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Alison & Jean when does the book club start?  I am stockpiling the wine!

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2014 Labor Day Deals-Saturday Shout Out Style


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Katie Ann at Wise Wife Soaps is offering 15% off all items. Check out her Etsy Store here

 

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To start shopping at our gorgeous online boutique click here

 

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Back to the Books Celebration {giveaway #4: Jamberry Prize Package} To Enter Click here

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Great Giveaway from Future.Flying.Saucers Click pic below to ENTER

 

 Labor Day Sale from Family Christian/Godly Glimpses. Click pic below to find out more…

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My Pinterventures is hosting an amazing giveaway. Find out more here

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Here is a fun way to get your Labor Day Party Started here

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Amazon is offering a free audiobook. Click on the pic below!

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Check out another great list of Labor Day Deals over at Divas Who Save. Click pic below to find out more!

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Homeschoolers Online Guide to Science


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When I started homeschooling I was so excited to teach science but as our children got older I realized I needed some assistance explaining scientific methods and theories.  I have found several exceptional online resources; I have shared my top 10 below.

1. One of my go to resources is NOVA I just love their teacher videos.

2. The next obvious choice is NASA’s it has specific categories for both student and teacher.

3. We spend a lengthy amount of time at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology; the bird cams are addictive.

4. Sophia just loves National Geographic Kids it is overflowing with interactive quizzes and animal videos.

5. This past Christmas we gave the kids a subscription to Muse Magazine their website offers monthly fun facts and interactive games.

6. Need advice on finding the right science project? click here

7. For the younger scientist PBS Kids offers a fun way to approach the basics.

8. Science Kids is the place for science & technology on the Internet for children.

9. High School students interested in the latest and greatest in technology can find resources here.

10. YouTube & Netflix are chock-full of documentaries for every science lover!

Last weeks  favorites:

Christianity Cove’s Pollution in a Fish Tank

We just LOVE cat’s so Fran’s post on Domesticated Cats had to make the list.

Still Learning Something New post on aviation was very informative.

 

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My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

Saturday Shout Out & Giveaway!!!


  Good Saturday Mi’ Amigos & Amigas I was so delighted when Jess over at  Benoit Academy asked Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries to share her EXCELENTE Giveaway!!! Good Luck Everyone..

*I was given a 3 month subscription to Speekee – Spanish For Kids free in exchange for an open & honest review.-Jess Benoit

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Speekee - Spanish for Kids Review + Giveaway {ends 8/25} >> Benoit Academy

Speekee is a comprehensive online Spanish program for children ages 2-11. I know personally that my kids learn better when they are having fun & lessons are game-based. This is what Speekee is all about! It is tailor made for homeschoolers!

The program consists of 40 videos divided into 2 age groups that star real Spanish speaking children:

  • 2 – 6 years old – includes songs, puppets, & animation
  • 7 – 11 years old – themed videos, such as Shopping, Superheroes, & Day Out.

Speekee FastTrack Program – a 40 week plan for 2-8 year olds. It focuses on the first 10 videos in the series & includes activities, corresponding videos, flashcards, & worksheets. Each week Speekee will suggest 4 activities for you to complete. Just a few minutes a day can make a difference!

Speekee Spanish Challenge: Structured Learning for 8-11 year olds – consists of 295 missions across 25 levels!! Missions may involve watching a video, visiting a place on the map, quizzes, & even communicating in Spanish!

Membership

  • A Basic Speekee account is free & gives you a limited amount of videos, locations, & other features.
  • Paid Membership gives access to everything – 40 videos, 25 locations, all games & quizzes, & 100% safe social networking features!!
    • Monthly – $7.50
    • 6 month subscription – $35.94
    • 1 year subscription – $53.88

Speekee has been gracious enough to provide a 3 month subscription for a giveaway! If you would like a chance to win this awesome resource then enter below. Giveaway ends 8/25 at 11:59 pm. Winner has 48 hours to respond or I will move on the next. Good Luck!

 

 

**Benoit Academy is not responsible for complete prize fulfillment. Winner must set up a free account on Speekee.com and I will provide the email to the Speekee representative for subscription upgrade for 3 months.**

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Where I Spend My Time


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Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ~M. Scott Peck

On Monday my post asked to you to choose your 3 to 4 pillars; these are the BIG Rocks where you plan to spend majority of your time.

Below I have listed my four pillars; please feel free to share your pillars below.

Pillar 1: Family/Relationships

Pillar 2: Spiritual/Daily Meditation/Journaling

Pillar 3: Creative Ventures/ Blog/Photography

Pillar 4: Health/Fitness/Nutrition

Now, that you have determined where we want to spend our time; you need to fit these pillars into our daily rhythm. So,here is the next task: rewrite your daily agenda and include your four pillars. See where each one can be placed into your daily routines; you do not have to allot time for each pillar everyday.  I suggest you schedule time each Friday for next weeks planning. Make sure to proactively include each of your pillars when planning your next week.

Saturday Shout-Out Barefoot Spirit Giveaway


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Starting your own business and making it a success is what we all dream for at one time or another. A great resource to learning where to start is to study and learn from those that know the struggles and have built their company into a success. Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are the founders of Barefoot Wines. They have shared how this brand got started and became a best seller in the New York Times Bestseller “The Barefoot Spirit”.

“The Barefoot Spirit” book tells the story of how an unknown novelty wine became an American icon. It chronicles the unlikely events that made it possible, and it lays out the cornerstone business and lifestyle philosophies that made it, ultimately, an enduring success. This book is perfect for entrepreneurs, wine lovers, or even those that just love a story written by real people sharing real success. You can read more…

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Starting a Science Book Club for Teens


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I decided after Taproot that I wanted to get more involved with my local community and find ways that our family could connect with other homeschoolers.  Books seem to be a wonderful way to bring kids together; especially kids that might not ordinarily read. Getting teens together with friends sounds like a lot of fun then you throw in a book and you have a party!

Here are  10 Simple Steps to help you get started

 

1. First before even picking a book you need to get down all the logistics even the little ones. How many participants  location, how long will each meeting be, time & day of the week etc.

 

2. With Teens you need to allow them to be part of the decision-making process when comes down to choosing the book. I would give them a few suggestions and allow the group as a whole to choose.  If you can’t come to a decision put all the choices in a hat and pick!

 

3. Now that you have chosen the book it’s time to assign chapters to the group.  Everyone reads the entire book of course but appointing small groups to dive a little deeper into the chapters is a great way to get discussions started.

 

4. Ask each member to bring a notebook so they can jot down notes during club time or they might want to share something they found interesting about the weekly reading. Always find ways to keep everyone engaged!

 

5. As the facilitator make sure you ask interesting questions about the weekly reading. I would even go as far as a having a quiz bowl with fun inexpensive giveaways.

 

6. Now I feel this is one of the most important parts of the book club, especially for Teens(BRING FOOD) they will love you for it! You might even bring foods as they relate to book you’re reading.

 

7. Since the books are Science related try to find a possible experiment or activities you can do as part of your weekly meeting. Try not to make every week a discussion week; that can get old real fast.

 

8. If you’re planning on having the book club meet the entire school might I suggest keeping a club journal. Use a three-ringed binder to track books you read, experiments you tried, members names etc. It will be fun to look through at the end of the school year.

 

9. Before you move on to your next book check the pulse of the group. Are there things they would like to differently? Does the time work for everyone? Is there enough FOOD:)

 

10. Most importantly have FUN!!!!

 

A few book suggestions:
Steve Jobs A Man Who Thought About Different

The Radioactive Boy Scout

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

 

 

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My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

Last weeks FAVORITES:

Making Flubber a Tribute to Robin Williams

Free Science Lapbooks

Doctor Who Lunch Box Notes

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