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AJTL: A Lovely Giveaway for Homeschool Moms

Encouragement 4 Mom Giveaway

Encouragement 4 Mom Giveway

 

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We are firm believers that the best way for a homeschool mom to stay on track – is for a homeschool mom to stay close to Jesus. A daily walk with the Lord can make all the difference in the tone of your home and homeschool.

On that note . . . this giveaway is all about encouraging and lifting up the homeschool mom and supporting a close walk with the Savior.

Giveaway items in this lovely package include:

 The ESV Journaling Bible –  (Value $38)

 


The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.

  • Black letter text
  • Double-column
  • Paragraph format
  • Cream-colored paper
  • 2″ ruled margins
  • One-Year Bible Reading Plan
  • Introductions and section headings for each Bible book

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 10 color Pack (value $15) 

You’ll need some pretty pens to go along with your new Journible . . .  so we thought this lovely set would be a nice addition.

 

HEART of Worship – CD 

Praise Music to open your heart for time with the Lord (value $8)

Bible Study – WORD 

Get to know God through His Word and fall in love with Him again … or for the first time.  Lyn Smith has put together this brand new- life changing – heart filling study of God’s living Word. (value $12) WORD - Ps 119

 Tea/coffee Mug  – (value $11)

Joyful Blessings bone china mug with a sky blue background and a decal design and message – Zephaniah 3:17

 

Harney & Sons – Tea Sachet collection in tin (value $9)

20 tea sachets in decorative tin – Chamomile Herbal tea

Prayer for New BridesPutting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress

This book encourages women newly married or otherwise to:

– Learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer
– Pray in agreement with God’s will for her marriage
– Activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives.

eBook ($9.99 value)

This giveaway is especial for a homeschool Mom – but we want to be sure to treat her with new curriculum for the kids too!

1. Enjoy the Spring Lapbook with Study Guide (download)- stand alone study with everything all about spring!  What is Spring? How Do We Know When Spring Has Arrived?, Spring Holidays, Spring Babies, Spring Equinox & more

2. Wildlife Adventures Unit Study: Bald Eagles- with bible, spelling, vocabulary, science, history, geography & more! (Icons of Washington DC – included in the fun unit study)

AJTL Giveaway - Spring Lapbook            Bald Eagles Unit Study

 

FREEBIES: 

Grateful Journal – by Ben & Me: log the things you are grateful for daily, month by month

Praying the Scriptures for Your Family – by Candace Crabtree: learn how to pray the Word for your family

Sand Dollar Writing Prompts & Writing Practice for all Ages – by Kelli Becton

 

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Homeschool Convention Season: How-to Make the Most of It

Making the Most of Homeschool Convention Season

Making the Most of Homeschool Convention Season

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Homeschool Convention Season is upon us and we’re ready to make the most of it. Many families plan vacation around various conventions, for our family . . . . it’s road trip time!

While you may not need to go to more than one homeschool convention each year, it is important that you choose one that is right for your family, and that you make the most of the experience.

We highly recommend all of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions . . . they are Christian conferences created to guide families not only in homeschooling, but in bringing their families closer to the Lord. They encourage families in every aspect of family life – along with homeschooling.

No matter which conferences you choose, with a little bit of planning, you can turn it into an experience the family looks forward to each and every year.

Road trip to TTD

Map it Out

Pull out the Atlas & road maps and plan your route! Get the kids involved, and turn it into a geography lesson. Look for museums along the way. Be sure to check the ASTC.org Passport list HERE. If your local science center is on the list – you can join and have access to the rest of the museums on the passport list! That means that with your membership comes hundreds of free museum opportunities from around the world. There are exclusions – so be sure to check out the details. We join each year & often plan extra days into our trips to check out the museums along the way. Roadschooling at it’s best!

State and National Parks or National Monuments are another great option for field trips on your way to conventions. Check the link HERE to see about visiting National Museums and MonumentsYou’ll find teaching plans and resources to go with the National Parks & Museums HERE.

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TTD Atlanta

While in Atlanta for TTD – be sure to take time to stop in Macon to see the Ocmulgee National Monument.  The mounds of four pre-historic cultures lived for thousands of years before the invitation of Europeans. Ocmulgee National Monument is the ancestral home land of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who now reside in Oklahoma.

Oclumgee National Monument

There is a small museum on site where you can view artifacts, watch a movie and learn about the culture of the natives who lived there before. Inside the largest mound – is a pathway which leads to the central meeting area where the tribe came together to make important decisions. The property is impressive. Plan to take a nice walk and enjoy a picnic. About 2 hours time will be enough to cover your visit – and it is well worth the honor of visiting this National Monument. Admission is free.

While you are south of Atlanta – be sure to stop by the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. Admission is $7 for adults during the week or $10 on weekends (includes a train ride on the weekends) and $4 and $5 for kids. Those under 4 years of age are always free.

The grounds of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village have over 35 structures which have been relocated to the 95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.  Have a picnic while you are there. See the old church, drug store, farmstead, gristmill, peanut museum, the old schoolhouse, turpentine still and more!

There are several museums in and around Atlanta – which are on the list from ASTC.org.

 TTD Nashville

Get a list of outdoor parks and fun for families HERE.  Downtown has a park with a beautiful replica of the Parthenon building. The grounds include a pond with ducks and plenty of shade for picnics. (We do a lot of picnics while on the  road).  Walk around downtown and enjoy the Centennial monuments, fountains and more.

Visit Country Music Hall of Fame , Grand Ole’ Opry Backstage Tour,  Get a big list of Nashville attractions and museums HERE. 

 TTD Sandusky, OH

Sandusky, Ohio is a small city that is home to one of the most beautiful collections of historical architecture in the Midwest. Visit the Seneca Caves in Ohio – HERE –  for an exciting adventure.  Check out the list of Gardens & State Preserves HERE.  

Take a drive over to the African Safari Wildlife Park and enjoy a unique kind of zoo experience. Cedar Point is the world famous amusement park located in Sandusky.

Be sure to check the ASTC.org list for the Ohio museums to see if you’ll be driving past one of the great options to visit.

TTD Dallas, TX

Visit the Dallas Heritage Village for a look at historical life as a Texan.  Adults will pay $9 and kids between 4 – 12 are only $5 each. Take a walk downtown in Pioneer Plaza for some great photo ops and enjoy the sculptures and beautifully landscaped design.

The Old Red Museum is one of the few history museums in the nation to include a hands-on education center designed specifically for younger visitors. The Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Education Center is a unique learning center for students from pre-K to young adult and offers hands-on activities, exhibits on children in Dallas County and twelve TEKS-based touch screens.

The Perot Museum is on the list of ASTC.org participants & therefore FREE

 Pit -Stops

Another idea is to check points along your travel route that make for good stopping points – then search that area for special museums and parks to visit. I usually plan to stop about every three hours on our trips. If needed – we can certainly go longer than that to get to a special stopping point, but we like to make these pit stops for adventure along the way.

Keep ’em Busy

Set kids up with clip boards and attached pencil, and give them their own road map for the trip. We bring along colored pencils and markers to use as well as dry erase boards. The kids bring electronic games, mad libs, and get their own snack bags. We always make a dollar store stop before leaving town to stock up on inexpensive, fun treats to keep them occupied.

Look for educational options. We love the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game.

Or try our free License Plate Math Worksheets from Adventures in Childrearing. All you need is a pencil and a clipboard to go along with this fun free printable. Kids love checking out the license plates of the cars on the road.

Travel Math Sheets

License Plate Sheets

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Which homeschool conventions will you be visiting this year? Do you plan a fun extended field trip out of it?

Why Attend a Homeschool Convention?

Attend a HOmeschool Convention

Attend a HOmeschool Convention

 

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Homeschool Convention Season is quickly approaching. Why attend a homeschool convention? There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to attend each year, but we will go over a few of our favorites. . .

  • Meet others who are on a similar journey  – Fellowship with other Christians & homeschoolers is important. There is something very special about a group of people gathered together with the same or similar focus and goals.
  • Encouragement – We all need it. The speakers, vendors and other homeschool friends are a terrific source of encouragement to help you remember why you have chosen this path and to help you through a variety of difficulties facing homeschool families today.
  • Education –  Knowledge is power! It may be cliche’, but it is repeated over and over again for a reason. The more you learn and educate yourself about parenting, homeschooling, teaching special needs, products and ideas – the more equipped you are to tackle your own family homeschool with confidence.

Learning about lapbooking

  • Teaching Methods – Learn about so many different tips and techniques for teaching that you just won’t find anywhere else. No matter what your child’s learning style may be, there is curriculum, products, and teaching styles to fit their individual needs.
  • Unique Experience – Until you have been to a homeschool convention, you simply cannot comprehend the power in it. Over and over again, we talk to people who are completely taken by surprise to experience so many families who are homeschooling. Friendships are made, relationships are formed and families plan to come back and meet up year after year.
  • Saturation – With the environment of the homeschool convention being what it is, you become saturated in homeschool spirit. You leave feeling refreshed, encouraged, informed and prepared.

M.E.E.T.U.S.

Just in case you didn’t notice-our top 6 reasons to attend a homeschool convention spell out “Meet Us”

As the creators of AJTL curriculum and lapbooks – we are here to help, encourage, instruct and we LOVE to meet our customers and other homeschool families. Be sure to come by the booth and say hello. We will gladly answer any questions you have and will spend time helping you. Nancy will be speaking on several different topics as well.

Nancy and Paula

Come visit A Journey Through Learning at these upcoming conventions!

FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learners Convention
Orlando, FL

November 21-22, 2014

Great Homeschool Conventions
Fort Worth
, TX
February 11-15, 2015

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Atlanta, GA

April 9-11, 2015

FPEA Convention
Orlando, FL

May 21-24

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Sandusky, OH

May 28-30

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Dallas, TX

July 16-18

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Facebook Party- Giveaway and Prizes

Facebook party winners

Facebook party winners

 

Facebook Party Giveaway and Prizes for Homeschooling – New Year Giveaway – 30 Winners!

A Journey Through Learning Printed Lapbooks   & 5 different Download Lapbooks!

Going West - lapbook and Study GuideLouisiana Purchase Lapbook

 

SKrafty HS Minecraft                                              Write Bonnie Rose

1 winner – Mine Through History                          Revolutionary War Activities

DISCOUNT code for all: AJTL20                           American History Bundle!

mine through history                              The American Revolution - Activities for KidsAmerican History Through Copywork - Bundle

 

Bible: Scripture Memory Cards, Literary Analysis Journal

Home School Adventure Co.  

Scripture memory cardsThe Wise Woman Critical Thinking Literary Analysis Journal

 

 The MultiTaskin’Mom                                                                Kids in the Word 

3 Manuscript or Cursive – Learning Pack                                  3 – Whole Bible Reading Journals

Learn to Write ABC Animals                                   Whole Bible Journaling

 

Special for Mom!

   8 Weeks of Freezer Crockpot Meals                    New Ebook from Candace Crabtree     

        From Sidetracked Sarah                                                      His Mercy Is New 

             Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals                                              Waiting Upon God eBook

 

 

3 Homeschool Copywork Memberships               3 Wildlife Adventures Unit -Bundle

4 Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies Single

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Not consumed – Breakfast Stations Combo        & New Beginnings Devotional Journal    

Breakfast Stations - combo pack                                      New Beginnings Devotional Set

 

2 Candace Kate Story – by Nancy Felicia

1 Print Candace Kate Story 

Candace Kate Story, Special Needs Adoption

 

 

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Join us on Tuesday night on the A Journey Through Learning facebook page here for a fun, and encouraging party. The event starts at 9 pm. ET and will run for about an hour.

We will discuss tips and tricks to help you teach and answer questions about hands on homeschooling, teaching with chronic illness, teaching special needs kiddos, teaching multiple ages, how and why notebooking, lapbooking, and unit studies are invaluable tools in your family homeschool.

Win door prizes, enter giveaways, get freebies and leave feeling refreshed and encouraged that you really can homeschool your children!

 

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Overcoming Dyslexia – a guest post and free printables

Overcoming Dyslexia - a guest post

Overcoming Dyslexia - a guest post

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Guest post by: Kelli Becton @Adventures in Childrearing  from the –  Teaching Students with Dyslexia Series! Here you will find encouragement and information you can use to teach your child to overcome – to work WITH their gifts and talents – and to read and write successfully.

When Practice Is Just Not Enough

You practice and practice, and work and work – and yet feel like you’ve made very little progress with your child on reading. Sound familiar?

Sometimes practice just isn’t enough!

You don’t need to be discouraged, the good news is – there are loads of resources, tools, products, and information available to help you along in this reading journey with dyslexia.

Our Homeschool & Dyslexia

I am a “relaxed” homeschooler. We do a lot of hands on learning, traveling, museums and outdoor exploring. I read aloud to the boys about science and history and we have wonderful discussions about what we learn. All three of our boys have thrived with this type of environment!

They are learning to seek and find the information they need, rather than simply memorizing a list of answers. They do a lot of map work – exploring the world from an encyclopedia and an atlas with pretend passports in hand – when destinations are out of our physical reach.

They have each had ample opportunity to investigate and pursue individual interests, and they each have very specific & different interests as well as things the whole family enjoys studying together. These are all some of our favorite parts of homeschooling!

Everyday exploring

When I realized that our youngest son was really struggling to remember the basic shapes of his alphabet (it was evident from the very beginning that his problem was out of the range of what is considered “normal”) I really didn’t worry too much about it.

I have taken a relaxed approach in our situation. Knowing that he is learning so much from our hands on projects, field trips, and family read aloud studies has given me the perspective that once it “clicks” for him, he will be well ahead of the game.

While that is certainly true, it has also become obvious that it isn’t enough. He deserves more support and better resources. Learn more about the recommended beginning steps in the first article of our series here.

With a lot of research and planning, I have come up with a plan for the next few years.  One of the most important pieces of information I’ve come across is what is called the “Orton-Gilligham Approach” 

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how persons learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such persons to read and write.  (source: Academy of Orton-Gillingham)

The approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is usually referring to a one-on-one teacher-student model, making it perfect for homeschool!

The All About Reading and All About Spelling program is designed to make reading successful!

Making A Plan

If you are just getting started on this journey with dyslexia – be encouraged – we can and will succeed! God has ordained you as the parent, and He will be faithful to bring you the resources and information you need to teach your child.

As you follow our series and do your research – make a plan that seems right for your family and your student. It should be a plan that focuses on your child’s talents and abilities, one that includes things they like, hands on tools they can use, and a positive attitude.

If you haven’t yet read our first post in this series – go here. 

Below you will find links to resources, games, information and ideas that I am using, plan to use, or recommend.

Products & Tools

While there is no need to run out and buy everything you can get your hands on – it helps to have some good tools on hand to encourage your child to read. Also, choose books with themes they love (mine loves fishing and wildlife – for instance) those are the books they will WANT to learn to read.

Use things you have on hand – such as the blocks in our series picture. We use those to write site words on and then put them together to build short sentences or race to pick up the block with the right word on it. It does not have to be complicated to be successful!

Lapbooking is another tool and technique that aids in teaching because of the creative nature of the process. Students with dyslexia need to stimulate both sides of their brain in order to really understand what is on the page in front of them. Using their gifts – such as creativity and artistic abilities will help them when mixed with reading practice!

Watch the Video – Figure 8 Right Brain Therapy Technique

I cannot stress enough the importance of Diane Craft’s book: Brain Integration Therapy Manual  She explains  exactly why this technique (of her own design) works and how it can help with dyslexia and dysgraphia. You don’t need to run out and spend a bunch of money to help your child read – but a $57 investment in this information is one that will encourage and equip you for this journey.

Success Story

Since we have been researching, using and sharing these techniques and resources – my son has seen dramatic improvement in his reading. It is wonderful to see the proud look on his face when the clues come together and he understands what is on the page in front of him! ~ Kelli Becton

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This is the 2nd post in our series. Check back regularly for more information. Thank you – and please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Kelli Becton @Adventures in ChildRearing
More hands on learning to aid in teaching students with dyslexia – and to make learning fun for all homeschool students: Try A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks! 
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Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year

Hope and Help for Home and Homeschool in the New Year

This time of the year, many are re-evaluating their home, life, and homeschool. We’ve rounded up posts from some of our favorite bloggers to help and encourage you as you prepare to tackle 2015! God Bless!

Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year: 

Teach Children to set Goals – Free Printable from AJTL
New Year Resolutions for kids

 

 Great Quotes and Scripture copywork for the New Year @Adventures in Childrearing

(comes with activities to keep little ones happy while older students do copywork)
Great Quotes & Scripture copywork for the New Year

 

2015 Gratitude Journal @ Ben and Me

2015 Grateful Journal

How to Become an Excellent Bible Teacher @ futureflyingsaucers

Become an Excellent Bible Teacher

Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from setting goals! @His Mercy is New

Don't let fear of failure hold you back!

Quick Start Guide to Praying the Scriptures @His Mercy is New

Praying the Scriptures

Top 10 Free Homeschool Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

To Ten Free Homeschool Printables from Homeschool Encouragement

Encouraging Scripture Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

NewYearScripturePIN

Teaching Students with Dyslexia – Series & FREEBIES

Teaching Students with Dyslexia

 

Put the fun back into your homeschool by using our lapbooks!

Simple to use – with assembly instructions on each page . . . .

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 New Year

AJTL has big plans for the new year and we want to include you each step of the way! Sign up for our New & Improved (monthly) Newsletter and receive exclusive discounts as well as a FREE Lapbook to get you started. We will encourage you & offer discounts & resource to help you in your homeschool journey.

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New Year Resolutions and Goals (freebie for the kids)

New Year Resolutions for kids

New Year Resolutions for kids

It’s the beginning of another new year and a great time to assess and remember the old while making plans for the new. Use this simple sheet to have children record their favorite memories from 2014 and their goals and objectives for 2015.

This is a great way to begin teaching kids how to set reasonable goals for themselves and walk them through making a plan to achieve those goals. Although many people set resolutions and goals at the beginning of each year, many fail to lay out the plan for success. Doing so can make all the difference between those who follow through with their resolutions and those whose ideals fall by the wayside.

Your homeschool students can begin a lifelong habit of setting goals and plans. Take it a step further and encourage them to set monthly, weekly, and even daily goals working towards a larger objective. Download the free printable to get started below:

 DOWNLOAD HERE

 

If one of your goals is to put some fun and excitement back into your homechool, add more lapbooking into your days! Learn more about WHY Lapbooking is good for learning HERE. 

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Right now is a GREAT time to stock up on lapbooks! You can save 50% on all downloadable lapbooks with code: AJTLHOLIDAY (at checkout)

Choose from stand alone lapbooks or buy them to go with some of the top curriculum in the industry. Excludes only GeoMatters. All other downloads are included in this terrific sale.

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 New Year

AJTL has big plans for the new year and we want to include you each step of the way! Sign up for our New & Improved (monthly) Newsletter and receive exclusive discounts as well as a FREE Lapbook to get you started. We will encourage you & offer discounts & resource to help you in your homeschool journey.

 

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