A Huge Homeschool Giveaway You Don’t Want to Miss!

 

Are you wrapping up your studies for this year and looking forward to a little break to do some planning for next year? We homeschool year-round, but we do tend to keep a lighter schedule during the summer months. Whatever your homeschool routine may be, I bet you would love a chance to win some free curriculum from some of the top publishers in the homeschool world!

You can read all the details and enter for your chance to win the homeschool giveaway by clicking on the links below:

The 2016 Build Your bundle Sale is for ONE-WEEK ONLY – May 16-23, 2016. Sign up to be reminded when the sale goes live here, or ENTER the BIG GIVEAWAY, and you will automatically get reminded! Get a FREE Bonus Book Full of Coupons, Deals, and FREEBIES (over $250 in FREE offers) with ANY Purchase!

  • Bigger Bundles & Lower Prices
  • Over 200 products from 86 publishers and authors
  • Prices Starting at Just $10.00
  • Savings of 86% – 96%
  • Several Cathy Duffy Top Picks
  • Popular Publishers & Best-Selling Products
  • Complete Curriculum Sets
  • 3 Build Your OWN Options – you can pick and choose what YOU want

There are 15 Individual Bundles this year, with something for EVERYONE!

  • Character Building Bundle
  • Homemaking Bundle
  • Homeschool Helps Bundle
  • Early Learning Bundle
  • 2 x Unit Studies Bundles
  • Brother & Sister Bundle
  • 2 x Elementary Bundles
  • 2 x Upper Grades Bundles
  • Fine-Arts Bundle
  • Copywork – Notebooking & Lapbooks Bundle
  • Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle
  • Build Your OWN Bundle Options

The 2016 Build Your bundle Sale is for ONE-WEEK ONLY – May 16-23, 2016. You can sign up to be reminded when the sale goes live here. If you enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, you will automatically get reminded!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

  • Grand Prize Winner: ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value
  • 3 Winners: Build Your OWN Premium Bundle up to $260 Value
  • EVERYONE who enters will get a coupon code to use when the sale starts
  • Winners will be announced Monday, May 16th
  • Refer the MOST people with your special link and WIN ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value

Here is just a little peek into our incredible bundles:

PREMIUM MATH & SCIENCE RESOURCES:

  • 4 Cathy Duffy Top Pick science curricula
  • 4 Ellen McHenry science curricula
  • Lots of math curriculum and resources

LANGUAGE ARTS GALORE!

  • Complete reading and early learning curriculum
  • Loads of copywork, notebooking, and lapbooks
  • Full language arts curriculum
  • 2 full literature curricula
  • Complete writing curriculum and several writing resources
  • Handwriting curriculum

HISTORY & WORLDVIEW

  • Full history and geography curriculum
  • 3 full Bible curricula and several Bible studies
  • Complete character curriculum
  • Living history resources

ELECTIVES, PLANNERS, & COMPLETE CURRICULA

  • 10 awesome art curricula & resources (2 Cathy Duffy Top Picks!)
  • 3 complete curriculum sets from Master Books
  • Tons of homemaking and homeschool helps resources
  • 5 student planners & several planners and organizers for moms
  • Over 25 unit studies
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

We have 86 publishers and authors participating. Here are just a few:

  • WriteShop
  • Master Books
  • Amanda Bennett Unit Studies
  • Ellen McHenry – Basement Workshop
  • How Great Thou Art
  • BiblioPlan
  • Picture Smart Bible
  • Brookdale House
  • Character Concepts
  • Media Angels
  • A Journey Through Learning
  • Homeschool Legacy
  • Writing With Sharon Watson
  • Bright Ideas Press
  • Math Essentials
  • Notebooking Pages
  • Joyce Herzog
  • Trivium Pursuit
  • National Center for Biblical Parenting
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Live and Learn Press
  • Intoxicated on Life
  • Grapevine Studies
  • Home School Adventure Co.

 

Build Your Bundle has become the premier homeschool sale of the year and I’m looking forward to it!

Did you see your favorite curriculum publishers in the list?

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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See the Light Art Projects DVD Box Set Giveaway!

 

Does art come naturally to you and your children? Do you easily work it into your homeschool studies? If you’re like me, the answer is no to both questions. We do plenty of arts and crafts projects, but serious art study is another thing. That’s why I’m excited to share this giveaway from See the Light — it could be just the solution you need for art lessons in your homeschool!

Enter for a chance to win the Art Projects DVD box set from See the Light. An entire year's worth of artist study and art lessons. hsbapost.com

See the Light Art Projects DVD Box Set

Learn from Master Artist Pat Knepley as she takes you step-by-step through these lessons on 9 DVDs:

Create Your Own Masterpiece In The Style Of 9 Famous Artists!

– DRAW A WINDOW IN THE STYLE OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY

– DRAW A WATERCOLOR PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN POP ARTIST WAYNE THIEBAUD

– CREATE A PAPER COLLAGE IN THE STYLE OF FRENCH ARTIST HENRI ROUSSEAU

– CREATE A FRUIT STILL LIFE IN THE STYLE OF FRENCH ARTIST GEORGES SEURAT

– CREATE AN ABSTRACT FLOWER IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN ARTIST GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

– CREATE AN ACRYLIC OR TEMPERA PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF RUSSIAN ARTIST MARC CHAGALL

– DRAW A CHALK PASTEL IN THE STYLE OF FRENCH ARTIST EDGAR DEGAS

– PAINT A WATERCOLOR SEASCAPE IN THE STYLE OF AMERICAN ARTIST WINSLOW HOMER

– CREATE AN OIL PASTEL SUNFLOWER IN THE STYLE OF DUTCH ARTIST VINCENT VAN GOGH

This set makes a year’s worth of homeschool art and is good for high school level art credit. It retails at $99.99.

 

 

You can enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter below:

 
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Our thanks to See the Light for this great giveaway!

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Learning American History Through Unit Studies and the American Girl Book Series

When the American Girl dolls first came on the scene, the girls were all historically based, and the books that accompanied them were not only cute stories about the girls themselves but a great overview of the historical time period that the girl was from. Over the years, the American Girl dolls have moved away from the original history-themed dolls, and there are many more modern girls in the series now. But the historical dolls and their accompanying books still offer a great way for girls- and boys as well- to learn about various periods in American history.

Although the dolls didn’t come on the scene until I was in high school, I was a doll lover and soon had several. My favorite was Molly. Not only does she look at little like me with brown hair and glasses, but I’ve also always had an interest in the World War 2 time period- Molly’s time in history. When I learned about the Girls of American History unit study curriculum based on the original American Girl books, I was very interested to have a look at the Molly unit study. I’ve also been covering American history with my younger girls- 10 and 11 year olds- this year, and we happen to be close to the World War 2 time period. I knew they would enjoy a unit study based on the American Girl books.

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About the Girls of American History Curriculum Series

The Girls of American History series is a series of unit studies based on the historical American Girl book series. There are thirteen units, covering the dolls from Kaya, a Nez Perce Native American girl all the way through Julie, who grows up in 1974. (And yes, I’m a little disturbed by the fact that a historical dolls line has a figure from the year after I was born!) The units in the curriculum series are numbered in the order of the American Girl doll releases, I believe, and not necessarily in historical order. From what we saw in the Molly series, the units are self-contained. So if you were doing a year of American history, you could choose to use the units in historical order.

Each of the units has six weeks of unit study activities. This is because the American girl book series has six books for each girl. So the unit study is set up to read one book each of the six weeks of the study. The unit study activities are multi-sensory, giving children with different learning styles the opportunity to do activities that best suit them.

The site’s Home page has information about how the unit study works and some flexible ideas about how to use the curriculum. It isn’t meant to be an all inclusive unit study curriculum, but you can adapt it to use in the way that best fits with your family and your need. The author emphasizes that, although the curriculum is based on the American Girls series, boys can enjoy it as well. There are some boy characters in the books we’ve read. But I don’t believe my son would enjoy them because they are based off of dolls and feature primarily girls. He has watched a few of the American Girl movies, but I’ve never been able to interest him in the books.

Upon purchase of a Girls of American History unit study, you’ll receive an email with your file and a password that allows access to the resources page on the site. The unit studies each have a list of required resources and suggested resources. The unit study file contains a suggested six week schedule for using the books and includes some ideas for crafts, field trips and cooking activities.

About the Molly-World War 2 Unit

We received the Molly unit study, and I began looking at how I would use this with my girls. The six week suggested schedule referenced crafts and other resources listed on the site. I logged into the password protected resources page for the Molly unit to see what resources we would use to do the suggested activities.

Within the craft resources section, there were a few broken links. There is a note from the author that says she can be contacted about any broken links, so I can notify her. With the working links, there are some fun crafts that we can make when those are suggested on the schedule- planting a garden like Molly’s victory garden, making a model airplane, and ways to recycle and compost. Some of the links- such as the model airplane- are for kits that need to be purchased.

girls of american history resources

After the crafts resource section, there is a section of suggested books. In addition to the basic series of six books which you’ll definitely need for the unit study, there are a host of suggested books, including the Molly’s Craft Book and Molly’s Cook Book, drawing books that have lessons for drawing from historical time periods, an American Girls mystery series based on Molly, and a variety of other books based in the time period. The author notes that some of these books are now out of print. There are links to purchase all of them- new or used- from Amazon or other sites.

girls of american history books

Included in the resource section is also a compilation of field trip ideas that will coordinate with the Molly books. There were a few links that allow you to search for trips closer to your area and then a few links to specific sites and museums throughout the US.

The resource also contains links to purchase all of the Molly books, including the mystery series, the mini Molly doll and book set, other Molly-themed books, and the Molly movies.

At the end of the resource page, you can find a few lapbooking resources. The six week unit study plan suggests time for working on a lapbook on some of the days. At the bottom of the resource page is a link to a free Homeschool Share lapbook, basic lap booking information, and an Amazon link to purchase the Knowledge Box Molly lapbook.

What I Think

If you have girls who are fans of the American Girl dolls, this could be a great way to get them interested in history. Reading through the basic set of six books and doing some of the extension ideas suggested would be a good supplement to an American history study. Kids who love hands-on crafts and cooking and field trips will especially enjoy some of these ideas.

You could probably take the time to hunt up most of these links and resources on your own, but there is often value in having things laid out and easily referenced. It saves me time and keeps me from jumping on the computer to look for “one little idea” and emerging two hours later having found that one idea, pinned forty crockpot recipes, checked Facebook for thirty minutes, and posted ten pictures to Instagram. Now I have those ideas laid out for me, and I can pick out an idea quickly as we read through the books.

I was a little disappointed at the fact that most of the resource links were links to something I would have to pay for. There were a few working craft links, the field trip links, and the Homeschool Share lapbook. But it seemed as if the rest were all things I would have to pay extra to use. Some of the Molly books could probably be requested through the library. I know our library doesn’t have even all of the basic American Girl books, but I may be able to request some of these through interlibrary loan.

All in all, if you have an American Girl doll fan, you may want to look at these unit studies as you’re covering American history. It’s a quick way to find some suggested ideas and resources for using the American Girl books as you move through history.

You can find the Girls of American History unit studies here. The site also has some samples, so you can get a better idea of what the digital download will include.

 

Girls of American History Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a unit of their choice! Just enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter below:

 
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Leah (16 Posts)

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.


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