Motivation Math and Reading Programs from Mentoring Minds


No matter what homeschool method you might use, most can agree that a solid foundation in the basics of math and reading is the key to unlocking a lifetime of learning.

Sometimes learning and practicing those basic skills requires some extra supplementals.

Motivation Math and Reading Programs from Mentoring Minds

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Mentoring Minds. View our disclosure for more information on our blogging policies.

Mentoring Minds

Mentoring Minds has created resources to help students gain skills and confidence in math and reading to encourage educational success.

At Mentoring Minds, we believe that education is about more than finding the right answer—it’s about asking great questions. And in order to encourage students to be critical thinkers, we believe that educators need quality resources at their fingertips and dedicated partners in their schools. As an educational content creator and K–12 publisher of print-and-digital resources, we strive to be that partner, empowering educators to create classrooms full of critical thinkers.


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Total Motivation Math

  • Help students master the standards with relevant content that integrates formative assessment and supports cross‐curricular connections.
  • Encourage higher‐level skills with built‐in critical thinking applications.
  • Provide differentiated instruction based on the needs of your students.

Total Motivation Reading

  • rigorous and relevant reading selections
  • assessment items
  • critical thinking prompts
  • creative thinking activities
  • journal prompts
  • extended practice selections
  • suggested parent activities—in print and online

You can learn more about the mission of Mentoring Minds by watching this video or visiting their website.

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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 Curriculum 5 DVD Set Giveaway!


I’ve mentioned before that art isn’t my forte. It’s not that I haven’t tried, but it’s one area that I definitely need some additional teaching help. Ever since finding See the Light art curriculum on DVD a few years ago, I’ve felt much better about art time in our homeschool!

My girls (13, 7, and 5) can all participate in the art projects together, each at her own ability level. We can replay any lessons we need to, pause them, and go back to them for reference at any time. Actually watching the artists like Pat Knepley as they go really helps us with technique. We own four of the DVDs, including three from the Bible stories series.


See the Light 5 DVD art set giveaway @hsbapost

Pat Holt, founder of See the Light, is enthusiastic about providing a Christian art program for homeschoolers that helps students develop an appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation and His word. She is generously offering a give away of one complete set of the Bible story art DVDs to one of our readers! It is valued at $75 and provides over 17 hours of content for the whole family.


Ages: Story 3+ Art Lessons 6+ Over 17 hours of Content!
Spanish Language Tracks Included!

Get All 5 Bible Stories DVDs In A Keepsake Boxed Set!
SEE the artist draw the Bible story.
HEAR the dramatic telling of the story.
DRAW step-by-step lessons related to the Bible.
SHARE the art and the story with others.

“A creative and interactive program for
teaching art and Bible at the same time.”
—Angie, Mother of 4, Virginia


Each Bible Story DVD includes the story, 3 complete step-by-step art lessons, and several bonus features!

Stories included are :

THE CROSSMAKER – Easter Story & 3 complete Art Lessons

SHIPWRECKED – Story of Paul & 3 complete Art Lessons

GOD’S RUNAWAY – Story of Jonah & 3 complete Art Lessons

THE GIFT OF LOVE – Christmas Story & 3 complete Art Lessons

GOD’S SPECIAL SURPRISE – Story of Moses & 3 complete Art Lessons.

Just enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this 5-DVD set!
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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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2014 Homeschool Blog Awards WINNERS! #HSBA2014

 We have winners!

Below are 20 categories, the blog name, and link for each winner. We put these awards on each year so that homeschoolers can find a great list of resources, encouragement, and inspiration to stay the course! Everyone nominated in our awards each year is special.


Homeschool Blog Awards #HSBA2014 Winners! at

If you are a winner, please note the deadlines and instructions below:

*Winners have until January 31st to email us to claim their prizes and provide shipping information. If that deadline is missed, they forfeit their prize(s) and title which will go to the next runner up. The sooner you contact us with your information, the better! {thehomeschoolpost at gmail dot com}

*The random drawing for prizes will be held on February 1st. Winners will be notified via email of their won prizes.

*We will share the email and physical addresses of our winners with our sponsors/vendors by February 9th so they can disperse prizes.

*Vendors have until March 1, 2015 to ship prizes. If you don’t get a prize that you were promised (we’ll be doing a drawing to see who takes which prizes home), please let us know.

– Check back to the main page for the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards for more information about the awards themselves.


Homeschool Blog Awards winner #hsba2014 at


  1. Best SUPER HomeschoolerThe Unlikely Homeschool
    Ever feel like a loser after reading someone else’s lesson plans, seeing their field trip photos, listening to them talk about what they got done today, or seeing pictures of their children’s accomplishments? You were probably feeling the effects of visiting a SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER’s blog. These are the A-list homeschool parents that just BLOW YOU AWAY with their enthusiasm. We all have our good days, but this blogger has us all beat.
  2. Best Dad Blog – Tales of a House Husband
    We love to hear what dad has to say. Especially if he includes homeschool posts off and on. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling.]
  3. Best Blog DesignConfessions of a Homeschooler
    Here’s your chance to nominate a gorgeous blog design and give a code-and-design savvy blogger a pat on the back for her talent (or give her hired web designer some credit!).
  4. Best Vlogger – 7 Sisters Homeschool
    It’s a rare treat to get to be the “fly on the wall” in someone’s homeschool. Don’t you always love seeing what’s on other people’s book shelves and watching them demonstrate things on video, though? Vlogging is a wonderful way to spread the homeschool encouragement around on the net.
  5. Best Photos BlogOur Mothership Adventures
    This blogger has photographic talent and makes her posts pop with eye-candy. We want to thank those of you who post pictures and graphics that inspire us! The winner of this category will be one that takes her own photos – not someone who only uses stock images.
  6. Best Family or Group BlogFinch N Wren
    Nominate your favorite Homeschool Family blog or your favorite group blog that is either run by Homeschoolers or discusses homeschool issues. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling. Remember that if more than one of our authors are part of the group blog, it is not qualified to win. THIS BLOG MUST HAVE MULTIPLE AUTHORS.]
  7. Best Current Events, Opinion and/or Politics Blog – Designs by Birgit
    We don’t want a strictly political blog that is run by a homeschooler unless quite a few posts have relevant information pertaining to homeschooling. News clips that affect our freedoms as homeschoolers and how homeschooling is portrayed in the media are ideal. We love to hear what other homeschool teachers are thinking and reading and their views on things that affect us all. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, current events, or politics… just a blog that often shares opinions on matters that you enjoy learning from.]
  8. Best Teen Homeschool BlogHope Shining
    Let’s encourage those young bloggers to speak up and be a good example for their peers. I have seen so many wonderful teen blogs out there that deserve recognition. Let us know what some of your favorites are! Teen blogs can be any blogs run by teens who are at least 12 years of age. The winners will have to submit permission slips signed by their parents – see legal page at HSBA for more details. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, but homeschooling should be mentioned often or it should be obvious from the template that the teens are homeschoolers.]
  9. Best Homeschool Nature & Field Trips BlogCampfires and Cleats
    Have cabin fever? Looking to get OUT and see the world – sketch it, research it, photograph it? Who inspires you to take the kids out and enjoy Creation? Who makes you scratch your head in wonder while showing you all the fascinating things they have discovered outdoors?
  10. Best Homeschool Methods Blog – What DID We Do All Day? – Montessori
    There are a lot of methods used to homeschool. Are you a boxed curriculum gal? A Classical homeschooler? An unschooler? Do you thrill on Unit Studies or spend time outdoors doing Charlotte Mason-type nature walks? Are you a mixture of everything (eclectic)? Make sure you tell us what TYPE of method this blog showcases so we can list it on the voting page!
  11. Best Special Needs BlogLemon Lime Adventures
    These are the moms that have the extra challenges – they go above and beyond to help their children succeed. We hope to help connect all sorts of bloggers – special needs included.
  12. Best Variety BlogGallimaufry Grove
    This blogger is one that could fit in any of these categories … but they just can’t be pinned down in ONE. This type of blogger is the ADD hyper-focused type… always moving on from one thing to the next… and always keeping you interested in coming back for more!
  13. Best NEW Homeschool Blog – Homeschool Ways
    It is hard making a name for yourself in the blogosphere. A lot of times, you feel as if you are writing and no one is out there. If you have stumbled upon a great new blogger who has a lot of potential and you want to share them with the rest of us… please consider nominating them for this category! [A new blog is one that appeared on the scene during or after last awards season.]
  14. Funniest Homeschool BlogFrolicking Flamingo
    We all need a laugh in-between laundry, lesson plans and losing our cool. It is nice to get your smile back so you can share it with your students (who can only take “so much gloom” as Ma Walton said so eloquently on The Waltons television series). Nominate your favorite crack-pot or crack-up homeschool blog here.
  15. Best Homemaking and/or Recipes Blog – Mama’s Coffee Shop
    This blog should have content regarding homemaking, housekeeping, tips, ideas for making your life easier, information about raising multiple kids, or recipes that you enjoy trying. [This person should be a homeschooler but the blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling, homemaking or recipes.]
  16. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects BlogIn All You Do
    Do you turn to the blogosphere for a steady supply of great craft ideas, lesson plans, or projects that you can do with your homeschoolers? Why not share your favorite how-to blogs that provide us with things to be inspired by and ideas to use with our kids and in our homes.
  17. Best EncouragerMy Joy-Filled Life
    It is time to say thanks to those bloggers out there who lift you up out of the homeschool “blahs” and help you get back on track. The winner of this category doesn’t have to be perfect or always in a good mood… just someone who makes you feel as if someone else cares and has a positive attitude overall.
  18. Best Thrifty Homeschool BloggerThrift Schooling
    Most of us are homeschooling on a shoe-string. Nominate your favorite money-saving blogger so you can share her tips with the blogosphere and bless a bunch of homeschool children in the process! [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about frugality.]
  19. Best Nitty Gritty Homeschooler BlogTIE Our Busy Homeschool and Mountain of Grace
    Since we included a category for the Super-Homeschooler… I figured we would add one in for the homeschooler who is brutally honest and open about her mistakes and failures. These are the moms that make you feel better and let you know that it is OK that we aren’t perfect. What would we do without them???
  20. Best Homeschool Mom BlogCatholic Inspired
    Everyone is the best homeschool mom for their own children. With thousands of homeschool bloggers out there, please know that there will only be one winner online – but EACH OF US are winners in our own homes. If there’s a blogging mom out there that has been a particularly good example to you and you want to let her know… consider her for this nomination! [Her blog does not have to be exclusively about motherhood or homeschooling.]

We always have a few winners that win multiple categories, but we like to make sure that we have 20 DIFFERENT winners. We made a call to give the runner-up in those categories the winning title. We don’t want ANYONE to feel like a runner-up; everyone nominated is unique and wonderful in their own way! (If you won in more than one category then we awarded you the category where you received the MOST votes.)


Special Thanks go out to:

  • God, for providing…..everything.
  • Our wonderful readers for sharing news about the awards, nominating and voting!
  • Our amazing sponsors! {Click on their name in our sidebar to visit them directly.}
  • Davonne Parks and Misty Bailey for their assistance getting the polls, sponsor posts, and pages ready!
  • My family, especially my oldest daughter, for helping me around the house so I could work on the Awards.

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We encourage you to visit the winning blogs and leave a comment congratulating them!  We will be featuring the top 10 blogs in a post each week for the next 20 weeks, so keep checking back to find more great homeschool blogs.




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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