Homeschooling 4th – 6th Grade: Best Resources & Giveaway

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Homeschooling 4th - 6th Grade

 Homeschooling 4th – 6th Grade

As students approach the 4th – 6th Grade, it becomes all that much more important to make sure that we are preparing them and laying an appropriately strong foundation for higher education.

Suddenly, our kids need to put together a decent book report, have a deeper understanding about how the world around them works and be able to express these skills in a tangible format. It’s enough to make a homeschool mom nervous if she will let it! But you don’t need to fear.

If God has called you to this homeschool life – He is ALWAYS faithful to make clear the way for you! Really.

Biggest Sale of the Year

What if you could have access to a bunch of different curriculum with various learning styles and subject matter . . . without breaking the bank? You can!

It’s that time of year for the Build Your Bundle Sale – this week only. 

Bundle #1

The first 4th to 6th grade bundle is my favorite – but I may be a little prejudice. . . A Journey Through Learning “History in 12 Weeks” is in this bundle as well as Adventures in Childrearing “Wildlife Adventures – Dolphin Unit Study” (that includes a study of Greece & more) – The Fractions math, Write Through the Bible, Human Body & learning to write a book report just seal the deal for me!

Extreme Savings for 4th - 6th Grade

$203.86 $39.00 Savings = 81% off

Bundle #2

Of course, bundle 2 is great also! The great news is . . . you really don’t have to limit yourself too much – they are Buy 2 & Get 1 FREE!
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale Fourth through Sixth Grade Bundle

There are bundles for all ages, special bundles for boys and girls, and even a bundle just for moms! With every purchase – you get a bonus book.

Bonus Book is chock full of Terrific Gifts and Coupons

With every bundle purchase – you get a bonus doc. full of freebies and coupons and a great “extra” to add to your collection. There is even a special Lila Rose clip! Check out all the information by clicking the banner below.

Hundreds of Dollars worth of freebies and deals for every customer who makes a purchase!

 

I know there is a lot of sales talk this week, but it’s important that we reach all those who need to take advantage of this ONE TIME Per Year sale. For some families – it’s the only way they can afford the best curriculum, others simply want to be good stewards and get the best deals possible.

Please be sure to share with your friends and other homeschool families who could benefit from the best deals of the year!

Did I mention the Kindle Fire Giveaway?

We love homeschooling on the go & in honor of this big sale – we are giving away a Kindle Fire!

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Kindle Fire Giveaway: Books on the Go 4 Homeschool

Kindle Fire Giveaway: Books on the Go for HOmeschool

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We’re so excited to bring you this fun Kindle Fire Giveaway! We’re also excited about the Build Your Bundle homeschool sale this week. Some of our favorite companies are involved and we have had to opportunity to join in about three of the bundles ourselves!

Books on the Go

Homeschooling on the go is one of our favorite things. We enjoy hands on learning with wonderful field trips as well as getting outside for nature walks and all manner of everyday exploring.

The ability to take books on the go 4 homeschool can really make a difference in the educational value of our travels and field trip adventures.

national memorial

Sitting in the park at the Vicksburg Military Memorial – for instance, is a perfect time to pull out the Kindle and read together about the sacrifices made there or other Civil War details. Picture us, after touring the USS Alabama at the Military Memorial in Mobile – sitting at the picnic tables outside and reading our homeschool lesson about World War II! It can be a powerful tool and an extreme advantage for hands on learning in your family homeschool.

Combining our studies with real life adventures is the best way I know to give my boys a memorable and valuable education. Read about how travel and field trips have greatly enhanced our homeschool here. 

Kindle Fire Tips for PDF

Books on the GO for homeschooling on the go – just in time for the build your bundle sale! We LOVE Kindle Fire! I share loads of Free Kindle books (see our selection of FREE Classic Tales of Adventure here)

You can use it to read not only eBooks but also pdf’s without having to install any software. Your Kindle (or Kindle app) has its own email address, meaning you can send any PDF straight to your device just by attaching it to an email. (You can find this address in the Kindle’s Settings area.) That will give you basically a photo of the doc and then you have to zoom in & out to see what you need to see – BUT if you put the word “convert” in the subject line of your email – Amazon will do the converting for you! 

If there are any problems with the formatting – you can try k2pdfopt.  Also, ZDnet has some pretty good instructions for using Kindle Apps with pdf docs here.

Affordable & Frugal Curriculum

Digital curriculum can be an extremely affordable option and gives you access to the best education available at prices you can afford. These files can be stored in a free Dropbox account, moved to a Kindle or printed out as needed.

Currently – we are participating in the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale. I have a lot of customers & readers who are new to homeschooling & this is the perfect way for you to explore an awesome array of options for your family – without breaking the bank.

As a matter of fact – these fantastic bundles are on sale from 80% – 90% off! 

There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular publishers including Wildlife Adventures from AdventuresInChildrearing & Lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning! 

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

Giveaway

Enter with 1 entry or use them all for a better chance of winning!

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Do you homeschool on the Go? What are your best tips for that? 

Memorial Day 4 Homeschoolers: Field Trips That Matter

Memorial Day for Homeschoolers

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 Happy Memorial Day!

We love hands on learning – which translates into awesome field trips as well as educational projects at home. Field trips and travel are some of our favorite things about homeschooling. Homeschool convention season presents multiple opportunities to set out for some roadschooling.

Last year we were able to visit Arlington Cemetery and tour Washington DC during the Teach Them Diligently Convention – which is a perfect field trip for any patriotic themed lessons.

Throughout the year, we read and learn about wars, battles, and people who have shaped our nation and made a difference in the world. When we hit the road – we take that information with us and look for ways to add depth to our schooling with great field trips.

Great Memorial Day (or week) Field Trips

Obviously Arlington Cemetery is a top of the list choice, but you may very well have a Veterans Memorial Cemetery in your area. Thousands of patriotic citizens from around the country will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes at VA national cemeteries on Memorial Day.

Ceremonies can vary from cemetery to cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, rifle volleys, bugle calls and wreath layings. Veterans Service Organizations will participate as well as active duty military members, scout groups, government officials and patriotic citizens who wish to pay their respects to those who sacrificed so much for their country.

 STATE by STATE list of National Cemeteries 

Mobile app “grave stone locator”

Another great opportunity came as we traveled from TTD Nashville all the way to Louisiana and then back through Mississippi and Alabama to get home.

We stopped at Vicksburg National Military Park  – and it was one of the nicest military memorial parks we had ever been to. The battlefield came alive in the minds of my boys, as they walked among the cannons, through the tunnels, and visited the monuments. They read markers, and stood beside awe inspiring monuments as more and more understanding of what had taken place there – became much more than an old story.

Vicksburg National Park

As great an experience as that was – when we arrived in Mobile’s USS Alabama Memorial Park something even more wonderful took place.

We started with the Korean War monument and discussed the role their paternal grandfather had played there. We moved on to the Vietnam Memorial, and as the boys stood in front of it – we began reading the names.

Name after name of men who did not return home. Hundreds – even a thousand names seemed to be engraved on the memorial stone. My father fought in Vietnam, and we discussed the fact that he is our very own hero. We took time to be grateful for his service and for the service of those we’ll never know. Then we realized that these were only the names of the men who had not returned to Alabama. As that realization hit home – I watched as the lights came on for each of them.

USS Alabama Memorial

We’ve studied Vietnam, we’ve read, learned and discussed the perils of war – but as we stood and read the names of real men who will  never return home – my boys learned what it truly means to serve your country.

Afterward, we spent time touring the USS Alabama to learn first hand how the sailors lived aboard the huge battleship. The boys even laid down on the bunks that hang from the ceiling!

These valuable experiences will never be forgotten. The information we read and study is important – but it was in the doing – it was in the hands on experience where life changing knowledge and a deeper understanding was gained.

Combining solid curriculum full of exciting stories and important information with field trips that matter – now THAT is a winning and powerful combination!

Up Next

This Memorial Day (week) we are on our way to the Lowcountry Homeschoolers Convention in South Carolina. Charleston is home of Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. I cannot wait to share this experience with the boys!

One of my favorite tools of the trade in homeschooling – is the ability to bring our work with us on the road. These days – we have digital access to a library of information – right at our fingertips. This is also one of my favorite things about the incredible Build Your Bundle Sale!

The thing I love even more than the ease of use and having a bundle of curriculum at my fingertips . . . . . . . . . IS THE PRICE!

We’re excited about the homeschool bundle sale!

Did you grab your coupon to stack on top of the discount bundle? Sunday is the LAST Chance to grab the coupon which will save you additional money on the bundles – which are up to 90% off already!  (click the pic)

Build Your Bundle 2015 Pre-Sale

 

FREE Planner

Free homeschool planner including flexible pages for planning extra-curricular activities as well as field trips!

GO HERE to Grab Your FREE Planner 

Ah-HA Moments

Have you had the experience of that “ah-ha” moment on a fabulous field trip with your homeschoolers?

We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite field trip ideas with us in the comments.

Check out our History Lapbooks For More Hands on Learning HERE

 

Top 8 Reasons to Build Your Bundle- Cool kids are

Cool kidds are Building Bundles - biggest curriculum sale of the year!

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Try A New Cool Curriculum

Have you seen all the great curriculum choices in this years Build Your Bundle selections? There are some 19 bundles to choose from . . . and of course, you can BUILD Your OWN. It’s the biggest curriculum sale of the year!

I’m making a list and checking it twice because this is one of the most awesome ways to save money, try awesome curriculum that I’ve had my eye on, expose my homeschool students to a variety of teaching methods and various resources – AND all for a song ( super cheap)!!!

Build Your Bundle 2015 Pre-Sale

 

Sneak Peek at the Bundle Titles

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Top 8 Reasons to Build Your Bundle

  1. Pick and choose curriculum for each student – customize your homeschool plans
  2. Something for everyone – tons to choose from
  3. Try something new and awesome!
  4. Prices are so good that if there are parts you never use . . . it’s STILL a great deal!
  5. Brands you know and love
  6. Flexible to use – print as needed, store in Dropbox, school on the go!
  7. Biggest SALE of the Year
  8. All the cool kids are building bundles (experienced homeschool moms know to take advantage of this great opportunity to stock up on valuable homeschool curriculum & you can too)

The SALE Begins

When does this dream sale begin?

May 25 is the kick-off of this fabulous sale and it will run for a whole week! We will help you get to know the companies who contribute so that you are familiar with the products when choosing the right bundles for your family.

Stack Your Coupons on TOP of the ALREADY GREAT Sale!

Extra Savings Coupon

Enter your email address with the Build Your Bundle news and receive an extra coupon code to stack on TOP of the exciting bundle sale! You’ll be able to refer friends and earn EVEN MORE discounts.

GO HERE to Enter your Email & get your Coupon Code!

Up to 90 Percent off on Homeschool Curriculum & Exclusive FREEBIE

FREE Lapbook and GIVEAWAY

Free lapbook on Astronomy for our readers and a very special giveaway (ending May 22 – don’t delay)

Entry is simple – and you can earn extra chances to win by sharing with friends. Click on the graphic below to get more details about the bundle sale, giveaway, special stackable coupon & more.

Be sure to head back over and download your FREE Lapbook! (giveaway entry not required for freebie)

 

HUGE Savings with BYB!

 

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What’s in the bundles?

Well, we really wish we could tell you, but we have to keep it secret until our sale! We CAN tell you a little about the bundles though! Up to 90 percent off on homeschool curriculum to start.

We have several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. Our sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular contributors!

Sneak Peek at the Bundle Titles

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

The SALE Begins

When does this dream sale begin?

May 25 is the kick-off of this fabulous sale and it will run for a whole week! We will help you get to know the companies who contribute so that you are familiar with the products when choosing the right bundles for your family.

It gets even better. As an A Journey Through Learning reader – you get an exclusive FREEBIE lapbook!

Exclusive FREEBIE

Stars and Constellations lapbook

Not only do you get a complete lapbook with templates, we also include extras- study guide, coloring pages, and activity ideas! In the study guide you will learn about the stars, constellations, galaxies & more.  24 pages.

Perfect for summer learning and a great way to try lapbooking! Gain the advantages of creative learning – and help to inspire your children to enjoy a life long love of learning.

Get your EXCLUSIVE FREE Lapbook

 Enter your email below for the A Journey Through Learning news & you will immediately be directed to the download page. Click the download link (in blue) on that page & save or print your new lapbook! 


Up to 90% off

Please be sure to check out the SALE with Build Your Bundle – we are participating in the Middle School Bundle, the Unit Study Bundle & also the 4th – 6th grade #1 Bundle but they are ALL fantastic!

It’s the perfect way to try a bunch of different curriculum & learning styles without breaking the bank.

2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

 

Only a couple of days left to seal the deal in the BIGGEST Homeschool SALE of the Year!

Lapbooks for Summer

AJTL Lapbooks for Summer

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4th of July

Lapbook – Celebrate the Fourth of July with this 2-folder lapbook. It teaches your child about the beginning of our country, starting with westward expansion, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Then your child will learn about the fun side of the Fourth of July- Baseball, Fireworks, Parades, The Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam and much more! There is even a page for your child to draw his/her own fireworks!! Comes with a study guide page for each topic! No need to research the info yourself.

 

July 4th

Lapbook-Celebrate the Fourth of July with this 2-folder lapbook. It teaches your child about the beginning of our country, starting with westward expansion, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Then your child will learn about the fun side of the Fourth of July- Baseball, Fireworks, Parades, The Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam and much more! There is even a page for your child to draw his/her own fireworks!! Comes with a study guide page for each topic! No need to research the info yourself.

Print Copywork– Calling all patriots! Read and write some of the best patriotic quotes ever said! Over 50 quotes and sayings that portray the love and honor of many who agree there is no country like our country-America!

Cursive Copywork– Same as print except in cursive.

 

Sun Express Lapbook

Express Lapbook -As a busy parent, do you not have the time or desire to do a big lapbook project? We’ve got you covered. This Sun Express lapbook is an “Express Lapbook,” which means it is ONE FOLDER and can be done in one to two days. Not only do you get a complete lapbook with templates, we also include extras- study guides, coloring pages, and activity ideas! 24 pages.

 

These are just a few favorite seasonal picks for homeschooling and keeping skills sharp during the summer. We have lapbooks, notebooking, unit studies, and copywork on many topics for you to choose from!

 Check out the Seasonal Lapbooks Suggestions Here

Stand Alone Lapbooks – by Subject 

Curriculum Lapbooks

Unit Studies, Notebooking, & Copywork 

10 winners – Mothers Day Giveaway

10 winners Mothers Day Giveaway

We hope you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day this past weekend and we are thrilled to announce the winners from our big giveaway. We love our readers and we love to hose giveaways and share with the winners.

First of all – we want to thank all the great companies who contributed. We owe a huge thank you to:

Homeschool Copywork 

Home School Adventure Co. 

Build A Menu 

Frugal Mommas 

Blooming with Joy

HSBA – The Post 

Kathy LaPan 

 

AND NOW . . . . . .

The Winners of our Mothers Day Giveaway

  1. Jen Azara – Lifetime Membership HS Copywork
  2. Cynthia McKowan – Homeschool Successfully
  3. Jennifer M – Homeschool Successfully
  4. Vilmaris C – Build A Menu Membership
  5. Amy Beth – I’d Rather Be Your Mommy
  6. Anna Olsen – Cleaning Survival Guide
  7. Christy H. – Getting Started HS by Kathy LaPlan
  8. Rebecca C – Homemaker’s Quiet Time
  9. Teri L  – Ultimate HS Bundle from Frugal Mommas
  10. Patty Wheeler – Ultimate HS Bundle by AJTL

Winners will be emailed and contacted by the companies providing the prizes! Thank you all for entering – you will be receiving news and freebies from the companies who donated (as per the disclosure).

 

Ready to try lapbooking? Get a free lapbook when you sign up for the AJTL email/newsletter. Lapbooking provides a terrific hands on learning tool to enhance family homeschooling, it’s perfect for special needs, and helps any student improve retention. Creative homeschooling is the best way to get kids attention and inspire learning.

AJTL Lapbooks

 

 

Homeschool High School Record Keeping- FREE Webinar Training

The HomeScholar

Homeschool High School Record Keeping – Free Webinar to teach parents more about creating a homeschool transcript that will go the distance.

Confused about how to keep high school records and create transcripts in your homeschool‬, for college admission? Investing now in your transcripts and comprehensive records could save your family BIG BUCKS later.

Lee Binz, The ‪Lee Binz – The‎HomeScholar‬ saved over $184,000 when her two boys earned their full-tuition scholarships. Learn how they did it and, more importantly, how YOUR family can do it, too!

Register for the free Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts webinar hosted by A Journey Through Learning – on Thursday, May 14th at 5pm (PST) now at http://ow.ly/LYWBj.

A note from Lee:

I’m Lee Binz, TLee Binz he HomeScholar. I wrote a few days ago about how there’s still a lot of resistance from the non-homeschooling world toward the idea of homeschooling high school.  I do get a bit riled up about that, but when I get notes like this one, my anger just turns to sadness:

Lee, I am so, so, so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year. I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do certain things or your child’s college career, not to mention life, would be ruined if you didn’t do things a certain way. I finally remembered many of your encouraging, reassuring words regarding individuality and turned off that silly forum.
~Christy

While I was very grateful to receive such beautiful encouragement, I was also sad because I realized it isn’t just outsiders who discourage parents…we homeschoolers also do it to each other…

Not much has changed in the homeschooling world in the last few years. You see, a short time ago I was in Christy’s exact situation. I was fed up, frustrated, and confused about homeschooling my kids through high school.  It seemed that discouragement was around every corner, whether it was forums, blog comments, advertisements or even just casual remarks at dinner parties. The world, it seemed, did NOT want my husband and I to continue homeschooling through high school.

But I have a stubborn streak, and such talk made me more resolute to prove the naysayers wrong. My way of dealing with this sort of challenge is to do research. And that is exactly what I did! In 2006, we graduated both of our boys after homeschooling independently for 8 years.  Far from ruining their lives, both of our sons earned full-tuition scholarships from their first choice university, which saved our family over $184,000 in tuition expenses!

My mission now as The HomeScholar is to help parents homeschool high school.  The primary way I do this is through education, which is why I am delighted that A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has asked me to present this information exclusively to their friends.  On Thursday, May 14th, I am holding a FREE one and one-half hour instructional webinar called “A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts”

You will learn all you need to know about determining high school credits and assigning homeschool grades. You will also discover an ultra-EASY, super-QUICK way to perfectly document your homeschool with a transcript that will IMPRESS and AMAZE colleges.

Whether you currently have a high school student or you are just wondering about homeschooling high school, this webinar is a MUST-SEE event!

Please take a moment to click on the link here and register your spot today.  Space is limited and we are filling available slots quickly! We are cooking up something really special for those who attend this presentation live, so make sure you sign up today to reserve your spot!

Here is the information you need:

Title:               A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts
Date:               Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Time:               5pm PST

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now RIGHT HERE!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions to help you join the Webinar. To say “thank you” for registering, you will receive a free monthly email newsletter that will help you homeschool through high school graduation.

Blessings, Lee

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar is a dynamic homeschool speaker and author. She is an expert on how to craft a winning homeschool transcript.  Lee understands what it takes to graduate homeschool students who are fully prepared for college and for life. Her practical advice and organized presentations have helped thousands of homeschool parents muster up the courage to complete their homeschooling journey. Lees mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Sign up for her free homeschool e-newsletter, The HomeScholar Record, at www.TheHomeScholar.com. You can also find her at Facebook.com/TheHomeScholar.