Guitar Lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers!

Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers

Looking for guitar lessons at a great price? Check out what SchoolhouseTeachers.com has to offer! Jerry Jennings, recording artist, performer, and teacher, uses videos, diagrams, and downloadable pages to teacher guitar for any age learner – elementary through adult. Students will learn the fundamentals of the guitar, including tuning and basic chords and then progress to scales, triads, and more. By the end of the course, students will be able to play simple pieces. This is an introductory course that teaches many of the basics. Lessons should be followed in order as the difficulty increases with each lesson. This course counts as a music elective credit, and students who complete the 28 lessons can earn 0.5 academic credit.

What is SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an online (not live) option for homeschooling families. More than 250 classes are currently available for preschool through high school, and there are even some courses for parents! Start at any time in a class and take/use as many classes as you need. No per-child fees, no textbooks, and you do all the grading. Lessons can be printed, but that’s not always required. Many can be done totally online and include online resources for additional activities.

You can try SchoolhouseTeachers.com for $1 for 30 days which this gives you the chance to hop on and look around at everything that’s available. Or, get a membership for $12.95/monthly or $139/year. One fee covers the whole family, and the site can be used 24/7. Plus, there are chat options available for any questions you many have.

**Special Note – if you pay for the whole year – $139 – you get access to Applecore where you can generate transcripts and report cards! Until September 30, 2016 there is a BOGO! Buy 1 year of SchoolhouseTeachers.com at $139 and get your 2nd year free!

Take a look at this great option for guitar lessons for the whole family!

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4 Fantastic Fall Deals from Educents!

Fall Deals

It’s September, can you believe it?! I love fall and all things “fallish!” School starts back, football starts, cooler weather – on my, we’ve had a HOT summer! And check out these fall deals from Educents!

Aside from baking pumpkin pies and getting ready for the holidays, one thing that helps my daughter stay focused is mixing up our environment and incorporating subject learning beyond math and English! With that (and frugality) in mind, I’ve rounded up four great deals on Educents (one of my favorite educational online stores) to enrich your fall activities.

These fall deals are not forever, so if you like something make sure you check the clock on the page and get it before time runs out!

TIP: Use code PUMPKINSPICE16 at checkout for Free Shipping though 9/15!

Kindergarten Wall Sticker Sets

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For the little ones! These wall sticker sets are some of the most fun you can have teaching as well as learning! They’re durable, reusable, BPA free and most of all a colorful, active way to learn. Put them on the wall, ask questions and have your little ones move place them elsewhere when they answer! The Pre-K and kindergarten wall sets cover colors, shapes, numbers and more. If you have older children, there is even more to choose from in this style, including geography, ecosystems, the human body, etc. Great for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Price: $21.99 – save 36%

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Superhero Poster Set

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Mix it up with these adorable super-hero themed calendars, agendas, numbers sets and more. This bundle is jam packed with fun resources for learners who need a little more than rote design to get inspired. Comes with a set of 6.

Price: $19.99 – save 17%

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Music Theory Online Course

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Whether you’re going full force with caroling this year or your child wants to be the next rock star, music theory is a wonderful way to help develop an appreciation for music and enhance the mind by fusing logic with art. This comprehensive online tutoring course was developed by a University of Michigan Grad and college professor with on-the-ground experience teaching these concepts. You don’t have to be Beethoven to foster your child’s growth in music, let the tutor do the heavy lifting. You might even learn how to harmonize this year!

Price: $79.95 – save 25%

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US Constitution Study Packet

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In the next few months there will be plenty of conversation about US politics. Why not lay a foundation for those conversations with your kids by studying the US constitution! Best of all, it’s a deal! :)

Price: $3.75 – save 75%!

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I’d love to know what you love about fall!

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Home Ec on SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Home Ec on SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers so many different courses and possibilities, but this week I want to highlight their Home Ec class!

Home Ec course description:

Heather Leach designed this class to teach elementary and younger middle school students (6-12 year olds) over a 23-week period. Printable lessons, worksheets, and activities guide your child to learn about personal appearance and hygiene, cleaning, money management, hospitality, party planning, and there is an introduction to the kitchen and measuring. Basic cooking – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – is also covered.

Course preview:

For a preview of Heather’s Home Ec class, click here!

What is SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an online (not live) option for homeschooling families. More than 250 classes are currently available for preschool through high school, and there are even some courses for parents! Start at any time in a class and take/use as many classes as you need. No per-child fees, no textbooks, and you do all the grading. Lessons can be printed, but that’s not always required. Many can be done totally online and include online resources for additional activities.

You can try SchoolhouseTeachers.com for $1 for 30 days which this gives you the chance to hop on and look around at everything that’s available. Or, get a membership for $12.95/monthly or $139/year. One fee covers the whole family, and the site can be used 24/7. Plus, there are chat options available for any questions you many have.

**Special Note – if you pay for the whole year – $139 – you get access to Applecore where you can generate transcripts and report cards! Until September 30, 2016 there is a BOGO! Buy 1 year of SchoolhouseTeachers.com at $139 and get your 2nd year free!

I’d love to hear how you use SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

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Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast

Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast

Pot roast is a family favorite in our house. I used to make it in the crockpot with the onion soup mix from a box. Now, I use a few different ingredients, and it’s even yummier!

Pot Roast

Which pot roast to buy?

Because this post roast is cooked in the crockpot – think “low and slow” – the tougher cuts of beef are the best. Lean cuts with little fat that, if grilled, would be hard to chew.

According to Kitchn – “Cooked properly, the high amount of collagen in tough cuts eventually breaks down into gelatin, tenderizing the meat, making it succulent and not dry, and best of all, adding richness and body to the braising liquid to turn it into sauce. ”

That’s great to know the science behind what I’m cooking, but what I really need to know is what roasts work best. Here’s what I’ve found:

  • Chuck roast, chuck shoulder pot roast or beef chuck arm
  • Brisket – slice against the grain
  • Rump roast or bottom round roast

This time I used a bottom round roast and it was very tender and flavorful!

Ingredients for pot roast:

I use a packet of Ranch dressing mix, Italian dressing mix, and mushroom (or brown) gravy, all mixed together in 2 cups of water. These combine in the crockpot with the roast juices to make a gravy that will tickle your taste buds!

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What else to add?

Sometimes I cook the roast alone, but last night I added peeled and quartered potatoes and peeled and sliced carrots. Cooked on low for about 4 hours and then I turned it to high for the last 2-3 hours. I like the meat very tender and the potatoes and carrots cooked, but not mushy.

I cooked green beans separately, but you could add them to the crockpot mix the last 30 minutes or so. Mushrooms – fresh or canned – would also be a great add! Peas or a side salad would round out the meal!

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How do you cook your pot roast? Is there a favorite time of year you make it?

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Give Your Child the World – Book Review

Give Your Child the World

I love books! I mean I LOVE books. Normally, I’m a fiction reader – I want to escape and not have to “think.” But, I have a book in my hands right now – Give Your Child the World – that is one of the best resources I’ve seen for not just homeschoolers, but any parent who wants to enrich their child’s experiences with good literature – and do it globally!

Give Your Child the World

The subtitle on Give Your Child the World says, “Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time,” and that’s what this book covers. In just a few chapters, author Jamie Martin tells her story – husband from England, one biological child, one adopted son from Liberia, and one adopted daughter from India. Their family is “global,” and so is their passion.

Give Your Child the World

The Martin Family

The bulk of this book is an amazing number of book suggestions broken up by ages and continents/areas of the world. Can you imagine how it could be used in homeschooling or simply to expand your child’s view of the world?

Ways to use this book

Books offer all of us readers the opportunity to watch real struggles played out – good vs. evil, compassion, character ideals, challenging relationships. Without leaving our couch we can “see” into the rest of the world! Yes the world is crazy scary sometimes, but knowledge is power, and you as the parent/teacher can provide that knowledge through great literature!

As a homeschooler, I love the idea that I can look for particular countries or continents and get specific book ideas. It would be easy to tailor a study of China or Antarctica by reading the novels Martin has in her lists. Or, maybe your family sponsors a child through Compassion or is looking into international adoption. Possibly your child has a project to do on World War II, or she’s learning Spanish and she wants to learn more about Spain. Open this book and you’ll find worlds of information!

Ideas for global learning

Martin has a number of suggestions for sharing quality literature that is global in nature. Some of her ideas are: use maps and globes as you talk about different places, try ethnic foods, celebrate annual heritage days, use the news as ways to discover new places, and, of course, read!

Two of my favorite things

I am in love with the concept of this book; it truly is an amazing resource for teachers and parents. The way Martin has split the books by age group, and noted if particular topics might be too heavy at that age, is ingenious. She obviously put a lot of work and time into this, and it’s something we all need on our bookshelves! In the back of the book are even indexes for authors, titles, and countries/regions.

But what really made me says “Oh Wow!” out loud was the historical index Martin includes. I’m a history nerd and have spent tons of time amassing lists for my kids to study particular time periods. This book has it all spelled out!! I just can’t stress enough how exciting this is to me as a mom and homeschool teacher. Want to study the Middle Ages or the 1700s? Here you go! Need to do a project on Canada in the early 1800s? Martin has that covered!

J.R.R. Tokien said, in The Fellowship of the Ring, “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” In Give Your Child the World, Jamie C. Martin has compiled a wealth of information that you can use to teach your children about the world around them!

You can find Martin at her blogs SimpleHomeschool and SteadyMom. Give Your Child the World is available through Amazon.

This post was linked up at Coffee and Conversation, The Homeschool Nook, Titus 2 Tuesday, and Hip Homeschool Hop.

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Unexpected Lessons (From a Math Book)

Life is full of unexpected things – at least mine is! Our household is in a constant state of change – 3 kids about to leave the nest & a new grandbaby on the way! So, my new mantra is: change is good, I like change! :) How about you? What about in your homeschooling? Could you use some unexpected lessons? Life of Fred math books are full of them! Haven’t tried it? Check out these “unexpected lessons” in Life of Fred below!!

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Life Of Fred is like no other math program out there. This math book series is known for weaving math concepts into exciting stories about a 5-year-old math genius. The author has tossed in valuable lessons that kids wouldn’t typically find in a math textbook.

Many of Fred’s readers will say that these books are very fun to read. But why? Here’s what one homeschooler says about the books:

“Even if the math concepts are a review, your kids will enjoy learning about the zany extras in each book. My son still enjoys saying toenail in German. That’s an additional important life skill if I say so myself. 😉” -Jamerrill, FreeHomeschoolDeals.com

It’s true that the Fred books are full of unexpected lessons beyond math concepts. Here are a few of our favorite unexpected lessons from the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series.

Unexpected Lesson #1

In the Life of Fred Butterflies book, students will learn linear measurements, time, geometry, and specific numbers!

In Chapter Nineteen of Butterflies, “Mysteries of Life,” Fred and his buddy Kingie receive a pizza delivery. Kingie proceeds to chomp down his half of the pizza (Kingie says he is so hungry because “being an artist is hard work”). But Fred takes a moment to set the table while the pizza cools off. He shows the reader how to set a table:

Place mat goes down first.
Then the plate and the napkin.
Then the fork on top of the napkin.
Knife and spoon on the right with the knife next to the plate.
The cup above the knife.

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One page later, your child receives practice sheets for addition and subtraction!

Unexpected Lesson #2

In the Edgewood book, students work with concurrent lines, the commutative law of addition, touch on quadrilateral shapes, and more! The materials covered in this 128 page book are parallel lines, right angles, functions, quarter of an hour, half dozen, six examples of functions, math poems, the four kinds of sentences, firearm safety & more!

In Chapter Fourteen, “Food and Warmth,” your student reviews how to calculate half of a number, measurement of distance, counting calories in a meal, and the phases of the moon. Fred’s bus breaks down outside of town, and he was determined to run to town to get help. It was 6 p.m., and Fred did not want to run in the dark.

“Maybe there will be a full moon, Fred thought. Then there would be enough light to keep on running.”

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In the next chapter of Edgewood, Fred explains the meaning of voluntary and involuntary actions. How does he fit all of these lessons together to create a funny math story? You just have to read the book and find out!!

Unexpected Lesson #3

In the Honey book, students work on fun math activities with Fred as he goes through fractions, multiplication facts, unit conversions and more! Perhaps your child hasn’t thought about starting their own business yet, but it’s never too soon to spark the idea to become an entrepreneur. In Chapter Fourteen, “Starting a Business,” Kingie puts on his businessman hat. (Fun Fact: Kingie sells his own art.) Kingie explains the risks of starting your own business. He then goes over the “Checklist for Starting a Business” with Fred.

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At the end of the chapter, the reader is asked to check Fred’s business calculations. Will his business be profitable? Later in the book, Fred continues to follow his dream of becoming an apiarist. (Yes, the book explains that an apiarist is too!)

More about the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series:

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Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade

Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.

Titles in this series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans

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Let’s Talk Curriculum – Christian-based History

Christian based history

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When we started homeschooling, I didn’t realize that there was Christian-based history available. With so many different products to choose from, I quickly found out that studying history through a Christian worldview was what I wanted for my kids!

What is “worldview”

I’ll be the first to admit that some of the terms homeschoolers use confuse me! I kept hearing the term “worldview” in relation to history, but I didn’t understand. The definition of worldview is: a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. So, if you’re viewing history through a Christian worldview, you’re getting to see the contributions, influences, and beliefs of Christians and Christianity in history; i.e., Christian-based history!

You’ll still learn the facts – names, dates, places, important events – and you get the underlying theme and connection with the history of the Bible and Christianity. How fun is that?!!

Some favorites

We’ve used different history curricula through the years – Abeka, Bob Jones, Beautiful Feet Books, Mystery of History, and Notgrass. All of these are Christian-based history and each has their strengths (and occasional weaknesses). I’ve definitely seen how learning styles work with these (see my post Get Started Homeschooling! for more information about Cathy Duffy’s learning styles).

Abeka and Bob Jones are textbook approach (very much like public school textbooks), and they are great at getting the information to the student and reinforcing what they’re learning.

Notgrass is literature heavy. Completing a Notgrass history course (at least at the high school level) gives a credit in English, Bible, and history (3 credits total). This is a time-intensive course, and I advise reviewing the curriculum and talking to your student before you commit to it.

My recommendations

Our two favorites are Beautiful Feet Books and Mystery of History. Beautiful Feet Books uses a history through literature approach. Last year my daughter did their medieval history, and it was great! Each student reads a number of books (a dozen or so), and there is a guide to keep them on track. As the parent/teacher, you can pick and choose what extras to do along with the reading. I really loved this study, and my daughter learned so much! It may sound like a lot of reading, but they’re shorter books and sometimes even just sections of books.

We used Mystery of History Volume 1 when my daughter was younger, but it’s actually one of those curricula that can be adjusted for different age groups. I love how it shows the lives of the different men and women in the Bible throughout history, all the way to Jesus! By the end she had a large tri-fold board with a red ribbon showing the lineage of Jesus weaving through history from creation to the resurrection. What an amazing visual!

New options for Mystery of History

Bright Ideas Press, the publisher for Mystery of History, now offers an online academy for Vol 3 as a live class with the author, Linda Hobar. For more information on this amazing opportunity, click here or on the graphic below.

I hope this roundup of different Christian-based history curricula helps you in your planning! Happy learning!

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Check out my other “Let’s Talk Curriculum” post at Let’s Talk Curriculum – Math Styles & Choices!

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