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Learning on the Go, Through Art, and with a Timeline

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Now that the voting part of the awards is over, the fun part begins. Even though the authors here at the Post can’t win anything, it sure feels good to hand out all these amazing prizes and hear the joy in the recipient emails. In 2009, my kids assigned a stuffed animal to each winner and filled a bucket with all the prize names – and then proceeded to have a drawing and photo session for each animal. They turned the prize pairing in to a lot of enjoyable play-time.

They are beyond the stuffed animal stage now, so I guess the drawing will fall to mom this year. Either way, it is my favorite duty on the Homeschool Post. Who wouldn’t love giving away awesome stuff?

Check out a few of the prizes that you might have missed (can you tell we love our sponsors?)… the one on top here would make a great Thanksgiving travel activity:



AutoLearner donated 1- AutoLearner Holder and 5 digital download AutoLearner Lessons for one of our winners.

AutoLearner Holder (plastic lesson holder that fits onto a car headrest) and 5 downloadable Lessons (colors, numbers, alphabet, consonant blends and digraphs, vowel sounds and combinations) the winner prints at home and slides into the lesson holder for a starting off point to a fun and educational conversation with a child while driving.

Approx value $27.94.

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And here’s a vendor that I have been chasing down since the beginning of the Homeschool Blog Awards – way back in 2006. I saw this at a homeschool convention and fell in love with the idea. I haven’t used it, but I am so jealous of the winner that will take this one home!

The Picture-Smart Bible

Picture This Ministries is donating 1- The Picture Smart Bible, Old and New Testament

This is a 600 page Bible survey, complete with all teacher and student materials, plus resources. Curriculum enables parent to draw (with their children) one picture for each Bible book. Minimum prep, maximum retention, and FUN. Works for ages K through adult.

Approx value $114.

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And of course – Master Books… a household name for Christian homeschool families. They have some great books. I happened to get one of their timeline panels (pictured below) at the Relevant Conference last month. We are excited to use it during our studies this year – and love the way we can fold it back up and place it on our book case (our Daddy is a neat freak, so leaving a timeline out on the wall is out of the question around here).


MasterBooks donated a Big Book of History, the Big Book of History Timeline Panels, and a Big Book of History teacher’s guide this year.


The Big Book of History is a vibrant timeline from Creation to modern day. It is color-coded to help students follow four main categories of history:

  • Biblical and Christian History
  • Civilizations and Empires
  • World Events
  • Technology and Inventions

It can be used as a reference tool or it can be a springboard to a myriad of educational activities that involve reading, writing, math, science, Biblical studies, and of course, history. Sample questions, activities, and discussion are included within this teachers guide to serve as a starting point or source of ideas for ways you can use the Big Book of History in your educational program.


Families, schools, and churches can unfold 15 feet of the most interesting history of the world. This easy to follow, color-coded, multi-stream timeline teaches six thousand years of world history to children ages seven through thirteen. These exciting facts and so much more wait inside:

  • who were the first emperors of China and Rome
  • what discovery unlocked the secrets of a forgotten language
  • how modern robotics had its roots in the tea dolls of Japan
  • where Christians faced death for the entertainment of thousands
  • why the languages of Greek and Hebrew were used to write the Bible
  • and how the Age of Discovery meant wealth some, and the destruction of civilization for others.

Understanding how the past has shaped our future will inspire young learners to make history for themselves!

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I was so excited about our prize line up this year. I hope that our winners enjoy them – and even blog about what they get! I’d love to hear about it.



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