Monday, July 21, 2014

Curriculum Sale- up to 92% discount

If you are a regular reader, you will know that I don't usually post on Monday.  However, the Build Your Bundle sale starts today and I don't want you to miss it.  

I have posted the specifics for the high school bundle, but scroll down to see the other bundle options: Preschool, K-3, 4-6, middle school, Mom, and Charlotte Mason.  

Plus, you can build your own bundle if you want to mix up the grade levels.  Amazing prices!  Be sure to share. 

Everyone who makes a purchase gets a 'bundle of bonuses' FREE ($500 value). 

Do you have a high school student? The High School Bundle at The "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition sale is priced 82% off total retail value! It's amazing and packed full of enough curriculum for an entire school year, INCLUDING A FULL YEAR OF MATH! But hurry - the sale ends 7-28-14!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
$381.68 ONLY $69.00 Save: 82%

Your high school students will develop academic mastery and intellectual maturity using our High School Bundle. This bundle features a New Testament Bible curriculum, an introduction to psychology, a full year of math curriculum, resources for world history and geography, philosophy, home economics, college prep, grammar, a creative writing course that even “non-writers” will love, an anatomy science unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, and more! You will receive enough materials for a full year of high school!

There is a product in Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Pics in this bundle!

Buy more & save more! Purchase 2 pre-assembled bundles and get the 3rd one 50% off! See site for details.

homeschool curriculum sale

Checkout the items in the High School Bundle:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Expedition Earth - Retail $29.95

Grab your passport and let's explore the people and places of our globe. Within these pages, you will discover the sights and sounds of all 195 countries of our world and learn about the people who live there, the crops they raise, the food they eat, the music they play, the religions they follow, and so much more. This is a 1 year course in world geography, good for a full high school credit.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Creation Anatomy: Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body - Retail $18.95

This study includes easy to follow lesson plans, a teaching outline for K-12, over 300 activities and experiments (including Francesco Redi's experiment that proves life only comes from life!), the body systems, original research, human history, language information, vocabulary list, recommended reading (not necessary to complete this study), math activities,reproducible sheets and much more!

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

A+ Tutor Soft Math 1 Full Year, One Student Retail - $149.00

This Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Curriculum Software makes learning MATH fun and easy by using audio, computer animated visuals and text. It includes comprehensive course contents that meet and exceed State & National standards. It provides ample opportunity to learn using as many real-life situations as possible and practice problem solving with step-by-step solutions. NOT COMMON CORE ALIGNED

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Recommended for you and found at this price only at the
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale
in the Premium Products Section:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
*Not included in the High School Bundle, available for purchase individually at 60% off.

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Picture Smart Bible New Testament - Retail $30.00

Picture-Smart Bible is a comprehensive overview of Biblical history, geography, doctrine, important verses and major themes of each Bible book.

In this innovative Bible study program, an overview of an entire book is illustrated on a single page. For every book of the New Testament you study, you will have a script to follow, a Master Drawing, and a Student Sheet.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Creative Freewriting Adventure - Retail $18.95

Writing can be hard work. Good writing most often results from rewriting, and much rewriting can make a writer weary. Since Philosophy Adventure™ students create and refine one primary writing assignment over the course of several weeks (supported by clear step-by-step instructions and seven writing checklists), we created freewriting exercises to offset their hard work with play. Using these exercises, we discovered that even students who considered themselves “non-writers” produced surprisingly creative work. No prep required.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Cooking with Kids - Retail $14.95

In this 12 week course your kids will learn to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and even special treats. Each weekly lesson includes three sections: preparing our hearts, enriching our minds, and nourishing our bodies. Using a combination of hands on activities, links to instructional videos and quizzes, customized worksheets, we have designed the course so that your children will gain experience using a variety of cooking methods, be introduced to the basics of kitchen safety, learn how to correctly measure different types of ingredients, prepare a shopping list, set the table, and so much more!

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective - Retail $24.99

Most college majors require Psychology. It is good to have a Christian foundation in psychology particularly before experiencing it at college (perhaps secular) level. This comprehensive text from a Christian worldview will help students appreciate God's handiwork and also be prepared for college settings. This user-friendly curriculum may be completed by a homeschooling high schooler with or without parental support.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

A Review of English Grammar for Students of Biblical Greek and Other Ancient Languages - Retail $8.00

Students who know and understand well their own language grammar are better prepared to study the grammar of other languages. A Review of English Grammar takes this principle one step further, providing a review of the basic categories of English grammar, but written from the point of view of Greek grammar.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Uncover Exciting History - Retail $13.00

What is history anyway? It is the story of real people who did real things. For history to be fun for everyone (even those who think they hate history), it must go beyond hard facts and meaningless dates to the real people who made the significant events happen. In this book you will meet some of America's most famous people like George Washington and some of her not so famous people like Daniel Webster.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

World History and Philosophy - Retail $34.99

Christian teens need to understand the philosophies that have driven world culture and politics since ancient times. This prepares them to help create new philosophic ideas that can change the world! This course earns 1 credit and helps homeschoolers discover the ways that philosophers have impacted their world since before the ancient Greeks - and the ways the world has impacted the philosophers.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

15 Secrets to FREE College - Retail $9.95

Unfortunately, going to college today can be extremely expensive and a student can incur long-lasting debt that can follow him or her for many years. The truth is, 50% of college is paid for by loans, 40% by grants and about 10% actually comes from scholarships. The good news is that college can be within the reach for just about everyone. There are many ways students can receive scholarships as well as FREE College!

Click here to learn more!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Plant a Seed, Grow an Entrepreneur - Retail $10.00

A fun-filled, comprehensive unit study designed to motivate and prepare students to be successful entrepreneurs. In this book, your students will learn to plan ahead, be encouraged to study entrepreneurship, study successful business models, and more using the thought-provoking assignments that are included.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Reach for the Stars - Young Adult Fiction Workbook - Retail $18.95

This workbook for budding young authors includes sections on: creating characters, how to "show-don't tell" their feelings, beginnings that "hook" the reader, creating scenes, plotting stories and much more! Students can work at their own pace and independently. Includes a parent/teacher guide with hints for expanding the lessons if desired.

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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

*Lots of ways to save!

  1. When you purchase ANY 2 pre-assembled bundles you will get the 3rd pre-assembled bundle of equal or lesser value for 50% off!
  2. When you purchase ANY 2 "build your own" bundles you will get the 3rd "build your own" bundle of equal or lesser value for 50% off!
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*The B2G1 50% off offer applies to pre-assembled or "Build Your Own" Bundles only. Discount taken off the lowes priced bundle. See site for complete details and FAQ.
Prefer to pick and choose what you want?
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Essential Life Skills: Home Care and Maintenance


chores for children and teens


You could neglect teaching your child basic home care and assume an attitude of “They can learn it when they need it.”

However, you would rob them of responsibility when they are young and burden them with extra learning when they are older.

Children need to have responsibilities in the form of helping around the house.  As they become older they need to become responsible for bigger jobs. This will form a habit that will follow them through their adult life.  They are then prepared to live on their own and not have the burden of learning home care as a young adult.

What should a young person be able to do as a young adult on their own?

Dust
Sweep/Vacuum/Mop
Clean a bathroom (all fixtures)
Clean a kitchen (including appliances)

Clean mirrors and windows
Make beds
Organize and de-clutter

Home care is easy to teach to children, especially when they are young and want to help you.  Encourage them to help alongside you.  As they get older let them do chores on their own.

Establishing a routine makes this easier and assures that care and maintenance is done regularly.

If your children are teenagers but have not had any homecare responsibilities, choose one or two chores to be their responsibility for a month at a time.  This will help them develop a routine as well as help them become proficient in that skill.  Rotate through all the chores until they are familiar with each one.

What about home maintenance?  Some maintenance is seasonal and some is ‘as needed’.

Seasonal Care/Maintenance:
Change air filters
Change batteries in smoke alarms
Clean fireplace
Clean fans and light fixtures
Clean cabinets
Clean inside of refrigerator
Clean gutters

As Needed Maintenance:
Change light bulbs
Replace toilet O-rings (my boys have had to do this several times)

There are probably things that I have not listed.  What would you add to the list?  

The point is, when a job needs to be done, get your (age appropriate) child to help.  Eventually, they will be able to do the job on their own and be much better prepared as an adult.

Being an adult can be scary enough without needing to learn many skills that should have been learned before leaving home.

Don’t handicap your child with ignorance.  If you haven’t started teaching them home care and maintenance, start today.

Trust me.  Do it.

Other posts in the Essential Life Skills series: 
Cooking 
Car Care
Money Management 
Clothing Care

Thursday, July 10, 2014

HUGE E-BOOK CURRICULUM SALE- UP TO 90% OFF and a CHANCE TO WIN $100

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Essential Life Skills: Car Care

teaching car care to your students

 
Many teenagers count down the days until they can drive.

Whether they drive the family car or their own car, they need to know how to maintain and care for the car.  

Car care and maintenance should, ideally, be part of your driver education program.  If it wasn’t, be sure to teach your child the essentials before they head out on their own.

Before a car can be driven, it must have three things:
    an inspection
    current tags
    insurance

Let your student go with you the next time you get the car inspected and get the tags renewed.

For required insurance, have the student use the internet or  call three different agencies and get quotes.  If your student is not required to pay their own insurance, that will be an eye opening experience.

A driver should also know basic car maintenance.

1.  Check fluids - oil, power steering, anit-freeze- and know what to do if the fluids are low.
    As a bonus, a student could be taught how to change the oil and filter in a vehicle.
    My husband taught all my children how to change the oil.

2.  Change a tire  
All drivers should not only know how to change a tire, but how to check the tire pressure and add air as needed. A tire changing lesson should include the student pulling out the car jack and actually taking the tire off and putting it back on.

3.  Jump start a battery
    This is easier if you carry jumper cables as part of an emergency kit in your car so that
    you (or your student) don’t have to find someone with jumper cables.
    Teach drivers where the cables go and how to use them.

4.  Pay attention to warning lights
    Drivers should be taught to notice the warning lights in the dashboard and know what
    to do if one comes on.  We recently realized our negligence of this skill when one son
    didn’t realize the car had overheated and he continued to his destination.  Yep, that
    ‘86 Toyota is gone.

One day your student may choose to pay someone to do many of these jobs, but until then, they need to know how to do them themselves.
There are many car repair jobs that students can learn to do by following a repair manual or looking up online how to do the job.  My oldest daughter does many of her own car repairs.

Car care and maintenance is best learned by doing.

Don’t neglect to teach your child these important life skills.

Trust me.  Do it.

Other posts in this series: Clothing Care, Money Management, Cooking

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Essential Life Skills: Clothing Care


teach your children to do their own laundry

Sometimes young people leave home without the necessary life skills either because it is easier for the parent to do it herself, or the parent really enjoys doing things for their child.

Neither of those reasons is a good excuse for sending a young adult into the world unprepared.

Clothing care is an easy life skill for you to teach and for your child to learn.  Three essential areas of this skill are:

LAUNDRY
Even young children can be taught to sort laundry by color or type.  When my oldest child was 2 years old she would help me sort the laundry.  Your children want to be with you; let them help you in your everyday tasks.

For the teenager who has no clue how to wash/dry their clothes, teach them to read clothing care labels.  Hopefully, most everything is machine washable, but if not, set aside the handwash only items.

Next, decide if they will sort their laundry.  Is there another way, you wonder?  Yes, my teenagers don’t sort their laundry.  I provide Shout Color Catchers(You can find Color Cathers with other laundry care items in the store) This works for most everything.  I do have to teach them not to over-stuff the washing machine!

Show your child how the washing machine and dryer work and then require them to wash/dry/fold/hang their own laundry.  Teach to any areas where they are deficient, such as stain removal and proper use of bleach.

MENDING
Children can (and should) learn to mend their clothes to prolong the life of the garment.
Teach them to:
    sew on a button
    repair a hem
    repair a seam
    patch a hole

IRONING
I know that ironing has almost become extinct.  I have even been known to throw a damp towel in the dryer with wrinkled clothes and run the dryer again to remove the wrinkles!

However, sometimes ironing must be done.  Teach your student to iron their wrinkled clothes.

My children do their own laundry starting at about age 12.

Once your teenager takes over their own laundry you will wonder why you didn’t do this sooner!

Trust me.  Do it.


Other posts in this series:  Money Management, Cooking

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Essential Life Skills: Money Management


money management

If not intentionally taught, money management is often ‘caught’.

Evaluate your own money management skills to determine if you want your children to emulate them.

The thing about managing money is you need to have some to be able to manage it.

 Determine how your child will get money.

Different families do this in different ways based on the age of the child and the family policy.

Some ideas include:

1.  An allowance- we never really gave much of an allowance.  To encourage diligence with chores we gave ‘mom money’ and ‘dad dollars’ that were redeemable for special time or small items.

2.  Payment for extra chores- we do this sometimes.  My daughter does get paid to mow the lawn since it is a big job.  This pays for summer camp, etc.

3.  Entrepreneur- my children have done a variety of things: tutoring, babysitting, giving music lessons, selling eggs, making and selling candy, etc.  Brainstorm with your student to see what they might enjoy and get the word out that they are open for business.

4. Get a job.  Older teens can get a ‘real’ job that gives them job experience and an income.

Now that they have some money to manage, here is where you teach them how to manage it.

 The first step is to help them determine a budget.

A Budget should include:
    Savings- how much should they save from their income? Determine a percentage.
    Giving- what percent will they give to church or charity
    Expenses- what monthly expenses do they have?  gas, phone, etc?
   
Open a bank account
    If your child doesn’t already have a bank account in their own name, they should open    
    one; savings, checking, or both.  

Students should be taught how to balance their bank statement and checkbook (do they use those anymore?)

Students under the age of 18 cannot get a debit card without tieing it to their parents account.  You decide if you want to do that.  I personally do not like debit cards and don’t use them.
My young adults do use them, but one discovered recently that it can be used by others, if lost.

Credit Cards
It is critical that your students learn how credit cards work before they go out on their own.  You don’t have to get them a credit card to teach them about credit cards.  
Many unsuspecting young college students get caught in the credit card companies lure and have a large debt before they know what hit them.  

Students need to know that if they can’t pay the card when the bill comes, they shouldn’t make the purchase.  

A good resource for teaching students about money management is Dave Ramsey’s new book Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Dave Ramsey does advocate a cash only system, which I don’t follow, but you determine what is best for you and your family.

I think my children mostly ‘caught’ their money management lessons; some did a better job at it than others.  

Teach your children money management skills before they leave home.  Trying to teach them what you missed later will feel like you are sticking your nose in their business.  

Trust me.  Do it.


Other posts in this series: Cooking, Clothing Care

Friday, June 20, 2014

Family Favorites Friday: Parmesan Ranch Chicken

 
Kids can cook
This is an easy recipe for pre-teens and teens to make. 
 This recipe for Parmesan Ranch Chicken is super easy.  Since we like grilled chicken that has been marinated in ranch dressing, I put this combination together one day and it became an instant favorite.
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