elementary aged children basic skills and core truths through easily understandable lessons and hands-on activities. This bundle features a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Science Curriculum, Beginning Chemistry from Ellen McHenry, Master Books Complete Elementary Geo and Cultures Curriculum, American History, a Reading Journal, Unit Studies, a Write Shop Set (a
$70 value), and more!

Elementary #2 Bundle

Elementary #2 Bundle

Your elementary aged children will delight in discovery, develop basic skills, and grasp core truths through easily understandable lessons and hands-on activities. This bundle features a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Science Curriculum, a Complete Master Books History Curriculum, a Writing Set, Math Curriculum, Reading Curriculum, Unit Studies, Lapbooks, Keyboarding, and more!

Fine Arts Bundle

Fine Arts Bundle

Your budding artist will love exploring our Fine Arts Bundle. Filled with incredible resources to engage your child's creativity, it includes a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Art Curriculum, Artists Study, Poets Study, Music Appreciation, Geography using Ellen McHenry's "Mapping the World with Art", BiblioPlan Medieval History Craft Book, Hymn Studies, and more!

Homemaking Bundle

Homemaking Bundle

Need encouragement? Looking for wisdom to help you become a better parent? Longing for ways to strengthen your marriage? Want to become more efficient in your housekeeping? Ready to try freezer cooking and a experiment with new recipes? Did you get bit by the adult coloring bug? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, our Homemaking Bundle was designed just for you!

Homeschool Helps Bundle

Homeschool Helps Bundle

Homeschool parents wear so many hats: Parent, Teacher, Administrator, Housekeeper, Encourager, and Friend! Our Homeschool Helps Bundle contains tools to help you build a student portfolio, keep school records, organize your homeschool, and much more!

Upper Grades #1 Bundle

Upper Grades #1 Bundle

As your children grow, their academic needs become more sophisticated. This Upper Grade Bundle is designed to meets those needs! It contains top notch resources for Writing, Vocabulary, American Literature and Research, American history, Unit Study, including a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Science Curriculum, Picture Smart Bible Old Testament, and more!

Upper Grades #2 Bundle

Upper Grades #2 Bundle

This Upper Grades Bundle brims with engaging, high-quality resources for Math, Economics, Music Appreciation, American Literature, American history, and Creative Writing. It also contains a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Science Curriculum, Picture Smart Bible New Testament, a Character Curriculum and Apologetics Study Set based on Ken Ham's popular Answers Books.

Unit Studies #1 Bundle

Unit Studies #1 Bundle

Have you discovered the joy of Unit Studies in your homeschool yet? If not, our Unit Studies Bundle is an excellent place to start! It features a wide variety of subjects, including studies on the Solar System, Nutrition, Animal Science, Caves, Birds, Church history, American History, and more!

Unit Studies #2 Bundle

Unit Studies #2 Bundle

Many homeschool families find freedom and a depth of learning using unit studies. This Unit Studies Bundle includes a Lego Unit, Ancient Egypt, Country reports, American History, and Amanda Bennett's popular Unit Studies 101, BiblioPlan's Hands-On Asia, and more!

Mystery Bundle

Mystery Bundle

Do you like surprises? We thought it would be fun to create a Mystery Bundle. You'll be delighted by this secret collection of resources designed to offer a little something special for everyone!

Don't forget that this bundle is only available for ONE WEEK ONLY!

Buy any 2 individual bundles OR Build Your OWN Bundles and get one free!

We hope you are blessed by these!

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