It’s not too late (plus 11 of my favorites from Build Your Bundle)

Doubtless you’ve heard of the Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale. It’s definitely been the talk of homeschool circles online. I admit that sometimes I don’t pay attention to these things just because I think I don’t have time to study the choices and I really don’t need any more digital curriculum that I might never get around to using. I can honestly say that’s not the case with the Build Your Bundle sale. It was supposed to end yesterday, but they’ve extended the sale until midnight tonight for anyone who wants to make a last-minute purchase (which is what I always end up doing).

To simplify your choices a little and answer any questions about the usefulness of the resources included, I’ve made a list of my favorites from the sale that I’ve actually used, reviewed, and can recommend. I’m not a high-pressure kind of salesperson and I won’t recommend anything I wouldn’t actually use myself. I really hope this helps as you’re planning for next year’s curriculum!

Top 11 Favorites from the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale. Ends 6-2-15 at midnight!

My Top 11 Favorites from Build Your Bundle

WriteShop (3 different levels + StoryBuilders)
Girls of American History – American Girl unit studies
Write from History – Charlotte Mason style historical copywork
Homeschool Legacy unit studies
Mastering Essential Math Skills
A Journey through Learning lapbooks
A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers
Notebooking Pages
Heroines of the Past Bible study
The Wise Woman Literary Analysis
Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind

I’ve used more of the materials in the bundles, but I haven’t written reviews of everything and I wanted to narrow this list to make it as simple as possible for you to check them out in the last hours of the sale today.

Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

All of these resources are included in the bundles, or they can be mixed and matched by building a bundle of your own choosing. You really can’t go wrong. And if you’re not convinced about the advantages of digital curriculum, you might want to read this post for the reasons why I’ve learned to use it in our homeschool.

There are 19 individual bundles priced starting at $10, plus the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!!

These bundles are full of products from popular contributors!

 

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

 

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Don’t forget the Buy 2, Get 1 free offer!

You will be saving up to 90% off the regular prices of all of this great curriculum, plus get a free bundle when you purchase two!

 

 
 Bundle of Bonuses - FREE for all customers who make a purchase!

Sara (68 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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Coming Back to Homeschooling

After six years, we decided to take a break from homeschooling last fall and we enrolled our three oldest children in public school. It was a gut-wrenching decision that I waffled back and forth on for months.

While I’m glad that they’ve had the experience of attending public school (and that I had a quieter home in which to finish my own schooling), I have every intention of coming back to homeschooling. In fact, my husband and I have decided to bring all three back home after this school year.

But this time, I think I’ll have a different perspective.

Coming Back to Homeschooling

What I Miss about Homeschooling

I miss the relaxed, easygoing times with my kids. I miss dropping our school lessons and heading to the park on a whim. I miss taking turns reading aloud. I miss making muffins for them. I even miss struggling to help one of the kids understand a concept, because that moment when they finally get it is so, so sweet.

Most of all, I just miss them. When we spend more time together, we grow closer. Now that everyone’s running in a different direction, it feels as if something has been “lost”. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to rediscover that connection.

Interestingly, I don’t miss my old homeschooling approach. I was a very old-fashioned educator who used lots of books, written work, and quizzes. (Think: the one-room schoolhouse in Anne of Green Gables.) This time around, though, I think I’ll make a few changes to my homeschooling method.

What I Want to Do Differently This Time Around

First, I want to scale back on planning. I am a planning machine. I will write down detailed lesson plans meticulously for the first six weeks and then kill myself trying to do everything on the list. Kids can’t learn when they’re pressured and moms can’t teach when they’re stressed. So the planning is getting scaled back quite a bit.

Instead of focusing on specific learning objectives, I want to cover general concepts with the kids and then use more of an interest-based approach. That way, they’ll be free to take their time with the things they really love, while still covering the necessities. It’s not “unschooling” per se, but it’s definitely not the regimented approach I’ve used in the past.

And I’ll be focusing a lot more on life skills. Book smarts are wonderful and they can get you places, but kids who show responsible, respectful behavior can often go even further. You can always learn from a textbook later, but respect and responsibility are hard to pick up as you get older, right?

If you could take a homeschooling break and adjust your method, what would you do differently? Has your outlook on homeschooling changed since your journey began? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.


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Draw Your Way Through The Bible with The Picture Smart Bible

Would you like to learn the major themes, events, and characters of each book of the Bible? What if you could do it right alongside your children by reading, listening, drawing, and coloring? You get all that and more in The Picture Smart Bible!

With the Picture Smart Bible curriculum, you can draw your way through the Bible one book at a time, which helps make the Picture Smart Bible fun and memorable. Plus, when you finish this program, you will have your very own illustrated Bible!
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Not sure if this is the Bible curriculum for you? Then try before you buy! Picture This! Ministries offers a free sample lesson on their website , plus they’re giving away 1 Picture Smart Bible CD to a Homeschool Blog Award Winner!

This CD includes their complete curriculum of over 600 pages! In addition to all the needed teacher and student materials, the Picture Smart Bible CD also includes simple drawings to trace, helpful instructions to follow, and additional resources! This is a stand-alone curriculum that can also be used as a supplement for other Bible curricula.

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Davonne (16 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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