Homeschool Christmas Resources from around the Web

Homeschool Christmas Resources  - FREE

 Homeschool Christmas from Around the Web

It’s a fun time of the year and a great time to enjoy using crafts and activities. As a matter of fact, we believe that EVERY time of the year is a great time to use fun, hands-on learning! We’ve collected some great freebies to homeschool Christmas style!

 Handmade Angel Ornament                 Christmas Activities                                         A Christmas Carol Mini Unit

Handmade Angel Ornament - Sunshine & Hurricanes              Christmas Activity Pack             Scrooge Unit Study - This Sweet Life of Mine

Sunshine & Hurricanes Blog                   Living Life & Learning                                       This Sweet Life of Mine

 

Christmas Lacing Cards                             Joy to the World Copywork                            The Legend of the Candy Cane

Christmas lacing cards             Joy to the World copywork                                      Legend of the Candy Cane

Learning to Walk                                             Homeschool Encouragement                      Ben and Me 

 

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Right now – you will get a free 17th Century Lapbook AND a Bonus Christmas Scriptures Freebie by Kelli @ Adventures in Childrearing 

Print and cursive bible verses from Luke 2 – all about the birth of Christ. Merry Christmas! 

An Overview of the 17th CenturyLuke 2 - Bible Verse Printables

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FREE Preschool Christmas Printable and Giveaway

Preschool Christmas Printable Pack

 

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this free Preschool Christmas Printable Pack from team member Kelli Becton of Adventures in Childrearing 

This simple Christmas pack will teach and enthrall preschoolers and young learners. It includes bible verse pages to learn about the birth of our Savior.

Sheets include cutting and pasting to decorate a paper wreath and Christmas bulbs, math sheets for writing numbers and counting, letter Cc, decorate and color the gingerbread man page, critical thinking – find which picture is different, bible verse pages, phonic blends and more!

Sample pages: 

printable preschool Christmas pack

Bible verse pages for preschool and early learners

 

Go HERE to Adventures in Childrearing to get your FREE Download

 

Giveaway Opportunity

Enter to win over $900 in wonderful Homeschool Curriculum with the team of bloggers through Homeschool Giveaways

Includes multiple winners and several favorite homeschool companies.

From AJTL you can win $78 in Lapbooking Materials – Printed!

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GO HERE to ENTER to WIN! 

 

ON SALE NOW 

A Journey Through Learning Holiday and Seasonal lapbooks are on sale now for 50% off!

Use code: AJTLHOLIDAY at checkout and you could purchase lapbooks for as little as $0.50 – $4.00

Coupon code is good for DOWNLOADABLE lapbooks in Seasonal and Holiday choices only – no GeoMatters or other options currently available at this price. But – keep checking – we are running special sales each month!

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Lapbooking for Homeschool: What and Why you should

Lapbooking for Homeschool

What exactly is lapbooking for homeschool and why should you use it?

Lapbooking for Homeschool - what & why you should

The What

Lapbooking is simply a way to gather the information you are learning and studying and compiling it into a mini-book format. Students learn to assimilate information, to pull out the important data, and to put it together in an organized and understandable presentation.

Regular file folders are used as a base to create this fantastic homeschool resource. See our tutorial HERE  on how to fold them to form the main book. Additional “mini-books” are then added throughout the base to organize and present the information on any topic.

Lapbooks are an educational scrapbook of your studies.

The Why

Lapbooking trains students to process, assimilate and share important information.  

The mini-books that are put together throughout the lapbooking process provide a terrific visual method of “chunking” information in appropriate sections. This skill not only helps students retain what they are learning, but is a skill that will continue to be useful to them long after their lapbooking days have passed!

Lapbooks also make great tools for review and for recording all that you have studied in your homeschool journey.

Lapbooking is educational and fun!

Additional Benefits

Using lapbooking as an educational tool in your family homeschool can change the whole atmosphere in your school day. A few of the added benefits include the following:

  1. Lapbooking is FUN!
  2. Lapbooking is CREATIVE
  3. Great for Special Needs Learning
  4. Hands on activities help students retain what they learn
  5. Terrific resource for REVIEW
  6. It’s AFFORDABLE
  7. Lapbooking highlights the most important information on a subject
  8. It teaches organizational skills useful in studies & throughout life
  9. It is FLEXIBLE! Use it in a way that works best for your family or child
  10. Lapbooks make a GREAT PRESENTATIONS of work (for grandparents or state agencies)

Options

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks come in stand alone options that need no other curriculum, and also in lapbooks to accompany your studies for many of your favorite homeschool companies!  SEE OUR STORE HERE

ON SALE

Currently – AJTL Holiday & Seasonal Downloadable Lapbooks are on SALE for 50% off!!!

(excludes GeoMatters)

Enter the coupon code at checkout & you will save 1/2 of the already affordable cost of the downloadable lapbooks!

50% off code!

Coming Up

Join us on Friday’s, beginning in January – for a brand new link up to share freebies and fun resources & ideas for homeschool!!!

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Christmas Crafts for Kids: Hands on Learning Ideas

It’s time to get your craft on!

These simple crafts for kids can be great hands on learning projects for your homeschool and make wonderful gifts for friends and neighbors- or grandparents!

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Hands on Learning Ideas

Did you know that most children learn best when they are keeping their hands busy? It can be an incredible tool for teaching kids with special needs as well.

Enjoy these simple crafts for kids while you read great Christmas books out loud to them. Stop along the way, while reading, and discuss important points from the story. Ask questions to gain insight into what your child is thinking as they listen.

Powerful Mothering                  Crafty Morning 

Candy Cane fun                    Reindeer Paper Plate - Crafty Morning

 

Tips from Typical Mom          Frugal Navy Mom

Better Than Salt Dough Ornaments                 Frugal Navy Mom craft

 Hands on Learning

Additionally – you can enjoy hands on learning in your homeschool and take some stress out of the busy holiday season by putting our holiday and Christmas lapbooks to good use!

Try the Arrival of the King Lapbook  – let kids do the cutting and pasting while mom does the reading. Additionally, you can have older kids read to the younger ones and have everyone read a little bit, as much as they are able.

The Arrival of a King       Arrival of a King

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Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas: Black Friday Discount

60% off Lapbook Downloads for fun family homeschooling!

 

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

We hope this finds you relaxing happily with family . . . maybe picking up a few great deals for your home, loved ones, and homeschool.

Right now you can get 60% off on ANY of the Downloadable Lapbooks from AJTL (excludes GeoMatters) 

Through Monday at midnight – enter code BF60 at checkout and you will get BIG SAVINGS to put the fun back into homeschool.

 

We have stand alone lapbooks that need little to no preparation to teach with, and even great lapbook additions to go with some of your favorite homeschool curricula. Choose from lapbooks for Apologia Science and many more. (excludes only GeoMatters during Black Friday sales)

Inspire and teach the whole family together – saving time and money while getting the results you are looking for in your families education.

Children often learn best while “doing” as well as “listening” – lapbooking with AJTL gives you the best of both, and leaves your children with a homeschool creation they can be proud of & use for review for years to come.

GO HERE to see all the wonderful options available

and Save 60% on Downloads Now! 

These terrific Black Friday discounts will remain active through Monday at midnight. It’s a great time to save up for the whole year.

 

 

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Homemade Pumpkin Butter: Crockpot Recipe by Nancy

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Crockpot Recipe

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It’s that pumpkin time of the  year! All through the fall season and into Christmas, as a matter of fact, any time – you will enjoy this delicious and simple taste of pumpkin. Impress the ones you love with this special treat and the whole house will smell festive in the process. Nancy’s homemade pumpkin butter recipe is sure to become a favorite family tradition.

Nancy's homemade crockpot pumpkin butter

Ingredients

  • 4 cans of pumpkin (NOT PUMPKIN PIE)
  • 6 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 1 tbsp. all spice
  • 7 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. apple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

 

Directions

Cook on low in crockpot for 6 hours. Stir every hour. Cool. Pour into jars. CAN NOT be shelved. Will keep in fridge for 4-5 months.

Serve with warm biscuits! Take some to the neighbors and you’ll be the toast of the town!!

 

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving Y’all! 

Don’t forget – Right Now – you can get 50% off ALL Seasonal & Holiday Lapbook Downloads

Take it easy this busy season & use these ready to roll festive lapbooks in your family homeschool:

50% off code!

Christmas Cash Giveaway and Gifts for Homeschoolers

Christmas Blessings Giveaway

 

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Christmas Blessings Giveaway – 2 Prizes – 2 Winners – $600 Total 

We are so excited to bring you this Christmas cash giveaway and gifts perfect for homeschoolers!

Christmas is the happiest, busiest time of the year. We often get such lovely pictures in our minds of what the holidays are supposed to look like. In today’s busy world, those images can be neigh impossible to live up to!

The reality is that between house cleaning that needs to be done for the holiday, regular chores, meals, errands, homeschooling . . . and even working from home for a lot of us, we are fortunate to get some decorations up and finish the Christmas shopping.

Gift Ideas for Busy Homeschool Families

This year, why not simplify things? We highly recommend that you back off on some of your regular homeschooling, and focus on some wonderful seasonal schooling instead.

For instance:

Holiday Lapbooks on sale now!

Why not work through a history lesson your kids are sure to remember with our “Thanksgiving Mega Bundle”?

Get into the true spirit of Christmas with our lapbook and study guide “The Arrival of a King”.

Best of all . . . we have these handy, hands on learning tools available to you at half price!  There are over 40 wonderful units to choose from in both the Seasonal Lapbooks and the Holiday Lapbook collection. Use the coupon code below when you purchase for yourself – or gift another homeschool family – and you will save 50%!

November & December coupon!

50% off on ALL DOWNLOADS!

Need additional ideas and tools for your favorite homeschool family? Check out our “tools of the trade” page for gift ideas that every homeschool mom will surely LOVE!

Giveaways

Enter our wonderful $500 Cash, and $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaways with one entry or use them all! 2 winners will be chosen.

Please leave your entry comment on Facebook HERE – if you do not have a FB account, simply click “I commented” and enter. TY!

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November Sale: Holiday and Seasonal Lapbooks

November Specials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Sale

Can you believe we are already in November? My oh my, how time does fly!

The holidays are a busy time of year, and for the homeschool mom, it can be difficult to fit everything in. Using our stand-alone lapbooks with holiday themes can make a big difference- saving you both time and money!

This month – you can save even more by purchasing your lapbooks at half price. That’s right! It’s time to stock up on holiday and seasonal lapbooks that will take you through the year.

Take a look at our Seasonal Lapbooks Here.  

See sample pages below: 

Seasonal lapbooks on sale now!

 

 

Also included in our November Sale, are the Holiday Lapbook Selections HERE. 

Sample pages below: 

Holiday Lapbooks on sale now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss out on your chance to take the stress OUT and put the fun IN to your family homeschool during the holidays and throughout the seasons – all year long!

At checkout – enter the code to get half price on any downloadable holiday and seasonal lapbooks.

Use code: ajtlholiday

October Homeschool Sale and Bonus Freebie

October Sale 50% off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October homeschool sale!!!

Get 50% off all DOWNLOADS with the top secret code “pumpkinpatch” – Choose from any of your favorites and be sure to stock up with this super sale for fall. Sale does not include GeoMatters products – but does include all other downloads!

*Bonus freebies:

If you share, forward or pin this sale we will give you an express lapbook of your choice!

Simply Email:  lapbooks@ajourneythroughlearning.net with your choice and we will send you a free download.
(One per family. Ends Oct. 31)

Need to organize your lapbooking plans? Get a free planning page HERE

Stock up

This is a great way to save big bucks and stock up on your homeschool learning activities. Plan to use as stand-alone curriculum (with some choices) or use together to make hands on learning fun out of popular curriculum programs you know and love.

However you use them, lapbooking will add depth and fun to your homeschool studies! Whether you are a new homeschooling family or have been homeschooling for years – lapbooking can breathe new life into your days.

Lapbooking can be a lifesaver for moms who are teaching multiple children of various ages and for those who need educational projects to keep younger students busy learning while working with older students. These products are perfect for allowing older siblings to lend a hand is helping younger ones learn.

Visit our store HERE to pick out your favorites and get started today.

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Will I Ever Reach the Other Side?

I am 2 months into our homeschooling year. This year marks several milestones for our family. My oldest daughter, Lindsey, started medical school. It is with her, 15 years ago that our homeschooling journey began, when we pulled her out of her second week of 2nd grade! Lindsey has Tourette syndrome and had been on a very strong medicine. My husband and I did not feel comfortable with her being away from us. Lauren, our 17 year old, started her senior year and we are busy searching out colleges in Texas. Our baby boy, Cameron leaped from elementary to a growing up teenager entering 7th grade.

Nancy current

This year marks the first time that I don’t have an elementary student! I have officially passed the point of silly art days, wrapping up as mummies, and exploring the backyard! Looking back, it seems so hard to believe that we have come so far and survived!

wrapped as a muumy

During our first year of homeschooling, we adopted two international children. Our first “big” field trip was to Guatemala to bring home Cameron at nine months. Then, just a year later, we loaded all three kids for a month’s stay in China! From there, we brought home our 6-year-old daughter we named Candace. Candace too had a special needs; she was blind. Nevertheless, like the other three, we were determined that she would learn at home!

What started out in pure fear has ended up being one of my greatest accomplishments in life. I am so thankful that we decided to take this path. It has not always been “fun,” but it has been worth it! I would not change one thing about homeschooling. Even our “failures” were done together.

People are always curious as to how we homeschooled Candace being blind. I think this is where “blind” faith comes into play. I started the only place I knew, at the beginning. I ordered a Braillewriter, found a dear friend who also had a blind child, and started with Kindergarten ABEKA phonics. We would Braille the letters on the Braille tape and place it over the words in regular reading books. We went up and down those “ladder” steps until like all the other children, she knew them backward and forwards. We all learned Braille with her. Just the same if your child was deaf, your family would learn to sign, ours learned Braille. It was not weird to us, it was our life, and how we did things in our school!

slivler dollar city

Three years into our school year, we were confronted with something so horrible that none of us knew if we would survive it. Candace was diagnosed with a terminal disease called BATTANS. To say that our world was rock would be a huge understatement. However, once again, we determine that the lives of the other children would remain as consistent as possible. By this time, by oldest two girls, were independent in their schooling, and together they pitched in to help Cameron, who was entering kindergarten. I think homeschooling does that, it teaches our children so much more than math, English, and science, it teaches them about life! It builds their character and helps them to learn to find the place that they need to pitch in to bless and help.

Sadly, three years later, we lost our sweet Candace in July 2009. Due to the trauma our family had lived through, we decided to take a one-year hiatus from school we instead filled our days with field trips and much-needed family getaways. We went to Disney World, the Beach, visited my family’s farm, and spent hours swimming in our family pool just being together. To me, that is the beauty of homeschooling. You can use life as your teacher. Everything around you can become a lesson if you take the time to look for those small teaching moments.

After Candace’s passing, my heart or my mind was not into the totally responsibility of teaching. With Lindsey now in college, I decided to take another leap of faith and join Classical Conversations. My kids needed the consistency of a tutor, and I need to be around other moms and start to feel alive again.

Today, I am happy to say that we are four years in CC. Lauren is doing Challenge III, and Cameron just started Challenge A.

Looking back, I can honestly say I never saw how our journey would take so many twist and turns. Now, on this side of the craziness, sadness, and joy, we have come out of it as a stronger family.

If, I would give points of encouragement to families who are looking at taking this journey, I say, “Jump in with both feet!” Get excited. Don’t stress over curriculum, extra- curricular activities, or even lesson plans! Do what has to be done; math, reading, and English. The rest have fun with it! Kids learn so much more from the museum, a pond, a nature walk, or cooking a four-course meal. They will learn because they are with you! They will learn because it is fun! Moreover, they will learn because “doing” is so much more interesting than reading it in a book.

For those parents that have made the ultimate of choices to homeschool a special needs child, GO FOR YOU! My first piece of simple advice is to teach them just like the other children. If my kids were climbing a rock in Central Park on vacation (field trip) to New York, Candace climbed it too! If they were digging for gems in a large piece of rock, she did too. Our motto was, “We may not do it the right way, but we will find a way to do it!”

Many times parents will say, “I could never spend all day with my kids!” Now that I am coming close to reaching the other end, the final stretch of my journey, I can say from the bottom for my heart, “I can’t image spending the last fifteen years doing anything else!”

Blessings,
Nancy Fileccia
Co-owner of A Journey Through Learning
www.ajourneythroughlearning.com