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Prize #1: Media Angels Book Bundle

We are so excited to share giveaways with you from our wonderful sponsors!

Our first giveaway is for a book bundle from Media Angels.

Candace Kate, Special Needs Adoption

You can enter to win a book bundle from Media Angels.

This book bundle includes:
Secret Code Time
Homeschooling with Proverbs membership

Secret Code Time description:
Do you sit at the side of a crib and wonder what your relationship with your child will be in years to come? Do you wonder what it will be like; will you hae a communication relationship that has no boundaries? Or hae the years slipped by too quickly, and you now feel like there is an impenetrable wall that goes up anytime you try to talk to your child?

Join this mother-daughter team as they recount hilarious antics and reminisce about heartfelt moments that forged an unbreakable bond that would last a lifetime. Come along on their journey, as they take you step by step in how to build a bridge of communication with your children from an early age and how to mend and restore a broken parent-child relationship.

One winner will be selected from entries. Enter to win via our PunchTab widget below. This giveaway ends 5/14/14 at 6:00 A.M. ET.

Welcome and Door Prizes!


We are thrilled you have joined us this evening to celebrate the release of Nancy Fileccia’s new book: More Than A Memory: The Candace Kate Story!

Candace Kate, Batten Disease

One Family’s Story of Love, Pain, Loss, and Joy

Candace Kate Story, Special Needs Adoption

The Fileccias did not consider themselves special; just an ordinary family. Yet in 2003, God chose them to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in their faith, Rusty and Nancy packed up their three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old blind girl. Little did they know this trip would lead them through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience.

The challenge of teaching a blind child paled to insignificance when their precious daughter was diagnosed with Battens, a fatal disease, in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Based on Nancy’s heartfelt journal entries of their journey, the story of Candace Kate unfolds, shining a light on God’s purpose to give this little girl a “forever family” and showing how she lived a full life in only thirteen years.

Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us, before He calls us home.

You can read all about More Than A Memory: The Candace Kate Story and preview the first chapter.

Read reviews from the Candace Kate Story Launch Team!

We have a couple of free door prizes to share with our attendees. Please download these tonight after the party as the links expire on Wednesday, May 14th.

Candace Kate Story, Special Needs Adoption

 The first door prize is from Kathie Morrissey of Character Corner.

BCC cover

Door Prize #1: Download a copy of Building Character in Your Children: Purposeful Parenting (Expires Wed., May 14)

As parents, it is SO important that we are PURPOSEFUL in our PARENTING!  One area that requires us to plan and be purposeful, is the area of character training.  In this ebook we will look at the importance of setting an example of Godly character for our children, giving them Godly role models, and also teaching and training them in the area of character. Included is a 10 step plan for teaching our kids character, fun ways to give them Godly role models, and many practical ways to teach specific traits and help the kids learn to apply the teaching to their every day life.

This 60 page ebook will not only encourage and motivate you to purposefully work to build character into your children, it will get you EXCITED about the opportunity you have to nurture this most important fruit in your children.

You can stay updated with Character Corner on Facebook and Pinterest!

Thank you, Kathy!

The second door prize for this evening is from A Journey Through Learning.


Door Prize #2: Mother’s Memories (This download link expires on Wed., May 14)

Just like you, we too, are mothers. We have chosen the journey to teach, lead and guide our children in everything that they do.

Certainly, we want to be an intimate part of our children’s lives but we have to ask ourselves-do our children really know us? What were our childhood dreams, who were our best friends, how much did we weigh at birth, and how did we meet their dad?

It is our prayer that our Mother’s Memories Lapbook will allow you to give a little bit of yourself to your child. It is to be completed and given to your child to have as a keepsake. How much fun it would be to work on your lapbooks together if your child is in the process of doing a lapbook too!

Topics include:

  • A Letter to my Child,
  • Your Family Tree
  • Your Mom and Dad (child’s grandparents)
  • Growing Up (birth, school, college)
  • Your Childhood Pets
  • Your Best Friends
  • Your Favorite Childhood Memories
  • Your Siblings
  • Your Favorite Books, Songs, Movies
  • Your Family Recipes
  • How You Met your Child’s Father
  • Your Wedding Day
  • When You Were First Married (first house, first car, etc.)
  • Origin of your Maiden Name
  • Your Hopes and Dreams for Your Child

Our “No Hassle” lapbook instructions are color-coded to make it easy to assemble!



Facebook Party! More Than A Memory: The Candace Kate Story

We have just a few hours until our Release Party!

Are you joining us tonight?
Candace Kate, Batten Disease

The fun begins at 9PM ET / 6PM PT on the A Journey Through Learning Facebook Timeline.

You can RSVP at our Facebook Event Page!

We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful sponsors of tonight’s party!

Candace Kate, Batten Disease

A special thanks to:


The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Diana Waring Presents

Founders Academy

Media Angels

Circle C Adventures Series by Susan K. Marlow

Notebooking Pages

Character Corner

Come join us tonight for fun, fellowship, door prizes, and prizes!

B is for Binder-Builder

Have you ever tried lapbooking and notebooking with your upper elementary and junior high students?

Our daughter (almost 12-years-old) loves to incorporate Binder-Builders into her core studies. Binder-Builders are a unique fusion of notebooking and lapbooking. You simply use a few materials such as a 3-ring binder, cardstock, tabbed dividers, and a Binder-Builder resource, to create a portfolio-style keepsake as a record of learning.

B is for Binder-Builder

One of our science courses we are working through this spring/summer is Dr. Jay Wile’s new Science in the Beginning.

Science in the Beginning

About Science in the Beginning:
Science in the Beginning is the first book in a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. Because each lesson is built around an activity or experiment, it is engaging for all K-6 students. In addition, there are three levels of review for each lesson, so the parent/teacher can choose the depth at which each student is expected to grasp the material. The course contains roughly 90 hours of instruction, 35 of which are composed of hands-on activities.

The beginning of history is given in the Bible’s creation account, and this book uses the days of creation as a way of introducing a wide range of scientific concepts including the nature of light, energy conservation, the properties of air and water, introductory botany, our solar system, basic zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology. As the students learn about these scientific concepts, they are constantly reminded of the Creator who fashioned the marvels they are studying.

Binder-Builder, Lapbook

As we work through this course, we are using the Science in the Beginning Binder-Builder from A Journey Through Learning to create a record of our learning activities.

Binder-Builder, Notebooking

Each Binder-Builder is made up of approximately 32 sheets of cardstock in each 3-ring binder. The cardstock pages provide space to place the mini-booklets for the lapbooking components for each lesson. Writing prompts are given to correspond with the text to comprise a written component. The Binder-Builder is further organized with tabbed dividers to keep notebooking pages on specific topics.

These topics for the tabbed sections include:

  • Key Person
  • Vocabulary
  • Experiments
  • Books
  • Memory Work

Key Person – This form is used to research famous scientists, inventors, and inventions.
Vocabulary Words – This form is used to log vocabulary terms from each lesson.
Experiment Sheet – This form is used to log experiments conducted in the lessons.
Memory Work – This form is used to copy the memory verse.
Book List – This form is used to log additional books read for the lessons.

The Binder-Builder helps our daughter have a method to document all of the various items she studies in the Science in the Beginning text. It is a streamlined and organized resource which results in an impressive portfolio at the culmination of the course.

Do your students enjoy the creativity of lapbooking and notebooking?


Come join us as we participate in Blogging through the Alphabet with Ben and Me!

Happy Homeschooling!

More Than a Memory: The Candace Kate Story Giveaway!

We have just a few days left in our huge giveaway to celebrate Nancy Fileccia’s, Co-owner of A Journey Through Learning, first book More Than A Memory: The Candace Kate Story. Nancy’s book is a heart-rending account of the love, loss, pain, and joy her family experienced through their adoption journey.

candace kate giveaway

To help Nancy celebrate the upcoming release of her book, we are joining with other bloggers from the Candace Kate Launch Team to bring you this amazing giveaway! There will be 2 winners and one winner will win an iPad Mini!

Here’s the list of all the incredible prizes offered in this giveaway:

Giveaway # 1 ($560+ value)

Giveaway #2 ($160+ value)

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