Friday, April 8, 2016

April Freebies

I have picked out some fun freebies for you this month! 
All you have to do is click on the images below, add them to your cart, enter my special code for you, and they are yours! You can get 1 or all 3! While you are there, you should check out all the fun stuff they have available!

This 31-day devotional is filled with encouragement for you, Mama! I know that life gets tough. I know that this is the time of year when I start to face burn-out. That is why I chose this one for you. I pray that it helps to encourage and uplift you!

With summer right around the corner, there are so many fun activities that get us outdoors. Molly Green Magazine is filled with advice and education for home keeping, homeschooling, homesteading, and home industry. 
This freebie is a bundle of 3 helpful ebooks. 
Book #1 "Storing Summer's Bounty"
Book #2 "Let's Head Outdoors"
Book #3 "Frugal Family Vacations" 

Of course I had to include something for the kiddos in your life! This bundle is filled with animals that God made:
Book #1 "Alpacas and Homeschool: A Natural Connection"
Book #2 "For the Love of Bugs"
Book #3 "Slither, Scamper, Crawl and Climb"
Book #4 "Science on the Wings of a Butterfly"
Book #5 "The Real Hummers"

I rtruly hope that you enjoy these great books! They are free through the month of April, Just use the coupon code: MUCREW16

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Challenge: Live Intentionally

If you are anything like me, you find yourself getting sucked into whatever social media source that you use, and getting lost for hours! It's a real problem in my life. I will log-on to check emails and 45 minutes later I am cruising through videos of funny goats. 

Of course, Sarah at The Thinking Tree created a book to help those of us with this issue: How to Escape The Digital World & Enjoy Reality.

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure Page for more information.

I think the greatest thing about this book is that it is not a 'get off the internet' kind of book. It is a 12-day, 45 minute challenge to help you learn to balance your time better and live intentionally. 
We all know that the internet is a fabulous resource. The problem is that, at least for me, I am not good at balancing it with everyday life. I tend to get lost in a world of likes and comments. This book challenges me to get off the internet for 45 minutes everyday and be intentional with my time!

Like all the other Thinking Tree books, the art work is precious! Sarah is so very talented.  

Each day there is a question to help get you thinking about being intentional with your time. There are 4 pages for you to journal, color. and read to get you thinking.

There are poems each day to go along with whatever the theme of that day is. Plus, there are places to draw or write your ideas and thoughts about that days poem and questions. 
Each day has a quote from a mom that, like myself, struggles to balance their time. I love that I am not alone in this.

After you have finished your 4 pages, I believe that it is a good time to live that days theme. Whether it be going outside for a walk, calling or visiting a friend, or just coloring with your kids, this is the perfect time to practice what you learn.

I am excited to be starting my challenge this Monday! I need to be more intentional with my time here in the online world.  I love all the relationships that I have here, but there are others in my life beyond the computer screen.

Do you want to join me? I would love for you to! You can get your copy on Amazon

Like all Thinking Tree posts, I am linked-up with Linda at Homeschooling 6. If you are looking for more information on these books or how other moms use them, come on over! We'd love to share more with you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Trigger Memory Co.- A TOS Review

When given the opportunity to review a program called Times Tales by The Trigger Memory Co., I jumped on board.
I remembered how hard it was to teach B when he was in 3rd grade and I have been dreading teaching Popper next year. I know that Popper has struggled with memorizing his addition and subtraction. I was hoping to find something that would make it easier on him and help cement it into his mind. 

The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW

We received a digital download of 2 different level Times Tale videos, this is everything that is available in the DVD.  With the digital download, we also received a PDF of worksheets, crossword puzzles, flashcards, tests, and dice that we can use to help reinforce what is taught in the videos. When you order the digital download, you receive your online access within 24 hours!
multiplication, times tables

Times Tales uses a really neat method to help teach the upper times tables to kiddos. They assign a character to each of the numbers and then create a story to help remember the multiplication problem. I remember when B was learning his, 6, 7, 8, & 9s were so hard. I really wish I had had this program to help him.

I was optimistic that this would be something that I could use with Popper next year. I NEVER expected what happened next. 
When I started the videos, Popper asked if he could watch with me. Of course, that meant that Brother Bear and Sister wanted to be a part of it too. I placed my laptop on the ottoman and started video 1. To say they liked it, might be an understatement. 
I loved that the kiddos were enjoying the video, but that wasn't the true test. After the video, we started talking about what they watched. All 3 kiddos were remembering it. Brother Bear and Sister could remember the characters and their stories. Even better, Popper remembered all of them! He knows his upper times tables!!! 
This program is fantastic! My sweet boy has a hard time remembering that 7+4=12, but he can certainly tell you that 7x4=28 I love this! He may be learning things a little backwards, but he loves these videos and learning his times tables. That makes me happy. We are learning the one thing I dreaded teaching in a fun, stress-free way!
Popper isn't a visual learner, so the flash cards aren't his favorite. However, he loves the dice. He loves rolling them and telling me the answer. One night, he forgot to put them away, and they got stepped on. I loved that I was able to just print off another set for him. 

Times Tales has been a fantastic resource in our classroom. If your kiddos is struggling with memorizing their times tables, you could check this out! I never would have guessed that it would have worked this great!
If you are still skeptical if Times Tales will work for you, they have a free sample download on their website for you to try. 

You can find The Trigger Memory Co. on Facebook.

You can find other reviews by the Crew by clicking the banner below:

Times Tales by the The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW

Monday, April 4, 2016

#MomSchool Week 2

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure Page for more information.

This is one of my favorite images. I love when the kitchen table is full of books, colored pencils, and children! This is a scene that I dreamed about for years when I wanted children. Now, seeing it as a reality, reminds me that God is still in the business of answering prayers! 
This table, with learning stuff spread everywhere, is a reminder of just how blessed I am! It reminds me to be thankful for my family and the fact that I have the ability to stay home and learn right along side my children. That is a blessing that I cherish. 

MomSchool was a bit of a challenge this week. I fell Tuesday afternoon and hurt my back. I spent the remainder of the week on the couch. However, that did not stop the learning. 
We had a lot of fun learning about Mozart (review coming soon). Popper and I are constructing our first lapbook together!  

We also started a new art curriculum (another future review). The crunchy kiddos love art just like their daddy. Like I have said several times, I am very art illiterate. This curriculum is really great for people like me. We got to use watercolor crayons for the very first time! They were a big hit!

I am so in love with Dyslexia Games C! I am still working through the first book. However, I am having a hard time forcing myself to stop at 3-4 pages. I had my folder right beside the couch this week. Anytime there was a moment where I could, I was working through it! 

I was still able to get a couple of pages in my mom journal finished on Monday and Tuesday morning. I love the recipe and food pages. This week I was trying to add variety to the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack categories. We seem to be in a food rut. I started a grocery list of some of the new ideas. Also, I was able to make an illustrated to-do list (please ignore the artwork). It was fun to think up ways that the children and I can learn together.

My reading this week has been Magic Treehouse #40 with Popper. He is doing great, but when there are 2 pages side-by-side that are full of words, he wants me to read one of them. It is a great way to take the pressure off of him and make it a together learning activity!
I also read a few books to Brother Bear and Sister. I didn't get many pictures of these. My phone was out of reach. I was really focusing on keeping it out of reach so that I spend more undistracted time with my kiddos!

  I started a new job. I will be working a couple of nights a week. Daddy T has decided to use this time to help with the kiddos school and learn with them. We got him his own journal, Dad Time. He has agreed to take pictures of Dad School for me while I am away.  I love this idea of getting us all involved in the kiddos learning! I am super excited to see and share these pictures with you next week.

I hope that you had a great week too! I would love to read about how you learned with your kiddos this week! If you are still wanting to get involved, Sarah has created a new Mom School Journal. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I will share pictures with you as soon as I get it!

As always, I am linked up with Linda at Homeschooling 6. Come over and read how other moms are teaching by example. It's fun to see how we are all doing this differently!