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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Inauguration Day! A Free Study of the Inauguration

Soon we will be welcoming a new President and Vice President into office.  Here is a little study to help you understand the process. 

  To download it, just click on the link below the image.

Thursday, January 7, 2021



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.

     Our family has been using an amazing curriculum over the past few years. We are using it again this year and this is our review of the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  We were given a one-year subscription to this online curriculum and even though we have used it yearly, I am still blown away at all the wonderful classes, planners, and videos that are available for members of this site.  If you homeschool or plan to homeschool, you really would be encouraged by checking out what this site has to offer. 


     Currently, we are using a few programs from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and I would love to share how we incorporate them into our homeschool day. The first way I use this site is for planning, With your membership, you will be given the Smart Mama Planner.  It is just full of wonderful planner pages that will help you plan out your school year.  From a budget planner to yearly goal sheets, it has all you need to be organized during your homeschool days, months, and year.  My favorite part of the planner is the Homeschool Minute Devotionals.  They help you focus on what is important as you homeschool your children.  They are so encouraging!  

     Our daughter and son are both working through Advanced Music Theory.  They felt it would help them to play their instruments better and with more knowledge of music theory, they will be able to go farther with their lessons. They both play the guitar and ukulele, and our son plays the piano and organ as well.  These lessons they are going through have advanced their reading and understanding of music and they are playing with more confidence. 

     Another class that my daughter enjoys is Art.  She loves being creative.  Drawing, painting, and even sculpting helps her to express herself.  The Achieving Art Success Level V classes have been a wonderful addition to her extracurricular classes.  They not only incorporate art but Language Arts and History lessons into her curriculum.  They are so much fun, she forgets she is learning! 

     I have been homeschooling for over 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.  

     If you would like to learn more, I would check out their site and social media pages listed below.

You can also read more reviews of the resource over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just click on the link below.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com - Every Subject - Every Grade - Every Student {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews 2021}

Monday, December 14, 2020

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.  

Friday, December 4, 2020

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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


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.

     In the past couple of years, I have really been trying to incorporate more computer skills into our homeschooling days.  I believe our children will need these skills rather they go into computer programming or not.  At first, I was just overwhelmed with all the classes out there but soon found out there are a few that are better than others.  I was thrilled to be able to receive and review Python for Beginners: Learn Coding at Home by Homeschool Code Academy.  These online classes are a great way to begin teaching your student about coding. 

      This class is taught by a man named Matt Bohn.  He is a programmer of 18 years.  He was self-taught until he went to college and got his bachelor's degree in Computer Science.  He has worked for IBM and has built software for Microsoft and sports programs. He uses this course to teach his own children how to code.  He is passionate about what he is teaching and you can see that he wants to help students learn with ease.  

     This program teaches students coding and it can be done at your own pace.  The videos range from one to several minutes each. You will see that it is required to do the videos in order and complete the lesson you are on before continuing to the next lesson. This way you are not missing what is being taught in order to do well in your class.  They are designed to keep your students focused on one task at a time and will keep them engaged.  Some students will be able to complete this course in just one semester, but you can also take your time and complete the classes in 2 semesters.  

     I wanted to review this program from the eyes of a student who has already taken some coding courses in order to let you know how this program stands out from others.  Our son Josh has been going through these classes and is very impressed.  He said he would have loved to have these classes when he first started using Python.  So what is Python you are wondering.... here is the definition .... Python is an interpreted, high-level and general-purpose programming language. Josh says it like this "Python is a coding language that is a great starting point for beginners due to its simple-design while also being very powerful for more advanced users. It keeps things simple by requiring clear indentation making even bad code easy to read."  Josh said this class is just perfect for kids who want a taste of what coding is and the teacher is amazing.  He makes sure his students have a firm grasp on each lesson before going on.  This is important when learning how to code. 

     When you begin the classes you will have to download a program called Thonny.  This is where your student will be doing their coding.  

     It is simple to log on every day and to follow the classes set up for you.  Your student should be able to work independently. The classes are simple and easy to understand. There are videos to watch and challenges to meet.  Each is designed to help your student learn how to code yet not feel overwhelmed.  Here are some screenshots of the classes and Josh's work.  

     These classes are great for beginners and will be a great learning tool for your homeschool.  I think it's important to at least know the basics of coding in the world we live in today. Homeschool Code Academy makes it easy and affordable to learn these skills.  Their payment plan is a great way to pay for this course and others like it.  Many companies want a huge chunk upfront for their coding classes.  This particular class is just 9 monthly payments of $15!!!  A great deal!!!  

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

     You can also read more reviews of this company over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just click on the image below


Python for Beginners: Learn Coding at Home {Homeschool Code Academy Reviews}

Friday, November 6, 2020


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.

     Our family has been huge fans of Drive Thru History for years.  I can't tell you how excited my kids were when they discovered we would be reviewing lifetime access to  Bible Unearthed from Drive Thru History® Adventures.  This course has not yet been released so we were thrilled to be able to view it before its release.  As always it did not disappoint!!!

     Not only does this course come with 12 episodes to watch, but it also includes printable worksheets, answer guides, and a course guide for parents to use.  You don't have to use these amazing extras, but to get the most out of the course, it is recommended.  We enjoyed watching the episodes, reading the course material, and answering the questions on the worksheets together.  The questions really brought up some wonderful discussions and that is always a great way to connect as a family.  I had no clue how much was involved in archeology before going through this course. 

     The 12 episodes include: 
  • What is Archeology
  • The Impact of Archeology
  • Locating Archeological Sites
  • The Life of an Archeologist
  • What's Being Discovered Today
  • Archeological Mysteries
  • Top Discoveries in Bible Archeology
  • Getting Involved in Archeology
  • Trends in Archeology
  • Weird Archeology
  • Accidental Discoveries in Archeology
  • What's Left to be Discovered

      In this course Bible Unearthed, you may have guessed what the subject is.... ARCHEOLOGY!!  Dave Stotts and Randall Niles, and  Dr. Titus Kennedy are hosting these videos and giving real insight into exactly what Archeology is. The videos last about 15-17 minutes each and are full of amazing details about Archeology.   From how an Archeologist lives to weird findings, your children will not want the adventure to end.   

     I asked my teens, Josh and Hope, what they liked most about this course and they both said that until they watched these videos, they didn't really understand why Archeology was so important how it can help others to view the Bible as truth. As we went through the Top 25 Biblical finds, we were astonished.  It was so intriguing to see actual artifacts that were from Biblical times. Josh also loved the episode on Weird Archeology.  He said it was so cool to see the strange and unusual things they find on digs.  He even said he might want to go on a dig someday himself.  I told him that would be really awesome!!!

    If you are interested in this course or the many other Drive Thru History® Adventures sets, I would encourage you to check out their website or their social media pages listed below: 

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

Bible Unearthed {Drive Thru History® Adventures Reviews}

Wednesday, November 4, 2020


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.

     Do you ever worry about your child's financial future?  Are you concerned with how they will handle their finances?  Will they be able to be stable financially?  Well if you answered yes to any of the questions above, I would encourage you to check out PEM LIFE.  Our family was given 6-month access to the Personal Finance Illustrated® Homeschool Edition and we have been working through it over the past month or so. 
     This program is designed for high school students and as a parent, you can be involved in this learning course or just let them work through it independently. If you are a parent that likes to be more hands-on with your child's curriculum, they have lesson plans and guides to help you schedule what your child will be doing each day.  I like that I could let my son work alone on and at his own pace.  He is motivated to work independently and that gives me time to work on other classes where I need to have a more hands-on approach.  

     The goal of PEM LIFE is to equip our young people with an understanding of finances that will help them now and into the future.  They want them to be able to make well-informed decisions when it comes to money.  If they are educated in this area now, they will be able to make solid investments and determine to be financially stable throughout their lives.  

     Finances are an important part of adult life, and I believe it is our job as parents to give our kids a foundation that they can build upon when it comes to money.  They should know the basics and be able to make sound financial decisions as they enter into the world on their own.  PEM LIFE gives them a great start! The lessons include:
  • PDF's to read 
  • Videos to watch
  • Interactive Resource Library
  • Written assignments
  • Vocabulary Lessons and more....

    As a parent, you decide how in-depth you want your child to go.  I think it's important to use what you can in each lesson so your child can get the most out of the program.  We use this as a supplementary program for our son, so we work on it a couple days a week, and so far he said he has learned quite a bit about budgeting and financial vocabulary and feels he will get more from the classes as he finishes them over the next few months.  He hopes to get a firm grasp on how he should invest money and how to save for his future.  He said there were a lot of vocabulary terms that he hadn't heard before and is happy to know what these financial words mean now. 

     Would you like to know more about this company and their pursuit to help young people learn about finances?  You can check out their website or visit their social media pages listed below: 

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Personal Finance Illustrated® Homeschool Edition {PEM LIFE Reviews}