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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Homeschool Review Crew: SchoolhouseTeachers.com Annual Membership

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

     Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to use the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership. over at SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This is an online membership but it has lessons to print out and videos to watch with your student. I love reviewing a product that has been such a blessing to our homeschool.  This site has so much to offer that it would take me days to tell you about each one, so I will share our experience with a few of the wonderful resources you can find there.  


     For our household, we have found that it is so hard to find a good spelling curriculum but we have found one we will be using for years to come.  Over at SchoolhouseTeachers.com in the Language Arts section we have found the perfect spelling courses for both of our children.  They are enjoying the Charlotte Mason spelling lessons.  If you are not interested in the Charlotte Mason method, they also have phonics based spelling and topic based spelling lists.  There is a different list for each week, along with activities to help our children memorize the spelling words.  My kids are loving it.  When you find something that works for all your kiddos, you tend to get excited about the product.  I will not be looking for another spelling curriculum again.  This is a winner!

     Our 10th grader has never liked writing.  He was always bored with our writing curriculum and would sit and complain about it for hours instead of getting it done.  That has changed!!!!  We found the Creative Writing lessons, and in the last few weeks,  he has written three short stories that are creative, well written, and entertaining.  He has never been able to sit down and put his imaginative thoughts on paper before, but after using this resource, he can't wait to write.  I have never been so pleased with a writing course.

      Our daughter is in 7th grade this school year and she loves art.  When she found out there was art lessons on http://www.schoolhouseteachers.com, she was so happy.  She loves to learn new techniques and ways to be creative. The inventive ideas in the art section of this site have kept her busy for hours and hours.  She has used the elementary art lessons as well as a few from the middle school sections.  It has been a great experience for her and we will continue to use this resource for her.  

    Homeschooling during the high school years can be intimidating, but with this site, you can feel at ease.  There are so many great classes offered on this site. We especially enjoy the Science classes offered for Jr and Sr High students.  They incorporate what we believe along with all the knowledge our children will need before they graduate. I also love having a High School Help page where you can find all sorts of wonderful videos and resources to help guide you through these very important years. 

     I have been homeschooling for 23 years and I can say that I have never had a site with so many resources all in one place for a homeschooling family. Each course can be customized to fit the student, and I know that they will be getting a quality education no matter what class they are taking. From planners to educational videos, they have it all and best of all it is all included in the one time yearly membership price.  No hidden fees!!!  We have a strict homeschooling budget and I would invest it all in this site, only I don't have to because of the low membership price.  I encourage you to go check it out for yourself.  

    Would you like to learn more about this program?  I would encourage you to check out their website and social media pages listed below:

For more reviews of this amazing resource, just click the link below
Online Homeschooling For the Whole Family {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews}

Monday, December 9, 2019

Preparing Our Hearts {Free Mini-Workbook for Christmas}


 It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, but I believe we need to take time out to focus on the real reason for this time.   Jesus came to earth as a tiny baby and we need to remember that is why we rejoice at Christmas, but that is only part of the good news.  The rest of the story is the fact that He came to die for our sins.  He chose to enter our world, live among us, and then He chose to die on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. His sacrifice took the penalty for our transgressions.  He conquered death so that we might have eternal life with Him and He only asks that we believe on Him.

      His amazing grace brings both joy and sorrow to my life.  I am so thankful that He pours out His grace on me everyday, but I am sad that I have trouble extending this same grace to others.  I want so much to be more like our Savior.  My prayer is that I can love on others like He does  I want to show His love through the way I live my daily life.

     As this wonderful holiday approaches, I find myself wanting more and more of Him.  I love spending time with my family and watching them enjoy the joy that this season brings, but I don't want to lose sight of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I want Him to be at the center of our home and our main focus this month.

     I have some great activities planned for the kiddos this month to remind them of His love and wonderful gift of salvation that began with the day He was born.

    We are doing an Advent study with a different theme each week.  The first week we focused on hope. We will also be studying love, joy and peace. It keeps our hearts centered on Christ.  

    We also love our going through our names of Jesus ornaments. We look up the verses where these names are found.  It is all about keeping our eyes on Him.

    What are you doing to proclaim Him?  How will you show Him glory and laud this month? Do you have family traditions that keep you focused on Christ? 

           I have made a mini-workbook for you to download and print for use in your homes this season.  I hope it blesses you!  

To download this study, just click the link below the image.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Let's Have Fun With Our Christmas Themed Tracing Pages!!!

     During this time of year, it can be a chore to get our kids to settle down to learn. It's important to keep them focused and using fun but educational little worksheets are the best way to keep their attention. 
     I have made a cute little PDF for you download and print for free.  I hope it is a blessing to you as we begin celebrating Christmas.  

     To download this PDF, just click on the link below the image.  Have fun and enjoy this time with your kiddos.  

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Let's Talk.... {Free Printables}


      Communication is the key to a healthy relationship.....I bet you have heard that a thousand times, but has it really sunk in.  Do we take it seriously?  Do we realize that talking is one means of showing how much we care for one another?

       When we take time to sit down and have an uninterrupted conversation with our spouse or children, we are showing them that their thoughts, dreams and emotions are important to us.  Time is very precious, so when we give our time to listen, they will feel loved.  If we are looking down at our phones or watching TV while others are talking to us, they will feel jilted.  It is imperative that we stop communicating while trying to do other things.  

        We need to realize that we communicate in other ways as well.  Our words are powerful, but so are our actions and body language.  We convey many messages by the way we look at someone or by the way we hold our arms.  We can express love or hatred just by the way we stand.   People can tell a lot about us by the way we look.  They will feel we are easy to talk to or that we really don't want to be bothered by them.  

         What signals do you send out?  Do your children feel like they can come to you and talk about anything?  Do you and your spouse communicate well?   In our homes the communication should be on a deeper level.  We should be able to share our thoughts with one another and know that we can do so, without fear of reproach.   Our homes should be our safe place.  

           In our marriages, communication should be an even deeper connection.  We should be able to verbalize what we are feeling expecting the other to listen with intent.  As a wife, I only feel close to my husband when I feel he is being attentive to what I am saying.  I mean really interested in my words and being vigilant to hear me.   If I feel he is off in space while I am conveying my feelings, I get hurt.  We all yearn for a relationship where we feel loved..... and I am telling you communication is a key component in feeling cared for.  

           I want to give you some ideas on how to keep communication alive and well in your homes. It's all about being intentional.  

  • Dinner time is a great time to sit around and discuss our days.  Give everyone a chance to talk about their days.

  • Have a family game night.  You will all be relaxed and able to chat about life. 

  • Family devotions is an excellent time to communicate.  After reading God's Word, we can begin conversations about what God is speaking to us.
  • Hold families meetings once a month or so just to keep in touch with what is going on and to be sure everyone is doing well within the household.  

  • Long car rides are a great way to have everyone together and can open up lines of communication.  Turn off the radio, dvd players, and phones and just talk.

  • Make time for each child to be alone with you at least once a month so you can discuss personal issues just one on one.  
          Now lets talk about ways to keep the lines of communication open in our marriages: 

  • Make a date night.  Be intentional about talking about things other than the kids. 

  • Purpose to stay awake at night talking for at least 15 minutes.

  • Be attentive..... No phones or TV!

  • Doing a couples devotional can open up conversations.  A couple that prays together, stays together.

  • Listen with your heart... not your head.  Your mate may need you to hear their heart not just their words.

         I will be praying for you and I hope you will pray for me as we work on communicating better in our home.  It won't be an easy task but I feel it will be worth the effort and work we put into it. 

I made up some great questions to help keep us up to date with what our children like.
One key to communication is knowing the other person.  
I think these questions will help . 

Feel free to save and print them . 

Here are some great questions to ask your spouse.
Again feel free to save and print them 😊

Don't forget to stop over on our Facebook page for our Christmas Challenge
 Training In Godly Character

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Let's Have Fun With Numbers {FREE PDF}

Good morning!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

I have a great little workbook for your Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Kindergarten age kiddos.  They will learn their numbers from 1 to 12. They will have fun learning them with an adorable Christmas Theme. 😊

To download this workbook, just click on the link below the image.

If you would like to add our Fun With Tracing Letters PDF to your collection as well, come check out our blog page here: 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: OUR REVIEW OF Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books

     Our daughter has loved horses since she was a little girl.  She isn't keen to historical books, but these caught her eye right away when I showed them to her.  I was thrilled to see her excited to receive and review the books by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books.  We were given all four books in the  Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series.  

     Hope was even more excited about reading these books once she found out who had wrote them.  Mattie Richardson is a former homeschool student who wrote her first book at the young age of 13.  Hope is 12, so this was a great inspiration to her.  Mattie wrote this series to help students want to learn history again.  She wanted to make it interesting and exciting for young readers.  She wants to change that many children do not like reading, writing and studying history these days.  I am so happy to have someone who wants to make history fun for kids again.  This writer is a great source of encouragement for me and my daughter.  

     This series was created for children ages 8-14, but I feel anyone would enjoy reading them.  They are not long in length and are great for reading aloud as a family as well as personal reading. 

      Appaloosy will take you on an adventure with Storm, a beautiful Appaloosa brown horse.  This horse belongs to a tribe called the Nez Perce. You will learn all about this tribe and their hand in development of the Appaloosa. 

     Storm doesn't like being a fenced in horse.  He wants to be wild and free. After being sold a few times, Storm settles in with a young girl named Faith.  Here he finally finds a home with a girl that he has a strong bond with, but is soon stolen away. He is a headstrong horse and after freeing himself, he will have to choose to go back to Faith or remain free.

     My daughter couldn't put this book down.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  This is Mattie's first book and wow... it must have been incredible!!! 

      Dusty's Trail is a book that teaches all about the Pony Express.  It begins with a young man named Levi decides to take his horse Dusty and head out looking for a new job.  Dusty is less than enthused about the idea since he loves his life on the little farm.  Levi decides to go for this very dangerous job and takes off in the middle night with is trusty horse Dusty.  

      Your child will be taken on a historical adventure that will reveal all the facts about the Pony Express as seen through the eyes of Levi and Dusty.  I enjoyed seeing Hope liking to learn about this time in history without complaining.  

     We haven't had a chance to read through the next two books Golden Sunrise and Day and Night, but are looking forward to reading through them over our Christmas break.   These books will take us through the times of Davy Crockett and The Civil War.  I can't wait to read them.  I know Hope is anxious to finish the series as well. We were also given a PDF of the Enrichment Guide for Day and Night that we will be completing.  We have just had the opportunity to visit with our oldest daughter and her little family these past weeks and wanted to give them our undivided attention as they live so far away.  I will be reviewing the next two books right after Christmas break so stay tuned :) 

      Would you like to learn more about these books and their amazing author?  I would encourage you to check out their website and social media pages listed below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Appaloosy7/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/appaloosybooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AppaloosyBooks

   We also have more reviews for you to read over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just click the link below ⇊⇊⇊⇊

Book Set: Appaloosy, Dusty's Trail, Golden Sunrise & Day and Night {Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books Reviews}

Friday, November 8, 2019


     Our daughter Hope has a very special name and I have always wanted to do something to show her how special it is and now with the help of Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! from CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts I was able to do that.  We were given a digital video from them to review and I couldn't be more pleased from what we were given.  This company sees how precious names are and want to share that with their customers. 


     CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts is an awesome company that provides personal items that gives your name meaning in many ways.  They not only tell you the origin of a name, they share its meaning and how special it is.  They remind you how special you are not only to the ones who gave you that name, but to God as well.  He knew you by name before you were born.  How awesome is that!!!  These gifts are such a sweet present to give to loved ones. I absolutely love everything I saw on their site.

     The video we were given is about 30 minutes in length and each minute was a precious reminder of God's purpose for us and His love for us.  It also shows how much your loved ones thought of you when they named you.  Your name was picked for you!!  You were on their mind every second as they chose it.  In the video that is made for you, your child will see artwork that you have submitted and pictures of them.  For smaller children this will be a thrill!!!  Our daughter is a little older and this video had more sentimental value to her.  She teared as she read the note that they add in the video from the person who purchased the video.  This note for her was from her daddy and me and she saw how much we loved and cared for her as this note was read to her. 

      In her video a little Pencil was her guide to learn all about her special name.  She giggled a little as she watched but was very touched.  Owl was her favorite character and she was interested to know the origin of her name.  We had no idea it was Anglo-Saxon.   This is a video she will watch over the years and keep forever.  

     We were also given a little PDF file full of activities that used her name.  She says she wished she would have had these when she was a little younger.  Preschool and Elementary aged kids will love these.  

     If you have a child that you would love to thrill with a video all about their name or wonderful items that have their name on it, I would encourage you to check out CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts.  You can also look them up on their Pinterest account for more about them. 

      We have more reviews for you over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just follow the link below 👇👇👇👇

Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! {CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts Reviews}