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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

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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

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.

BIG BOOK OF HISTORY TEACHER GUIDE

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.

BIG BOOK OF HISTORY PANELS

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.

Sprittibee

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Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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Winners of the 7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards:

7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards

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 and we hope that you’ll take time to browse the great blogs listed on our 2011 NOMINEE PAGE. You can always check back on our tab up top to see who won in previous years as well… all the way back to 2005!

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

*Winners have until December 2nd to email us to claiming 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.

*We will share the email and physical addresses of our winners with our sponsors/vendors by December 16th. The sooner you contact us with your information, the better!

*Vendors have until January 13th 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 2011 Homeschool Blog Awards for more information about the awards themselves.


2011 Homeschool Blog Award Categories and Winners:

1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog ~ A Jewish Homeschool Blog
Everyone is the best homeschool mom for her own children. With thousands of homeschool bloggers out there, please know that there will only be one winner online – but EACH OF US is a winner in her own home. 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.]

2. Best Homeschool Dad Blog ~ Families Again
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 Design ~ Confessions 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 Photos ~ 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.

5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog ~ Frontier Dreams
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.

6. Best Family or Group Blog ~ TOS Homeschool Crew
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 Encourager ~ The Home Scholar
It is time to say thanks to the 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 one who makes you feel as if someone else cares and has a positive attitude overall.

8. Best Current Events, Opinions, or Politics Blog ~ Winecup Christian Academy
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.]

9. Best Homemaking or Recipes Blog ~ The Happy Lil’ Homemaker
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.]

10. Best Teen Blog ~ Umbrella Girl
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 some of your favorites! 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 teen/s are homeschoolers.]

11. Funniest Homeschool Blog ~ Laugh with Us Blog
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.

12. Best Special Needs Blogger ~ My Angels and Autism
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. We also have an author who is a special-needs advocate: Miss Tammy! Say hello to her by stopping by her bio/blog link in our sidebar!

13. Best Homeschool Vlogger ~ Women Living Well
It’s a rare treat to get to be the fly on the wall in someone’s homeschool. Don’t you love seeing what’s on other people’s bookshelves and watching them demonstrate things on video? Vlogging is a wonderful way to spread the homeschool encouragement around on the net.

14. Best Variety ~ Heartkeeper Common Room
This blogger is one that could fit in any of these categories … but just can’t be pinned down in ONE. This type of blogger is the ADD, hyper-focused type… always moving from one thing to the next… and always keeping you interested to come back for more!

15. Best Thrifty Homeschooler ~ Econobusters
Most of us are homeschooling on a shoestring. 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.]

16. Best SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER ~ Ana Braga-Henebry’s Journal
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.

17. Best Nitty-Gritty Homeschool Blog ~ So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler
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???

18. Best NEW Homeschool Blog ~ Doorposts of Your House
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 their blog with the rest of us, please consider nominating him/her for this category! [A new blog is one that appeared on the scene during or after last awards season.] If you don’t know many new homeschool blogs, check out the linky on our Welcome Wagon post from this year. We’re introducing them to you ahead of time!

19. Best Homeschooling Methods Blog ~ 1+1+1=1 : Preschool!
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!

20. Best Homeschooling Nature/Field Trip Blog ~ Handbook of Nature Study
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?

There were a few winners that won multiple categories, but we like to make sure that we have 20 DIFFERENT winners, so 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, though, because everyone nominated is unique and wonderful in their own way, so we’ve  just listed the final winners and let that be that!

Thank you so much for your participation! 

…And please snag this button for your sidebar if you are a 2011 winner!

We encourage you to visit the winning blogs and leave a comment congratulating them!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from The Homeschool Post!

The Homeschool Post

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS (This is a list of our current 2011 prize awarders! Please visit them as a thank-you for their generous participation!)

365 Things to Write About Tiggy’s House
Bright Ideas Press Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Quaver Music Geography Matters
CurrClick.com Simply Fun
Math-U-See Applied Grammar
Family Time Fitness Trigger Memory System
Dayspring Cards Speekee TV
Homeschool Programming Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
OneCup Connection NaturExplorers
Shelf Reliance thirty-one
Total Yearbooks Great Homeschool Conventions
Fundanoodle carolinapad
Mabel’s Labels 365 Things to Write About
The HomeScholar The Picture-Smart Bible
A Journey Through Learning Heart of Wisdom
(In)Courage by DaySpring Doorposts
Unit Studies Math Mammoth
Homeschool Creations Timberdoodle.com
Visual Latin Whole Heart Ministries
2:1 Conference Chaos Simplified
Christi the Coupon Coach Founder’s Academy
Magicast Smart Kits Pixosphere
Seven Sisters Homeschool Helps See the Light Shine
Shutterfly Weekly Homeschool Planner
Birthright K5 Learning
Jordan Essentials The Auto Learner

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***Early Christmas special for HOMESCHOOL POST readers: 25% off BIBLE STORIES 5 DVD Boxed set + FREE SHIPPING. Over 17 hours of content including 15 stories and 15 complete step-by-step art lessons. Code to use: HSP http://www.seethelightshine.com/store/bible-stories.html***
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Superstar Sponsors: Apologia, 2:1 Conference, A Journey Through Learning

We Love Our Superstar Sponsors!!!

About 20 different homeschool bloggers who are nominated in our polls are about to win these amazing prizes. Can you just taste the anticipation?

Have you checked out our prize pages yet? Have you voted? Did you see the nominees you nominated in the polls – awaiting your votes? The awards season is under way and there are two weeks of voting before the polls close.

We can’t wait to tell you who this year’s winners are and we hope that you are enjoying having MORE choices this year. You did notice that we listened to your requests, right? More choices means over a thousand blogs to pick from — more reading material than you could ever make use of online!

And we hope you add a few of these spectacular blogs to your RSS readers and form new connections online with the bloggers who run them. That’s what this “contest” is about – it’s about linking all of us together as a community – a place where you can come and FIND FRIENDS to help you along your homeschool journey. So do the hokey pokey, and turn yourself about, cuz that’s what it’s all about!

 

Apologia Educational Ministries

 

We are very excited that Apologia is donating six copies of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell.

Approx value $24 each

The 2:1 Conference

 

We are so thankful to have the The 2:1 Conference on board this year.  The 2:1 Conference  is donating one Pamper Mom Package and a coupon code for 50% OFF a 2:1 Conference ticket!
A gift basket from Bath and Body filled with scented goodies to pamper mom, including shower gel, body lotion, fragrance cream, fragrance mist and bath sponge.  

Approx value $165

A Journey Through Learning


Also, A Journey Through Learning is donating twenty bundles!

Centuries Bundle

A Bundle of all four of our Century Lapbooks.  Your child will learn all about important historical events from each century.  Lapbooking is a hands-on skill building scrapbook of what your child has learned from their studies.

When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Every time your child shows and explains the contents in his lapbook, he will be continuing to learn the information within it and not even realize it! Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down!

An Overview of the 17th Century Lapbook

An Overview of the 18th Century Lapbook with Study Guide

An Overview of the 19th Century Lapbook with Study Guide

An Overview of the 20th Century Lapbook with Study Guide

Early Learning Bundle

A Bundle of four of our early learning lapbooks.  Your child will learn important skills such as letters, numbers, cutting pasting, and so much more. Lapbooking is a hands-on skill building scrapbook of what your child has learned from their studies.

When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Every time your child shows and explains the contents in his lapbook, he will be continuing to learn the information within it and not even realize it! Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down!

Letters, Numbers, and Shapes Preschool Lapbook

Learning Basic Skills Preschool Lapbook

Learning About Zoo Animals Lapbook

Learning about Farm Animals Lapbook

Science Lapbook Bundle

A Bundle of four of our most sought after science lapbooks.  Your child will learn all about amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, and Inventors.  Lapbooking is a hands-on skill building scrapbook of what your child has learned from their studies.

When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Every time your child shows and explains the contents in his lapbook, he will be continuing to learn the information within it and not even realize it! Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down!

Amphibians Lapbook with Study Guide

Reptiles Lapbook with Study Guide

Dinosaurs Lapbook with Study Guide

The Greatest Inventors Lapbook with Study Guide

Approx value $52 each

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS (This is a list of our current 2011 prize awarders! Please visit them as a thank-you for their generous participation!)

365 Things to Write About Tiggy’s House
Bright Ideas Press Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Quaver Music Geography Matters
CurrClick.com Simply Fun
Math-U-See Applied Grammar
Family Time Fitness Trigger Memory System
Dayspring Cards Speekee TV
Homeschool Programming Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
OneCup Connection NaturExplorers
Shelf Reliance thirty-one
Total Yearbooks Great Homeschool Conventions
Fundanoodle carolinapad
Mabel’s Labels 365 Things to Write About
The HomeScholar The Picture-Smart Bible
A Journey Through Learning Heart of Wisdom
(In)Courage by DaySpring Doorposts
Unit Studies Math Mammoth
Homeschool Creations Timberdoodle.com
Visual Latin Whole Heart Ministries
2:1 Conference Chaos Simplified
Christi the Coupon Coach Founder’s Academy
Magicast Smart Kits Pixosphere
Seven Sisters Homeschool Helps See the Light Shine
Shutterfly Weekly Homeschool Planner
Birthright K5 Learning
Jordan Essentials The Auto Learner

Jamerrill (21 Posts)

Jamerrill Stewart is the creator and owner of Free Homeschool Deals; an exciting online deal site providing daily homeschool deals, bargains, goodies and free stuff to bless the homeschool family. She shares extensively about living the life of faith as a Christian woman, wife, mother-of-many, household manager and home educator on her lifestyle blog Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling. She was once a Homeschool Post Team Member. If you would like to read more from Jamerrill at the Post click here.


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***Early Christmas special for HOMESCHOOL POST readers: 25% off BIBLE STORIES 5 DVD Boxed set + FREE SHIPPING. Over 17 hours of content including 15 stories and 15 complete step-by-step art lessons. Code to use: HSP http://www.seethelightshine.com/store/bible-stories.html***
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