Educents Summer Stock Up Sale

 

If you’re planning your summer homeschooling session or thinking about what you need for next year, you’ll want to check out the Educents Summer Stock Up Sale this weekend. It’s a great chance to save some money, which we all appreciate, and get some ideas sorted out by grade level and subject. There are digital downloads as well as physical products. Of course, the Life of Fred math books continue to be one of our favorites so I recommend checking those out.

I love the idea of longer summer days for doing a deep dive into foundational learning – and of course making it fun!

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This weekend Educents is hosting a Summer Stock Up Sale with Free Shipping on orders over $25 with code SUNSHINE.

Read on for my Top 5 Picks to make the most of the sale and summer – (plus a few ideas for Father’s Day):

Magic School Bus

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This is a 12-month subscription to science experiments delivered by Ms. Frizzle – I approve! It’s such a great way to get the kiddos excited about learning and the monthly delivery is a great surprise!

Since the whole family can enjoy this, and it lasts the whole year, it’s my first pick as a Father’s Day gift. Who wants a tie when you can do science together?!

Price: $119 down from $240 plus Free Shipping with code SUNSHINE through Monday

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Hooked on Phonics

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This award winning series has taught thousands of little ones to read because it breaks learning to read down to a manageable undertaking while engaging your little one. In the words of American author, Mark Twain:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

The Hooked on Phonics Pre-K-2 program does just that so your kiddos can get ahead and learn the wonders of literature!

Great for beginners.

Price: $129 down from $299 plus Free Shipping with code SUNSHINE through Monday

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eMedia Play Piano Pack Deluxe

Did you ever play piano? I never made it to rock stardom but am so glad that I started learning the foundation of music with the piano. It has such a full range, and has been part of myriad musical traditions, from Beethoven to Diana Krall.

This award winning package is a great starter kit for your kiddo’s summer learning. Let’s face it: they’re going to need some variety, and what better a way to add music to their lives than with this complete kit and instruction from renowned Juliard teachers?

It comes with a bunch of multimedia tools, and a song list that includes writers like Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and Elton John. Perfect for summer and beyond!

Great for learners age 8+

Price: $199 down from $299 plus Free Shipping with code SUNSHINE through Monday

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Zone Cleaning

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Here’s another pick for Father’s Day!

But in all seriousness, this is a great tool to empower kids to learn to clean and clean well, so nobody needs to swoop in afterward. During summer, my mother always said if we were bored, we had two options: math work books, or CLEANING. Both are important! Since summer has less structured time, this is a great tool to get started on the spick-and-span house we’ve all been dreaming of. And the kiddos actually like it!

Excellent for ALL ages.

Price: $19.95 down from $24.95 plus Free Shipping with code SUNSHINE through Monday (orders over $25)

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Learn to Code with Minecraft

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Coding certainly seems to be a buzzword these days, but it’s definitely more than that. As our world becomes more digitized, understanding the principals of writing computer scripts is becoming more and more important (and a touch more in our kiddos’ generation!). Learning to code with Minecraft makes learning this hard skill fin! Once complete, your kids will have a sense of accomplishment – what they create is completely unique, and shareable. I really like this tool – it creates an opportunity to build a foundational confidence with computing that will serve a lifetime.

Since this is a year long course that builds a longterm confidence, it’s worth an investment.

Great for ages 8-14

Price: $149.99 down from $249.99 plus Free Shipping with code SUNSHINE through Monday

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Happy Homeschooling,

 

 

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Hands-On Summer Homeschooling

 

Are you ready to take a summer break in your homeschool or do you homeschool year round? We’re year-round homeschoolers, but mainly because I firmly believe that learning is happening all the time — it’s a way of life! Whether you “formally” school through the summer or just take a laid back approach, summer offers tons of opportunities for hand-on learning fun. We’re going to be featuring fun summer learning activities all next week, so be sure to sign up for our email list so you don’t miss a post!

Need some fun ideas for summer homeschooling? Check out the hands-on summer homeschooling series at hsbapost.com

Hands-On Summer Homeschooling Resources

How do you make summer learning stick? Stickers!

Get your kiddos interactively learning timely subjects this summer. I like these sets because they’re fun, BPA free, washable, and won’t chip my paint…though it’s seen better days!

Read on for Six Sticker Sets to Make Summer Learning Stick:

US Government

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As we honor Memorial Day and look forward to 4th of July, now is a great time to learn about the US Government and honor our history. Your kiddos could also be learning about the presidential election process for the first time this year, and this is a useful primer for questions that may come up.

Price: $34.99 down from $49.99 for a limited time – plus Free Shipping on any order with code SUNSHINE through Monday!

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United States Geography

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Summer is a time for family visits, road trips, vacations and staycations. I love this set because we can point out where we’ve been, where we’re going, and where friends and relatives are visiting from – all while memorizing the US! It’s also great little brain teaser for the entire family.

Price: $34.99 down from $49.99 for a limited time – plus Free Shipping on any order with code SUNSHINE through Monday!

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World Geography

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This set is a great way to get your little ones thinking outside of the sandbox! I like doing themed weeks where we focus on a geographic region of the world, then explore the region’s culture (and foods!). The world map is a great jumping off point for math, too, for example: How many miles away is France? What is the distance between our house and the Statue of Liberty?

Price: $34.99 down from $49.99 for a limited time – plus Free Shipping on any order with code SUNSHINE through Monday!

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Habitats

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Summertime also means more time outdoors. These are a great supplement to any camping, swimming, and hiking your family will do this season. If you’re at the pool, you can discuss the difference between fresh water and the ocean habitats, and why each are important to our ecosystem.

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Solar System

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Whether your little ones light up at the sound of shooting stars or Star Wars, our solar system can capture their imaginations! I love this sticker set for summer because we have clear nights to experience what we learn, and then recap the next day. This can also be combined with outdoor and nighttime safety learning by using the sun and north star to orient cardinal directions.

Price: $34.99 down from $49.99 for a limited time – plus Free Shipping on any order with code SUNSHINE through Monday!

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Mini Sets!

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There are also 6 different Mini Sets you can get for traveling and in the car, plane or train – from math to the solar system to time and money! These are a great addition to keep the little ones learning while you’re on the go.

Price: $13.99 down from $22.99 for a limited time – plus Free Shipping on any order with code SUNSHINE (for orders over $25) through Monday!

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Stock Up on Non-Sticker Summer Learning

If wall stickers aren’t your cup of tea, you can probably find some great tools at Educents this weekend and take advantage of the Free Shipping!

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Use code SUNSHINE at check out through Monday on any order over $25.

What kind of summer homeschooling do you have planned?

 

Sara (150 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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A Closer Look at Handwriting and Copywork

 

Guest post by Gale of Imaginative Homeschool.

 

Copywork can help kids practice correct spelling and letter formation while getting exposed to great quotes and useful information. Precisely for these reasons, I’m picky about the fonts used in the copywork I give my kids. At least in this stage of our educational journey I want copywork and tracing work to mimic the style of lettering my child is learning in their regular handwriting lessons. I figure I’m not alone in this.

A Closer Look at Handwriting and Copywork in your homeschool with a comparison of resources available in the Build Your Bundle sale. hsbapost.com

So for that reason, when I was checking out the Build Your Bundle homeschool sale, I paid special attention to what font was used in the various copywork offerings there. Sometimes that info wasn’t easy to find. In many cases I had to visit the publishers’ websites or even contact the author to find out what style of lettering was used. To save others this hassle, I wanted to share what I found while you can benefit from the huge savings available through the Build Your Bundle sale.

Below you’ll find a list of the copywork and tracing work resources from this year’s Build Your Bundle sale organized by lettering type.

Regular Manuscript (ball and stick)

This is the most common text style used in early educational materials. The simple shapes make it easier for some children to learn, but writing some of the letters this way requires taking your pencil off the page, which can slow down writing later. Also, it can be more difficult to transition to handwriting from this type of font than some others.

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Ball and Stick Manuscript

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes D’Nealian and Cursive

Color Through Ancient History – $6.44 Value – (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Also available in cursive (3 styles), and HWT.

Horse Copywork – $3.00 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes D’Nealian and Cursive

Preschool Fun Pack – $5.47 Value – (Early Learning Bundle)

Summer Learning Activity Pack – $7.97 Value – (Early Learning Bundle)

Women’s History Collection – $4.47 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle)
-The Women’s History Coloring Book and Women of the Bible Coloring book have traceables in Manuscript. The Women’s History Notebooking has some pages that COULD be used for copywork in a typical textbook font (not manuscript…see picture under TEXTBOOK below).

 

Write Through the Bible: Philippians (Manuscript, ESV) – $10.00 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

HWT Printing

HWT (Handwriting Without Tears) style font is similar to manuscript, but the lowercase a,b,g, q and to some extent the p and d are different, allowing children to form the letters without taking their pencils off the page. It is usually upright but some of these use a slightly Italic version of this.

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Handwriting without Tears

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Slightly italic form. Also available in 3 styles of Cursive and Manuscript

Anne of Green Gables Copywork Set– $5.98 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle, Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

D’Nealian (Printing)

This style falls somewhere in between HWT printing and traditional cursive. Letters are slanted and many have curved “tails.” Lowercase a, b, g, q, p and d are otherwise formed similarly to HWT. The letter k contains a loop. The transition from D’Nealian to handwriting is usually easier than with other fonts, and is sometimes introduced in between teaching manuscript printing and handwriting.

DNealian copywork

D’Nealian

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

ASL Handwriting Unit – $5.00 Value (Early Learning Bundle)

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value – (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and Cursive

Cursive

Some people prefer to teach cursive BEFORE printing and some don’t teach cursive at all. It has been dropped from many public schools, but it has advantages (such as the speed of writing that comes from not needing to lift your pencil from the page between letters). While there are various styles of cursive, unfortunately I’m not very familiar with them all so I only mention the type of cursive if the product description specified which one was used.

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Cursive

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and D’Nealian

God’s Alphabet in Cursive – $16.00 Value (Elementary #1 Bundle)

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Available in three styles of cursive (slant, verticle, italic), as well as Manuscript and HWT

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and D’Nealian

Super Hero Cursive Set – $3.50 Value (Early Learning Bundle)

Textbook Fonts

There are various font styles used in printed books which have letters (like the a and g pictured) which I’ve never seen anyone attempt to write. There is no curriculum that I know of that teaches kids how to write like this (save maybe books on how to do calligraphy or graphic design)…but they will need to know how to read it. While copywork with these fonts may not be as beneficial for teaching letter formation, it’s still useful for other purposes such as helping with memorization and learning about the topic of the copied text.

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Textbook

Women’s History Collection – $4.47 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle)
– The Women’s History Notebooking has some pages that COULD be used for copywork in a typical textbook font. The Women’s History Coloring Book and Women of the Bible Coloring book’s traceables are in Manuscript.

Philippians in 28 Weeks – $18.95 Value (Character Bundle)

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Intermediate Language Lessons Part 1 – $10.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
Intermediate Language Lessons Part 2 – $10.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
I asked about what font is used for the copywork included in this curriculum. The publisher said that “In those language arts books, the copywork is simply text (poems, etc.) and then blank lines for the child to copy the selection. That way you can have them use just print or they can write in cursive if they are able.” I’m guessing this is probably a typical textbook font, but don’t know for certain.
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With handwriting becoming a lost art, one way that homeschoolers can encourage fine motor skills and an appreciation for literature and historical documents, as well as the Bible, is to use copywork on a regular basis.

Do you use copywork in your homeschool? What handwriting style do you prefer?

 

 

ImaginativeHomeschoolGale is a wife and mother to three boys, one of them homeschooled. Her blog is named Imaginative Homeschool after her imaginative homeschooler, and she believes make-believe and play can be powerful tools for learning. She also blogs about life as a blended homeschool-public school family, and will soon be starting a series on HWT lettering resources, and another on Story of the World lesson ideas. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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