Win FREE Rosetta Stone Software!

Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE!

This is a $219 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.

This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking. Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they’re included! For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports.

To win this most excellent program — in the language of your choice — copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post — then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/ and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it. And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it. And good luck! The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg. And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win. Yay for free stuff!

A Review of Sequential Spelling

This year I have used Sequential Spelling with my son who has struggled with spelling. It has made a huge difference in his spelling abilities. The program is written to teach words that build upon each other. You begin with a small root word, such as the word “in”. And then you begin adding prefixes and suffixes to that word. There are 180 lists in each level, and you give the student a spelling test each day. Each lesson builds from the day before, and the author, Don McCabe, walks you through how to administer the program for the first 8 days. After that, you will be comfortable with how the program works, and you won’t need his lesson guidance.

For the first time in his life, my son says that spelling makes sense, and he is learning. That is a major statement coming from my son.

This program can be used with any age student. I would not recommend it for a student in grades K, 1, or 2. It moves pretty quickly, and I would say that it best suits students from grade 3 and up.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Do you have spring fever?

I wanted to let you know about a great new resource we’ve found that mixes one of my favorite Springtime passions – gardening and growing things!
The Erskine family has just opened their new site, “Green Thumb Family”. It is the neatest blog, just chock full of stuff about growing both great gardens AND great kids! If you’ve ever wondered about integrating your gardening with your homeschooling, here’s your answer!
You can check out the site at: http://www.greenthumbfamily.com/
But hold on, it gets EVEN BETTER!
The Erskines have put together a super “toolkit” which currently has 14(!) great hands-on resources, and more coming almost daily. You can see it on their site, BUT DON’T ORDER IT THERE! We have a special page set up where you can get the whole thing (AND all the updates) at a nice discount for the next 10 days!
Here’s the page you’ll want to remember, it’s the only place you can get the toolkit at a discount:
http://www.homewaypress.com/index.htm?hop=discounths
We highly recommend you check out the blog, then get yourself a copy of this “toolkit” asap. Spring is just around the corner, and this would be a wonderful way to make it a great growing season, both for your garden AND your family!
This comes at the perfect time for me and my children. We were just talking about planting our garden this week.
Have a blessed day! Tami

Busy week

Hello! I am off to a bookfair this week-end, so all of my spare time this week has been spent on getting ready for it. It has been a lovely week here in NC. The sun has been shining, and the temperatures have been very pleasant. We have enjoyed some school time in the outdoors. I also love listening to my children “plan” their gardens this year. It seems that weeds are quite pesky, and the children don’t like to hoe the weeds daily. But they like the fruits of their labor, so we will be picking out seeds in the very near future. I wouldn’t be surprised if their Daddy didn’t take them seed shopping this week-end while I am selling books.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Our month ahead

As I am looking toward the end of our school year coming up at the end of this month, I am trying to review my plans for the year and see what unit studies we have left to complete. I have three lapbook projects left, thanks to my friends at Hands of a Child. And I would like to complete all of them with the boys. The first one is a project book on airplanes, and the second is a project book on North Carolina. I have an additional book on the Biltmore House to complete along with the NC project book. We will start with the one on airplanes, since I think we really need a science-oriented lapbook. We just completed a study of the light bulb and Thomas Edison. And I think a study about flight and airplanes would be a good spring project. And I think I will use the NC project book over a period of several months during our “school break.”

I also am looking forward to cleaning my school cabinet out and reorganizing it. It always amazes me at the stuff that ends up in there by the end of the year. And I love being able to file away completed projects and books.

What are your plans for March?

Have a blessed day! Tami

An interesting twist for the end of our school year….

Last summer we started our school year off in July. It was hot, and we could not get outside to enjoy the weather without getting overheated. So I decided it was a good time to start school. It really isn’t unusual for us to school year round, but July marked the beginning of this school year, and we will be finishing up most of our books by the end of this month! That is quite a strange feeling for me! I have already been thinking of what things we will continue to keep our skills fresh.

All of the children who can read will continue some sort of reading that I assign. And I will be keeping the 4 older ones on some sort of math practice. My 3rd and 1st grader really need to keep practicing their respective math facts. I am considering the Summer Bridge Books for Math for them. They also have a series of books on reading, but I like to assign their reading from good classics. My pre-algebra student will also have to keep doing his MUS. He just started a new book, so we have already talked about him continuing it until it is complete.

We will also do our year-end testing in April. I have been very pleased with the testing services of Christian Liberty Press, and I plan on using them again this year.

And I think we will do a few fun lapbooks over the course of the spring. I have one on airplanes that I think would make a great unit study. We have a small air museum not far from us, so that would make a neat spring field trip.

What are your school plans for the spring?

Have a blessed day! Tami