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Little Passports: 15% off All Subscriptions for a Limited Time

Do you need something to supplement your homeschool curriculum?  Do you have a kid that just really loves geography?

Check out Little Passports!

Save 15% on all subscriptions with code BTS15 now thru 8/14/17! 

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Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (Free Book for Kids!)

Kid’s can earn a FREE book this summer from Barnes and Noble for reading eight books from May 16 to September 5,  2017, with their Summer Reading Program!

Fill out the reading log and when it’s full (8 books read), take it to your local Barnes and Noble and pick a FREE book from the list of selected books.

Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

I always let G record 8 books from the library summer reading program into his Barnes and Noble reading log.  Double duty!

Don’t forget that Homeschool Moms (and Dads) can sign up for the B&N Educator’s Discount Card!

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Pizza Hut Book-It Program for Homeschoolers Enrolling for 2017/2018

We did the Pizza Hut Book It program two years ago and we started it this past year but then I did a TERRIBLE job of keeping up with it and we didn’t go past the first month.  What a shame!  I am going to do better for the upcoming year!

Book It is enrolling homeschoolers (Kindergarten thru 6th grade) for the 2017/2018 school year.  Sign up here. 

Not familiar with the Book It program?  When you sign up you’ll receive a kit that will help you keep track of your child’s reading goals.  When they have met the goal you can reward them with a certificate for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut!  (Drink purchase required)   In your kit you will receive 6 free pizza certificates – one for every month from October to March.  One certificate, per child, per month may be used.

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Speekee Online 1 Year of Spanish Lessons for Kids GIVEAWAY (+ Try FREE for One Month!)

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SpeekeeSpanish for kids. MASSIVE ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION GIVEAWAY
* Would you like to give your child the language advantage?
Then look no further than Spanish. 414 million people speak Spanish on our planet compared with 335 million who speak English, and in this increasingly globalised world knowledge of Spanish is becoming more and more vital.
* Why now is the best time to start learning Spanish
Children’s brains are programmed to acquire languages. Your child hears, sees the language used in context, and absorbs new words and phrases like a sponge. They don’t hesitate to learn and they easily adopt a Spanish accent. It’s incredible to behold!
* Speekee – Spanish for Kids
Children learn languages best when they’re having fun, and having fun is what Speekee is all about. The Spanish learning is video based. The videos feature real Spanish children in real Spanish locations, and the Spanish is presented in a rhythmical, structured, step by step fashion. With Speekee your child is immersed in Spanish at all times!
In response to feedback from users, audio clips are being made of every single piece of Spanish language presented in Accelerate. The great thing about Speekee being exclusively online is that the program can be constantly improved on!.
* What WE Think of Speekee
So we tested it.  From a mom/teacher standpoint it’s fabulous – especially since I don’t speak Spanish.  I was learning just as much as he was.
Some lessons you’re just watching a video.  Other lessons have a printable sheet to go along with the less to do after you’ve watched the video.  And each lesson has some ideas in the notes for futher practice and review.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a homeschool Spanish curriculum

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Other than reading the preface to each video and priting a sheet on the days that required it, there is no “prep” time for the lessons.  Which takes the pressue off a busy mom!   Students can do one lesson a day as part of their daily subjects  or if your style is to do multiple lessons each day of limited subjects, you can do that too.  When one lesson is over, it’s a quick click to the next one.
G even wanted to make a video much like the ones he watched while doing his Speekee Lessons:

Isn’t that adorable?  Yes, it was his idea to include the cat.

* The Speekee Giveaway
1 Winner receives a full year subscription
Up to 100 Winners receive a free-month subscription
Just enter your name and email address in the entry form below. The giveaway ends on August 7, 2016!

(If you don’t see a form – as it’s not showing for some – just click this link):

https://www.speekee.com/splaunch.js?a=c76760c2c0640e0d3d74

The first 100 to enter will receive a code valid for one month of service that is redeemable August 7th through August 16th.  That code will be sent to you on August 7th.  ONE lucky winner will get a full year for FREE!
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Educents Homeschool Sale

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EDUCENTS is having a Back to Homeschool sale where you can get FREE shipping on your orders fof $49 or more.  Just use code HOMESCHOOL16 by June 24th!

Listed below are some great products to look at before you place your order.  The were all given the stamp of approval by Cathy Duffy.  If you’ve been homeschooling long you’ve probably heard of her.  Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has reviewed hundreds of homeschool curricula to help educators like me make an educated decision when shopping for homeschool curriculum.  Her book, 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum was a TREMENDOUS help when I was just starting you.

Here’s a handful of Cathy-approved educational picks available at Educents.com. I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you from endless hours of shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.

Elementary Math & Science

Life of Fred Elementary Math

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If you haven’t heard of Life of Fred, you’re in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn’t resonate: learners follow the Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don’t even know they’re learning math until they’re told!

Each book has a topic, like Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. I recommend supplementing math learning with science of social studies of the same topic!

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